Ok so plumbing the tank.
With this being a rimless tank and me trying to stick to the clean design I decided that nothing was going to be on the rim of the tank. And almost nothing equipment wise should be in the tank was well.
So looking for options I first was going to do an external overflow, but after seeing the builds that people did each of them had issues. Adding an external box doesn't allow you to paint the back of the tank first. When you silcone the box to the back it is then sticking to paint, not glass so its going to eventually fail. Painting the back after attaching the box leaves a visible outline when viewed from the inside of tank. The best option is using an entire piece of black acrylic for the inside of the tank and then attaching the box to the back of the unpainted glass.
The next option that I liked even more was the Xaqua and Oceanlife overflows. However they are hard to find in the US, and the supplier that had them no longer imports them.
I looked into having them shipped from the UK but for the cost of the plastic and shipping I had to reconsider.
So, here is my plan. Please critique and give me feedback on what you think. I may have to do something that isn't really done often, but someone had to be the first person to make the Mame, Durso, Herbie, etc.
The design will be similar to the upturned elbow drain.
It is a fairly simple design pretty much copying the X-InOut.
Here is the product.
And the drilling diagram
So its basically a fancy 1" bulkhead (42mm hole) with a built in weir and a 1/2" return (30mm hole) with a pulsing effect.
My plan is to use regular 1" bulkheads covered with slotted covers and then use the LSS Labratory Mini Water Accelerators for the return. (Marine Depot says they are getting the Mini version soon, but I feel like they are using the Blizzard soontm
and it will push my build out for a while.) I ordered a few small pieces of locline so I can use that it they are available.
Video of the LSS Laboratory Wave Accelerators if you haven't seen themhttp://www.youtube.c...p;v=hujvbfIGFww
Now where to put them? My thinking was putting them on the back of the tank is fine as I can hide everything if I paint the back black. Problem is the returns. With the locline or mini accelerator the returns are blasting very close to the front of the tank with it being so narrow. Other option is to put them on the end and then the returns push water along the entire length of the tank. I'm kinda leaning towards this as it lets me keep the back completely
clean and allows me to keep it clear, or at a later date add frosted or black backgrounds whenever I feel like it. This just has the issue of showing the plumbing on the sides of the tank. To keep it as clean as possible I tried to find "low profile" bulkhead elbows but almost every online plumbing store has them as discontinued, or they have low stock in blue or white.
Picture of a discontinued elbow I would have liked, in black.
Bulkhead locations (They will be drilled through the tank, they are resting on the top to visualize placement)
Sorry that was kind of long winded but this is a fairly critical area of the build and I would like people's opinions.
Edited by Scorched_Ice7, 01 March 2012 - 03:51 PM.