How to drill a glass aquarium for a standpipe like this
Plus 2.5mm glass is definately not suitable for an aquarium. That's single strength glass, less than 1/8". Awful thin.
An aquarium lid serves three key purposes. First and foremost, it prevents the fish from jumping out. Secondly, it reduces evaporation of the water, and lastly it serves as a barrier between the light fixture and the water. Glass lids are ideal for all three purposes. They fit snugly, are durable, and are easy to clean. They are a bit more expensive than a plastic hood, but they are well worth the additional expense.
Hoods are what covers the lighting fixture. They may also incorporate a plastic lid to cover the top of the aquarium as well. Hoods that cover the aquarium as well as house the light, are less expensive than a seperate lid and lighting unit. However, plastic lids generally do not fit as tightly as glass lids, therefore allowing more evaporation of the tank water. Plastic lids also tend to become brittle over time and are not as durable as glass.
Well-built glass aquariums can last for 20 years or more.
Type of glasses for aquarium - The Planted Tank Forum
It’s the latest and greatest in aquarium technology. And Looking Glass is Orlando’s Exclusive Provider of the Spacearium: a breathtaking elliptical, hanging aquarium with no visual obstructions. Click here for more information and photos.A note relating to your glass. Most likely, you will be ordering a custom cut piece, order the edges polished to avoid potential harm when installing. If you are making a smaller tank (glass not too heavy), have a way to place weight evenly distributed over the glass to ensure good compression of the silicone and avoid any gaps/air spaces. (Bags of aquarium sand/gravel work well for this). Once this is in place, place a thick bead of silicone around the interior edge of glass. I had never used/applied silicone before, but some tricks to having it come out neat. Use a wet finger or preferably a tool to push the silicone into the creases and remove all the air spaces. If you apply masking tape along the edge of where the bead is, when you push it down, remove the tape, giving you a nice clean border.By far the material most commonly employed to build aquarium tanks is . Glass is actually manufactured heating ordinary sand (which is mostly silicon dioxide) to 1700 degrees celsius (3090F). At this temperature, the sand will literally liquefy. The liquefied sand is poured over tin plates to form panes of clear glass. When it cools, the material is transformed into the transparent amorphous solid that we are all familiar with.
For large custom aquariums, it’s quite typical to employ acrylic. The primary reason is that above a few hundred gallons, custom glass aquaria are far too heavy to be moved by man-power alone. Thus due to the necessity of mechanical assistance, the logistics of installing large custom glass aquariums is typically cost prohibitive.