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How to drill a tank?

Can you drill any tank? And what kind of cutting tool do you need, and where can you find it? Is it possible to do it with a normal drill?

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No, you can't drill some tanks. You can't drill a tank that has tempered glass. Many tanks have tempered bottoms, and there are some tanks that are all tempered.

You can order diamond bits for drilling standard (plate) glass tanks from glass-holes.com. They are, for the price, pretty good bits.


Smaller tanks--- 20g and under, can sometimes be drilled using a dremel if you have a STEADY hand, a steady stream of water, and a straight shank diamond bit ($9 at Lowes). I've drilled several tanks like that already.

There are all sorts of videos on youtube on drilling glass, they can show you better than I can explain.
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Acrylic, by the way, can be drilled with regular hole saws used for drilling wood. Just don't push heavily on it or you may crack the acrylic in the process.
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I recently drilled 5 holes in my 190g using a cheap ebay glass bit. Expensive bits last longer and can drill more holes. If you're only drilling a few holes, get a cheap bit. I got a 1.75" diamond bit for less than $15 shipped, worked like a charm!

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Only thing I can add to this is exercise patience, the bit will get all the way through on its own. If you apply pressure, especially at the end, that's when it cracks. I drilled 3 10 gal's today, 4 if you count the one I cracked learning what I stated above. Sure was fun breaking the rest of it though

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I'd recommend asking a glazier... lol Do not attempt this on a large tank.
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also make sure you have something to catch the glass with if you're doing the side of a tank... would suck to have that perfectly cut round piece of glass fall onto the other side of the tank and crack it


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I recently drilled 5 holes in my 190g using a cheap ebay glass bit. Expensive bits last longer and can drill more holes. If you're only drilling a few holes, get a cheap bit. I got a 1.75" diamond bit for less than $15 shipped, worked like a charm!
Did you drill the bottom or back glass?
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Did you drill the bottom or back glass?
Back. My design called for holes on the back of the tank, not the bottom. Here's the final result:


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glass holes has good information on how to drill....

one word of advice....DO NOT DRILL TEMPERED GLASS. If you have a commercial tank most bottoms are tempered glass and will shatter...I learned from experience on a 125g a couple years back when I got into this hobby.
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Yeah, tempered glass is a no-no! Check out some of the videos on youtube of what happens when you drill tempered glass

An easy way to see if glass is tempered is with a polarized filter (sunglasses or camera lens filter) and a white LCD screen (some phones, laptop, etc).

Details here: http://www.salt-city.org/showthread.php?t=9542

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Thanks guys for the replys!

I did some research and figured out that the bottom of my 75 is tempered.
I will drill the back glass of the tank and go with the system that jcardona1 showed, thanks for that, looks awesome!!
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Back. My design called for holes on the back of the tank, not the bottom. Here's the final result:

sweet setup! Is that the beananimal fail safe overflow?

Not to hijack the thread, but is it possible to route a square nitch, like 1-2", in the glass for an external overflow?
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sweet setup! Is that the beananimal fail safe overflow?

Not to hijack the thread, but is it possible to route a square nitch, like 1-2", in the glass for an external overflow?
Thanks, yeah, that's the Beananimal. Works awesome too, dead silent!

As for cutting out glass, I have no idea! I'm sure it could be done, but not with any tools available to a DIYer. Would be neat though. Acrylic tanks would be no problem.

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Nice. Isn't it just a matter of lots of cold running water and a diamond bit?

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