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willy
Hi guys,

have anyone tried drilling their tanks before ?
Charles Lam
QUOTE(willy @ Mon, 05 Nov 2007 10:08 am) *

Hi guys,

have anyone tried drilling their tanks before ?


U need the skill to do it. Why not leave it to the specialist, beside U need drill bit that are suitable for drilling glass. And the drill bits are not cheap.
bekko
Here is the bit I use: glass drill

It is better to use a drill press and jig, but you can do it with an electric hand drill if you hold it very steady. Keep squirting water on the glass and drill to prevent the glass from heating up and cracking.

The larger aquaria sold locally have a label saying "tempered glass - do not drill". I was told you could still drill it, but it takes longer and is more likely to crack. For anything over 30 gallons, I use a constant-level siphon arrangement instead of drilling the tank. This lets you flow water through the tank at will. It is a little more cuumbersome than a drilled tank, but is more versatile when you want to change the set-up arrangement.

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-steve
willy
QUOTE(bekko @ Mon, 05 Nov 2007 1:55 pm) *

Here is the bit I use: glass drill

It is better to use a drill press and jig, but you can do it with an electric hand drill if you hold it very steady. Keep squirting water on the glass and drill to prevent the glass from heating up and cracking.

The larger aquaria sold locally have a label saying "tempered glass - do not drill". I was told you could still drill it, but it takes longer and is more likely to crack. For anything over 30 gallons, I use a constant-level siphon arrangement instead of drilling the tank. This lets you flow water through the tank at will. It is a little more cuumbersome than a drilled tank, but is more versatile when you want to change the set-up arrangement.



-steve


Thanks for the reply.

The siphon arrangement is probably a better alternative to drilling the glass tank. But what worries me is that when the water pump below the tank fails to work, flooding might occur.

QUOTE(Charles Lam @ Mon, 05 Nov 2007 12:32 pm) *

U need the skill to do it. Why not leave it to the specialist, beside U need drill bit that are suitable for drilling glass. And the drill bits are not cheap.


You're right. But most tank makers won't want to drill tanks that are ready-made. Do you know of any that offers drilling services on ready-made tanks instead of ordering a new tank from them.
bekko
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when the water pump below the tank fails to work, flooding might occur
When water stops flowing into the tank, the water stops flowing out through the siphon.
-steve
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