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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 07-31-2018, 09:52 PM Thread Starter
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Drill a 20gallon

Who knew a 20 gallon tall tank with 3/8 thick glass was all tempered. I'm pretty sure this was a custom made tank lol. I was like, wow this is thick glass. 2 days later, was like....that glass is so thick there is no way it's tempered. Looked for tags, nothing. I was like ok cool. Went to drill the bottom.....pop....i wish I would have seen the look on my face. Anyways I was like, ok I'll drill the back pane and use it for a DIY sump end w/return hole......started drilling......pop.....no fricken way. Drill the sides.....pop....by this point I'm laughing hysterically because I'm so dumbfounded.
Needless to say, I'm out a 20 gallon tank. And $10. Lol
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that sucks but at least wasn't too expensive. Try a pair of polarized sunglasses if you want to find out whether or not glass is tempered....before you drill.

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Yea, I was going to do that. But by the looks of the tank you would never have guessed it. The glass is just as thick as my 60 and 75 gallon tanks. Lol. Yea I'm glad it was cheap.

Although when/If I drill my new 60 I'll make sure I check 100% if it's tempered.
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Hey,
What a drill did you use for that?and a drill bit as well.
We thinking to do same thing,wanna know for future.It can come in handy when we start doing custom tank!
Thanks in advance

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Hey,
What a drill did you use for that?and a drill bit as well.
We thinking to do same thing,wanna know for future.It can come in handy when we start doing custom tank!
Thanks in advance
Diamond coated hole saw. Any hand drill. Don't put any pressure. Just the weight of the drill. Use a water source to keep the glass and hole saw from getting warm as well as wash away glass dust. It's actually more of sanding a hole rather than cutting it.
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