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tore down reef tank, drilled it, then set back up with before/after pics

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by calebjk, Jan 7, 2008.

  1. calebjk Well-Known ReefKeeper

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    Hello everyone,

    Due to growing frustration with my 33 long reef tank above my entertainment
    center caused by typical overflow box problems, i decided to take the tank down
    and drill it.

    Total project time was around 6 hours, I won’t go into great detail but I knew
    it was going to be a lot of work and it ended up being a lot of work, very glad
    it was only 33Gal.
    Anyhow, one thing I will mention is that I gravel vac-ed the
    substrate to remove most of the crap that would have caused bio problems after
    setting it back up, and I went with a shallower sand bed when I set it back up.
    All that gross water went into a tank I just set up, that will give it a good
    jumpstart.
    So, here are pics.
    This is the tank before
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    Here is the overflow box before
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    This is the tank after
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    And the plumbing after
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    And finally a water test done the following morning.
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    I must say that I took out a few large rocks and I really like to more open look the tank has now. The whole job was very worth it but I am not looking forward to moving at all now.
     
  2. xroads Veteran Reefkeeper

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    Very nice I like it. They say once you go drilled you will never go back.
     
  3. calebjk Well-Known ReefKeeper

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    Posted By xroads on 01/08/2008 9:31 AM
    Very nice I like it. They say once you go drilled you will never go back.
    Indeed
     
  4. Benji

    Benji Inactive User

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    ''I must say that I took out a few large rocks and I really like to more open look the tank has now.''

    the new scaping looks great.
     
  5. Wayne1

    Wayne1 Inactive User

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    It looks great, i love that gigantic rock with the huge hole in it. Where did you get that at?
     
  6. Steph & Nick

    Steph & Nick Well-Known ReefKeeper

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    looks good, are you going to be the expert at the cr meeting on tank drilling?
     
  7. calebjk Well-Known ReefKeeper

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    if i am then we are all in pretty big trouble.... that was only my third tank! but i'll have number 4 under my belt in the next week or two.
     

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