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Finally found the right tools to make Lily / inlet / outlet / elbow tubes for nano tanks using the 9/12 mm tubing size
i.e. the zoo med nano 10 canister filter.
A few test pieces I made today using Lees rigid tubing and heat forming.



Here is test set up with 4g cube. **note the filter is actually sitting on a 4 inch high block because eventually that filter is going on a different tank .
 

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If you use the silicone inserts, it will appear smooth. You will not get the continuous rings that you see now.

silicone inserts ? available where?

very nice job! they look much cleaner than the originals and they're more durable than the glass ones

Thanks , quite a bit more flow than the originals.
 

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Nice job on the project!

I've used the heat method to bend PVC for intakes on canister filters and just packed the PVC pipe with sand to avoid the 'ripples' or deformation of the PVC pipe and it worked great.

I've also heard of people using flour or granulated sugar packed inside the PVC to help hold the shape. Just tape the open end of the pipe closest to the end of the bend.
 

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Unfortunately they do not have silicone inserts for 8mm ID tubing which is what zoomed nano 10 uses.
Its available, search for "silicone tube bending insert
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There is 8mm, 9mm, 10mm, 11mm, 12mm, 13mm and 14 mm that is easily available on Amazon or ebay

10mm and 12 mm will match the requirements 90% of the canister filters.
 

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little different availability in canada , but I did end up finding some 8mm
Thanks for the heads up
 
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