I got the tongs at Petsmart too Angie. Mono, I'd recommend that you stop feeding flake food - it just isn't as nutritious and tends to cause nitrate and phosphate issues - as you are experiencing, it can cause a mess in your tank and overflow! Frozen foods are better - formula one, marine cusine, emerald entree, mysis, blood worms, etc. - I feed my fish a combo of of the first three, rotating them over the course of a week. WIth 6 fish in my tank and lots of inverts, I feed 1 cube every other day. You can buy the frozen foods at petsmart (or similar stores), it isn't expensive, and will last awhile. For your corals, and your fish, I would recommend dissolving half a cube to a cube of food (depending on how many fish you have) in a little cup of tank water and then using a turkey baster (you can get them at any grocery store for a few bucks) to squirt the water with the food back into the tank. For my corals, I just aim some on their direction and they extend their polyps and get little pieces from the water column. It is only my emerald crab that doesn't seem to be able to grab stuff as it floats by, which is why I've resorted to target feeding with an extra cube of formula one any time I actually see him picking at a coral. I figure he is hungry, target feed, he goes crazy for the food, and then its usually a good week or so before I see him doing it again. I should also say that I do watch him pick algae from between my coral polyps, so I really watch first to make sure he is in fact trying to pick off part of the coral rather than algae before I race off to get a cube of food for him! Anyhow, I think switching from flake and pellet food will help with your overflow box, as will siphoning out what's accumulated in it when you do water changes, and rinsing it out periodically. Also, do you run a protein skimmer? If so, this should help pull some of the uneaten flakes out of your water column as well. Good luck!