Where to get a 3/8" barbed ball valve?

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  1. kinetic

    kinetic Webmaster

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    I went to Albany Aquarium, home depot, and then all the usual aquarium store websites and couldn't find a 3/8 inch barbed ball valve. Smallest was a Two Little Fishies 1/2" valve, or the next one I could find is a 1/4" valve.

    On amazon, I found a $17 valve, made of PVC that is 3/8". Seems kind of ridiculously expensive for something that's just 1/8 smaller than the $4.50 TLF valve.

    I priced out step up barbed adapters and clamps so I could use that cheaper TLF valve, but it was more expensive than just getting the $17 one.

    Any ideas where I can find one? I'm just trying to restrict a little 80gph canister filter pump (ZooMed Nano 10) a little so that my poor betta fish doesn't die of exhaustion in his 2.6 gallon tank.
     
  2. Flagg37

    Flagg37 Colorado member

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    If you're trying to restrict the flow can you step the 3/8" down to 1/4" and use the 1/4" ball valve?
     
  3. kinetic

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    Yeah good idea! But unfortunately the outlet is a glass lily pipe that's also 3/8" so I would need to step back up.
     
  4. Ibn

    Ibn Supporting Member

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    You could probably use the 1/4" valve with the soft tubing on the canister. Just use some hot water to soften the ends and then force them into the 1/4" valve. Otherwise, you probably will have to take a look at possibly John Guest fittings.
     
  5. iani

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    Art, easy fix for this. 1/4" valve with a small amount of 1/4" tubing. Put the 1/4" tubing over the 1/4" valve just to the end of the valve. Slip the 3/8" tubing over the 1/4" tubing.
     
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  6. Eugene

    Eugene Supporting Member

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    It will clog by itself soon - no need to cut the flow!


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  7. kinetic

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    ugh, genius! thanks ian!
     

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