Overflow?

Discussion in 'General Discussions and Advice' started by flappy, 8 Aug 2008.

  1. flappy

    flappy

    Joined:
    18 Jul 2007
    Posts:
    1,283
    Likes Received:
    59
    Location:
    Cape Town
    Im looking to build a cube.
    I want to have an unobstructed view on all 4 sides without an overflow if possible.
    Is there any safe way of having a tank drain into the sump from the bottom with a controlable valve?
    I realise the risk of power outs and sump overflowing due to return pump not operating but I was hoping there ia a way round this...any ideas?
     
  2. Guest




  3. viper357

    viper357 Admin MASA Contributor

    Joined:
    4 May 2007
    Posts:
    28,750
    Likes Received:
    1,015
    Why not build a coast to coast overflow, it's presence in the display is very minimal and only runs along the top of the tank. You can make a diagonal one so it will be even less noticeable.
     
  4. jacquesb

    jacquesb Retired Moderator

    Joined:
    29 May 2007
    Posts:
    17,868
    Likes Received:
    70
    Location:
    Cape Town
    Flappy - what about having an overflow in the centre, with the life rock hiding the overflow pipe away? Just a single pipe, instead of a overflow box?

    Hope you understand.
     
  5. OP
    flappy

    flappy

    Joined:
    18 Jul 2007
    Posts:
    1,283
    Likes Received:
    59
    Location:
    Cape Town
    When you say coast to coast overfow,im assuming that would be an overflow from one side to the other and if done in clear glass is not to bad?
     
  6. OP
    flappy

    flappy

    Joined:
    18 Jul 2007
    Posts:
    1,283
    Likes Received:
    59
    Location:
    Cape Town
    A pipe in the centre might work,would need then to build live rock right to the top and around the pipe then I guess......its an idea.I wanted to prefably get away from the middle being up to the top so to give the impression of 4 true viewing panes.
    Dont know if Im pipe dreaming here.
     
  7. Chop

    Chop

    Joined:
    8 Jul 2008
    Posts:
    12
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Cape Town
    can you please explain the coast to coast idea, have the same idea in mind for my new tank?
     
  8. viper357

    viper357 Admin MASA Contributor

    Joined:
    4 May 2007
    Posts:
    28,750
    Likes Received:
    1,015
    Yes, it doesn't have to be too big either, as long as it can handle the flow to the sump, although your plumbing would more than likely determine that, I reckon you could make one about 5 cm's high, silicone it at about a 45 degree angle on the glass instead of making it a long square box and you will see it even less.
     
  9. OP
    flappy

    flappy

    Joined:
    18 Jul 2007
    Posts:
    1,283
    Likes Received:
    59
    Location:
    Cape Town
    Would the piping coming down from the small over flow box not be visible?
     
  10. viper357

    viper357 Admin MASA Contributor

    Joined:
    4 May 2007
    Posts:
    28,750
    Likes Received:
    1,015
    Yes it would, I just reread your first post and see you want viewing from all 4 sides. Going to be a bit of a problem then. Your best bet in this case then would be Jacques idea, it has been done on a few systems.
     
  11. goodisor

    goodisor

    Joined:
    9 Feb 2008
    Posts:
    1,062
    Likes Received:
    2
    Location:
    Empangeni
    Hey Flappy.Have you not got any pics of your setup.I believe its huge.??:whistling:
     

Recent Posts

Loading...
Similar Threads - Overflow Forum Date
[wtd] 5' or 6' wanted with sump & overflow box Wanted 27 Apr 2017
Looking for a POKPO Overflow Siphon Device ► Sponsor Request Forum 15 Apr 2017
Zetlight POKPO Overflow Siphon Device 2500 - Easily Create an Overflow System Jungle Aquatics 18 Feb 2017
Reef Octopus Overflow box losing siphon General Discussions and Advice 9 Feb 2017
Externel overflow box General Discussions and Advice 1 Feb 2017
[wtd] Overflow box/DIY pvc overflow Wanted 4 Jan 2017
Urgent help needed Overflow not flowing Urgent Help Needed 2 Jan 2017