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I am having a really hard time detaching EHEIM 12/16 tubing (the green kind) from my Do!Aqua Poppy glass pipes. Any advice would be appreciated. I don't want to break my expensive pipes. Shall I use different tubing? :icon_roll
 

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Try hot water over the tubing(not boiling but vary hot) should help to loosen the tubing.

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Also. Cut the tubing. Make it easier to work with if u have a but of spare
 

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If worse comes to worse, just cut off the inch or so of tubing and remove the portion stuck to the glass with a razor. I've had this issue before and wouldn't risk breaking the glass pipes just to remove a cheap ruber hose. Be careful, the glass is quite fragile depending on how you hold it when pulling and twisting.
 

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Don't pull that's how too many people break them, push upwards towards the top to break the seal.
That's how you do it. No need for hot water or cutting. Just pretend you're putting the tubing on the pipe. Hold the tubing and pipe as closely together as you can. Push the tubing as though you're putting it on the pipe and that will break the seal. Then gently slip it off.
 

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+1 push it up first. Next time u put it together don't push the glass lily pipe all the way in only about 10cm or less, more than that u will have problems of braking the glass. I broke 3 ADA pipes already pushing it more than 10cm. Another thing the newer your pipes the more harder to remove it. The older pipes kinda gets hard and get molded to the pipes that make it easier to remove when I push up. Oh just to let u know I did do the push it up first before and the glass broke and cut me bleeding :( so becarefull.
 

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I have it at about 3-4cm . This is a new pipe/new tubing. I don't want to keep cutting because soon I'll run out of tubing, I clean my pipes every 2-3 weeks.

Push-up to break the seal.- I tried pushing the tube up but it is not really breaking any seal. Anyone has a video showing this technique?

Warm water.- I tried it before and it made it worse. It made the tubing 'glue' to the pipe and then I really had to cut.
 

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+1 push it up first. Next time u put it together don't push the glass lily pipe all the way in only about 10cm or less, more than that u will have problems of braking the glass. I broke 3 ADA pipes already pushing it more than 10cm. Another thing the newer your pipes the more harder to remove it. The older pipes kinda gets hard and get molded to the pipes that make it easier to remove when I push up. Oh just to let u know I did do the push it up first before and the glass broke and cut me bleeding :( so becarefull.
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Cut it with a razor this time. Next time you put your tubes on, add a little Vaseline to your pipes, they will come off easier next time. And before anyone even starts the Vaseline debate, I use it on ALL of my filter seals on ALL of my tanks. Feel free to take a look through my thread at all of the plants it doesnt kill or harm in any way ;)
 

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If you really want to get organic and slippery, go to HD or Lowes and buy a $1.49 wax toilet gasket. It's 100% beeswax and 100% insoluble and works too! Just smush it up and put it in a yogurt or other suitable container.





 

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I have removed it multiply times. Once the tubing with pipes are out the tank, use a hairdryer on the tubing where it connects. This will soften the tubing for removal.
 

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When i push up i wiggle the tubing a little from side to side. If it breaks the seal at one point, the rest is that much easier. When pushing up, grab the tubing at least 6 inches away from the glass. This will allow the tubing to flex, and expand outward which is what ur trying to get it to do anyways
 

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Thank you all for your help. Simply pushing up to break the seal did not help given that the tubing is at least 1-2 inches in. I made it work by using a combination of hair dryer and hot water but I did not only pushed up in the direction of the pipe, but also tried to 'peel' the tubing from the top (see picture) using my nails a bit to get a grip. Once the seal was broken off by letting air in from that direction, the tubing slipped out by pulling hard away from the pipe. It was tough but I hope it gets easier going forward.
 

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