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    What's the thing called?

    Discussion in 'DIY Projects and Ideas' started by kallmond, Mar 6, 2013.

    1. kallmond

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      I've been searching for 2 days. I see it mostly in newer acrylic tanks, but I'm looking for the word for a part. I want a black plastic squared U shape piece in which to put my heater and filter intakes. Kind of like an upside down overflow, with the "teeth" down on the bottom to let water in. Inside that channel is my heater and filter intake. Instead of seeing them, the black plastic piece hides them against the back of the tank (which is painted black).

      Does that make any sense? Anyone have any idea what I'm talking about? I know i've seen them in people's tanks, I just can't find any pictures right now.

      /searchfail

      Thanks!
       
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      a weir?
       
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      heater gaurd maybe ive seen them in tanks but never purchased one
       
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      I guess that's it. I guess I'm going to have to fabricate the part I want. Basically, a squared U shape to hide plumbing and heaters, like an overflow, except I want it to pull water from the bottom, not the top.

      Thoughts on acrylic vs glass, and how to make it black? I wonder if black ABS plastic would work.
       
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      use acrylic. It is easily bent and shaped with a hot-air gun. Paint the inside surface with a semi-gloss black. Seal to side of the tank with silicone
       
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      I'm not actually making an overflow though. More of a "parts hider". Some clean way of hiding the huge 300 watt heater, and the filter intakes. I might also position them so that I could run the cord to my powerheads in them, and maybe (if I ever decide I want bubbles) an air line.
       
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      guanl23 has it right. The comb-toothed part of an overflow is called a weir.
       
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      Why not use 2-3 inch PVC? paint it black. few of my friends do this and place small hydor pumps inside they are like 10$ and use 4W but give decent follow within the PVC.
       
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      agreed...

      Probably cheapest and easiest way to do what you want
       

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