I just wanted to share the experience.
30 minutes ago, I decided to finally make a new glass top for my 10 gal tank. I had a strip of glass 34 x 6 x 3/16 that I scavenged months ago from an old piece of furniture. It lay on top of the open tank for a minute while I was taking measurements. Then I picked it up by the ends and ...
it exploded on me sending pieces all over the place and into the tank. It took me a few seconds to realize what had just happened. I got lucky with minimal blood shed (just a tiny cut on my pinky.)
What the heck happened?
It looks like it was tempered glass as it shattered into small cube-like pieces. Now, I have not made any marks on it with glass cutter yet. It was not that heavy as to break because I lifted it by the ends. So why it shattered?
Edit: the glass shattered with enough force to lodge several pieces in the wall a few feet away.
I swept up most of the glass into a pile now, but I still have to take it out from the tank which could be a challenge. I have cherry shrimp there (? how many) and two juvenile swordtails.
I have another piece of same glass which I planned to make a top for my 29 gal tank, but now it made me reconsider.
Can anyone explain why it happened?
29g eco, DIY up to 81W PC (55W used), Rena Filstar XP2 Filter
Corkscrew Vals, 2 angels, 4 corydoras aeneus, Ramshorn snails, MTS
5 gal RCS tank with sand bottom, java moss, small internal filter, MTS, Ramshorn snails.