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Old 05-18-2011, 09:59 PM   #1
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Glass Nano Tank build

Hey all,

About to start building my own glass nano tank! I am doing this because No one really makes a tank that fits both my wants and needs therefore I am going to build one that does!

I have been doing a bunch of research and feel ready to move to the next stage which is planning my tank, I am going to the glass store tomorrow to see what I can find and see what my options are. If the glass option pans out i always have acrylic which I can get from lowes or another such store but after everything I read I am really leaning towards glass.

SO my real question is does any one have any helpful tips or advice? I am going to use this thread as a build thread for the tank itself as well so bare with me!!

Thanks everyone!
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Old 05-18-2011, 10:22 PM   #2
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You don't want the acrylic from Lowe's or Home Depot. For making tanks you need cell cast acrylic, which is quite a bit more expensive.

Also, for glass, you want tempered.
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Old 05-18-2011, 10:41 PM   #3
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Really? Everything I read says to stay far away from Tempered, because it shatters when you cut it and getting glass cut then treated is break the bank expensive. Its quite a small tank, 18 inches wide by 12 inches deep by 10 or 11 inches high so the high strength of tempered wouldn't be needed.
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you're correct, tempered glass is usually avoided due to not being able to cut/drill and the high cost. Just make sure you use either all acrylic or all glass since mixing them will complicate the process
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I know you can drill tempered glass, just there is a little procedure to it.

How to Drill a Glass Aquarium | eHow.com
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I know you can drill tempered glass, just there is a little procedure to it.

How to Drill a Glass Aquarium | eHow.com
I think you missed something in the "Tips and Warning" section:

#2 "Never try to drill tempered glass."
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I think you missed something in the "Tips and Warning" section:

#2 "Never try to drill tempered glass."
I apologize. It was a few years ago when I saw the thread, and I was sure it was tempered. Most threads I looked through said not to drill tempered glass, but a few did actually succeed.
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I apologize. It was a few years ago when I saw the thread, and I was sure it was tempered. Most threads I looked through said not to drill tempered glass, but a few did actually succeed.
No biggy, I was interested in the link because I thought they had some new technology to allow drilling it. I used to work with tempered glass years ago and there wasn't anything you could do to it once it's cooked.
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