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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 11-06-2013, 02:35 AM Thread Starter
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Water pump

Hey everyone,

I'm looking for a water pump to make water changes easier. One that I can put in my treated water and pump it into my tanks. Sick of churning up sand when I dump my water in. Thanks for any help.

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I have the marineland maxi jet 1200. Got it for $17 off amazon. And it works great. I just put it on top if my driftwood to disputes the flow with a 20ft hose.
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post #3 of 7 (permalink) Old 11-06-2013, 03:33 AM
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+2 on the maxi jet 1200

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post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old 11-06-2013, 03:51 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks guys, I will have to get one. perfect price range.

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post #5 of 7 (permalink) Old 11-06-2013, 03:55 AM
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I use a fountain pump. I have several. For smaller tanks (up to about 20 gallons) the pumps that will run about 100 gph @ 4-6' of head are good. Slow enough not to disturb the substrate.
For larger tanks I use pumps that will move about double that.

I use tubing from hardware stores on the pumps and aim it along the surface of the water so it does not dig into the substrate.
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If you should overshoot and find you have a pump that stirs the sand, you can cheat!
Sometimes a simple clamp like a cloths pin can be put on the tubing to restrict the flow a bit. Crimping with your hand works for short term filling.
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post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old 11-06-2013, 10:17 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for all the great advice. I'll put it to good use.

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