Comp: No Durso...No Problem!

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  1. Courtney99

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    Hi Guys,

    Here is my entry to the Reef Aquatics competition:

    Problem statement:

    With my recent tank upgrade I built a siphon overflow (known as a "DIY PVC overflow") that works like a charm,except for one little issue-it gurgles like mad. This a problem because the tank is in my living room and the noise is very distracting.

    My Solution:

    I fiddled with some ideas that did not work for some or other reason,until i saw a plastic castle cup on the floor in my car (yes i know what you guys are thinking right now)and had an "aha" moment.

    I used a clip on holder for and old Boyu skimmer and made a tiny hole in the bottom of the cup.

    The cup is placed upside down over the overflow so that the rim of the cup just breaks the water surface,this creates an effect the same as a durso standpipe that silences the gurgling sound.

    The only visible part of this modification once my lid is on is the rim of the cup around the overflow- sacrifice I am willing to make!

    Does it work?

    Hell yes, the overflow is not audible over the skimmer and the sound of the water running into my sump.

    Who could use this idea?

    Everyone that does not have a Durso style overflow on their standpipe. In retrospect One does not even need to have a holder like mine,if you float a polystyrene cup over the overflow it would not even need a hole-making it even quiter:thumbup:.

    Pics to come
     
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  3. Courtney99

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    Before pics

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    And with the cup (silencer)

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    Enjoy your day guys
     
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    Good idea

    I used this @Fuzzy

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    Hi @rakabos,

    I am guessing you are talking about the little plastic pot as an overflow protector?
     
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    Yep, upside down on top/inside the pipe where the water enters
     
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    Great idea,

    I think most of have one or two of those lying around from our FW tanks!
     
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    @Fuzzy overflow also works like this. He lost a nice clown that got stuck in there.

    It will prevent the fish from going down the drain. But it is not really fish safe.
     
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