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Old 03-19-2005, 04:28 PM   #1
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Just drilled my first tank!!

In the process of setting up my 200g reef I decided to drill a couple holes in my 56g refugium. I used the diamond dremel bits and it was much easier than I thought. The bits were around $9 each and it took one to the the holes started and a second to finish them so for less than $20 I got two holes.

If anybody has been contemplating this but is afraid, don't be. As long as you have a partner to spray water keeping it cool and go slow allowing the bit to do the cutting you'll have no problems. I do belive my tank was 1/4" glass becasue it was a bit taller than normal tanks so drillinga smaller tank would be a little toughter but I'm going to try this week on my 30g, and another hole in the back of my 200 and fix a crack in my 150g.

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sweet. Do you know if tempured glass can or cannot be drilled? My Oceanic tank came with a warning that said that it had a tempured glass bottom that is good for strenght, but cannot be drilled.

Just be careful that you dont try to drill Tempured glass. could be bad

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Old 03-19-2005, 05:18 PM   #3
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Tempered glass is a no no. It will shatter like no ones business.
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Old 03-19-2005, 05:22 PM   #4
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Go with the advice above. Tempered glass will shatter and be very dangerous.
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Old 03-19-2005, 11:13 PM   #5
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most bottoms are made of tempered which should not be drilled. There is a guy on RC that has drilled hundreds of tanks that claims he has drilled tempered before and will do it for a certain fee but it's at your risk of course.
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