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CO2 proof tubing

Discussion in 'CO2 Enrichment' started by donkey, Feb 18, 2007.

  1. donkey

    donkey Junior Poster

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    Hi
    i was wondering what kind of CO2 tubing you guys are using .i have read that the normal air line can leak CO2 out . but some have said the the silicon tubing is ok .i need to run a long length of tubing as my bottle is about 20 foot from my tank .do you guys think the the silicon tubing would be ok for this ? i did buy some CO2 proof tubing a while back but i was not happy with the quality of it .it was JBLs make .i know AE sell CO2 proof tubing but there longest is 5m and thats about £12:50 and i really do think that its to much to pay for some tubing
     
  2. Frolicsome_Flora

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    I use JBLs CO2 proof tubing, mainly cos it came with my pressurised kit and I find it fine. To be honest, I not sure that the loss would be anything that would make a difference to anything anyway.. I might be wrong on that though.
     
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    Most of us keep the CO2 tank under our aquarium, with no more than 3-4 feet of tubing involved. For that situation it doesn't make a lot of difference which type of tubing you use, as far as I can see. But, 20 feet is a lot of tubing, with a lot of surface area to lose CO2 thru. For that situation I think you need a good quality CO2 proof tubing, and definitely not silicone tubing.
     
  4. donkey

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    Thanks for the help so far guys .my co2 bottle is to tall to fit under my tank .this is the reason i need such a long length. can anyone recomend some good quality co2 tubing that i can buy over here in England
     
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    Ive found slightly specialist supplies a nightmare to get hold of in the uk. About the only place Ive been able to find things is Aqua Essentials.

    C02 Tubing : Aqua Essentials

    Not sure if this page has anything on it that youve not already looked at, but Aqua Essentials are very very good, a little pricey on some things (especially plants), but second to none service.
     
  6. donkey

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    yep your right mate .you cant knock the service from AE and as u say sometimes there a little pricey £12:50 for 5 meters of the ADA stuff .they do have some cheaper tubing Aquili Clear C02 tubing - 3m £2.49 .i could maybe buy two packs of that and put a joint in there to join then together .but there out of stock . :rolleyes: just my luck .

    not sure how good any of this tubing is .i mean theres no way to find out if it leaks loads of co2
     
  7. Tom Barr

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    I use a couple of CO2 tubing types: Tygon and the Clippard brand.
    You need to buy 50-10ft for it to be worthwhile.

    I run many tanks off of one single CO2 regulator so I have maybe 30-40ft running.

    Many just use good silicone tubing for shorter distances.


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    Tom Barr
     
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    I've seen a few recommendations for Tygon tubing. I looked at McMaster Carr, and they have many, many kinds of Tygon tubing.

    Do you have a specific recommendation, or will the cheapest still be CO2 proof? I want to have two needle valves from a 20 pound tank, and one of the runs will be quite long, so I definitely want some good CO2-proof tubing.

    Thanks,
    -Tim
     
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