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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 02-10-2018, 06:37 PM Thread Starter
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Water Change Water Pumps

Was wondering what water pumps people could recommend to create a water changer/refiller. My tank is about 4 ft from the floor so I'm guessing I will need a max head height of about 5 feet.

Any luck with the amazon/ebay ones that are under 15$?

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https://www.amazon.com/KEDSUM-Submer.../dp/B017R708QO

This has worked well for me, only $17
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I picked up the Lifeguard Aquatics Quiet One Pro 1200 for $17 and change a little while back (needed flow at 6.5'), but even the 800 would do what you are looking for. Wait a week or two until 25% sales are on, and you can get that sucker for under $13

https://m.drsfostersmith.com/product...4&pcatid=23814
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Careful to understand the way some advert the head height! The higher water has to go , the less flow, so when some say a max head of six feet, they may mean that the flow is zero at that height. Just another thing to be aware of when shopping. The best info is a chart that tells what the pump does at various levels. Not to say that one rated for a max head of six would not get it done at five but it could mean that there would be such a low flow that your might grow gray before getting it done?
The pump natemcnutty referred to has good info, so it then depends how much time versus how much water you have to move. I tend to figure the info will be under "ideal" conditions so go for the next larger pump than I calculate needed.
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Careful to understand the way some advert the head height! The higher water has to go , the less flow, so when some say a max head of six feet, they may mean that the flow is zero at that height. Just another thing to be aware of when shopping. The best info is a chart that tells what the pump does at various levels. Not to say that one rated for a max head of six would not get it done at five but it could mean that there would be such a low flow that your might grow gray before getting it done?
The pump natemcnutty referred to has good info, so it then depends how much time versus how much water you have to move. I tend to figure the info will be under "ideal" conditions so go for the next larger pump than I calculate needed.
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