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Drilled and plugged tank?

So there's a 75 gallon for sale on Craigslist that the bottom panel has been drilled for bulkheads, but is currently plugged for normal aquarium use. I've never had a tank that's been drilled before, but this might be the right tank at the right price.

If I go look at it, is there anything I should keep an eye out for? Besides obvious things like cracks or ill-fitting plugs?

Any horror stories about these things popping loose?
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I don't have any stories lol, ask the seller about it ask him why hes selling it
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I don't have any stories lol, ask the seller about it ask him why hes selling it
From the pics, I'm assuming a getting out of the hobby breakdown. By that's a question I'll ask him if I decide to move forward despite the drillings.
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Drilling is the norm for saltwater tanks to accommodate the plumbing. If the bottom of the tank has been drilled, I would suspect it was drilled at the factory and at one time had a weir. The bottom is usually tempered and once tempered, it cannot be drilled, so the factory drills it first, them tempers it, then builds the tank. Sidewalls are usually not tempered so the owner is able to drill them. This is what is known as "reef ready". These tanks are plugged all the time since there are better ways to do this. It does not compromise the tank integrity at all. However, I would remove the plugs and silicone a piece of glass over the holes, then the conversion is permanent. Have him fill it and have it ready with water when you arrive so you can assess for leaks. Also if it is bottom drilled and plugged, it will not fit on a stand unless the stand has cutouts/space for the plugs.

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Drilling is the norm for saltwater tanks to accommodate the plumbing. If the bottom of the tank has been drilled, I would suspect it was drilled at the factory and at one time had a weir. The bottom is usually tempered and once tempered, it cannot be drilled, so the factory drills it first, them tempers it, then builds the tank. Sidewalls are usually not tempered so the owner is able to drill them. This is what is known as "reef ready". These tanks are plugged all the time since there are better ways to do this. It does not compromise the tank integrity at all. However, I would remove the plugs and silicone a piece of glass over the holes, then the conversion is permanent. Have him fill it and have it ready with water when you arrive so you can assess for leaks. Also if it is bottom drilled and plugged, it will not fit on a stand unless the stand has cutouts/space for the plugs.
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