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Old 10-17-2014, 07:58 PM   #1
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Question on 5G jugs..

I'll be using 5G jugs for saltwater storage but it's just hit me that they're unbelievably heavy when full.

How do you guys get the water out of the jug and into the tank?
It's opening is a 2" hole and it has a handle on top.

I'll have to get the water from the ground up about 5ft.

Any suggestions would be appreciated.


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Old 10-17-2014, 09:12 PM   #2
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You could use a powerhead like the maxijet 1200 to pump the water through a hose to your tank from the jugs until it can't anymore, and at that point there won't be much water left so it'll be easy to lift and dump the remaining water into the tank.
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Old 10-17-2014, 09:18 PM   #3
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I just lift them and pour.

My wife uses a pump.
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You could use a powerhead like the maxijet 1200 to pump the water through a hose to your tank from the jugs until it can't anymore, and at that point there won't be much water left so it'll be easy to lift and dump the remaining water into the tank.
+1 this is what I did.
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You could use a powerhead like the maxijet 1200 to pump the water through a hose to your tank from the jugs until it can't anymore, and at that point there won't be much water left so it'll be easy to lift and dump the remaining water into the tank.

How small is this Powerhead though?
Like I said, the hole is only 2".


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I've just had an idea...
Since the water level in the jug will always be higher than an empty bucket
I could syphon water out of it into a bucket
Pour that into the tank and syphon again

This way the water level in the jug will remain higher than in the bucket!


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Old 10-18-2014, 08:03 AM   #7
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It's only 40lbs. You could just pour some into a bucket a gallon at a time. I keep a barrel with a pump in it for wc's, makes life way easier. Maybe look into something like that?

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It's only 40lbs. You could just pour some into a bucket a gallon at a time. I keep a barrel with a pump in it for wc's, makes life way easier. Maybe look into something like that?

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Maybe in the future.. Right now I'm pretty limited with what I'm allowed to do.


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Maybe in the future.. Right now I'm pretty limited with what I'm allowed to do.


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I hear you. Amazon has cheap submersible pond pumps, may be worth checking out. Good luck on the salty side!

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How small is this Powerhead though?
Like I said, the hole is only 2".


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In that case, you could use a small external / inline pump, put the intake side of the hose in the jug and run the output up to your tank
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