Weir comb wall. glass or plastic?

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Hi all can someone help me with this. I am installing 2 wair comb walls for my sump drains but when you see plastic ones they look dirty after a while plus plastic scratches easy so I thaugh glass walls would be better and just get a comb clip or glue a comb to the top of the glass but how do you hide the pipes behind the glass? Can you get reef safe paint?  I want my back wall black. Any ideas welcome
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Reply #1

The plastic ones, the good plastic ones at least are removable. The main body of it is permanently fixed with silicone, and the comb itself is removable so you can adjust it's height and remove for cleaning.

Generally, whenever mine got 'dirty', I'd just brush them off with a little bottle brush I'd keep in my hood. The stuff that comes off would just end up in the skimmer or sock if you have one.

For the rear walls, you can paint the back of the tank, on the outside with pretty much any paint, but water based would remove easier in the future.
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Reply #2

My wier box is black acrylic and just let what ever wants to grow on it grow.

D&D do some combs that clip on to the edge of the wier box.
Phytoplus do a range of custom option weir boxes and combs.

Not sure about reef safe pant to paint the inside of a glass wier box.


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My weir box is glass , i cut a bit of the background i used on the back of the tank to fit inside the box and siliconed it in place . I don't have a toothed guard on mine which gives better surface skimming although this can be a little risky for livestock going over the weir . I have a grate inside the weir box to protect my pipework from blockages at which i now run the water level above incase of anything going over the top . I recently lost a six line wrasse due to not having the water high enough in the weir box above the grate . This is the only thing I've had go over and get stuck .

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Reply #4

Not many people bother to clean the back wall.   Just let coraline algae grow instead.  That means the only real consideration is stopping the weir from blocking, which as Mike said, you can fix easily with a plastic bristled brush (I have a washing up brush dedicated to the tank I use to clean the weir combs, skimmer, other odds and sods).
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Reply #5

Ok. Can you get aquarium safe paint to paint on the back of a glass weir wall?

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Reply #6

I siliconed a bit of background to the inside of mine , just make sure you thinly coat all the glass that it's to be applied to

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Can you post a pic gav so I can see it please?

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Yeah I'll pop one up shortly

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Reply #9

My weir .... As you can see from my pic i didn't smear the silicone all the way across and ended up with a bit of a bubble which will be fixed the first time it's drained below this in the future . Otherwise it looks good and matches what i have also on the back of the tank .

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