Soft Silicone Tubing
When purchasing air line tubing it is always prudent to order more than you think you need. Nothing is more frustrating than pulling up 10cm too short – and for the small cost of an extra metre, you’ll be glad you did!
Air line tubing in general comes in one standard size of 6mm with a 4mm internal diameter. This is a good thing as it standardises the size of air fittings and pumps ensuring that the line will always fit your equipment. Some tubes that can be purchased through various online auction web sites do not meet Australian standards and have been shown to have different ID and OD (internal/external diameter) resulting in the lines just falling off the pump. eQuaria recommends that you purchase you airline from reputable sellers – like us!
Unlike vinyl tubing, Soft Silicone Tubing has a matt finish and does not reflect or shine under intense aquarium lighting. Silicone is also more flexible, easy to straighten out and does not become as brittle as vinyl line after extended periods of use. That being said, some cheap “silicone” tubing have been manufactured as a hybrid silicone/vinyl tube which does crack and become brittle. Once again, this is an area where quality counts.
eQuaria sells tubing in full rolls and by the metre.
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