The AquascapeAquariums are dangerous places. If a fish isn't careful, it can become victim to a number of gruesome fatalities. Aquarium hardware (mostly pumps and overflows) put aquarium inhabitants in danger, particularly small or slender fish, like wrasses and gobies. One of these culprits is an overflow. An overflow, or overflow box, is the beginning of the sump filtration system.
|The black box on the right with the slits in the top of it is the overflow box.|
|The other overflow is located all the way in the far left of this picture.|
The Escape PlanFish like to jump. They take their "fight or flight" response quite literally. Unfortunately for aquarists, this means you'll occasionally come home to your very own crisp fish chip lying on the living room floor. This is why a lot of aquarists will have canopies on top of their aquarium, like I do.
|"Look at me! Look at me! I'm a hat!!" - The Canopy|
|"ALL SUMPS LEAD TO THE OCEAN, RIGHT? RIGHT??" - Mr. Swiss|
How to Retrieve a Psychotic Fish: Overflow EditionIf you look closely, you'll see a red and white striped slender fish in the bottom right of that picture. That's my pacific redstripe hogfish named Mr. Swiss. Here's a better picture from LiveAquaria.
|I bet he tastes just like a candycane! (liveaquaria.com)|
|A better view of the overflow box.|
Getting StartedSo as I said, I didn't want him getting into the sump and potentially being minced, so I decided I'd have to catch him out of the overflow. As you can see, the overflow isn't just some empty box with a hole in it at the bottom. There are two pipes inside of it. The white pipe you see is open at the top. This leads down into the sump. The pipe behind that (squint a little harder!) is the return pipe from the sump pump. The important information here is that there isn't much space to fit a net inside the overflow.
|"I just wanted to see the ocean!" - Mr. Swiss|
|Like broken glass, except made of bone! (ncmg.org.au)|
|"Go ahead, punch us!" (dreamstime.com)|
|No fish left behind... or in overflow boxes.|