- Aqua Lifter Vacuum Pump - Tom's Aquatics
Aqua Lifter Vacuum Pump’s unique design lifts water with its diaphragm and flappers – pumping water up to 30” high and at a flow rate of 3½ gallons per hour. Ideal for use as a dosing pump for Kalkwasser, auto top offs, calcium reactors and other aquarium uses.
The Aqua Lifter Vacuum Pump is commonly used for applications that don't require precise dosing. They work best for dosing Kalkwasser or as auto-top off pumps. This unique one-of-a-kind vacuum pump is designed to lift water with its diaphragm and flappers. There are many applications for this pump: drip system for reptile terrariums, watering device for chameleons and small frogs, circulating pump, waterfalls and dosing pumps for reef additives.
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Good in the beginning, not so much 4 months later By Charles on 5/17/2019Charles wouldn't recommend this product to a friendI bought a Deluxe CS90 overflow which had this little guy attached to the top of it... and well for the first couple of months I was amazed about how well the pump work keeping the overflow running. Then about 5 months later the rubber inside the vacuum chamber broke and caused my tank to flood my house. I went to read online and this is a constant occurrence among people about the rubber tearing and it no longer being able to suck up water but instead, it just starts to blow out air with the seal broken. Now that there is a major price increase I would not recommend this product to anyone. I had a terrible experience with it but I still wouldn't recommend it after the 300% price increase.
Not worth the price increase By Matt on 4/1/2019Matt wouldn't recommend this product to a friendWhy the price increase?? This thing isn't worth anywhere near what is being charged. What a bummer i've been using these for years.
BOOOOOoooooooooo By Darth Reefer on 2/24/2019Darth Reefer wouldn't recommend this product to a friendWhat the heck???
300% price increase?????
Thats jacked up in more ways than one
Would have earned a 5 all day long but bc of the price hike i give it a 2
Price Increase? By JerseyReefer on 2/12/2019JerseyReefer would recommend this product to a friendI bought this a year ago to replace one I already had. I love this pump because it won’t burn out if I run out of RODI water. But I’m went to get another for a drag tank and the price is jacked! I paid $19 and now it’s $60. What happened???
Great pump By Thomas on 1/19/2019Thomas would recommend this product to a friendBeen using This for a little over a year. It is a great auto top off pump and has never failed
Best lil pump By Jorge on 11/3/2018Jorge would recommend this product to a friendI’ve had this lil pump for 3 yrs now, I use it with my ATO. It’s the best!
Works as needed. By Bob on 7/16/2018Bob would recommend this product to a friendItem is well made and I use it for my ato system. Also have a second one for my overflow box. Quiet and so far reliable.
It Works By Paul on 6/23/2018Paul would recommend this product to a friendUsing this for my ATO pump. So far it seems to do the job. Quiet but slow. Better than dumping large quantities of fresh RODI. Time will tell how it holds up.
Works as needed. By Bob on 5/9/2018Bob would recommend this product to a friendNeeded it for my overflow and works as expected. Always love shopping here. Thanks brs.
great little pump By fishguy on 12/23/2017fishguy would recommend this product to a friendI use this for one of my external overflows. Nice and quiet and no problems
5 months By Esteban on 10/31/2017Esteban would recommend this product to a friendAfter 5 months it’s still going strong
Good ATO pump By David on 8/15/2017David would recommend this product to a friendUse this pump for my Auto top off and could not be happier. A sturdy pump that is built to last and is rebuildable. Quality pump for anybody's ATO.
I have read that once the pump creates a forward siphon, the siphon will continue if the power is shut off. If I were to use this on a denitrifier, could this cause me any problems?
The Aqua Lifter does not have an anti-siphon built into it. If the outlet side of the tubing is below the water level in the input side, it could develop a constant gravity siphon.
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Because my top off reservoir is slightly above the waterline of my sump, I've observed that my RODI water will continue to flow into the sump due to siphoning, even after the Aqua Lifter Vacuum pump has been turned off by my ATO controller. Is this normal and what should I do to prevent too much water from flowing into my sump?
Hope this helps!
Can i use it as an air pump?
Is there a specified in and out on the pump, does it matter where the tubing is connected
If I used this as an auto top off for my tank can I also use this with a float? Will it hurt to have the pump running while its not flowing because the water is already contacting the float? If so, what would you recommend as a pump/float option?
We wouldn't normally recommend running a pump continuously against backpressure. This can cause excessive heat buildup and wear on the pump and can greatly affect reliability. Instead, the best way to use this pump would be through a controller or ATO which will turn the pump off when not topping up. A float valve is a fine secondary failsafe, but should not be used as the primary means to cut off flow from the pump. Normally the only constant pressure ATO would be from line pressure from gravity or the pressure generated through and RODI system which isn't relying on a pump to generate the pressure.
Hope this helps!
Do I need special tubing for this? Or can I just use regular air line tubing for this.