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Old 12-15-2013, 09:17 AM   #1
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Drilling an already set up tank...

Is this possible? Obviously not full with water. But could I drain it to the sand, keep fish and rocks in buckets, drill, plumb, reassemble, refill, and voila? Has anyone done this after having set up their tank?
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Since a source of running water is needed to keep things cooled down I would hesitate to do it. You don't want to wash that glass dust into the aquarium

Some others might offer some insight on it but thats my personal thought.
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Get an overflow box.
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Old 12-15-2013, 10:56 AM   #4
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Get an overflow box.
Not a chance lol
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Not a chance lol
Why not? I know that its a bit of a hazard but theres not much you can do... What size tank?
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40 breeder. Def not taking a chance of a hob overflow... I'll just buy a new tank at dollar per gallon sale at petco before I do a hob.
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You should make a circular wall of plumbers putty around the place you are going to drill and fill this with water. You can't do this drilling from the side. I fear the glass would overheat and crack. If you could turn the tank on it's side while it's empty, you could do it.
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You should make a circular wall of plumbers putty around the place you are going to drill and fill this with water. You can't do this drilling from the side. I fear the glass would overheat and crack. If you could turn the tank on it's side while it's empty, you could do it.
If I put all the sand in a bucket, would I need to rinse it before putting it back in the tank? It's only a couple months old...
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40 breeder. Def not taking a chance of a hob overflow... I'll just buy a new tank at dollar per gallon sale at petco before I do a hob.
Hmmm when is petcos $ per gallon sale?
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It depends how dirty it is. BTW, go to glass holes.com and check out their videos on drilling tanks.
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