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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 07-18-2016, 03:51 PM Thread Starter
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Powerhead needed for 25'?

I'm setting up a new tank at my new place, do to the type of faucets there, I can't use my Python setup that I currently use. I've decided to try the powerhead method. I need to move water about 25' to and from the tank. What powerhead (GPH) rating should I use? I believe the hose is 1/2".

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I used an AquaClear Powerhead 50 on my 75 gallon tank...but I didn't have to move water that far...maybe 12-15 feet and out the window. Then I'd haul water from the kitchen to the tank in a 5 gallon bucket because I didn't have a hose long enough to reach. Anyways...that powerhead is 270gph and accepts 1/2" hose. The 70 also accepts 1/2" hose but moves 400gph.

AquaTop has some pumps and powerheads with some good gph ratings and aren't that expensive. If I didn't already have the AquaClear when I did...for just doing water changes...I'd probably go with the much cheaper AquaTop options.

Something like this....

https://www.amazon.com/AquaTop-Aquar...&keywords=ph22

Or this....

https://www.amazon.com/AquaTop-AQUAT...&keywords=ph35


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I don't find powerheads work as well for this use. They are designed a bit different and did not do the job for me. Obviously others have better results.
Depending how you shop, is it possible to go to a local store to buy one? In that case, you can often prearrange bringing it back if it doesn't work. Since pumping water is very dependent on how high, how far, and several other things, I like the idea of trying one before committing.
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At 25' the issue of elevation comes into play also.

I used a Mag 9.5 to push my change water through all the plumbing in the fish room.

Again, depending on elevation you may do well with a Mag 7.

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I've not seen a faucet that you couldn't get an adapter for. What brand faucet?

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At 25' the issue of elevation comes into play also.

I used a Mag 9.5 to push my change water through all the plumbing in the fish room.

Again, depending on elevation you may do well with a Mag 7.
One thing I noticed is he only said he had to move it 25'. It is not mentioned if that is flat or up. If it's on the same floor than almost any pump would work. If that's head height well then good luck.

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[QUOTE=GraphicGr8s;9408033]I've not seen a faucet that you couldn't get an adapter for. What brand faucet?

That would have been my answer as well---up till a few weeks ago when I tried to find one for a sink faucet with no name! A 55/64 does not quite fit and metric also doesn't fit. So far we don't find what does. The Grainger guy could not match it either but then I suspect he just fell off the truck if you know what I mean.
I'm down to using some type of rubber fitting next round.
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I'm not sure about the brand... It's a kitchen faucet with pull out spray hose. Similar to a Pfister Pfirst Series G1333-10CC (couldn't attached a link). I ended up finding a variable speed pond pump that I think will work: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...A2FSIHHQGP7DBY

Haven't pulled the trigger but I think I will.

Also, yes 25 feet, no major elevation change.

Thanks for the feedback.
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I'm not sure about the brand... It's a kitchen faucet with pull out spray hose. Similar to a Pfister Pfirst Series G1333-10CC (couldn't attached a link). I ended up finding a variable speed pond pump that I think will work: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...A2FSIHHQGP7DBY

Haven't pulled the trigger but I think I will.

Also, yes 25 feet, no major elevation change.

Thanks for the feedback.
Forgot about those damn pull out faucets.

What about the bathroom sink? Or if you own the house adding a connection down below for a hose hookup? In my last house I had bought this green 1/4" poly type tubing used for watering plants in the house that would hook up to a faucet. I cut that part off and tapped into the valve below the sink to fill up the tanks I had back then. Slow, but it worked with me only having to carry buckets for the waste water. And since it was slow it avoided a flood or 20. <<wink wink>>

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Agree with GraphicGr8s about the elevation and since it IS flat, I'll just recommend is that you try to match the outlet size of the pump you choose to the diameter of the hose you're using only to eliminate searching for goofy adapters, etc.

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