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Correct me if I'm wrong (again)

Small aquariums in the 5-20 gallon range are generally made from untempered glass correct? The bottoms can be safely drilled for bulkheads.
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You may try this:

You can try polarized sunglasses. If you look at the piece of glass while
wearing them, you might see various rainbow patterns in the glass, obscuring
your view. This is why polarized lenses are not recommended for driving; the
side windows on cars are tempered.

Taken from http://groups.google.com/group/rec.g...4a949ec6?pli=1

Also, you may note that it could vary depending on the manufacturer.
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I guess at $12-$15 a tank, I can just drill a 10 gallon tank and see what happens also.
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If you know the manufacturer you should be able to call them up if you can't find the info online.

I would NOT just drill into glass without knowing what you're doing- that's an excellent way to get hurt.





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There's been a few threads on here about people slicing through tendons and other pretty nasty injuries after having issues with broken glass.





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There's been a few threads on here about people slicing through tendons and other pretty nasty injuries after having issues with broken glass.
This is what I call Job security.....

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This is what I call Job security.....

Did someone call for security?

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The whole of my experience in drilling glass is an episode in college where i watched somebody use a cone-shaped glass drillbit with a cordless drill on a cuervo 1800 bottle in an effort to make a bong. It worked, but took a surprisingly long time (maybe 20-30m) and created a scary amount of dust. I'm not sure I would recommend it without work gloves, a dust mask, and a well-ventilated area. And patience.
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Drilling tanks with a diamond coated hole saw in a variable speed drill is easy and only takes a few minutes. Watch a couple of YouTube videos to get the technique down.

If any glass on a 10 gallon is tempered it "should" be only the bottom. On a 20 gallon I'd be checking the glass. Your mileage may vary. Good luck.
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I was going to drill a few 10 gallon tanks, but, it's the bottom I was planning to drill.
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If it is an All-Glass/Aqueon or Perfecto/Marineland 10 gallon tank, the bottom pane of glass is NOT tempered, according to their websites.

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Thanks. Thos being the cheap ones, they're what I am planning to use.
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As a general rule tanks under 50 gallons are not tempered. Tanks 50 gallons and greater will have tempered bottoms but not sides. This is only a general rule, if you know the tanks manufacturer contact them.
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