Tubing, Air Hose & Tubing|
tubing, air hose, weighted aeration airline, bubbler line and air-supply
line for ponds and lakes
or airline, that runs between your air pump, compressor or blower
can be of many types and sizes. Tubing can be buried, trenched or
set directly on the surface.
comes in both weighted and non-weighted. Often the weighted airline
will be used only in the pond and any distance between the compressor
and the edge of the lake or pond will be covered by the cheap airhose.
Always use an airhose that can handle the rated pressure output of
your compressors. MixAirTech®
self-sinking hose is one of the best rated aeration hoses available.
3/8" hose weighs 0.2 lbs per foot. 1/2" is 0.44 lbs per foot. 5/8"
is 0.51 lbs per foot.
We've seen people using piston pumps delivering 50 PSI that has melted
and split cheap airline because the temp ratings and pressure rating
were not high enough. All of our tubing can meet or exceed the general
tubing, pressure and heating needs of any aeration compressor.
Most tubing or
airline uses standard plumbing parts and adapters. Often, your compressor
will come supplied with a barbed outlet that connects to a rubber
collar or sleeve from the compressor.
The barbed outlet may be made of PVC or metal, brass or stainless-steel
and this is what will connect to your airline tubing. Adapters are
readily available from local hardware or plumbing supply stores if
ever you need an adapter to adjust from the compressor outlet to the
diffuser inlet. We carry a selection of regular airline and weighted
heavy-duty pvc aeration line in our store: Tubing
Friction Loss of 3/8" Tubing
3/8" Weighted Airline
3/8" self-sinking airline is perfect for small aeration systems
where short feeder line runs are required and high pressure air
can be delivered. We usually keep tubing runs shorter than 200'
and always check the pressure loss and friction drop in the hose
according to the pressure and air volume output of your air pump.
Friction Loss of 3/8" Hose
Friction Loss of 1/2" Tubing
1/2" Weighted Airline
1/2" self-sinking airline is perfect for aeration systems where
long feeder line runs are required up to 1000 feet. The larger inner
diameter of this tubing makes it a popular choice in building large
aeration systems in lakes and large ponds.
Friction Loss of 1/2" Hose
Loss of 5/8" Tubing
5/8" Weighted Airline
5/8" self-sinking airline is perfect for aeration systems where
long feeder line runs are required (up to 1500 feet). When
running airline on land use the non-weighted tubing to save money.
Make sure your air compressor, air blower or air pump has the proper
balance of available pressure for the CFM requirements of your system
diffusers along with any friction loss over long distances with
Friction Loss of 5/8" Hose
Weighted Tubing Worth The Money?
weighted-airline, without any metals, is great because it cuts the
work load by about 95%. Weighted airline is not cheap but the alternative
is using regular poly-pipe and attaching bricks or weights and than
can take a full crew a day or more of messy knuckle-busting work.
Using the weighted hose makes the installation go much faster and
for any contractor getting paid by the job this means the distance
betwwen quote and paycheck is shorter!
All the tubing,
weighted or regular 100, 150, 200 or 300 PSI poly, is safe and metal
free. Unless you are using the weighted diffuser bubbler tubing for
de-icing or aeration which contains a metal bead of lead in the keel.
All other tubing is extremely supple and long lsting usually with
UV carbon mixed in the PVC or rubber mix to ensure protection from
systems a single compressor, blower or pump will have a single outlet
or multiple valve control units that lead to a single diffuser or
multiple diffusers. When calculating the required lengths of weighted
airline for aeration systems ensure you acknowledge the depth and
slope and any obstacles that may be encountered between the final
positioning of the compressor unit and the diffusers.
Another mysterious yet magical consideration to keep in mind is that
the lengths of tubing involved will impact the overall operating pressure
of the system which needs to be taken in to account when sizing your
compressor pump or blower. In larger ID (Inner Diameter) piping and
tubing the pressure or friction loss will be negligable but when lengths
of 800 to 2500 feet are involed the pressure required to push 5 CFM
to the end may be significant.
Generally with larger I.D. tubing there is less pressure loss and
friction loss. In smaller ponds this is not really an issue especially
if a linear air pump is used to push air in a 3 foot deep pond. In
this case some 3/8" weighted airline will be fine...my point
is to be very aware of the distances that are required of your tubing
and the pressure cababilities of our pump. For example, a standard
100 foot length of weighted airline can add as much as 0.1 PSI to
the overall needs of your system and this is before any consuideration
is given to the diffusers!
Again, in most smaller systems this doesn't enter in to the equation
but one interesting experiment that my grand-son got me involved in
was to take a 10 foot length of air hose that had an inner diameter
of 3/8 of an inch and a 10 foot length of 3/4" of an inch air
hose and I literally couldn't believe the difference in the amount
of force it took...the smaller bore tubing airline was really tought
to push air through and the larger diameter tube was so easy...ok...so
none of the compressors I have ever used have red puffed-out cheeks
like I did but it sure set me straight!.
Tubing & Poly Airhose
Using a 100 PSI poly pipe is a great way to save money.
A heavy-duty black irrigation hose can be buried and used for running
air between the compressor on shore and the distance down to the pond
edge. This saves money by allowing you to use only the expensive heavy
hose in the water to keep it out of sight. Of course the poly pipe
can also be used in the water if weights or bricks are attached along
the hose every 6 to 10 feet.
x 400' Rools of 100 PSI Poly Pipe
airline can cost an arm and a leg...let's face it...it makes the job
much easier but it also costs three times as much as regular airhose.
But before you start duct taping jumbo straws together to make an
inexpensive DIY airhose think about the job of attaching weights,
metal re-bar rods or bricks every 8 feet to a 300 foot length of floating
PVC plastic pipe and you might soon change your tune!
only use the heavy-duty poly air pipe for tubing runs on shore and
then switch to the weigfted tubing in the water. There are some cheap
tubing available at the home building supply stores but it tends to
be too weak for burial and may kink.
We recommend using something that is suitable for burial so it should
be a kink-resistant and high-density. This tubing CAN be used to run
between the compressor and the diffusers in the water but it floats
so you'll have to weight it down somehow by attaching bricks or tieing
some sort of weight to make it stay at the bottom.
It's better to use this inexpensive tubing to run on ground. We usually
bury our lines 6 inches deep. You can run it in a conduit if you'd
like and you can bury it below the frost line if you insist on over
All the tubing, weighted or regular 100, 150, 200 or 300 PSI poly,
is safe and metal free. Unless you are using the weighted diffuser
bubbler tubing for de-icing or aeration which contains a metal bead
of lead in the keel. All other tubing is extremely supple and long
lsting usually with UV carbon mixed in the PVC or rubber mix to ensure
protection from the sun.
In larger systems a single compressor, blower or pump will have a
single outlet or multiple valve control units that lead to a single
diffuser or multiple diffusers.
When calculating the required lengths of weighted airline for aeration
systems ensure you acknowledge the depth and slope and any obstacles
that may be encountered between the final positioning of the compressor
unit and the diffusers.
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The biological removal of muck and sludge from ponds, lakes
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The 3/8" hose weighs 0.2 lbs per foot. 1/2" is 0.44 lbs per
foot. 5/8" is 0.51 lbs per foot.
The simplest way to get air to your diffusers
without ruining the aesthetics of your pond Virtually invisible
once it is connected and in place Extremely durable, does not
kink and remains flexible even in cold weather This inside of
the tubing has a smooth bore finish so there is less resistance
which makes your aeration system more efficient Allows for easier
installation, placement and maintenance of diffusers without
the hassle of bricks and ties to keep tubing in place .
Available From CanadianPonds.com
this self-weighted, submersible tubing for connections from
shoreline to diffuser stations. The tubing sinks to the bottom
on it's own so you don't need to tie bricks or weights to make
the tubing sink out of sight like standard PVC tubing which
floats when filled with air. Torpedo Tubing is constructed of
a high-density flexible PVC composite which allows it to be
handled and installed easily and the rapid sinking properties
make Torpedo Tubing an excellant choice for make aeration installations
quick and easy. Connect this tubing with standard 1/2" inserts.
Easily join large sections of Torpedo Tubing together or connect
to standard PVC tubing for above surface usage (ie: between
compressor and shoreline) Tubing has an inner diameter of 0.575"
I.D. and a 0.313" wall thickness for durability and protection
against punctures. Remains flexible in cold temperatures. Available
in rolls of 100 feet or custom lengths of 25', 50' or 75'. Available
BottomLine Tubing Foot - Available From CleanPonds.com
BottomLine Weighted Tubing - sold in 100' and 500' rolls - 15
year warranty The unique tubing remains on the bottom even when
filled with air. No additional weights are needed (contains
no metal) It is designed for lake and pond aeration, making
installation fast clean and neat.
Quality assurance guaranteed for maintenance free connections
between compressor and diffuser discs and assemblies. Use this
self-weighted, direct burial submersible tubing for connection
from compressor to diffuser stations. Tubing shall be of flexible
PVC composite construction for use with standard PVC solvent
weld cement and 0.5" insert fittings.
Tubing shall have 0.58" I.D. and 0.24" wall thickness for long
term durability and protection against punctures. Remains flexible
in cold temperatures. Available at: www.cleanponds.com
Weighted Airline Tubing - Available From Environmental Technology.com
Aeration Tubing & Feeder Tubing
The Environmental Technology system is a fine bubble, low maintenance,
economical system that introduces air at the bottom of the watershed
which increases the oxygen content of the water and keeps organic
matter under control rather than floating or decaying on the
Lakes or ponds normally circulate oxygen naturally. In the summer,
the top layers grow warmer and rich in the oxygen while bottom
layers stay cold and use up oxygen. During the fall and spring,
temperature-density relationships cause the strata to exchange
These exchanges mix water throughout the entire depth of the
watershed. Aeration diffusers, placed on the bottom of the lake
or pond, release thousands of small air bubbles per minute.
Available at: www.airaqua.com
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