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vinyl hose question

I had to buy some clear vinyl hose from HD. In the specs, it was listed as potable water usage. I'm using it to connect filters, it won't be used inside the tank. Should I be OK?

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Should be fine .

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I've been using HD clear vinyl to connect my eheim to my lily pipes for years, never had any issues.


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No issues here either. I will say the hoses can pop off more easily, especially when it is cold but they aren't like falling off. Pull hard on something and it may compared to say, Eheim tubing. I still am using it, though I may look into higher quality clear tubing if I replumb my tank in the near future.

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No issues here either. I will say the hoses can pop off more easily, especially when it is cold but they aren't like falling off. Pull hard on something and it may compared to say, Eheim tubing. I still am using it, though I may look into higher quality clear tubing if I replumb my tank in the near future.
Thanks. My anal-retentive side has me securing all of my hose connections with SS hose clamps. They're cheap. A 10 pack cost me $9.00 at HD.

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Thanks. My anal-retentive side has me securing all of my hose connections with SS hose clamps. They're cheap. A 10 pack cost me $9.00 at HD.
They do make higher quality clear tubing more similar to Eheim as well, I forget what brand but it is aquarium specific. The HD/Lowes stuff just doesn't tighten up around barbs or grip as much, though I have no issues and I don't have hose clamps on anything and no leaks. Hose clamps make it not matter very much.

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I don't think it matters if the tubing is submerged or has water running through it.

The PVC tubing I bought from HD or Lowe's stiffened up within a few years. The stuff I mail ordered is holding up better but it's lost some flexibility.

PVC tubing is 18-40% plasticizer which I find somewhat disturbing since the loss of flexibility is probably due to plasticizer leaching out over time.

I'm thinking about switching to silicone tubing secured with Oetiker clamps but I'm not sure how well it would work.

Silicone has no plasticizers and won't permanently kink.
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My understanding of silicone tubing is that since it's more pliable your chances of kinking go up a lot. So I guess it's a pick your poison type thing.


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I've used silicone in my water cooled PC for years. Since it's flexible it does kink somewhat easier but it doesn't take on a permanent set link PVC tubing. I'll use thicker wall silicone tubing for my next PC to see if it's any better at resisting kinking.

I've tried to remove kinds from PVC tubing by heating up the tubing and squeezing it along the opposite axis. I wasn't particularly successful.

The kinking really only happens when I try sharp bends such as inside a PC. It shouldn't happen when used for aquarium filters. There's braid-reinforced silicone which could be the best of both worlds but I haven't felt the need for it. It's also much more expensive.

The PVC tubing kinks when I try to roll up 50-100' of it and don't do it perfectly. Even then it's only happened with the cheap thin walled stuff.
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