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So I come home last night from work and I can hear alot of water noise out of my fish tank. Wander upstairs to my tank and CRAPOLA.. the water level is down about 8-10" this is a 75g tank so thats about 15 gallons of water.. yes you guessed it in the stand and rug etc. Looking around I think I disturbed one of the connectors (may have not been tight enough too) on my inline heater causing it to leak. It was a major bummer but am glad it only wasn't worse.
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Ahh, that blows, man. :evil:

Sure, the connection must not have been tight enough. I found the hydor connections to work really well.

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I think the Fluval hose is metric sized and the Hydor is 'standard' it should be close enough but I had some troubles getting the hose ends to seat down inside the nuts like it does on the fluval nuts. It would tend to push the tube off instead of clamping the tubing.
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Adjustable hose clamps are kinda inexpensive at Home Depot. Worth not having water on the floor.

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Mini,

I think I know what happened, as I also have a hydor.

When you screw that connector over top the tubing, it has a tendency to push the tubing back, rather than squish over the outside. What you need to do is push that tubing very forcefully while you are screwing the connector. This will ensure that it is not pushed back. Or, as Sean states, don't use those screw connectors at all. Just push the tubing all the way on and secure a hose clamp around it. If you do decide to go this route, I recommend plastic clamps over the metal ones.

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Another good tool I found that seems to work well.. Get one of those Zip Tie guns and some of the larger zip ties, they will clamp pretty hard on something like vynil tubing, especially with the hydor barbs, they only have one lip on the barb. I am going to re-work all my plumbing one I get my external C02 completed and might even try to do some hard plumbing for the elbows and stuff. I can't seem to make the bends I need to keep the plumbing neat.
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Another good tool I found that seems to work well.. Get one of those Zip Tie guns and some of the larger zip ties, they will clamp pretty hard on something like vynil tubing, especially with the hydor barbs, they only have one lip on the barb. I am going to re-work all my plumbing one I get my external C02 completed and might even try to do some hard plumbing for the elbows and stuff. I can't seem to make the bends I need to keep the plumbing neat.
To clean up my plumbing I recently bought a few packs of these. For me they made life much easier. Bends are short and neat and they do seem to grip tubing very well, without the need for extra hose clamps.

However, after your experience with the Hydor locking system, you might be weary of trying out that product.

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