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Old 03-22-2011, 01:18 PM   #1
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Partial DIY Python

So far I have a working Python, it just doesn't work exactly as I want it to. I bought the faucet attachment (Aqueon brand), then bought 40' of 3/4" OD (5/8" ID) tube. The biggest gravel vac I could find was for a 1/2" ID (5/8" OD) tube. So far the best way I could fine to connect the two ends was with two fittings. The 1/2" ID is a barb to a 3/4" thread (like a male garden hose) and the only 5/8" ID fitting I could find is a 5/8" barb with a right angle and a male 3/4" thread. To connect the two I used a 3/4" female - 3/4" female connector. So far that works, but I cannot kink or pinch the end of the hose while the faucet is still running because the pressure will break the connection at the barbs.

There are two solutions I was wondering if anyone had ideas about.

Solution 1: make a larger hole in the gravel vac top for a 3/4" OD tube to fit on to. Perhaps aquarium sealant to glue the connector on and the tube can connect via barb.

Solution 2: if anyone knows a a compression connector to go tom 1/2" ID to 5/8" ID. This solution would allow me to place a shut-off valve in the connectors, which without having the tubes screwed into place will force the tube to come apart and send water everywhere (as mentioned above).

Thanks in advance!
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