Drilling my 75gal running reef tank and 30gal acrylic sump. (pic intensive)

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  1. leighton1245

    leighton1245 Horrid Stonefish

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    Hope this might help some of you that are looking for answers on how to drill or about to drill your glass tank that is running or a acrylic sump. Thanks to many of the members on here and many hours of looking things over on the net i decided to drill my tank. This is the equipment that I decided to go with (yes i know some of it is to large for my tank planning for the future ;D).

    List of equipment:

    CPR CY294 cyclone bio filter with 2 built in 6" skimmers powered by 2 Rio 1700 pumps. Rated up to 500gals, max flow rate 1500gph, 26"x12.75x18" in dimensions. For all my skimming needs :) CPR AQUATIC, INC - Cyclone Bio-Filters LFS had a STEAL of a deal on this when i picked it up MSRP $899.99 bought it for $160 :eek::eek:

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    Next is the 30gal Sump found a great deal on ebay picked it up for $50 dollars.
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    Then is the amazing overflow from glass-hole.com, Looks like very good quality work to me and with the overflow kit you get everything you need to fit your overflow to your tank. Nice fast shipping. Also you get candy :) lol


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    Parts and pieces for the plumbing.

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    Since I am planning to go bigger in the future I picked up a pump that will move some water. Picked it up from a member on here for the same price as a mag 9.5:).
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    I also picked up 2 return kits from glass-holes that were 3/4 returns with a "Y" splitter so I could disburse the flow coming back into the tank. In the return kit they include one 3/4" bulkhead a 3/4 adapter and loc-line connector with one 90 elbow. (will post pictures after my cam recharges)

    Finally down to the drilling. (first attempt in drilling a tank ever) I figured that I would drill my sump/fuge first to get a feel for how the bit works and all. When I ordered my bulkheads I didn't want to buy all different sizes of hole saws so i ordered 1 1/2 bulk heads for everything.

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    So the most important part to ensure there is a nice round patter to follow when drilling I used the patter that I received in my overflow kit and marked my sump with a permanent black marker.
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    Now to begin the drilling, the many vids i watched everyone started at a angle to get started so I did the same thing. To ensure they bit didnt "walk on me. (light pressure here is the key)

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    After about 2 mins with (almost no pressure at all) there is a complete groove to follow.
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    From there the only thing left to do was add some water here and there and hold the drill. Until this popped out the bottom.
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    After a little cleaning and washing all the acrylic off, I fitted the bulkhead inside the hole.

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    Fits just like it was made for it. That is all i have for now but stay tuned as i will be drilling my tank very very soon. :) :)

    My tank as it sets now. The overflow will be going in the center and the returns one on each side.

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    Enjoy, I welcome any questions comments or other useful tips. thank you everyone for your help and support.
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  3. ReefPlayground

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    kudos to you for drilling a glass tank. personally, i woulda had a heart attack ;p
  4. leighton1245

    leighton1245 Horrid Stonefish

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    Thank you but i just did my acrylic sump tonight the glass tank is tomorrow :p i did think long and hard though lol.
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    Ah. Then goooooddd luck to ya man. lol
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    leighton1245 Horrid Stonefish

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    Thank you should be very simple
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    Make a template out of plywood and clamp it to the tank. That bit will walk much easier on glass than acrylic. Also place a solid piece of plywood on the inside of the tank so the glass will not splinter when the bit punches through.
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  9. onealkarma

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    how many pound of live rock is needed for 75 gal tank with 30 gal sump