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Epson Printer CX5400

My printer bites and it started to print some colors than none - anywho I researched it on the net and read to clean the purge tube - WELL IT BROKE.....I have the printer apart and need another - where can I find one...it is a small little tube that holds the ink and the ink flows through when needed without it I cannot put the printer back together...just need the tube...any ideas where to get it? Really appreciate it...I am hopeful that once I get another tube this printer will work - Thanks in advance, Maggie

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Take the broken tube with you to somewhere that sells tropical fish. The tube is a silicone type but almost anything will do if it is fairly soft. Most fish places have similar tube for air in tanks.

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