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Old 01-20-2010, 12:11 AM   #1
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Question pump that can move water from bucket to tank???

My tapwater occasionally has very high levels of nitrate (ranging from 5ppm to about 30ppm) so I'm supplementing with purified water, typically 10-18gallons with each water change. Unfortunately, the top of the tank is about eye-level for me so doing these changes is quite tedious, rather exhausting, and I'm making a mess of the wall behind the tank. I'd like to find some type of a pump that can get the water from the bucket into the tank. Closest I can get in height would leave the bottom of the bucket about 15" below the bottom of the tank, so the pump would need to be fairly powerful.

Can anybody recommend a product which could do this, something I could adapt, or some kind of DIY solution?

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Try a maxijet 1200. That's what I use, with the bucket on the top step of a step stool.
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Another easy pump is a pool cover pump (pumps water off the top of a pool cover). These pumps range in power from not too powerful to very powerful and hook up to a standard hose and they are relatively cheap.
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Try a maxijet 1200. That's what I use, with the bucket on the top step of a step stool.
Is the MaxiJet 1200 a power head? Can't find any that are water pumps. How do you use it?

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Another easy pump is a pool cover pump (pumps water off the top of a pool cover). These pumps range in power from not too powerful to very powerful and hook up to a standard hose and they are relatively cheap.
Thanks, wouldn't have thought of that option!

Also, does 'max head height' mean the maximum distance that the pump can move the water upwards?
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I loved my 44g trash can on wheels and a 300pgh pump with a 6-8ft hose attached. Call it overkill if you want, but I left the pump on 24/7 for airation and would simply lift it to the top of either my 5 foot tall tank or my FW resorvoir for refilling. Got the water moved fast and the job done in shorter time. Same pump would pump from the trashcan to the sink when I changed water. I was doing 20 - 25g water changes and 30g refills to my reservoir.
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maxijet 1200 is a ph. You get a hose for it and drop it in. It pumps fast and the ph is cheap and small.
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And yes, that's what max head height means.
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even cheaper if you look on ebay, CL, RC or your local clubs for used ones. I picked up a pond pump and a PH for $10. One's in my salt bucket , one in my topoff bucket. Now I need one more cheapie that I can drop in the sump for PWC's.. Then I can just sit back and watch the magic
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maxijet 1200 is a ph. You get a hose for it and drop it in. It pumps fast and the ph is cheap and small.
Do you just use regular garden / drinking-water safe hose? May go that way, looks like the cheapest option.

Thanks for confirming on 'max head height', didn't know what else it could mean but didn't want to buy it & learn I was wrong!
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Vinyl hoses are better. They actually fit the output on the pumps.
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