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Old 02-13-2018, 11:11 AM   #1
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drilling 20 long?

So Im going to be picking up my stand to convert my reef (term used loosely right now).
I want to drill my bulk head hole for now though and was curious what size and how low I should do this.
I dont want to degrade the strength of the tank by going to high nor do I want it to low so the water level always looks down.

I also want to make sure Im using the correct pipe size even though I will be installing a valve to control flow.

I plan on plugging the hole until the entire change is done then using my 29 its all in now as a sump, refug for it. I only plan on using the 29 with about 15 gallons of water though and then the media. I want the tank to have some extra space for whatever may happen.

I did have a question though. I of course am not using all the rock I have in the main display tank (20 long) and I am still fighting this algae issue. My plan was to pull a couple rocks out at a time and scrub them really good. Then possibly give them a quick peroxide hit. To kill anything on the surface yet hopefully keep the bacteria inside fine. I would like to then, after that, place them into a blacked out container for a week or 2 (or 3) and let nature kill off the rest of the algae. Do you think this will work? I of course plan on keeping them in water in the container with an air stone but just no light, at all. Do you think this will kill off any beneficial life? Do you think I would need a heater in there? My house gets down to about 57 in these months since we dont run the heat high when not home.

Once the algae is dead Ill place the ones I want in the new tank. redo the process with the left over rocks and then put those in the sump.


Any tips or corrections for me?
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Old 02-13-2018, 12:37 PM   #2
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Are you going to use a corner overflow? Over flow box would be my choice on a smaller tank. Order the box and drill per instruction. With a corner it down at matter, the slots determine the water level. People cure rock in barrels all the time. Not sure the temp will be an issue, not positive though.
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Are you going to use a corner overflow? Over flow box would be my choice on a smaller tank. Order the box and drill per instruction. With a corner it down at matter, the slots determine the water level. People cure rock in barrels all the time. Not sure the temp will be an issue, not positive though.
I didnt know you needed an "overflow". thought you could just drill the hole and let that overflow into the sump using a valve to control the amount of water. Then use a pump to bring it back to the DT.

Thats how I planned on doing it anyway. Like I said I was going to put the hole towards the top of the tank and only use about half of the space in the 29 for my sump to give it a lot of extra room in case of over drainage during a power outage.
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You could... than a snail crawls in ruins everything. That way you you don't have to drill to high, the way you describe would the water level far to low.
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Something this.http://www.aquacave.com/aquarium-ove...low-boxes.html
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Look into the Eshopps Eclipse small.
This comes with the bit and a template to drill in right place..
Nicest overflow to come out in a while IMO .
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What bandit said! I just did a quick.search to provide visual reference
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You could... than a snail crawls in ruins everything. That way you you don't have to drill to high, the way you describe would the water level far to low.
okay, I just figured Id use a cover of some sort over the bulk. I def dont want to spend 100$ on one of these though.

Honestly I have some 1/4" plexi in the shed and some plexi weld. Im pretty sure I could make this. 50$? thats kind of steep for a box, then you need the bulkhead and lid.... 100$ easy. Couldnt a snail just climb through or over this?

If I did use an overflow, why not go with a siphon one and save drilling completely?
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I made one, worked fine. Just paint it black, mine got ugly fast. Do you have a router?
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I made one, worked fine. Just paint it black, mine got ugly fast. Do you have a router?
router yes, but again, why not go with a continuous siphon one instead then?

found this on amazon pretty cheap

https://www.amazon.com/Seapora-56094...m+overflow+box
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