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
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. :-)
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!
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.
The OD is just around 11/16” and the ID is exactly ½”.
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.
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!
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!
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!
These will have 1/8" wall thickness on average. Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions!
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.
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.