I have recently had a couple of really close calls where the drain in my display got plugged and my tank overflowed. Luckily I was home both times and caught them right away, shutting off power to the pump. Only about a gallon of water ended up on the floor each time. I couldn't stand the thought of it happening again, when I wasn't home. This would have caused large messes as well as probably killing much of my livestock. I couldn't take this chance.
Physically blocking the drain is impractical. One of the overflows was caused by an anemone. When irritated, the anemone can expel most of its volume in water and squeeze through very tight spots. A screen covering fine enough to insure that another anemone couldn't pass through would be a complete nightmare to keep clean from other random debris. Something else had to be done.
I headed online for help and quickly found that there were no commercial solutions that were offering the mix of reliability, ease of use and affordability I was looking for. Most of them involved probes that were prone to corrosion and ultimately failure. Others were so expensive that only a large factory could afford them. So I headed over to the All About Circuits forum for help. There I met erich_7719 and to him I owe all the credit for the finished product. He designed a circuit for me and walked me through the build. Here is what I ended up with.