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Old 06-19-2011, 12:57 AM   #1
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to drill or not to drill???

ok so im having the worst time trying to decide if i should drill my tank or buy a overflow box. so please guys help me figure it out my eyes are hurting looking at all these sites everynight trying to figure out whats the best plan for my new tank

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to drill. less headaches then to get a box
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thanks for the quick reply leo. what do u think about placement of holes
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i say put them on the back, visit glass-holes they have a good overflow system and if there is a leak you won't dump the whole tank just the top few inches.
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with a drilled overflow will i get alot of gargling sound?
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drilling is always better than using a HOB overflow. drilled tanks work by gravity. HOb overflows work by siphon.
the trouble is, your tank is full. how will you drill it?
also, you need to find out if the pane you are thinking of putting the holes in is tempered or not. if it's tempered, it cannot be drilled.
as for noise, either can be quiet, or noisy, depending on a few factors.
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thanks mr_x for the reply. this is for my new 46 gallon tall tank that hasnt been set up yet. i was looking at glass-holes overflow and return system and i really like that setup. is the a good trick to finding out of the glass is tempered or not??
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with a UV light, mostlikely its not, usually only the bottoms are as they don't get dinged and chipped nearly as much. tempered glass would shatter if it was chipped
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thanks leo, another question i have is if i use this 700gh overflow would two 370 pumps running to two 3/4 inch return on either side of the tank. will that be good enough to handle the overflow or should i go higher on the pumps?
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check what the flow rates would be at a set head. you might only get 200 top GPH at 4 feet. what kind of pumps are they?
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