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    To drill or not to drill

    Last week, my brother helped me getting the equipment and setting up my tank while I was away busy at several appointments. When I came back, I was impressed with the way everything turned out. Live rock and sand installed and saltwater delivered. The tank has been running for a week now and it looks awesome. Except one thing. The overflow is one of those that hang from the back of the tank. I'm nervous that this is not reliable enough.

    My question is: Should I stop the current cycle for a moment? My plan is to empty the water in a can, carefully remove the rocks and place in another can with some of the water and do the same with the sand. Then, take the tank outside and drill the necessary holes to build a good overflow system. I'm thinking like a "Bean Animal" design. Put the pipes in place, put back rocks, sand, and water.

    Is this a good idea? Since I don't have any corals or fish, I thought this is the moment to do it.

    Tank details: 65g. already checked and it's not tempered glass for front, back and sides.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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    Definitely better to have a drilled tank than one with an overflow box, which sometime can fail.
    As far as the tank's cycle, the cycle will start again whenever you setup the tank with the new overflow, and it is better to do it now than waiting for it to cycle completely and then drill.
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    I agree with Cesar, drill now and enjoy the benefits later.
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    Drill baby drill
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    If you don't now, you'll regret you didn't in the future.
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    I have a bit that works for a 1" bulk head. If you don't drill it you have a good chance you will be mopping later.

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    Quote Originally Posted by philip_r5 View Post
    Drill baby drill
    This. Just take your time and go slow. I was nervous as heck when I drilled one hole in my 60 cube but it turned out fine. Go from the inside to the outside if you can. The side that the drill starts on will almost always be the smoothest and that's where the gasket sits from the bulkhead to seal. That being said, I didn't have the room and mine turned out fine.

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    Drill!

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    Drill it bean animal is only way to go.
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