Boyu HX600 cutting hole for refugium

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  1. frenchie1205

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    Hi Guys

    Please see attached pics and please advise.
    just started my tank and want to build a refugium in the bottom cupboard.
    Could someone please advise and the best way of doing this or if it is a good idea at all. Or even if this needs to be done with the setup that the tank comes standard with.
    Am I able to drill a hole in the back glass and have an elbow overflow?
    Is this tank made of glass or is it a different material? Is this an easy tank to drill?

    Can someone also please identify what this bag is? This was originally a tropical tank setup. Can I also clean and reuse the ceramic rings that came with the tank for my new marine setup?

    Last but not least. Must I use the top filter section with the new sump I am building or only the new sump?

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    The mesh bag is activated carbon. Can be used in a marine tank as well.

    I'm not sure if that tank is glass or ceramic as its one of the older types, but I do know that you will have to upgrade the lighting on that tank if you want to add corals to the tank!
     
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    If you are going to drill the tank I would suggest that you drill the back pane of glass as some of these tanks are tempered glass and will shatter when you attempt to drill them. If you drill the back pane and it shatters it is simple enough to replace.

    You can do a test to see if it is tempered, I wasnt bothered checking as the tank needed drilling and if it was tempered it needed to be replaced anyway. I have heard that some back panes are tempered and others not due to them using up whatever stock of glass they have....apparently.
     
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    As far as I know all the Boyu tanks are tempered glass. Why not have the back pane off glass removed and replaced with normal glass that has been pre drilled. I would say that would be your safest bet.
     
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    They definitely aren't all tempered as I drilled mine and a couple of other people have. A couple of guys have also had the backbanes shatter because they are tempered.

    I reckon try drill it and see what happens. If it breaks then replace it if it doesn't you save a few bucks
     
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    Well the front panes are tempered to get the round shape! I personally would remove the back pane and then drill for the simple fact that your putting vibrations and stress on the front pane as well as the back when drilling.


    But hey, its not my tank and I don't have to have sleepless nights in fear that the tank might/can burst late at night all because I was lazy or tried to save a few bucks.

    And the fact that I speak of personal experience seeing as my first tank was a boyu that I drilled.....
     
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    @Mewik @Evo R. Thanks for the help and suggestions. Do you know if I can use and elbow joints and pvc piping for the flow in and out of the tank so that it looks neater? And what size piping should I be using? The DT is only a 60L. Starting off in true minimal beginner style. @RiaanP @dallasg. Would really appreciate some advice from you guys as well. Your knowledge seems to be endless.
     
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    @Visser. Thanks for the help with identify the activated carbon. I replaced the lights that were in there with Sylvania Aquastar & Sylvania Coral Star. They are both 10 000 Kelvin. Are these ok or do I need a better system
     
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    Should be ok for softies & some LPS corals... But not for anything that requires more light!
     
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    @Visser Excuse my ignorance but what are "LPS" and softies :blush:
     
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    @Visser. Thanks for the links. I think this might be the best option considering the size and volume of the tank.

    @Evo R @Mewik. Once again thanks for the tips. Was just reading them again. I think I am going to go with Evo R suggestion of getting a pre cut piece of glass and replace the old glass. One thing I have learnt even from my tropical tank days is to spare no cost.
     
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    Down pipes I always use 50mm, no matter what size tank. The fittings are available everywhere.
    Return, depending on the return pipe fittings. But flexible hose
     
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    @RiaanP. Thanks fir that tip. Will be getting the whole setup started this weekend. Is there a specific size on the flexible hose that I need to use?
     
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    I go with 20mm, again fittings are available, and fit most pumps
     
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