09-24-2010, 09:50 PM
| || | Cheap Overflow.
I was looking at an overflow system for $75 on glass-holes.com and was bumming out because that meant I had to wait awhile Longer and spend alot more money. I was looking at a DIY thread online when it hit me! An acrylic panel in the corner with teeth that would then lead to a power head with tubing leading down to the sump(with a ball valve in the middle) NO DRILLING REQUIRED HERE! Have it split in two to fit my design. In the sump in the return section have a equally powered powerhead leading back to the tank with some sort of GPH increasing end or something. And that would cost a ton less then the $75 on the overflow it's self and the PVC you would need since tubings is more flexible and cheaper. Although the cost depends on what you are using as power heads and this is easily made for smaller to bigger tanks. It is like the external overflow but without having to rely on a siphon(if that is how it works I am alittle fuzzy) but a trusty ol' powerhead. Sorry I wil not have a real life version for awhile because my focus is to get my 10 gallon established and populated. But this WILL happen in awhile.
Here is my sump design(I will show a design from google sketchup for the overflow when I get to it):
NOTE: This is my old design with PVC the new one will most likely not have as much as this and what anyone else does is up to them.
Last edited by pretzelsz; 09-24-2010 at 10:06 PM..