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    Disaster averted

    Hey Guys
    I know we are all very busy and intend to do maintenance on our systems but life sometimes gets in the way.
    Well Cliff stopped by on Friday night to pick up a RBTA and some frags from Winnie. I shut down my return pump to access the RBTA,
    whilst we were chatting with the pump off we noticed the siphon did not stop from my tank and water started to trickle onto the floor.

    So this weekend (as I am also leaving on vacation the end of the week) so water change time and time to re drill the siphon break, it was completely grown over
    by a hard calcium growth, i then tested the break after re drilling only to find that i was not 100% happy with where the water level stopped so I drilled a secondary
    siphon break just to be certain.

    please check your siphon breaks regularly to avoid a potential disaster. It would be just my luck whilst away on vacation we will get a power failure and I would return to a wet floor and a half empty tank....
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    Yikes. That's why I don't like siphons, something always goes wrong.

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    Sorry to hear that Tony..
    I had similar experience many years ago.. and Mine was Worse,, very painful
    especially when you have a return pipe
    the reaches Half way down the tank.......

    and that's when the return drilling took place ....

    Now learning from mistakes I have both returns double drilled PLUS...
    when I upgraded the tank..
    I kind had an great IDEA as Fail-safe and it works..
    here is a sketch that I made during the whole
    project Thinking...

    Practically besides I double drilled the return at 1/4" below Water line,
    also the Top side of the return pipe, is at 1/4" above the Overflow Box, so even if the holes are clogged
    once the water reaches the overflow line will Break the Siphon

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    Yes I actually re drilled the clogged hole and added a second above the original so I now have two holes as siphon breaks....
    can never be too careful especially where water is concerned a lot of damage can occur with minimal water.

    Also there is the period in the DOG HOUSE from the wife....lol
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    Yikes that was a close call. I'm stealing your design Luigi..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nick James View Post
    Yikes that was a close call. I'm stealing your design Luigi..
    Hi Nick ... go for it
    IF YOU LOVE THE REEF.. SAVE IT!
    E-MAIL ME. WEB PAGE
    1999-33g Fresh ,2006 planted,
    2001-2014 90g Reef
    2004-30g Saltwater ,
    2014 March 16, 125G
    ,Mak4 for return,DIY sump,DIY Beckett Skimmer(AF37) driven by a Mak4,DIY Calcium reactor(PM),
    MJ MODS 1x400, wp25, RW15,Apex Pro, ATS with leds
    Lighting: 96 X 3W LED's

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    Thanx for the reminder Tony!

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    Good catch. Glad this post isn't about you coming home to another nuked tank.

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