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sharksgalore
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PostPosted: 2003.03.06(Thu)0:05    Post subject: Cutting holes for a filter.... Reply with quote

I was wondering if anyone had ever attempted to cut holes in a glass aquarium. I was thinking about cutting holes for the inlet and outlet pipes of my filter instead of hanging them inside from the top. I would also like to make it possible to hook up a hose to allow for easier water changes without removing the hood and everything. It would make water changes easier in my opinion.

I would also need to get a list of materials needed and a list of suggested sealants for the fittings.

thanks, kenny
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PostPosted: 2003.03.06(Thu)8:05    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sharks, it all depends on what type of glass you have. In my 75, all of the glass is tempered glass. It cannot be drilled. Most tanks 29g and up that I have seen at least have tempered glass bottoms. I find it challenging just to cut thin glass. I would not attempt drilling thick glass. Since I don't have the equipment or the skill, IF I needed to do it, I would leave it to the professionals. I usually landscape around the 2 pipes that I have so that they are not visible. I use submersible heaters with the wires going down near the tubes, the heater lying horizontal, behind rock work, on or near the substrate. Other alternatives include overflow skimmers, sumps, etc where you minimize the tubes in the main tank, do heating, filtering, and water changes from the sump.
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PostPosted: 2003.03.06(Thu)11:36    Post subject: Reply with quote

good idea, ill try that first. I didn't know if it would be hard to cut the approximately 1/4 inch glass or not.
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