New Tank Drilling

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  1. SableAquarium

    SableAquarium

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    Hi guys. I am busy setting up a wall devider aquarium system, and need my 315ltr, 10mm untampered glass aquarium drilled with 2x 50mm holes on the side for my overflow system. Anybody know of an experienced person in the Pretoria area that does this sort of drilling. Local glass store can only do glass sheets that can be placed on a flat surface. Any help is greatly appreciated.
     
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  3. Franna29

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    you can ask at Dory pets in centurion.
     
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    Do it yourself. Buy a 50mm diamond hole saw for glass from builders warehouse. Get a few pieces of off cut 10mm glass and practice. A lot easier than you think.
     
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    Hi Martin, I did just that, then practiced on a glass sheet but my hand drill was all over the show. Don't want to break my tank. So if I can get it to somebody that is experienced in this the better.
     
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    There's a method to do it...u 1st have to make a small "guiding groove' in the glass...check on you tube. It's not too difficult. .trick is not to apply too much pressure while drilling and to squirt water on it to keep it cool
     
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    you can ask Deon at Dorry Pets to do it. Obviously at some fee, need to ask them.
     
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    There's an awesome drill guide at builders with suckers on. A bit pricey but then you have it for ages. I did 3x 32mm holes through star fire with no experinence and it worked. I just taped the hose to the glass and gunned it
     
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    So it's real easy, use a piece of polystyrene and drill it with your diamond whole saw bit first. Then hold that on the tank where you want to drill your hole. Use it as a guide and you drill wont wonder all over the place. Drill not too fast and not too much pressure and lotsa water running on it all the time. Drilled lots holes this way in all thicknesses of glass. Drilling is easier than cutting for me.
     
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    Thanks all for your info. I am out of the county at the moment, but think I will try again my hand at drilling when I get back next month. Regards
     
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    Polystyrene is your friend...
     
  12. viper357

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    I used blocks of wood as a template when I drilled my tank, it was scary as hell but went off without a hitch, just need lots of water and a slow drill speed. :)

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    Drill successful

    Hi guys

    Thank you all for your advise. Made a template out of wood and that was the key. Drilled two perfect 50mm holes on the side of my tank. :thumbup:
     
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    Nice one, well done. :)
     
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