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Re: Tank, lights, CO2 kits
Chester Wong wrote:
>I would like to use an overflow box, but I hate the retrofit type...the ones
>where you have to start a siphon. I would rather donate a small corner of the
>tank for this. I see that all-glass has their "twin-flo" models that have the
>corner piece already installed and the holes already drilled in the glass. Is
>this worth it? I think all-glass also sells annealed glass aquariums where you
>can drill the hole. Should I look into doing that myself?
I believe an overflow box is not necessary nor desirable in a planted aquarium.
Overflows such as the one in all-glass aquariums don't seem appropriate either,
due to the amount of water splashing they create. Since you are starting from
scratch, why don't just drill a hole in the back panel, just below water level,
and fit it with an elbow pointing upright ? Fit the elbow end with some sort
of strainer and that's it. No syphon to start, no cumbersome equipment to
clean inside the tank. You can even add a few more simple plumbing parts to
provide such things as additional security against clogging, and a simultaneous
underwater intake. To make it less conspicuous, use transparent PVC parts
(such as in http://www.savko.com/).