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Re: Aquatic Plants Digest V3 #816

Note:  PLEASE correct me where I'm wrong.  My knowledge of hydrolics is
pretty limited, and this is just my simple understanding of the issues.

What they store may be refering to is the static head pressure of the pump.
I have found that a log if aquarium pumps don't have a lot of static head
pressure because they really don't need to lift the water very high.

What you are worried about is the net height you need to lift the water.
distance of the run is really not a factor for this application as long as
water line is big enough, and there are no radical (>90deg) bends.

I have found that a "drill" pump, or a simple pump you attach to an electric
drill works well for this application.  It costs <$15, and uses standard
hose fittings.

I tried a power head, and it worked OK, but its head was so slight that it
forever to get the water into the tank.  I then tried a $30 battery operated
pump, and this also had too small of a head on it.  Then I stumbled on the
pump, and for the price, it works well.

Hope my ramblings help some...

> Pumping RO water
><<<I have an RO system and I store the water in a garbage can until I'm
>to use it.  I'd like to come up with a system where I pump the water out of
>the can and right into the tank for water changes.  I was looking at some
>little pumps at the LFS today, but the guy told me that they can pump water
>only so far up (implying that the water would never make it out of the
>The garbage can is about 30-40 feet away from the tank.  If anyone is doing
>something like this, I'd like to hear your solutions and what to look for
>a suitable pump.
>Kelly Beard, Cat IV, Team Allanti>>>
>I use a rubber maid garbage can to treat for chloramine and then pump the
>water into the tanks using a Mag Drive submersable pump. I have racks all
>the way up to the ceiling and these pump it all the way up. You also dont
>want the water to go too fast however as this would cause too much
>disturbance in the tank. I bought the Mag Drive rated for 350 gallons per
>hour. It is just right. This pump has garden hose fittings, it couldnt get
>much easier. At the end I fashioned a U shaped piece of PVC so I can hang
>this on the rim of the tank untill the tank is full.