|Drilling 2.5 gallon glass tanks|
Subject: Drilling 2.5 gallon glass tanks
by earlblewett on 2011/4/22 9:25:05
After never doing a water change in 16 months (unless I was moving fish out of the tank) I decided I needed to add my five 2.5 gallon tanks to my automated water system.
I bought a 10mm glass drill and matching mini manifolds from Jehmco. After the hassle of drilling 10 and 5.5 gallon tanks I expected the thinner 2.5 gallon glass to be easier to crack and break. I made a new wood template to clamp to the tank and drilled all five tanks without trouble. The small drill bit doesn't always make a clean hole and you need one to fit the manifold in. I just cleaned the glass out of the bit, removed the top wood brace and drilled the rest of the hole out. No cracks no problems.
So now all 21 tanks in my fishroom (aka the laundry room) are drilled for overflow and are hooked up to an automated water drip system.
I can't recommend an automated water system enough. I wouldn't be able to keep fish these days without one.