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post #1 of 5 Old 09-16-2009, 11:32 PM Thread Starter
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Overflow box sucks up more than water...(long)

As some of you may know from reading my prior posts I had been trying to decide whether or not to buy and wet/dry sump system to replace my hang on back (HOB) filter. Then I had a post regarding the transistion and how to make it safe. Well now after several leaks and much frustration I have my system up and running simultaneously with my hob while my new system "gets happy". Well while dealing with the different leaks, ALL which were at hose connections or fittings due entirely from not deburring some cheap parts from the production process, I have been anxiously checkin my system for leaks about every half hour when I am home hoping to not find any.

Here's where it gets interesting...upon my inspection before bed last night I was looking at my connections on the back of my aquarium where my input nozzle and output lines were. I happened to check my overflow box in the back and low and behold I see one of my Pristella Tetras swimming for it's life. He had made it through the grooves in my overflow box, through my u-tube and out into my prefilter pad into my overflow box. Luckily the prefilter sponger around the pvc outlet kept him from going down into my sump where I wouldn't have noticed him until it was too late. Save 1 for me.

Now being paranoid and having my system down for the day to get some hose clamps installed for cheap insurance and peace of mind, I alllowed the system to run most of the day again, carefully monitoring it tediously. Tonight I received my order of artificial driftwood and rearranged my entire aquarium. Finally done dinner was in desperate need. By the time I tucked my wife in I did a head count of my 23 friends and with all the new places to hide I kept coming up short....22....22....still....22. Baffled I said to myself it better not have...I checked the back overflow box...nothing...where was number 23? I busted out the flashlight to look into the first chamber on my overflow box where if a fish got sucked in he would end up first. Sure enough who was in there? Mr bloodfin tetra...still alive. Save number two for me.

Now before the second incident I was at a fish store earlier today and told them of my concern/problem. They told me there was nothing I could do to keep my "stupid fish" from getting into my overflow box.

I disagree and pose this question to any and all of you whether it's ideas or from experience with overflow systems...HOW do I keep these little tetras from slipping through the cracks WITHOUT impeding water flow or using a material that clogs easily?

CLIFFS: 2 fish in overflow...how do I keep it from happening?
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post #2 of 5 Old 09-17-2009, 12:58 AM
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Hi, down here they put around the waterpumps they use in the coolers here some kind of a small plastic fence so they pump cannot suck up big pieces of dust, in other onces they put some plastic screen they for for keeping out the flies out of you house, maybe you should look for something like this but with larger holes
May this will not solve your problem but at least you should get the idea what can be done to keep your fish in the tank.
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post #3 of 5 Old 09-17-2009, 02:44 PM Thread Starter
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Hi, down here they put around the waterpumps they use in the coolers here some kind of a small plastic fence so they pump cannot suck up big pieces of dust, in other onces they put some plastic screen they for for keeping out the flies out of you house, maybe you should look for something like this but with larger holes
May this will not solve your problem but at least you should get the idea what can be done to keep your fish in the tank.

I have considered something of a mesh screen with big holes but finding the right size is not easy. I know what you're talking about with the type of screen. That's what I'm shooting for. In case I cannot find it do you or anyone else have any other suggestions or something simple that I may be overlooking? Thanks again guys and gals for taking the time to read my post and provide any incite!
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post #4 of 5 Old 09-17-2009, 05:06 PM
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i mean your going to need a screen point blank, its either that or some really really small egg create to put ontop of the overflow. look through home depot or lowes you will find something. Money
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post #5 of 5 Old 09-21-2009, 01:39 PM
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I use PVC overflow

I use a pvc overflow instead of overflow box and have yet to had a fish get trapped in it. I have had many problems with overflow boxs and my DIY pvc overflow stays primed and has never lost siphon! thats more than I can say about any of my HOB overflows
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