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How much do you need? Home Depot has the clear (food grade) and the red/blue pipe which are fit for human water consumption (indoor plumbing).

http://www.homedepot.com/s/pex%2520pipe?NCNI-5

If you want black, this is aquarium safe.

http://www.homedepot.com/p/Watts-5-8...KI10/100154701
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I went to Lowes (pretty similar) and just looked at the tubing. I bought some that was lead free and right on the tag it said, "safe for aquarium use."


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I'm actually looking for a 50 or 100 ft roll of it, preferably clear, 1" OD 3/4" ID, fittings like elbows and Ts too, but nobody at homedepot can seem to help me find what I need. They said the Plex tube is not for water. I spoke to someone online, in the plumbing department, and the customer service desk. I just sent them an email, but I suspect that wont do any good either.

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I just purchased some clear tubing at Lowes, 3/4" ID, that they spooled off of a large reel. The reel was probably 100'+ new, so I suspect you can reel off the desired amount OR purchase the whole reel.

I searched HD:

http://www.homedepot.com/p/Watts-3-4...RVNL/202257715

$75 for 75' of 3/4" PVC tubing.

I noticed, what could be an error, some super cheap 5/8" line.

http://www.homedepot.com/p/Watts-3-4...RVLK/202257731

$10 for 100' of it.

Here is the PVC tubing selection.

http://www.homedepot.com/s/pvc%2520tubing?NCNI-5

Some more options from amazon:

$17 per 20'
http://www.amazon.com/Watts-SVNL20-Pre-Cut-Diameter-20-Foot/dp/B0046ECL1C/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1431442496&sr=8-4&keywords=3%2F4%22+ID+tubing
$97 for 100'
http://www.amazon.com/Pressure-Braided-Flexible-Chemical-Resistant/dp/B00LX6MBU2/ref=sr_1_8?ie=UTF8&qid=1431442496&sr=8-8&keywords=3%2F4%22+ID+tubing


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The Pex pipe isn't a good choice if you need fittings (or super flexible tubing) Amazon has the clear food grade stuff for $33 per 50ft. Not sure if the big box stores will stock that size.

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Pex pipe and plex tubing are probably different.

I suggest driving down to the store and seeing what they actually stock in clear tubing. A lot of the workers aren't experts and the online catalog is not what they stock in house.


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The tubes at HD is too thin (kink too much) or too thick (not flexible).
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The tubes at HD is too thin (kink too much) or too thick (not flexible).
Yeah I went and got three feet of the 3/4 ID and it is towards the end of the roll and the stuff is flat. The walls are thick enough but I guess all the pressure at the end of the roll just flattened the stuff out.

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Yeah I went and got three feet of the 3/4 ID and it is towards the end of the roll and the stuff is flat. The walls are thick enough but I guess all the pressure at the end of the roll just flattened the stuff out.
It could be the material too. Those hose for the pythons are perfect. They're 2mm thick and don't kink like the tubes from HD.
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