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Old 09-27-2014, 07:25 PM   #1
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Default Small pump for water changes

Hello, i am looking for a small pump i can use for water changes preferably a pump that doesn't have to be submerged so i can use a hose on both the return and the intake of the pump. wondered if anyone here had any suggestions. doesn't have to push a crazy amount of water but i also don't want it to take 3 hours to change 20 gallons either. Thanks for any tips you might have!
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Old 09-27-2014, 09:52 PM   #2

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Default Call them up ask for recommendations. I have one of the ones you need submerge. I gravity siphon to a bucket and pump out the bucket.
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Old 10-12-2014, 11:49 AM   #3
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If you don't submerge the pump then you will have to prime it manually everytime.Unless you are looking to spend WAY too much money to change water!I use rubbermaid barrels(garbage cans{32 &44G}) to prep and a pump that moves 900gph @3'.I change 32g in aprox.3-5 minutes.
If only for waterchanges look into Mags.
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Old 10-12-2014, 01:51 PM   #4
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I used to do water changes using the Rubbermaid cans. I just used a big power head with a piece of the clear plastic tubing from it. Now I just use a garden hose. With the power head there is no priming as long as the head is submerged.
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Old 10-12-2014, 05:23 PM   #5
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I use an aquaclear 110 powerhead with several yards of large diameter clear vinyl tubing from Lowe's and a 55 gallon rubbermaid trash can on a roller base for water changes. A few rubber bands around the rubber tubing makes a snug fit into the aquaclear, and an extension cord wrapped around the trash can allows me plenty of reach all around.

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