Tubing for mixing station

AI Hydra

HJ99

Active Member
Review score
+0 /0 /-0
View Badges
Joined
Dec 12, 2020
Messages
232
Reaction score
180
Review score
+0 /0 /-0
Location
Pittsburgh
I'm looking for flexible clear tubing to use for transferring RODI and saltwater from my mixing station. I have barbed fittings that are supposed to be 1/2". I have some 1/2" clear tubing from a siphon setup that came with a used tank and it is great except it doesn't fit the barbed fittings. I went to Lowes and bought some 5/8 that fits the barbed fittings perfectly. However it is junk and kinks so bad everywhere that I have to hold it up or the water stops. I found a couple aquarium places online that sell 5/8 tubing but I don't want to end up with more of the same junk I got at Lowes. Hoping that someone could recommend a source for heavier thickness in 5/8.
 
Maxout

Idoc

Still Covid free!!!
Review score
+0 /0 /-0
View Badges
Joined
Nov 4, 2016
Messages
4,795
Reaction score
10,262
Review score
+0 /0 /-0
Location
Clarksville, TN
When looking at the tubing online...

Subtract the ID from the OD and then divide by 2. This will give you the wall thickness of the tubing.

Look at what you have from Lowes/HD to give you an idea of what's too thin.

I wish they would just advertise the wall thickness on the tubing ordered. Also, braided vinyl tubing is thicker and less bendy for kinks.
 

Mike konesky

Active Member
Review score
+0 /0 /-0
View Badges
Joined
Jun 18, 2019
Messages
216
Reaction score
220
Review score
+0 /0 /-0
 
OP
HJ99

HJ99

Active Member
Review score
+0 /0 /-0
View Badges
Joined
Dec 12, 2020
Messages
232
Reaction score
180
Review score
+0 /0 /-0
Location
Pittsburgh
Thanks for the suggestions. Turns out the good 1/2 stuff I have fits inside the flimsy 5/8 nice and tight. So for now, I'm going to try just using short pieces of the 5/8 as adapters onto the barbs.
 
Aquatic Life TDS Pen Offer
Top