Refurbished Pumps

Venus, where did we buy those refurbished 100 gal/hr pumps? I looked on ebay and Amazon and didn’t see them. I need two for my tanks and one for my outside fountain/birdbath. I also want to send the seller the 2-3 I have that no longer work, so they can be refurbished rather than tossed.

I’m going to set up my old 20 long next to my 50 gal to age my freshwater in and want to put a pump in it. I’ll age the water, buffer it and let the pump fill the 50 gal during water changes. If I have a sick fish and need to QT, I can borrow it for them temporarily, maybe, haven’t quite decided yet. I’m excited!



  1. Ah…..I get it now, but how the heck does it reach? I need something like this for my downstairs tank. I tried hooking the hose up to my kitchen faucet, but it didn’t work. Oh how I hate hauling water

    Too bad about the 100 gph, but I was thinking you were going to use the smaller pumps for water features. Did I dream that? lol

    I’ve got 45 gph pumps in the water bowls for the cat bowls, which are really big bowls. They’re just right, cause the cats drink the water down, but the pumps seem to do okay with lower water tables. One of the pumps turns off if the water table gets too low, which is pretty cool

  2. Thanks. I’ll get a 200. What I was saying was I’ll use the python to fill the holding tank… from the sink, as opposed to lugging buckets.

    By the way, the 100 g ph pumps I got from Amazon are too tiny. Half the size of the refurbed ones we bought and half as powerful. I’m returning them.

  3. You won’t need a python. You would just turn the pump down to the lowest setting, fit the tubing on the jet, and place the end of the hose in the main tank. Turn the pump up to a medium setting, and it will do the work for you

    Any size pump will work, but I would say 200 gph will be just right for both keeping the water oxygenated in the twenty gallon, and pushing water as well

    Use a ruler to measure the size of the jet, and you should be able to find tubing the same size. It’s the same tubing used for a gravel vacuum, but it’s also used to pump water distances for water falls and features

  4. I was more asking what it will take to pump the water from the aging tank to the main tank. It will be about 4 feet away and a bit higher than the water aging tank.

    I have a python that I’ll finally be able to use, to get water from the sink to the aging tank. Life will be so much easier. Maybe 200 gph, or should it be stronger?

    Your set up sounds perfect.

  5. I don’t think the size of the pump is a big deal. Big enough to agitate the water, keeping it oxygenated. 150 gph min? You can get tubing at the pet shops that fit any size jet. They have rolls, so you can get any length you need

    All you need now is a hose from the tap to the tank; a dream come true. I don’t know about you, but I’m tired of lugging water. My smaller tank and tub are set up in my apartment kit. The kitchen is only used for remedies. It’s so nice. Fill a bucket, turn around, and you’re there

    I’m seriously going to change the way I do things

  6. What size pump do I need to transfer water from the 20 long into the main tank? The 290 mph you put the link to in one of your earlier posts on this thread? The 20 will sit a bit lower than my main tank and may end up being about 4 feet away (I had to put my window air conditioner in so main tank on one side of window, 20 on other side.)

  7. Trying to fix out of order comments

    When you have trace reading for ammonia in tap water, this means you have chloramines or combined ammonia. Combined ammonia is a mixture of ammonia and chlorine. This is common in larger cities. Chloramines has staying power. So far my city has only chlorine, so I’m able to eliminate without using water treatment. Being a liquid gas, chlorine can be eliminated by exposing it to oxygen, either Oop Boost or turning water over with a pump

    One of the myths floating around; letting freshwater sit in a bucket for a day or two does the trick, but the water must be agitated so the gas in the water can be expelled

    Interesting thought about the cycle. Never thought of it that way, but really, a new cycle is like a teenager; unpredictable and unstable, whereas the long established cycle is less likely to get upset. I like that. I’ll add it to the 10 steps

  8. That’s a big relief. The battle of the cycle is a tough one. Do you remember your water clouding when you were cycling? I thought it was bacteria bloom, and you though it was due to the cycling process? You were right. A bacteria bloom can be caused by good or bad bugs as well

    Sorry to hear you have chloramines in your tap. I was so hoping the move would mean chlorine only

    1. Oh yes, I remember the clouds. And to this day I still don’t understand how people do 75-100% water changes without worrying about their cycle. How the heck do they do that?!

      Anyway, what is it about a what I said that indicates I have chloramines? Is it the need to buffer? Splain, Lucy! lol I need to understand that, too.

    2. I think the cycle takes a good year or two before it’s really stable. Two years into my cycle, I’d still get a spike in nitrite if I vaccumed more than 1/3 of my tank. Now I can do half, even a little more and all is well.

    3. I do get what you’re saying… that the cycle can cause a cloud as it’s developing. I’ve learned that a spike in nitrite can, too, when the cycle isn’t fully established and you remove too much waste when cleaning.

    1. Tested my tap: Ammonia .25, nitrite and nitrate 0. I didn’t test KH or GH – I buffer both with every water change. Thanks for asking, I’ve been meaning to test it again and you gave me the kick in the pants I needed. lol

      Nitrate is finally so much less problematic for me, I’d say for the last 9 months to a year. I finally have enough algae and the plants have helped. I can do a once weekly water change if I want and nitrate is still around 20. It’s amazing how long it takes for a cycle to really settle in and stabilize. Mine is, what, 4 years old now? It’s so much more reliable and forgiving (like if I over vacuum) than it used to be. I was worried when i lost the big oranda that I’d see a nitrite spike, but no. I’m feeding Fanny a little less than I fed the two of them and the cycle has been fine.

  9. I found some 100 gph on amazon for less than $10 a piece. They should arrive today.

    Are you asking about tap parameters? I checked them when I moved in, but have forgotten. I’ll test and let you know.

    Tank parameters are: Nitrate 20-30, much lower these days with the algae and lucky bamboo; Amm and NItrite 0, GH 180-220, pH 8-8.4, KH 120-140,

    I want to talk about bad bacteria, so I’ll start a new thread.

  10. I’m excited that your excited. Music to my ears.

    Sadly, refurbished pond pump ebay page long gone. I knew it was happening because he wasn’t replenishing his stock. This doesn’t mean you can’t find a deal on ebay though. I buy those 45 GPH pumps for water bowls for the cats, and you can find them for $10 free shipping

    A few years ago I picked up a 400 GPH on ebay for $10. I couldn’t believe it. I didn’t need it, but I couldn’t resist. Last summer I used it in a client’s pond. It didn’t have a basket, so I bought a giant sea sponge, hollowed out a big opening for the entire pump. It lives in a little sun perch pond now

    Hum….great idea to set the tanks up side by side; using the pond pump to move water. You could also use H202 in the holding tank lessening your fear of harming the fish. It will destroy any bad bacteria in the water simply by oxygenating it. The good news; it degrades within a few hours. leaving no trace. Just make sure the H202 you get has no additives; no inhibitors

    This link will get you motivated

    It’s going to be a great summer

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