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    Hi everyone.

    So, I had a marine aquarium years ago but had to shut down for various reasons.

    I still have the equipment but will have to upgrade quite a bit... This is what I'm planning, most of it will be DIY as I feel it gives a more "personal touch".

    20 gallon, 3ft long tank.
    4x 39w t5s -DIY.
    2x wavemakers
    My tank is tempered glass, so I'm thinking of building a corner overflow and siliconing it to the tank - then placing a DIY siphon overflow inside with a powerhead in the sump with a ventiri attachment so that the siphon will restart should there be a power outage.
    The sump will have 3 compartments - skimmer, DSB & refugium with macro algae and housing the ventiri powerhead,and then the return pump.
    Canister filter converted into a carbon / phosphate reactor.
    2x 300w heaters in sump.

    I want to keep mainly soft coral, zoas, mushrooms and maybe lps.

    Way does everybody think?

    I'm hoping to do this as soon as we get our own place later this year.
     
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    Oh, and household lighting over the fuge
     
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    Is the bottom glass also tempered glass?
     
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    Hi Riaan,

    Yes, unfortunately it is.

    It was the bottom pane that I wanted to drill.

    Turn out the whole tank is made from it. I got the tank 7 years ago and didn't know thay it was tempered when I bought it.
     
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    Maybe look in the for sale section. Maybe get a tank that is already drilled before you start up. Can always sell the one you got.

    I had a setup with similar option as what you are describing long ago. It is not failsafe. Need to check the overflow for bubbles. something will happen to stuff it up. My last issue was with algae blocking the pipe going to the venturi. Did not notice it until the display flooded.

    Not to say it cannot be done as you want to do it. But you need to ensure that the overflow section do not get in any air.

    Using black pipe to the venturi and algae cannot grow inside. But you cannot see if its working. Using clear pipe and algae eventually grows inside. Use a clear piece where the light will not get to it as a check spot.
     
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    Cool. Thanks so much.

    If I find a tank made from normal glass, would it be possible to drill the hole in the base as or is. Pe would I need to remove the pane first?
     
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    Can drill the tank as is.
    No need to cut the tank up.
     
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    Awesome, thanks man. Sorry for all the typos... Using a touch screen phone...

    With regards to my other equipment... Is that ok? Especially the lighting - for the coral I want to keep.
     
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    Also, can I use an electrical drill or would I need to use a battery operated one seeing as there will be water involved to keep the bit wet.
     
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    Tank should be turned upside down and you drill from the bottom, that is now on top.

    Else you can take the tank in to your LFS and have them drill it for you. Just ask them beforehand.
     
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    Cool, thanks!
     
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