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Drilling an ADA tank

Has anyone drilled an ADA tank before? If so, what size tank and was it the older style or newer one?

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i have seen ADA 30-Cs drilled for nano reefs

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Yea, i know the one you speak of. Mostly looking for it done on large ones.

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Why not just get a rimless tank custom made? :S

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As long as it's not tempered glass, you can drill it. Diamond bit of course, and plenty of cool water running over it. Glass is glass yo.

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As long as it's not tempered glass, you can drill it. Diamond bit of course, and plenty of cool water running over it. Glass is glass yo.

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+1.

You can check whether the glass is tempered by looking through the glass at a laptop monitor through a pair of polarized lenses. Tempered glass will show wavy patterns.

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Wouldn't this be like installing a sun visor, circa 1950, on a new Mercedes? ADA tanks are already perfect!

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Must not be too perfect if the aquarium isnt drilled and the owner wants the aquarium drilled.

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I have often thought this myself. A glass stand pipe makes more sense than the J-tube/overflow looking pipes. I would drill mine out if these were offered.

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I'd prefer not to have any intake or out take tubes even visible, plus I get the added effect of surface skimming.

I've owned my share of glass lilies and they are more pain than they are worth.
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as said before glass is glass if its not tempered you can drill it. google around for " glass-holes " they are who I buy my glass drill bits and bulkheads through.

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Has anyone asked ADA why they don't sell drilled tanks? I agree that a drilled tank can look a lot better than undrilled, even if the undrilled uses those "perfect" lily pipes. Or, has anyone here tried drilling an ADA tank?

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Has anyone asked ADA why they don't sell drilled tanks? I agree that a drilled tank can look a lot better than undrilled, even if the undrilled uses those "perfect" lily pipes. Or, has anyone here tried drilling an ADA tank?
I havent but I bet if you check (the capital >You< AKA anyone reading this) ada tanks are all tempered. (I could be wrong about this< and most likley nano tanks arent since it would be a total waste of effort ) but it would explain away about half the ridiculous price of these tanks, and selling them drilled would only exacerbate the exhorbitant price

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ada tanks are not tempered
i have seen pics of them drilled on sides and bottom
tempered tanks bad idea
they can shatter into a million pieces
ive seen tempered glass explode just by tapping it in the right place
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ADA does sell some reef ready aquariums, but I think you have to request it. They come with a glass overflow box. I've seen a couple over on reef central.
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