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Drilling into acrylic????
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monkey5150
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PostPosted: 2004.04.03(Sat)15:21    Post subject: Drilling into acrylic???? Reply with quote

I was thinking of picking up a nice big Aqua/Pro clear (900gph) wet dry and converting it into a LR sump for my 75 gallon reef tank. I do want to add bulkheads for my skimmer and maybe later an external pump.

Is drilling into acrylic tough and am I endangering damaging the filter by adding those bulkheads?
oh ya I have 3-4" of a DSB and about 100 lbs of LR...

thanks all
scott

Why you ask, because it would be so much cheaper then buying a similar sized oceanic or custom sump.
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PostPosted: 2004.04.06(Tue)1:14    Post subject: Reply with quote

That sound like a good idea Very Happy . Just remember the old carpenters adage; measure twice, cut once. Get your bulk heads first and measure them first (I perfer calipers, more accurate than guessing with a tape measure) and use a wood hole saw (for drills) on a relatively low RPM. You want to scrape the material not burn through it. The faster the RPM the more likely you will heat the material and have a rough hole from melting, you also want to use little pressure. The more you push on it the more likely you risk breaking or "crazing" the acrylic.

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PostPosted: 2004.04.06(Tue)8:19    Post subject: Reply with quote

I was just wondering Low speed or High..
thanks gain
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PostPosted: 2004.04.09(Fri)10:49    Post subject: Reply with quote

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