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Can I dismember an AC 30/150 and save the pump?

I'm arranging to buy a couple of tanks via craigslist, and the seller is willing to throw in a filter as well. The listing mentions an AC 30, AC 150 and a Whisper 40. I haven't seen these in person, and since I'm new to the hobby and a DIY sort of guy, I've never seen any HOB filter in person.

Here's my question. Can I extract the pump from one of these suckers to use in a DIY canister? I'm willing to saw and cut, but I'm concerned that the impeller housing in these things might be too integrated into the body of the unit to allow for practical repurposement.

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Yes, you can take off the pumps, but I wouldn't recommend it.
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You can remove the pump, but it is not designed to pump water when by itself. The impeller blades is also a bit deep into the impeller chamber so it won't work well. It won't be strong enough.

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That's disappointing. I can't say I understand from the photo why it won't work, but I'm going to have to trust you guys. Oh well, a proper pump isn't that expensive.
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Why don't you want to buy a canister filter? The Rena Filstar XP3 is $89.99.

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I'm on a serious budget here, and I can't really justify getting the tank in the first place. That, and I like building stuff. I can't deny that the chance of springing a leak is lower with off-the-shelf stuff, though. Your point is taken.
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