Results 1 to 3 of 3
  1. #1
    Mel
    Mel is offline
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Apr 2004
    Posts
    128

    overflow/plumbing question

    I have a box that's about 6"X6" with teeth cut on all 4 sides at the top for the drain to the sump. It's connected to an elbow then a bulkhead with a hole through the rear glass, then another elbow, straight to the sump via 1 1/4" PVC. My return to the tank is 1" clear flexible tubing 4 1/2 ft. up that goes over the top of the tank to a spraybar. My return pump is a Pond Master? PJ5000 good for 1640 GPH. My question is what can I change this overflow box to something a little more appealing and how do I reduce the water draining sound that's fairly loud. Here's a pic of the ugly box:

  2. #2
    Mel
    Mel is offline
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Apr 2004
    Posts
    128
    After doing some research, I decided to add a 1 1/4" ball valve on the line to the sump. I know the dangers involved with blockage of the line to the sump, but I will keep an eye on it for now. My plan was to fill the pipe with water, limited by the ball valve flow to sump and this should have filled the overflow box over the intake, but (of course!) the air has to now travel with the water in the full pipe. I think I'll add an air line to the pipe right through the intake so the air is drawn inside the plumbing, not at the box itself.

    I have read about Durso and Stockman standpipes, but I don't know how effective they would be in my little 5" box and with the double 90 deg turns in the plumbing.

    Any thoughts?

  3. #3
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Sep 2003
    Posts
    1,427
    Restricting the drain is not a good idea (as you note). I would have thought that a Durso could work in that box, but ->

    In terms of replacing the overflow box, I've been talking with Harley about getting him to make an overflow for me from acrylic. He might be able to help you with some ideas to accomodate the odd bulkhead placement.
    Nick

Similar Threads

  1. Plumbing question.
    By ThisGeekyChick in forum DIY - Do it Yourself
    Replies: 12
    Last Post: 12-01-2008, 03:34 AM
  2. overflow and return question (plumbing)
    By rayzzfish in forum Just Getting Started
    Replies: 22
    Last Post: 01-08-2007, 02:27 AM
  3. Plumbing question, reducing plumbing for a pump
    By Gools in forum Lighting, Filtration & Other Equipment
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 06-19-2005, 10:50 PM
  4. overflow and plumbing
    By neotekz in forum DIY - Do it Yourself
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: 06-15-2005, 10:07 AM
  5. Plumbing question?
    By DC22 in forum Just Getting Started
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 01-11-2005, 02:59 AM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •