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Old 03-06-2013, 10:09 AM   #1
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is making hole in the tank required

hi, since i have started to make my own tank and also ordered the glass. i had one question , do i get a hole drilled in the aquarium glass for overflow. can anyone clarify and is this useful. is the overflow useful.
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Old 03-06-2013, 07:43 PM   #2
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An overflow is used to take water from your display tank and send it to a sump. An overflow can be either drilled, or a hob overflow box. A drilled overflow is safer because you do not have to worry about the syphon breaking like you do for a hob overflow. But if you do not plan on having a sump then there shouldn't be any reason to drill your aquarium. Hope this answers your question.
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Old 03-06-2013, 07:54 PM   #3
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If you opt for the HOB type I would recommend make it yourself from PVC. A PVC HOB will cost you about $15 max while a store bought HOB will cost about $40-$80 depending on the size of your tank. I have a PVC HOB on my sons 55g and it has never lost syphon when power has gone out, an it takes up way less room behind the tank than a store bought box type HOB. Just my opinion though...
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