I'm building my saltwater tank. When I had my house built I had a washing machine type drain and water supply built behind a cabinet in my study. I have a 110 gal
tank, with a built in overflow to a 25 gal
sump underneath. I installed a RODI
unit into the cabinet below and have designed an auto top off for evaporation.
I would like to build a manifold system to transfer water for water changes. I've got a pretty good design, what I need is a recommendation for a pump that will be mounted by itself then plumbed into the supply and the output manifold with valves going from RODI
water to a saltwater mixing bucket , from the sump to the in wall drain, then from the saltwater mixing bucket to the sump.
So, I'm looking for a saltwater utility pump that can draw water out of a 5 gallon bucket.
Everything I've seen in the stores are centrifugal pumps and cannot draw water without an initial siphon, or unless they're submerged. Right now I'm simply moving a powerhead and tubing from bucket, to sump, to bucket. It works but it's kinda messy. And when I'm gone I'd like to make the system as easy as possible on the neighbor to operate.
Nothing expensive... it'll be used only for water changes.