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If you're not strong enough to lift it, or just don't want to, why not get a small pump and pump the water in?
+1 for this. Get a small powerhead and some tubing that fits the outlet of the pump.
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+2 Pump is the way to go. Made a clip that fits right on top of the tank. Don't even have to hold the hose as the tank fills. Have a switch on the outlet to make turning the pump on and off a breeze.

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Harbor Freight has great little pumps right now. You could get a pump that does the trick for $10.
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I'm wondering if anyone has any clever ways that they quickly and conveniently raise up a 5 gallon bucket of water for a water change, to siphon water back into the tank.
What exactly is your question about? What is the primary issue in your case? Is this a question about lifting the heavy bucket? Or is it a question about providing support for the lifted bucket next to the tank? Or is it about something else?

Moreover, it you don't have a hose that is long enough to reach to the nearest tap water source, you can always buy a longer hose (instead of doing all that bucket-involving acrobatics).
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Build one of these things out of PVC and connect it to a drinking water safer garden hose and then you can drain and fill just turning valves.
I would be wary of this method. Hoses left out in the sun can start to degrade and release some nasty stuff into water. I've known fish tanks to crash from using a standard issue garden hose to fill.
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Eheim hobby pump. Makes water changes so easy.

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I would be wary of this method. Hoses left out in the sun can start to degrade and release some nasty stuff into water. I've known fish tanks to crash from using a standard issue garden hose to fill.
Good to know.

I use a drinking water safe garden hose that I purchased for this use alone, and I keep it on a hook in a closet until I need it. Better than trying to use a muddy hose for the yard and also drag it inside for the fish tank.
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I think what th op means is they need a quick solution to put up and tear down when doing a water change because the bucket needs to be up higher than the tank for the gravity feed to work. I am assuming they do wc with a gravel vac rather than dumping the bucket into the tank and causing too much disturbance. The step ladder seems like a good easy idea.
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I have the same problem my old tank lid was strong enough for the bucket to be place on top then syphoned the clean water via gravity through the feeding slot

my new tank doesn't have a strong lid and I have no way of keeping the bucket above the tank to allow the syphon apart from holding or just pouring and with discus I prefer a slow refill

I ended up using the powerhead from an old internal filter.. Melted the output tube shut and then the water is diverted to the Venturi where I have some airline running to the tank.

The powerhead sits in a bucket that I can pour my RO water for the change into
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Yes I siphon water back into the tank using gravity, so the 5 gallon bucket has to be higher than the tank. I don't like the idea of putting 41+ lbs of water on the rim of the tank so I've been using the dining room table + bin combo to raise the water up.

There are some good ideas here, thanks for the input!
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If your water changes are difficult, they turn into work. Once it turns into work you won't do them very often. IMO, with a freshwater tank, anything less than a 50% change is generally a waste of time...especially if you are doing less than 25%. Spend the 30 bucks and get a python. I can change 55g in my 75 in about 20-30 minutes, and I have some lousy water pressure. I often do PWCs on my tanks randomly because I have the time...thats how easy they are.
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If your water changes are difficult, they turn into work. Once it turns into work you won't do them very often. IMO, with a freshwater tank, anything less than a 50% change is generally a waste of time...especially if you are doing less than 25%. Spend the 30 bucks and get a python. I can change 55g in my 75 in about 20-30 minutes, and I have some lousy water pressure. I often do PWCs on my tanks randomly because I have the time...thats how easy they are.
Great advice, if you don't use RO.
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get yourself a fountain pump from Harbor Freight, some vinyl tubing, and make yourself a "hanger" out of pvc like shown above. makes life so much easier.

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Jahn: the bucket in the water, repeat.
Must be someone who doesn't have aquasoil...

Doing that would look like hurricane sally going through a tank...
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Harbor Freight has great little pumps right now. You could get a pump that does the trick for $10.
1+ for harbor freight pumps i have a small one for water changes and a 600 gph+ for my pond and its been running for over a year 24/7 without any problems

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