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Old 12-21-2011, 10:28 AM   #1
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tubing from hardware store

Can I use tubing from our hardware store?
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What kind of tubing and for what purpose?

Tubing is tubing, don't see why not as long as it's the appropriate fit.
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IMO I would use only food grade tubing like clear vinyl. Or tubing made especially for aquariums.
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I use store tubing to fill my tanks never had a problem.
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I've used it to plumb filters and use lengths of it for water changing. No issues at all. If you intend to use it under pressure, get clamps.
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it would be used to run tubing from a chiller....1/2 " size.
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I believe it would be perfectly fine. Some people will argue the safety, but IMO it doesn't matter where you get the tubing.
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From what I have seen, the materials you get at a home supply store is the same as what you get at the lfs, the difference being that you can buy the lengths you want instead of what they have on the display. Vinyl tubing is vinyl tubing, whether it be from Lowes or from PetSmart. If you are looking for tubing for a CO2 system, then Lowes is the better option since you shouldnt use the vinyl tubing for that purpose. I have used the stuff from Lowe's without any problems and saved myself a few $$ in the process.
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