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Alternative clear flexible tubing.

So I am looking for alternatives to Primoflex and EK Duraclear. In South Africa all our local shops only stock Duraclear in 3/8 ID 1/2OD or 3/8ID 5/8 OD tubing. I use 1/2 ID 3/4OD tubing. I also cant find any Primoflex in SA either. So I am going to have to scour local hardware and aquarium shops fort clear flexible tubing. But I am worried about plasticizer leeching and discolouration (Colour is spelt colour in SA.) So my question is what should I look for in flexible tubes? When I look at EKWB Duraclear and Primoflex. They state it is PVC. The tubing at the hardware is also PVC. So what is the difference? And how can I tell good PVC tubing from bad since I cant get Primoflex or any other fairly decent tubing? Some of my friends said I should look for food grade tubing? Some have mentioned silicone tubing?

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Go with mayhem tubing. I had primochil and hated it. The tubing required dipping into hot water before if fit onto any compression fittings. No such issue with mayhem.
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Doesnt look like I can get anything of the sort in south africa. My choices are EK Duraclear or EK Duraclear. And that is not an option since they dont have in 1/2ID // 3/4OD. So I need to look at alternatives. Like hardware bought tubing. So this is why I need to know is there a way I can tell good tubing from bad tubing? what about PUR tubing vs PVC vs Silicone etc.

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Quote: Originally Posted by Section31 View Post
Go with mayhem tubing. I had primochil and hated it. The tubing required dipping into hot water before if fit onto any compression fittings. No such issue with mayhem.


I’ve found Mayhems to be very bendy and flexible
I second primochill being a pain

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Its same in canada. Low inventory or items not carried. Often i have to order from us and now direct from europe for german stuff.
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Its still not really helping me with the conundrum I am in. What makes watercooling flexible tubing different from store bought. And how can I tell if the store bought tubing I am getting is decent.

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I think i remember some ocn thread that talked about using tubing from hardware stores with no issues. Just has to be plastizer free.

I think the quality is all about the same, its the quality control. If an plumber uses the tubbing it cant be bad.
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I think i remember some ocn thread that talked about using tubing from hardware stores with no issues. Just has to be plastizer free.

I think the quality is all about the same, its the quality control. If an plumber uses the tubbing it cant be bad.

I was about to give the same advice if you're looking for a last-resort option.
Ask a plumber for advice on which tubing to use. As long as it's plasticizer free, it will work.


You're going to run neither extreme temperatures nor pressure.

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I've been "out of the loop" for a while, but Tygon used to be the preferred tubing for wc systems. There are a few different versions that are plasticizer free/non-phthalate and it's possible to find it in hardware stores.

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I was about to give the same advice if you're looking for a last-resort option.
Ask a plumber for advice on which tubing to use. As long as it's plasticizer free, it will work.


You're going to run neither extreme temperatures nor pressure.
How will I know if it is plasticizer free?
I just see reels of the stuff at the hardware. No labels or anything? What about tubing used in aquariums? Surely those have to be plasticizer free. As it would be very bad for the fishes to have chemical particulates floating around in their water.

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