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Hi, I just moved and would like to set up a semi-auto water changing system in my utility room where I could treat the tap water and then pump it upstairs for use in my tanks. To do this I’ll need a pump that has at least a 12 ft head and it looks like I’d have to spend over $100 if I buy a pump built specifically for aquariums.

I was looking on Ebay and there are numerous no name brand water pumps that claim to have heads of over 200 ft going for less then $30 including shipping. Even if the specs are exaggerated they still look like they could have a 12 ft head.

Here is a link to one of them: eBay: CENTRIFUGAL 1/2 HP ELECTRIC WATER PUMP POOL FARM POND (item 180080003762 end time Feb-04-07 11:14:52 PST)

So, do you think I should risk using one of these non aquarium pumps to fill my tanks? I would not use it for circulation so the water would have little contact with the impeller and it would be on for less then 30 minutes each week.

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Jeremy
 

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dunno but I've got a sump style pump I've used for this in the past and have been meaning to sell it, its an Xstream or something...I'll have a look...
 

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If the pump is not totally sealed then you can get oil or grease into the water. Also many pumps have copper parts that can get into the aquarium. There is a real reason why aquarium safe/drinking water pumps are so expensive.
 

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I use a sealed pump inside the tank to empty out the 220 gallon faster faster, but use a regular Python hooked up to the sink to fill it back up.

Pumping it up to another floor....wow, you're going to need a really strong pump!!!
 
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