Has anyone built a "gurgle buster"?

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Has anyone built a "gurgle buster"?

Postby spbreeder on Mon Mar 21, 2005 1:48 pm


I found this and it seems simple enough and cheaper than the 24$ life reef wants. Denise
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Postby Ereefic on Mon Mar 21, 2005 2:44 pm

Looks like the Stockman Pipe, just upside down. Might have to try that one and see how it works, sounds promising.
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Postby jbartig on Mon Mar 21, 2005 6:34 pm


If you are just starting looking for solutions of this type, I would recommend checking out both Durso's and Stockman's standpipe designs:



Stockman's web page above seems to document his version 1 standpipe. Here is a link to a discussion he started on Reef Central a while back that describes his version 2 design:


I'm a little confused by the HGB design. Both Durso and Stockman's designs keep the water intake below the surface of the water. I thought this was to muffle the gurgling noise. The HGB design is upside down in that it puts the intake at the water's surface, which I would have thought would generate more noise.

If you have the time and parts, go ahead and give it a try. Let us know how it works out. Not interested in experimenting and looking for a more tried solution, people have had lots of luck with both the Durso and Stockman designs. Lots of time and parts, build all three and see which one works the best for you.

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Postby tapper of spines on Tue Mar 22, 2005 8:44 pm

Not knowing how much room is in your overflow boxes, I'm not sure if you would have room for a Durso; probably not. I attempted to use a Stockman in my overflow, but was never able to get it to work properly. In the end I abandoned the attempt when I couldn't make it function quietly consistently (the tank is in the bedroom). I ended up using a second hole in the overflow box as a second drain. Two drains means a quieter overflow. It's not ultra-quiet, but it's not that loud either.

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Postby BraenDead on Thu Mar 24, 2005 7:42 am

I used a stockman, oiginal design, which has worked great for me and was very easy to make. The one problem is I have the drains in my sump well below the water line which creates backpressure in the pipes and can cause a "toilet-flushing" effect. To get around this, on the cap of the stockman I dropped a piece of airline tubing, about 2', down into the stockman and have an air valve on the other end to control the air flow.

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assembled but not wet yet

Postby pangea on Wed Mar 30, 2005 10:01 pm

I have made four HGB 2 four each drain in my 125gl. Two for a 1in and two for a 3/4in drains. I oversized my stand pipe to 1.25in on all four, so they are all the same. Not sure if I'll need all four holes as drains w/ a Mag 24 under my stand.

Do you think I can push 1000gph thru one?
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