Do you know what type of glass your aquarium is made from?

Starfuel1

I just received some interesting information from Aqueon, the makers of "All Glass Aquariums" that will prove helpful to members who are planning to drill their tanks for external plumbing. We all should know that you will destroy your tank if you attempt to drill a hole in the glass when the glass is tempered. I purchased a brand new Aqueon tank from Craig's list. It has all the stickers on it and the upc label and has never had water in it. The people selling it decided they wanted something larger. I bought it to replace a Plexiglas tank that the center support across the top of the tank broke in the middle of the night and instantly turned it into a Bow front tank. Unknown manufacture, but thankfully no water escaped. I sent an Email to Aqueon to inquire as to the type of glass this tank is made from. What they told me was, "If the tank was manufactured within the last two years AND it was purchased as a stand alone tank as opposed to a tank kit that comes with lights, hood, heater, gravel, food, etc. It only has tempered glass in the bottom. If purchased as a complete kit, the entire tank is manufactured with tempered glass." No reason was given for the two different build types. They also said if the tank is older than two years they cannot tell you for sure what type of glass was used as employees "could" have used either during the production process.
 

pirahnah3

Yup I can vouch for that! Just found out the fun way when my LFS tried to drill a 29 for me, found it it was an all tempered glass tank.... made a really big boom thou when the glass broke.
 

Starfuel1

Better them than you. No danger, no blood, no mess to clean up, and no one putting it on youtube. How lucky can you get. All it cost you was the tank, right?
 

pirahnah3

well the tank plus $30 as that's what they charge to drill them.

Guy who was drilling it has been doing this stuff for 10+ years so I had no worries. He was surprised to have this happen too, I brought him a copy of the post and he was shocked to learn this.
 

ryanr

Found this article with a simple way to test if the glass is tempered....
 

pirahnah3

ok awesome thank you!!!!!
 

Starfuel1

Wait a minute, let me get this straight. THEY charged you 30 bucks to destroy your tank? Something doesn't sound quite right to me.
 

Tigress Hill

Agreed star. Sounds a bit "fishy" to me
 

jaccob

you can go to a glass shop and get a new piece and i'm sure they will drill the hole for you.
 

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