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    Did you know that airline tubing stiffens with age?

    I didn't until today. I had to disassemble some today (part of my old-skool UGF) temporarily during a deep cleaning of the lid. When I went to put it back together, it wouldn't go! I surely didn't remember it being this hard to work with when I set it up originally. Finally the light dawned...after a blister. I snipped off the stiff ends and was back in business.





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    Yup. There is a silicone tubing you can buy that isn't suppose to get brittle like the plastic. I haven't used it long enough to test it. Lol


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    Yeah, that old tubing can be a pain. Which reminds me... I'm gonna need more...



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    Quote Originally Posted by mykidsmylife View Post
    Yup. There is a silicone tubing you can buy that isn't suppose to get brittle like the plastic. I haven't used it long enough to test it. Lol
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    Silicone tubing oxidizes and gets hard too - if it's under water.
    The lines to the tank stay flexible a lot longer than vinyl.



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    Quote Originally Posted by dbosman View Post
    Silicone tubing oxidizes and gets hard too - if it's under water.
    The lines to the tank stay flexible a lot longer than vinyl.
    Thank you. That's good to know and makes sense. Hmmm...I wonder why they don't put that on the packaging. lol
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    Ultraviolet light does it to vinyl in about a month. What I do with my overly stiff tubing is snip off the part causing the problem, then splice in a fresh piece. The stuff away from the lights seems to last for years.



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    yup...it does that...I just make my airlines extra long so i can slice the ends off when needed.

    I bought some black airline probably Lee's Stealth...it stays flexible a lot longer.
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    actually that is kindof funny, i just moved an airstone for the first time in close to a year and it held the shape so well that i was just able to hang it in my closet by the stiff hooked end where it hooked up to the control valve.
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    Yep....lots of things stiffen with age....some things don't !!!



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