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So it's 1 in the morning, I randomly decide to stay up late tonight watching TV when I hear this loud bubbling noise coming from my shrimp tank. This is not a normal sound, I realize this immediately and dart into the room and flick on the lights.

To my absolute horror, the outtake tubing had somehow managed to slide off the spray bar and was now pouring all over the carpet. I manage to stuff the tubing back in, but I can't imagine what might have happened if I decided to go to sleep at a normal time today :icon_eek: 20 or so gallons of water all over my floor...

I'm guessing the tubing wasn't in tight enough? Which is strange, because the filter has been up and running for weeks now.

I'm now very nervous about this and am considering wrapping all the connections in electrical tape or duct tape.

What do you guys do to secure your tubing? Is this a problem that happens often? I don't hear many stories about people's tanks being drained by their filters...maybe I was just incompetent in my setup.
 

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What brand filter? It's surprising that your hose came off, if pushed over two or more barbs of a barbed fitting.

Tape is a poor choice if you really want to have assurance that a hose will stay on. As Tanen suggest, hose clamps are the absolute best, and zip ties will be better than tape.
 

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I have an Eheim filter, my idea for the tape was to wrap it around the connections just so they stay together.

Oh, wow. Hose clamps are exactly what I need. Thank you guys very much, I will get some tomorrow.
 

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+4 on the wormscrew hose clamps. That's what I have on my aftermarket hoses for my fluval cans. I also wrap the male end of the connection with plumber's Teflon tape. Just be very careful not to go too hard on the screws as you could crack the connectors if they're plastic.
 

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Piffy, you probably know this but just in case, the plumbers tape goes around the connector nipple and the hose slides over both. The tape serves as a gasket. Tape on the outside won't hold water and will let go if it gets wet.
 

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Hose clamps are often better that what you get, if anything, with a filter. Be careful with them, don't over tighten them.

Another thing that works in a pinch is a rubber band. Usually all you need is just enough force to hold the tube on.
 

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I don't use anything with my Eheims, maybe you just didn't have it pushed on far enough, I would just check them for couple of days, and btw the over lap of tubing should be atleast one inch.


All the sudden I'm LMAO, it's one of those sounds that really gets your heart racing and your eyes searching like crazy, it's water hitting the floor!!!!!!!!!!
 
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