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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?
 

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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.
 

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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?
 

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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.
 

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can you please explain the coast to coast idea, have the same idea in mind for my new tank?
 

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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?
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.
 

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Would the piping coming down from the small over flow box not be visible?
 

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Would the piping coming down from the small over flow box not be visible?
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.
 

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Hey Flappy.Have you not got any pics of your setup.I believe its huge.??:whistling:
 

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