Do I ned to cover the overflow box??????

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I had another idea to cover the overflow. I've seen little mesh hang in breeder tanks . They are basically a little cube surrounded by mesh. One of them might be a good size for the overflow box. I'll check around and let you know. :D
 

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Lawfish a good way to make more hiding spots with little LR is to take a clay pot or whatever you please then stack up the rock around it. Takes less rock farther.
 

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Overflow cover - It isn't pretty but it works

Hello all:
Well, I finally covered the overflow box. I used net material held in place with plastic cable ties. It isn't very pretty but it seems to be working great. See attached pictures. I hope that this is of some help :shock:

If anyone has comments on how to improve my design please let me know. Cheers and a happy and healthy new year!!! :D
 

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Looks fine!

I realised ages ago that the surroundings of an octopus tank dont always look very pretty! LOL The designers of skimmers and overflow boxes just dont take octopuses into consideration!!!! :lol:

C
 

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Thanks:
I'm sure that it is a necessary prcaution because 2 of the mollies that I am using to cycle the tank ended up in the prefilter box outside of the tank. If they were swept in against their will then an Octo would likely find his/her way through the siphon tube. :shock:
 

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Yep, that is a certainty! 8)

Try to make sure that as a precaution you cover intakes to filters and powerheads with a sponge or prefilter to make sure that if worst comes to worst it doesnt get pulled into the impeller!

Cheers
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Hey all:

I found that using netting to cover the overflow box can be quite an annoyance!!! It quickly becomes clogged and interferes with water flow plus it is a real pain to clean. I have hit upon another solution. I am goig to cover the top of the overflow box with acrylic with a hole cut out for the siphon tube. Thus, the water can still flow through the slots but a curious octo cannot enter the box and end up in the sump. (Hopefully) I'll post some pics of this solution if anyone is interested.

George
 

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my thoughts exactly

i am getting ready to do this to my hang on overflow box as well. i have some extra plexiglass at work.
but after looking at it again. i havent put water in this tank yet it appears if i put it in the highest position the glass top my sit nicely on top of it. any way i figure ive got at least 3 months to work it out. although i think i'm gonna oder a baby bimac in 2 months to go in a new 15 tall i recently set up untill the 37+10 is ready in another 2 months.

another thing..about the u tube. consider installing a air valve in the top of it so you would'nt have to remove it to get a siphon going. just attach air hose open valve and suck. hold your thumb over the hose and shut the valve.

this would probably allow a tighter fitting u tube!!!
 

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In my opinion, covering the overflow box is an invitation for disaster. If the octopus can park itself in the U tube, then U have yourself a big problem as the sump keeps pumping water into the tank.

regular fiberglas window screening and a rubberband is usually suitable for any intake grille, but it will need to be brushed out periodically.

Plastic needlepoint grids sold at any arts & crafts store is a ceph keeper's best friend. A huge sheet costs a buck, and regular scissors can cut it. There are a million ways to fasten it to things, but I've yet to discover anything better than a dab of silicone.

Of course, if you just keep a bimac, there is no need to cover or screen anything.

Rock on, Jimbo
 

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hi Jim, in the last year or so there have been 2 or so octos that have climbed out, both were bimacs... maybe water conditions weren't perfect??? (maybe Nancy knows the number?)
 

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