Glass Related Do It Yourself Supplies

Glass cutters, shapers, drill bits, and more!

 
DIY Terrarium Glass Supplies
 
We're proud to have been the 1'st vivarium supplier to offer a full page dedicated to DIY gear. Whether you are looking to cut/shape glass, build custom parts for an enclosure, add bulkheads, create custom backgrounds, or whatever else you can imagine, we've got you covered. All the gear available on this page is the same stuff we use in our custom vivarium design service, and we're confident in the quality of everything available. If you have any questions about using anything on this page, or designing or building something specific, don't hesitate to ask us. We're happy to help!
 

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Bulkhead Kit
 
Bulkhead Tubing
 
Glass Cutter (Eco)
 
Glass Cutter (Pro)
 
Glass Drill Bits
 
Handles
 
Living Hinge
 
Sanding Bar
 
Silicone Adhesive
 
Silicone Dispenser
 
 

Bulkhead Kit - 1/2"

The highest quality aquarium bulkheads out there!

Bulkhead Kit For Vivariums
NEHERP Staff Description:
This is our favorite bulkhead kit used for drainage in vivariums. In addition, these are perfect for use with accessory/external water pumps, automatic drainage, aquariums and more. Each bulkhead kit allows for a waterproof seal between a drilled hole in glass & the attached tubing. These are the same bulkhead kits we use at NEHERP, and we're confident that you'll be satisfied with the quality. Each kit includes the bulkhead, ribbed silicone gasket, filter screen (to prevent debris from entering the tubing), and an elbow fitting. Please use our Glass Drill Bit & Bulkhead Tubing to guarantee a perfect fitment.
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Bulkhead Tubing

A perfect fit for our bulkhead fittings (above)

Bulkhead Tubing
NEHERP Staff Description:
Soft, high quality, thick-wall tubing specifically made & labeled for use with aquariums. Inner diameter slightly undersized for a perfect & snug fit on our NEHERP 1/2in bulkhead fittings. Dipping the tubing in hot water for a few seconds makes it easy to slide it right over the bulkhead end, and allows for an extremely tight fit once it cools down. This is the same drainage tubing we use on all of our vivariums.
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Glass Cutter - Economy

Our least expensive glass cutting tool

Economy Glass Cutter For Terrariums
A basic glass cutter for use with 1/8" and 3/16" thickness plate glass. If you have a couple glass sheets to cut, this is an excellent tool to get the job done without having to go to a glass shop. We suggest touching the wheel of the cutter to an oil soaked towel between uses for the cleanest cuts. As with all glass cutters, never double-score glass, as it will create an awfully uneven break. (Plus it dulls the tool) For best results, cut glass that's placed over a few sheets of newspaper, and always evenly support the glass sheet. Perfect for cutting glass to fit over a vivarium lid. Always wear gloves & eye protection when working with glass.
 
Note: Recommended for small-scale, occasional cutting. Those looking to cut glass on a larger scale should invest in a self-oiling cutter (below).
 
$4.49/ea Cutter
 

Glass Cutter - Self Lubricating

The same glass cutting tool we use in-house at NEHERP

Glass Cutter For Terrariums
A self lubricating glass cutter for effortless scoring. The swiveling cutting head features carbide cutting wheel for a quick, accurate line. Suitable for cutting lengths of 1/8"-3/16" thick glass. (What's most commonly available @ hardware stores) Comes with oil container to be filled by the end-user. Always wear gloves & eye protection when working with glass.
 
Nearly identical to cutters that cost 4X as much, these cutters are awesome for any intermediate-scale builders looking for an inexpensive and accurate way to cut glass. Don't apply much pressure when using this tool, as a little goes a long way. (Too much pressure will dull the tool faster, and result in chipped scores) Compatible with all similar brands of cutting wheels. Most glass cutters suggest kerosene as lubricant, but we've used vegetable oil, baby oil, and Novacan (cutter lubricant) as less volatile alternatives with good results. Be sure to completely remove all traces of cutting oil before using glass for housing animals.
 
$9.99/ea Self-Lubricating Cutter

Glass Drill Bits - Diamond Tipped

The perfect drill bit size for installing our bulkhead kits, or Mist King Bulkheads

Glass Drill Bit For Terrarium Bulkhead Glass Drill Bit For Mist King Bulkhead
NEHERP Staff Description:
Our diamond-tipped glass drill bits provide the perfect size hole for either our NEHERP bulkhead kits, or Mist King 1/4" bulkheads, and can be reused multiple times before wearing out. Suitable for drilling most common non-tempered glass enclosures. (Most Exo Terra, Tetrafauna, and Zoo Med enclosures are not tempered, and only large aquariums commonly are) Be sure to keep the bit saturated in water while drilling to lessen the chances of cracking the glass panel, and to ensure longer bit life. We suggest applying very light pressure at a steady speed to cut the smoothest hole. If you've never drilled glass before, it may be worth Googling it before trying it yourself on an expensive aquarium/terrarium! Not suggested for use on glass thicker than 1/4". For your safety, please wear safety glasses/gloves when drilling glass.
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Handles

Self adhesive handles for vert kits, terrarium tops, and other glass items

Glass Adhesive Handles
We have two types of adhesive handles available. One is clear (deep blue professional brand), and the other is amber (aqueon brand). Both handles are roughly the same size, just different shapes & colors. We've used both with good luck, so it's a matter of personal preference. Both handles utilize 3M brand adhesive, and can be removed using a razor blade. Both hinges can easily be painted with our Design Master non-toxic spray paint (above), if you'd prefer a different finish.
 
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Living Hinge Material

Comes in 30" lengths

Living Hinge Material
The industry standard hinge material for vertical conversion kits, custom glass lids, and more. Advertised by the manufacturer as 30", the true exact length is 29 1/8". Each length can comfortably create 3 10 gallon vertical conversion kits (seen above), or 2 20/29G kits. True, opaque black color; Not the commonly available amber or smoke. Fits 1/8"-3/16" plate glass which is available at most hardware stores.
 
$5.49/ea 30" Hinge
 

Sanding Bar

Great for sanding down edges of freshly cut glass

Glass Sanding Bar
The same sanding bars we've been using for custom glass pieces for years. When plate glass is 1'st cut, the edges can be razor sharp. Using a sanding bar held at an angle, you can smooth sharp glass edges down to a safer surface. Can be used wet or dry, but the wet results are a bit better in our experience. (Dry sanded shown above for simple illustration)
 
$2.79/ea Sanding Bar
 

Silicone Adhesive

All sorts of different silicone, depending on your needs!

Vivarium Safe Silicone
Aqueon Silicone
100% silicone aquarium sealant is easy to apply and waterproof. The high strength silicone creates a permanent seal that will not crack or shrink and is non-toxic making it perfect for use on all aquariums. Available in Black or Clear, sold in 3oz tubes.
Marineland Silicone
A 100% silicone sealant advertised for repairing leaky aquariums, or broken ornaments. Available in clear color, sold in 10.3oz tubes. A non-toxic, and aquarium/vivarium safe sealant.
 
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ASI Silicone
The same black, neutral cure silicone we offer in our Custom Background Kits. This is a top-of-the-line silicone that's completely safe for Aquariums, Terrariums, and Paludariums in locations above and below water. An excellent choice for custom background work, with extremely high tensile strength. Comes with removable nozzle.
Aqueon Silicone
100% silicone aquarium sealant is easy to apply and waterproof. The high strength silicone creates a permanent seal that will not crack or shrink and is non-toxic making it perfect for use on all aquariums. Available in Black or Clear, sold in 3oz tubes.
Marineland Silicone
A 100% silicone sealant advertised for repairing leaky aquariums, or broken ornaments. Available in clear color, sold in 10.3oz tubes. A non-toxic, and aquarium/vivarium safe sealant.
ASI Silicone
The same black, neutral cure silicone we offer in our Custom Background Kits. This is a top-of-the-line silicone that's completely safe for Aquariums, Terrariums, and Paludariums in locations above and below water. An excellent choice for custom background work, with extremely high tensile strength. Comes with removable nozzle.
 
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Silicone Dispenser Gun

A heavier duty, no-drip, silicone dispenser

Silicone Dispenser Gun
This silicone gun is compatible with all ~10oz tubes of silicone and caulk. An updated version of our original silicone gun; this model features a spout cutter, seal punch, and a spring-loaded dripless trigger.
 
NEHERP Note!
Traditional caulk (not silicone) is what 95% of cheap caulk guns are designed for. That stuff is much more viscous, squeezes out much easier, and puts less strain on a gun than the thick silicone product used in vivarium building. We've seen that additional pressure pop spot welds on cheaper guns, and even bend the gun's frame enough to cause the silicone tube's plunger to twist & leak from the inside. This model has held up in our shop for upwards of 2 years now (under constant use), and that says a lot for a $7 tool. We have a handful of these being used at NEHERP right now, and they are now included in our Background Kits.
 
$6.99/ea Silicone Gun