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Old 01-21-2005, 03:02 PM   #11 (permalink)
 
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Anyone found a cost-effective alternative for the clear tube? It's $40 for an 8' section at mcmaster-carr. More than i can afford. I've looked around and the only thing i've found close is a clear mailing tube, but i don't know what it's made of and it seems a little flimsy. I also thought about buying a gravel vac and using that, but i'm looking for other suggestions if anyone has any.
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mcmaster is expensive for everything

www.savko.com has clear pvc for $6.08 per 5' sections. I have not placed the order yet so I really don't know about shipping.
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" Pipe is sold in 5 foot increments, price is listed as Price per Foot."

so 8' section at savko will run you $48.64 ..mcmaster is cheaper
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whoops, i didn't read close enough :P
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Anyone found a cost-effective alternative for the clear tube? It's $40 for an 8' section at mcmaster-carr. More than i can afford. I've looked around and the only thing i've found close is a clear mailing tube, but i don't know what it's made of and it seems a little flimsy. I also thought about buying a gravel vac and using that, but i'm looking for other suggestions if anyone has any.
Aquatic Ecosystems sells it by the foot. Price depends on diameter.

http://www.aquaticeco.com/index.cfm/.../7010/cid/1859
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www.usplastics.com also sells it by the foot.
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US Plastics has a 10' minimum, however they have never charged me extra for cutting it down into something that won't incur oversize charges.

I do have 1-1/2" PVC in stock at $0.45 per inch, shipping would be $3.99 for any length up to 1'. I don't have it listed on my site yet so if anyone wants some they can email me about it. We'll be adding a number of DIY parts to our offerings shortly though, sounded like a good idea from the number of people posting about where to get things.
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check the yellow pages for a plastic suppler, local , i live in Mass and i found one in RI. 40 min ride fore me and, got a 2in x 12in of polycarbonated tubeing for $9.50 its stronger than pvc and it fits the 2in 3/4 reduce bushing perfect, it can also be drilled and tap for 1/8 brass or plastic hose barr for the co2 injection
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After several failed attempts at cutting up a gravel vac and using that, i eliminated my headaches and went with plain white PVC. I also remembered that Gomer has a 29gal tank and a 8" tube is too short for my +-350gph filter, tiny co2 bubbles are spraying out of the spraybar, something to keep in mind if you try and tackle this project. I'll let you know if i figure out how long to make the tube for larger filters.
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Luckily that 8" tube is scalable to whatever lenght you'd like. I power mine with a Filstar XP2 and an XP1 and neither have even the slightest troubles with the reactor length.

Did you do the double 90 or are you straight? What diameter are you using?
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