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    overflow proof

    I would like to build a system to proof my overflow box. I am afraid that one day the hole will get clogged and disaster will strike. What i am thinking about is a floter that i will place half way down my overflow box and if water hits it it will cutoff power to my return pump. any ideas?

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    hmm I guess that would work but anything electrical can fail as well. I always like to have more than one drain and oversized at that. It would be worth it to drill another hole and build another box. It can be done with a running tank.

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    i have an 2 inch hole and i really dont want to drill another one. Do you have another failsafe solution.

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    with 1 drain there is no bullet proof way. even a screen on there can get clogged. It sucks but 2 or even 3 drains are the way to go. bin there, flooded that.

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    Originally posted by Johnny Rock
    bin there, flooded that.
    Good one John!!.....

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    Hi Mike,

    I make Auto Top-off units that can be used as a flood protection device as well. Basically invert the floatswitch so that instead of supplying power to a pump to provide water (as a Auto Top-off), it would cut power when the water level rises beyond your set point.

    Very easy and straight forward.

    I am Homer of BORG... Prepare to be..OOOO!! DONUT!!!!!!

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    how can you make it do that and where can i buy it?
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    As I mentioned, you would just have to place the floatswitch upside down so that it does the opposite of a auto top-off.

    I sell these units for $60 plus shipping, however won't be taking orders for about another week or two since I just moved and am still settling in.
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    Johnny, how can you drill a running tank? Wouldn't the pressure from any water or rock crack the glass?

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    can i come by and see them before i buy it. I live in MTL by the way. Will you make a deal if i buy 2 of them. Would you have any idea where i can get a felxible attachment that can fit a return pump and power heads. It's flexible and has a dual exhaust. i have seen some guys at reefcentral with these.
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