- White Soft Silicone Tubing (Sold by the Foot)
Sold by the Foot.
Why does BRS recommend this?
For ultra-quiet plumbing a small section of silicone tubing is key. We recommend at least a small piece to isolate pumps from the ridged plumbing. Silicone tubing can kink fairly easily, so it isn’t the best to use in locations with hard bends, however by using a small piece in a straight section of plumbing can soak up almost all vibrations from return pumps and cut down on noise dramatically.
Four Sizes Available - Sold by the foot. Just enter how many feet you need, and we will send you a single piece that long.
- 3/8" ID - Works great for replacement air tubing on most protein skimmers.
- 1/2" ID - Perfect for reactors, small return pumps, and other low flow equipment
- 3/4" ID - One of the most common return pump plumbing sizes
- 1.0" ID - Great for high flow return pump applications
High quality silicon tubing usually used between pumps and hard plumbing to help reduce vibration. Soft tubing will help dampen the vibration thus reducing the noise.
- More resilient than natural rubber tubing
- Popular choice for peristaltic pumps
- Maintains flexibility over time
- Use with barbed fittings
- Temperature Range: -94° to 392° F
- Tubing won't impart taste or odor
- Use with water, air, and food and beverage.
- Tubing is made from FDA-compliant resins. Material meets ASTM D2000. Tubing can be sterilized with steam (autoclaving) and radiation.
- 1/16" Wall Thickness
Great for vibration dampening By Charley on 12/31/2017Charley would recommend this product to a friendJust installed this tubing and it was incredible how it dampened my return pump noise. Super happy!
Well worth the purchase By Joe on 1/12/2017Joe would recommend this product to a friendI replaced some standard braided vinyl tubing on my Eheim 1262 return pump, set the pump on a silicone trivet and has literally turned my return silent! the loudest part of my system is now my skimmer which is still very quiet, I will never use anything else. Thank you BRS for introducing me to this!
very useful By saltchip on 5/20/2016saltchip would recommend this product to a friendThis tubing is very useful when making tight bends. Much better than multiple elbows. High quality, food grade I am happy with it.
BETTER THAN VINYL By GEORGE on 3/16/2016GEORGE would recommend this product to a friendIt's soft silicone,but is thick and does transfer some vibrations at short length from a cobalt 1200 pump
Great stuff By troy on 1/26/2016troy would recommend this product to a friendThe 1in is less flexible then the silicone tubing that comes with the vertex omega 130 skimmer air line but much better the vynl line
awesome By ncfishguy on 1/18/2016ncfishguy would recommend this product to a friendwow made a huge difference in the noise from my return pump so much quieter now
Amazing By Adam on 1/8/2016Adam would recommend this product to a friendI heard about using silicon tubing to quiet down pump noise on a Youtube video by BRS. I was skeptical but tried it. it works great. My setup has never been quieter. I have a 75-gallon tank, with the pumps and apparatus in the basement. Still, vibration crept up the PVC and resonated in the stand. The silicon tubing made a huge improvement. This was some of the best money I have spent on my aquarium. If you value quiet, get some of this tubing.
Why Wasn't I Told About This Before! By Chris B on 11/5/2015Chris B would recommend this product to a friendAfter using hard pipes and PVC braided tubing for all of my sumps for over 15 years, I seemed to be chasing the pump drone in almost all of them. This stuff eliminated 95% of noise, and the tip of putting an OXO silicone dish pad under it (thanks to BRS video suggestion) it's dead silent! I'll be swapping all of my sump pumps to this ASAP.
Easy to work with By Paul on 6/27/2015Paul would recommend this product to a friendFinally found a clamp that fit the 3/4 size its tefen acetal snap grip hose clamp 26mm b0060g3y70,.
Get this By ASeattle on 6/9/2015ASeattle would recommend this product to a friendSilicone dampens vibrations and reduces transmission of noise. Also very flexible and holds up well without kinking. Because the diameter can expand a bit, starting a siphon may be difficult but not impossible.
Great Product By David on 4/5/2015David would recommend this product to a friendThis should be considered essential for your plumbing jobs. Easily should be considered the standard.
Best stuff to use By Bruce on 3/18/2015Bruce would recommend this product to a friendI was using other hose to run from my pumps to pvc mounted in my cabinet and had to make a big loop to keep from transmitting vibration to the cabinet. this hose is soft enough I could make a straight run saving room and really cleaning up my sump area while quieting down the system. Only drawback was I ordered the plastic ratchet clamps and they do not cinch down far enough to work with this as the OD is too small to work with them,...had to use Zip ties
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The OD is just around 11/16” and the ID is exactly ½”.
Can this tubing (1" id) be used right off the return pump barb adapter to connect directly to the return overflow pipe instead of using vinyl? Can it handle 800-1000gph without bursting? I don't want clear tubing because of algae growth and the only vinyl tubing I can find in black with a 1" id is pond tubing and is not flexible at all. In fact, while trying to service my return pump, because the tubing is so rigid, it broke the seal on the bulkhead. I am looking for something more flexible to work with. My run goes right from the pump to the bulkhead piping from the overflow.
These will have 1/8" wall thickness on average. Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions!
Mur lok fittings will not work with Soft tubing. You will either need Polyethylene tubing (under RO tubing in the 1/2" size) If you prefer to use soft tubing it will be 1/2" and you can use a mur lok stem x barb adapter. Quantity 6 will receive one 6' tube.
While the silicone hose is quite a bit more expensive than alternatives, if you wish to you, you certainly can use it for your drain lines.
Have a great day!
What is the correct size ratchet clip to use with the 1inch inside diameter silicone tubing?
Thanks in advance. Similar question submitted in the ratchet clamp section.
We use the 1" clamp with 1" silicone tubing. Pressing the end of the clamp together with pliers will be needed to make a complete connection. Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions!
We find the longer segment of soft tubing the greater the reduction. Up to 6" of tubing can be used to help with keeping vibration down. Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions!
This is standard grade silicon tubing. It's likely that style of tubing you are asking about is intended for medical facilities and is probably a significantly higher cost. :-)
Soft Tubing is not rated for much PSI (In the range of 10-30 PSI) These will last for years in the aquarium but 5 year replacement would be necessary. Additionally as long as used in aquarium applications the tubing will work great!
The silicone tubing is super flexible, even more flexible then upbraided vinyl tubing and without being warmed up as well so I don't see any reason why you couldn't use silicone tubing for that.
It can be used where just about any flexible tubing would be used. Its benefit is largely that its really soft (which reduces vibration) so most folks just use a short length to connect to there pumps to reduce noise, though there is no reason you can't use it for longer runs.