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While the Mouse is a great little pump I don't think you would be happy with it for this application. It has a maximum head height of just under 2 feet meaning that unless you were pumping water directly into your sump it may not work at all.
Even at 1 foot you will likely be moving less than a gallon per minute meaning it will take a while to empty your bucket. I would go with something capable of moving water at least 6 feet vertically which will give you the power to move water much quicker from your bucket to your tank. I have found that the faster and easier water changes are, the more likely I am to perform them on a regular basis.
The max-jet 1200 is a great little utility pump which accommodates 1/2" tubing on the output.
If you were willing to go a little higher in price I would say the Eheim compact 1000 would be an even better choice based on the fact it can produce a bit more pressure.
I hope this helps!
Have a great day :)
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- Driven by a permanent magnet induction motor
- Adjustable flow rate
- Stainless steel shaft
- Applications: indoor fountains, aquariums, terrariums and turtle tanks
- Equipped with a fixed water outlet pipe 10mm high, with an external diameter of 3/8"
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Weak By HannSolo on 12/19/2015HannSolo wouldn't recommend this product to a friendVery weak. Couldnt pump water out of a bucket to save its life. Not useful for ATO at all
Strong little pump By hyperionfall on 4/15/2015hyperionfall would recommend this product to a friendIs strong for an itty bitty and is quite
Great little ATO pump By Phil on 11/18/2014Phil would recommend this product to a friendI've got a larger tank and I didn't want a tiny pump to run constantly. I decided to go a different route than most and use this little guy as an ATO pump. It works great! I hooked some tubing up to it and my ATO water doesn't have to be lifted very high. This thing is solid, quiet, and works every time.
Returned By Steven on 10/5/2014Steven would recommend this product to a friendgood product, quiet, but had to return unfortunately.
Returned By Jones on 10/5/2014Jones would recommend this product to a friendReceived the pump, but underestimated its power. Unit worked fine and were very quiet.