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I run a sumped tank and it's great but sometimes I wish I hadn't set it up this way. There are just more things that can go wrong with a sump.

That being said I would recommend drilling the tank (as long as it's not tempered!). A drilled overflow is safer since you don't have to worry about losing siphon as you do for hang-on back overflows. You will still have to worry about leaves clogging your weir teeth and drains.

The simplest method in my opinion would be to get one of the internal/external low profile overflow kits like the eshopps eclipse or prodigy or something similar from another brand. With a tank, that size you will probably want to run a bean animal drain set up or a the very least a Herbie style drain for extra flood safety.

I use the eshopps eclipse s on my tank and it works well as long as you are careful with the initial alignment. Since my tank is rimmed I did not use the included drill guide as it would have put my water level too low. I have details on my tank's plumbing in my journal if you are interested.
 

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@Bimmerknut Glad to help!

Here are some pictures of the overflow and plumbing.
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Also, take a look at post 24 in my journal here at APC, I describe the overflow box and drilling process in more detail there.

For a little more info and pictures on the plumbing take a look at my journal for the same tank on a reef2reef. When I was working on how to set up my sump I found the reef forums to be super helpful since most reef tanks run sumps while few planted tanks do.

If you want more details or pictures on any of the plumbing, sump, etc just let me know.
 
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