Overflows

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  1. garrethm

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    Hi all,

    Trying to get a better understanding of the best type of overflow.

    After chatting to a few members on MASA, the skinny overflow seem to be the new way of going, but yesterday had a chat with a tank builder who say that the corner overflow is much better as you can get a hand into clean and fetch fish etc.

    I would love to hear from some of the guys who have built tanks and try and get a clear view.

    Thanks
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    Corner box overflow with durso fitted. Easiest, simplest and quickest box to build. Can easily clean it, can get into there (obvious depending on your canopy) to take things out. But take up tank space.

    Skinny overflow. More complex to build. Need ball or gate valve to get it silent. Do not use it under euro bracing as it will then be impossible to get things like snails out. Take up lees space in the tank.

    Skinny with external overflow box. What I got now on my big display. With Bean Animal overflow design down pipes. Take up space next to or behind the tank. Easier to get things out as they tend to go all the way to the box. Durso to keep things quite. Less internal space.
     
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    The most practical imho, external overflow box. Doubt I will ever have a tank without one.
     
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    Hey Brendan. Do you have any pictures and how have you done your return
     
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    My return plumbing could have been easier, I will go for a closed loop system next time with a one way valve to avoid backwards syphoning.

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  8. garrethm

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    Looks really cool, what size pipe did you use for the plumbing?,would you mind pm your number. Would like to chat about the tank. Thanks G @Brendan6
     
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    External overflows are great, take up less tank space, skinny overflows work great too. Don't like box overflows in the corner, though more practical, they always look ugly and bulky.
     
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    In my case a 3/4 length of the back of my tank with a width of 10cm overflow compartment and a 40mm durso pipe works like a charm quite and I gained a refugium on the back of my tank nothing can get traped in it as the over flow teeth are to narrow.
     
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