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Good, Cheap Glass Cutter?

I'm in need of a glass cutter to modify my glass top for my fluval flora. I recently got a pair of Endler's and my female has already jumped out once. I have floaters galore in that tank, but that obviously didn't hinder her.

The tops won't work as is due to my HOB canister filter. I've read of a few ppl modifying these tops, so I know it can be done... it's just I've never cut glass and haven't the slightest clue on which glass cutter to buy.

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You can get a glass cutter for pretty cheap but it only cuts in straight lines plus you wpuld need to sand the edges so you cant cut yourself afterwards

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Does it matter what kind I get? I did a quick peek on Amazon and they seem to come in all shapes and sizes. There are hobby ones for crafts, plier style ones... unsure which to get.

Ah hah, yes... I don't want to cut myself. Thanks for that, would have been a complete after thought if you hadn't said something. After thought as in after I cut myself I'd think of it, lol.

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You can get a glass cutter for pretty cheap but it only cuts in straight lines plus you would need to sand the edges so you cant cut yourself afterwards

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The wheel glass cutters can cut in any direction and shape, including a circle and an S. The limiting factor is the skill of the person wielding said cutter.

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The wheel glass cutters can cut in any direction and shape, including a circle and an S. The limiting factor is the skill of the person wielding said cutter.
Haha well yeah but that get difficult

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Why not buy some plexiglass and make your own top? It goes for really cheap. Around 5-6 dollars a sheet. They can be cut with xacto or box knives, almost the same way as regular glass. Although it scratches easily, its much cheaper to replace.
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On the EBI's and Flora's, the light bends the plexiglass. I tried this on my EBI and it ended up looking horrible.
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You don't need much for that job. The type that are a straight handle with a wheel are all you need, like this one:
Oil Feed Gold Tone Handle Carbide Tipped Head Glass Cutter - Amazon.com Oil Feed Gold Tone Handle Carbide Tipped Head Glass Cutter - Amazon.com
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Amazon.com: Cutter Tipped Cutting Tool for Glass Minerals Diamond: Arts, Crafts & Sewing Amazon.com: Cutter Tipped Cutting Tool for Glass Minerals Diamond: Arts, Crafts & Sewing

You can get them at hardware or craft stores too.

Go to Lowes/Home Depot/your preferred hardware store and buy some window glass (float glass), or find some old float glass from a garage sale picture frame/whatever. It's really cheap. Then watch some Youtube videos. Practice on a different piece before cutting anything you care about. It's not hard, but you do need a feel for it since it's easy to make mistakes you can't fix.

It's important to keep the cutter perpendicular to the glass and to get a nice smooth quick motion to get a good score. You don't need to grind the cutter in, a relatively shallow score works fine (you do need to apply some pressure, just not much). If you're just cutting a straight line, you can use a ruler/yardstick/whatever to kelp keep the cut straight.

The edges are the hard part, you can use wet/dry and work them, but it's slow going. There are diamond hand pads that work much faster, but they are probably out of your budget.

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A standard pistol grip glass cutter will suffice. I cut my flora top with one. Local arts and crafts stores should have them. Press firmly to score it deeply. You can use a ruler as a guide as long as it is well secured. After you score it with the cutter you can break it manually with a wash cloth or you can break it with temperature stress.
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Thanks for all the replies you guys, it's been very informative & appreciated. I'll have my BF read this over and make him do it, haha... he is way more handy than I anywho.

Just bought one of ebay.
I should have it middle of next week at the latest. Once the top and cut and all finished I'll come back and post to let you all know how it went

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