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Old 03-04-2012, 10:45 PM   #341
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I've been looking at the tank on and off today and I'm not sure I'm digging the rock work at all right now. I'm also wondering if the tank will benefit a ton by getting the rocks off the back glass. It's just a big pile right now even though there are a few cool caves.

I'm considering redoing this so it's somewhat the same on the left but about 4 or 5 inches closer to the front. Then tapering it off and doing an island in the front right. Thoughts? Left over rock would go into the sump.
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Old 03-04-2012, 10:56 PM   #342
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I think it looks nice but it's your tank and you can scape it what ever way you'd like. I'm sure it'd look great either way you go.
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Old 03-05-2012, 12:21 AM   #343
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i think it looks great the way it is, but the idea of an island sounds intriguing, it might look nice to break it up a bit? good luck in deciding lol thats always the hardest part.
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Old 03-06-2012, 05:01 PM   #344
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I haven't done anything with the rock as of yet. Thanks for the opinions. I'm going to sit on this for awhile as I've done a lot of changes to the tank recently. I want to make sure things are doing well for a month or so.

I've basically allotted myself an allowance of sorts to make sure I don't go crazy and also make myself try to find better deals on things to get more for that money. I could easily go spend $1,000 today but I'd probably get a divorce

What I'm thinking about right now is the longevity of this reef and what else I need to make it right. My next big purchase is going to be the overflow box to help clean up the inside of the tank and quiet things down. I have been watching the forums, ebay and CL and these seems to be more of a rarity vs complete setups and such. I'm looking at about $100 give or take to get a new one and I really wanted to go with 2 smaller ones for the corners so that's more money.

So I'm considering drilling the tank . I had done an overflow before and this tank said tempered when I got it so I just went with what I knew. Now I have learned that some tanks are only tempered on the bottom. So I'm wondering what things I can to to see if the sides are tempered. I have read a few things on this but haven't tried yet.

Breaking down the tank would take a weekend for sure and drilling it a 1/2 day, plus installing bulkheads and letting silicon dry etc etc. I'd also have to have another tank setup for my stick and some cans for the rock and sand. I'd also need to consider how fast I can get another tank if IF this one breaks while drilling it. I have a 10g I can practice on. Buying another, drilling that and then selling the other would be a much better plan though. Maybe I can find a good deal and that would make my decision easier. Nothing impossible, but time consuming.

I can get a drill bit, bulk heads and a overflow box for a little more than the CPR box, but drilling would be a whole new level. Quieter, I can make it 99% fail safe and the screened top would be a lot cleaner than I'd have to do now going around all the returns.

I should have considered drilling before BUT I'm not to far along with coral and my sump design wouldn't need any modification at all.

hhhhmmm.....
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Old 03-06-2012, 05:43 PM   #345
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If you need an overflow box i can sell you one i have. I have the one from the new sump i bought and didnt need, and an extra from the 90 i had before my 110.
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Old 03-06-2012, 05:46 PM   #346
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Interesting... PM me price, brand and flow rate if you get some time later. There are still more advantages to the drilling though. Big decision!
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I would say give it some time, possibly practice on 10 gallons until your confident in your skills and check around, who knows maybe by the time you get the drilling mastered someone will have a already drilled tank for sale on craigslist, I had a friend looking for a drilled 75 back home so i put a wanted add on craigslist where i am around here and had several hits the first day. I actually got him one from a young couple that bought a house and didn't know what they had for 20$. they were just going to throw it out because it had holes in it lol
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The heaters came today. I've got everything for the mixing station now so I really need to get cracking. It's past time for a PWC! I need to get a sponge filter and my QT tank will be ready to rock as well! I might just throw in a small piece of LR and one of those 1200s and call it a day for that. I could potentially have 2 pieces I use for the QT and alternate, leaving one to dry out for awhile and get cleaned real well and throw it back in the sump again. Repeat etc.. it wouldn't cost me any more money
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Copper in your QT means rock never enters your system again so just remember that
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I wouldn't risk moving the rock from qt to main and back, it could eliminate the purpose of having a qt by introducing things both biological and chemical.
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