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Well I finally setup my RO 55 gal water container, with auto shut off valve.

I am wondering if anyone has any ideas on how I can perform water changes or even top offs without constantly scooping using a jug? Is there a better or more efficient way to do this?
 

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This reply will be a bit long, but hopefully folks will find pieces useful to them.

I have my water stored in my garage furnace room with an auto-shutoff valve tied to the RO unit. In my container, I have a powerhead to circulate the water, and a 150 watt heater to keep the water at about 73 degrees or so. I have a large pump that I bought on Amazon for like $60 (I can look it up if anyone is interested) and that pump outputs to a garden hose adapter. The pump itself is plugged into an auto-shutoff sensor (plumb-bob type device). The pump is activated by remote control outlet. OK, so what this all means. I hook up a food safe hose to my pump connection, run the hose upstairs in my house. From upstairs, I push my hand-held remote to turn the water on. I fill up 32 gallon Brute containers in two different rooms. These hold the pure RO water. If I use enough water from my main, garage storage, the plumb-bob float trips the power to the pump at a safe level so that my pump never goes dry (safety measure). Once my upstairs containers are full, I take the hose back down and unhook it from the pump.

Now, in the containers in the rooms upstairs, I have medium sized Rio powerheads hooked up with, I think, like 1/2" hose. When I want to mix up some water for a water change, I do it right there in the room. I run from the storage container about a gallon of water into a 5 gallon jug, add my remineralizer, finish filling the jug to 5 gallons. I then shake it well to mix my powder up. I test my params for the 5 gallon jug, then pour the water out of the jug into a Brute 20 gallon food safe garbage can that is on wheels. I repeat this process for as much water as I need for my changes. Once I have my water all mixed - wait for it - I have another smaller Rio pump with say 3/8" hose or so that I put in my Brute 20 gallon. I drain the water out of my tanks into 5 gallon buckets, and then turn on the pump from the Brute, and finish the water changes by filling the tanks back up.

OK, so that is a lot to write out, but it all goes much easier than what it probably sounds like typed up. The benefits for me is that I have water close at hand to my tanks that is still pure RO. I can now easily top off any tank in my rooms, or I can mix my different "recipes" right there in the room for the water changes. Since I have different requirements (Neos vs. Cards, etc) in the same room, it makes more sense to make up the water in batches. By doing it at 5 gallon jug intervals, I have much tighter quality control than trying to do large batches right into the 20 gallon Brute (had to learn that one the hard way for a while). Anyway, this process has worked well for me.
 

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Thanks to all the replies, some really nice setup and ideas but way out of my league lol.

I do think the powerhead idea will work for my purposes. The one thing is my tanks are on the upper floor, will a powerhead be powerful enough to push water that distance? Probably 75ft or so, I don't mind buying the extra long hose if it's feasible?
 

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I don't think a power head is going to cut it for that distance. My pump is a Wayne RUP 160 that I got on Amazon. That can pump the water out of my garage and up a flight of stairs in my house with a decent stream through the hose, and it is only $60. I don't know of a aquarium power head that will come close to that for $60, and it hooks to a standard garden hose by default. I've been using it for 3 years strong now, never an issue.


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Just took a look at the Wayne RUP 160, looks perfect for my needs. One thing I am wondering though, it says the pump is submersible, and I would just need to attach a garden hose to the output, but would I need to find food grade hose with plastic nozzle attachment so it does not affect my shrimps? If so, any recommendations?
 

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Just took a look at the Wayne RUP 160, looks perfect for my needs. One thing I am wondering though, it says the pump is submersible, and I would just need to attach a garden hose to the output, but would I need to find food grade hose with plastic nozzle attachment so it does not affect my shrimps? If so, any recommendations?
I don't know that you really have to have food grade. I'm just goofy that way, and since I was storing it the whole time in food grade containers, I just went with a food grade hose. I got my hose at a local hardware store - it was made for RV folks. It is a white hose with thin green stripes on the side. As for the pump, what I did was took a short run of PVC, threaded an adapter onto the pump output and ran the short run of PVC up and out of the Brute storage container above the waterline. Then, once above the waterline, I put another PVC elbow and hose connector there so that I can just snap connect the long hose to the little short stub PVC section. I can snap a picture if you like.
 

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So sorry it took a while to get around to snapping the picture. Here is a top view of my setup.



Using standard threading, I threaded the PVC to the pump and up out of the water, then fitted the hose connector piece to that. I then have a short 2 feet or so of hose connected to the PVC adapter, and the other end has a quick disconnect for garden hoses.
 
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