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How to Drill your aquarium and install a Shadow Overflow

Here is the video that shows you how to drill and install the Shadow Overflow on your aquarium. If you have any questions regarding this procedure...
  1. Sistawolf

    Sistawolf Valuable Member R2R Supporter

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    I just won one in a raffle.. now all I need is my new tank.. can't wait to get this going..
     
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    Awesome!!! Congrats on a great win!
     
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    Having recently drilled a new tank with trim, I can share one tip: watch out for glass sludge getting stuck up under the trim. Might be a good idea to mask it off so it doesn't happen. I didn't notice it on mine until after I'd painted the back, so then I had to ruin my paint job to flush out the sludge. I also found that while not critical, it helps to clamp a backer block of scrap wood under the glass. Just a little extra support against chip out. I guess that's two tips!
     
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    Great tips @don_chuwish
     
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    saltnewb Well-Known Member

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    @mixer911 random question. Would it be possible to get the drill template for the shadow overflow box? I plan on going that route, but wanted to make sure I don't break the glass before spending the money on an overflow that I could potentially end up not being able to use.

    thanks!
     
  6. mixer911

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    @saltnewb you can download it free from our website http://www.synergyreef.com/Manuals/Synergy_Reef_Drilling_Template_16_Shadow.pdf and make one

    or if you want the physical one we make they are $5 plus shipping. Just email us.
     
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    saltnewb Well-Known Member

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    @mixer911 Thanks for getting back so fast with great info!
     
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    saltnewb Well-Known Member

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    @mixer911 Not sure if it matters, but the red line for the water line is 1/16" short of 1". I know it is practically nothing, but thought you would like to know, in case it was super important.
     
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    I like that PDF template, I had to use it drilling my new tank because I couldn't find the original that came with my 2nd generation "Synergy Reef Overflow". Thanks for keeping the hole location the same!
    A couple of things that would improve the PDF: 1) a center dot in the middle of each hole and 2) a center line between the two holes.
    Useful when making your own guide template out of wood or whatever.
     
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    saltnewb Well-Known Member

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    Using the guidelines provided on the template you only need a pen and straight edge to get the dot in the middle of the two holes and as far as the center line, just fold your paper in half lining up the circles before creasing the paper.
     
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    I'm about to drill my Aqueon 120. If the inside box is 1/8" below the inside trim, will the water level be higher than the bottom of the outside trim? I don't want to see the waterline from the outside.
     
  12. mixer911

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    @don_chuwish That's a good idea. I can add those pretty quickly.

    @saltnewb That's a great idea also!

    @Limpet Yes it should be perfect!
     
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    don_chuwish Valuable Member R2R Supporter Build Thread Contributor Partner Member 2018

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    Funny, that's exactly what I did.
     
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    I have to agree! Some guys try to compare S.R. Ghost or Shadow to that 100 dollar one! Lol. My buddy made that mistake. I only paid 150 for the Shadow and got a free shirt. But I'll pay 300 for the Ghost before paying a 100 for that one!
     
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    Won't let me say E B A Y one for some reason.
     
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    mixer911 Make them green with envy R2R Supporter MTRCMember Gold Sponsor

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    The budget "knock off's" are really bad. It is sad that people trust companies like that and spend their money on their knock offs. I understand people want to try and save a few bucks, but wasting money on inferior products actually costs more in the end. The Shadow is hands down a far better product because of the R&D and testing we have done. Plus we manufacture theme professionally, not chopping up scraps and gluing them together to try and make a quick buck.
     
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    Acro maniac Well-Known Member Build Thread Contributor

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    I was hoping to drill my 180 marineland as im typing this , but i have some concerns on water level.
    When i place the templete inside the tank as directed the outside box hits the trim. So i lowered it 1/4" to give some clearence to remove the outside lid and im still not sure when installed i will be able to remove it. The other thing is the water level line on templete is 3/16in below the trim. I dont think i can go any lower already to low on the water level reveal and outside box top possibly needs more clearence . Whole idea with the trim tank is not to see the water line. Please help me out
     
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  18. mixer911

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    @Acro maniac If you follow how I did the video you will have a water level above the plastic trim. The rear box will be pretty much dead flush with the back trim. You will be able to remove the lid perfectly fine once the gaskets are in place they will push the box out away from the trim, so it will not interfere. Here are a couple of photos to see how the rear box should line up with the trim. You will not see your water line if installed like this. Hope this helps.

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    looking good
     
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    Acro maniac Well-Known Member Build Thread Contributor

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    Thanks for a fast response im just back from dinner and going to relook with the gaskits to see the fit.
     
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