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Old 01-05-2006, 04:11 PM   #11
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Err...what is "RR"?
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Generally the bottom can't be drilled as it would be tempered. that would leave you with in the upper portion of the tank for an "overflow". I see you're in NJ. In April one of the guys from NJRC is going to be modifying a tank to create an integrated overflow system for it. The meeting is going to be in North Jersey, but people generally carpool to the meetings. You could drill holes where ever on the back to do a closed loop though.

RR is ReefReady (drilled with an overflow/baffle system).
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Excuse the ignorance, but what is RR?
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My tank straddles 2 rooms so the sides have a clear unimpeded view. The tank ends would be where the drilling would need to be. Is that workable?

I'm trying to visualize how these RR tanks work. At the drilled outlet, does the water enter the sump via siphon action or gravity? If gravity, how does one prevent things like fish from getting sucked into the drilled outlet.

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Old 01-05-2006, 06:24 PM   #15
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Beside the 'space' reason, does anyone see the reason NOT to build a reef tank with the overflow boxes?
If you're drilling an existing tank, there is some risk cracking the glass. The chances are low if you have it done by a professional or get the proper setup to do it yourself. (Don't try to drill tempered glass yourself.) However, very few places will guarrentee that they won't crack the tank while trying to drill it.

If you're ordering a new tank, cost is the only reason to go with an overflow box instead of a reef ready aquarium.

And no, you can't drill a tank while it's running. You have to find temporary housing (rubbermaid works wonders) for your critters while you take the tank down for drilling. DIY drilling involves antifreze, grit, and other things you really want to rinse off well away from your livestock.
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Thanks for all of the feedback.

Well I decided that rather than get too elaborate right now and since I still haven't been at this for a year yet, I'm going to simply upgrade the main tank from a 29 gallon FOWLR to a 75 gal. FOWLR. Yeah, my wife won but trust me my next setup will be a 300 gallon reef...
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Good luck!

And to think, I used to believe no-one needed more than 55 gallons.
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