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Old 01/15/2007, 10:14 PM   #1
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RR Vs. Undrilled Tank

I will be moving schools next year and I want to set up a larger system in my new room as the new room is HUGE. I am thinking around 150-180 gallons.

Currently I have a 75 FOWLR and a 40 gallon reef. Both have been thriving for 2.5 years in my current classroom and both are sump less.

Now for my question. A non RR tank is SO much cheaper than a RR tank. How hard is it to drill the tank yourself or use a HOB overflow?

Does anyone run a 180 system sump less?


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Old 01/15/2007, 10:19 PM   #2
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Drilling was nerve racking but simple. follow the directions exactly. saved me a bunch on a 135g


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Old 01/15/2007, 10:21 PM   #3
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whats nice about reef ready tanks is that the holes are drilled in the bottom glass and not the rear. That allows you to put the tank right up against the wall.

With a regular non-RR tank you are foced to drill the rear glass because the bottoms are always tempered. Then you need 5-6" clearance on the rear for plumbing.


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Old 01/15/2007, 10:25 PM   #4
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whats nice about reef ready tanks is that the holes are drilled in the bottom glass and not the rear. That allows you to put the tank right up against the wall.

With a regular non-RR tank you are foced to drill the rear glass because the bottoms are always tempered. Then you need 5-6" clearance on the rear for plumbing.
I know, and I have thought about that, but the cost difference between a RR tank and a non-RR tank is pretty large and may force me into a non-RR tank if I want to go large.


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Old 01/15/2007, 10:48 PM   #5
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I drilled on the end. Makes both lengths unobstructed. Add an overflow box from acrylic for about 40 bucks. One dremel bit per hole @$5.00 each, $30.00 for plumbing and two $30.00 tanks under the cabinet for sump and refugium.


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Old 01/15/2007, 10:55 PM   #6
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I drilled on the end. Makes both lengths unobstructed. Add an overflow box from acrylic for about 40 bucks. One dremel bit per hole @$5.00 each, $30.00 for plumbing and two $30.00 tanks under the cabinet for sump and refugium.
It is much cheaper to go Derics route, and drilling the tank is nothing to be scared of, very easy to do, just need patcience right Deric


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Old 01/15/2007, 10:58 PM   #7
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hahaaaaaa....One of my vegasreefers buddies. Easy. Very scary!

Mano, help with my new water paramiters


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