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.