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Hey guys,

Im pretty down about my own ineptitude. I finally got to Boston after two days of travel from Germany, finally got everything ready to start setting up my tank. I was so excited since I haven't had a tank in a year with the move to Boston and everything and now I finally wanted to start building and use tomorrow to buy the last minute things ... I also finally got lily pipes that I bought before Christmas and now they are too small. They are 13mm pipes that I wanted to fit a fluval 205 hose. I guess in all the pre x-mas exam crap I measured the sizes incorrectly. Now what?

Can I customize the hose (with another smaller one) so that the lily pipes will fit the hose, and then connect the fluval hoses? Or do I need to sell the 13mm pipes and get larger ones?

Thanks for all the help.

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Crap.


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absolutely, this is one of those situations where I have no idea what to do. Will the pressure from the filter even go through the pipes without issues should I manage to make a water tight seal? Or will I just cause a situation where my filter will pump all the tank water outside?
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change the tubing, that ribbed stuff fluval use is rubbish anyway.
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so the situation can be salvaged with different tubing?
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change the tubing, that ribbed stuff fluval use is rubbish anyway.
You could keep the fluval tubing, which I like by the way, and use something like a 1/2 x 3/4 barbed adapter to attach a piece of clear tubing to the fluval tubing.
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Yeah, this is a non problem for the most part.... although it MAY reduce the life of your filter... but probably not. (increased pressure on pump)


You just need to get a plastic adapter. You should beable to find one that slides over the outside of the fluval pipe and reduces down to the 13mm size.. then continue on from there with the 13mm pipe to your lily pipes. You can get the 13mm pipe from a lowe's/home depot....

Should cost you less than 10 bucks to fix.


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I liked the ribbed tubing also, but I switched out the tubing on my 305 and 405 to 5/8" vinyl tubing so that I could use inline heater and co2 reactor. I'm not sure about the 205, but I would imagine it would use the same size tubing. You might need to use 5/8" tubing to fit into the connects on the filter and then use a barbed adapter to downsize to 1/2" tubing to fit onto your Lily pipes. But yes you can switch the tubing to solve your problem.


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no problems what so ever man, just get a reducer barb. It's hard to find 5/8th to 1/2 fittings but it can be found, or you could even use 3/4th to 1/2 fittings.

I have a pro3e and it uses 5/8th inch tubing and I'm using 13mm lily pipes. You do not have to worry.
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i just used tubing inside tubing when i had issues like this, don't forget to hose clamp.
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5/8" ID tubing can definitely be worked onto a 3/4" barb. It takes a little elbow grease and a nice cozy dip in boiling water, but it will happen. Beats the heck out of purchasing 5/8" adapters online, paying shipping, and then waiting for them to show up.

And +1 on hose clamps.
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Thanks guys a ton. I'll make my way to home depot now to see if I can't use all your advice and conjure something up that will work. Again thanks a bunch.

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