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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 08-01-2020, 04:48 PM Thread Starter
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Using Python hose on Canister filter

Has anyone tried it? I have a pen plex canister filter and the hose is very stiff and doesnít bend easy. Its also black and id prefer clear. Do you see an issue with using a python hose which is alot softer and easier to bend? Assuming the hoses are the same size.


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There are a number of items to consider when choosing plastic tubing for most any use. One you mention being how stiff but it also comes in that thinner walled tubes tend to collapse at bends and cut off flow. So we have to compromise on how thick and stiff which makes it awkward versus thin which may collapse.
I would not call the normal Python tubing thick enough for my use, so I might suggest going to most any hardware or big box store and feeling lots of tubing types and thickness to see if there is one which feels right to you for the distance you want.
About the best I've worked out for filter tubes is to go with cutting the tube to the best compromise on length to make it go pretty straight but also leave enough slack to get it on and off the tank. Straight gives better flow but too short makes it a bear to get the in/out plastic off the tank.
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There are a number of items to consider when choosing plastic tubing for most any use. One you mention being how stiff but it also comes in that thinner walled tubes tend to collapse at bends and cut off flow. So we have to compromise on how thick and stiff which makes it awkward versus thin which may collapse.
I would not call the normal Python tubing thick enough for my use, so I might suggest going to most any hardware or big box store and feeling lots of tubing types and thickness to see if there is one which feels right to you for the distance you want.
About the best I've worked out for filter tubes is to go with cutting the tube to the best compromise on length to make it go pretty straight but also leave enough slack to get it on and off the tank. Straight gives better flow but too short makes it a bear to get the in/out plastic off the tank.

Never thought about going to a hardware store... thanks! I will check them out. And thanks for the advice. Makes sense


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I've used the home depot clear tubing for the last 5 or so years without issue.
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