- 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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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.
Good ato pump By Esteban on 6/5/2017Esteban would recommend this product to a friendGreat pump for the price. Use this pump as my ato pump.
Workhorse By Chad on 3/8/2017Chad would recommend this product to a friendI have two of these. One is my ATO pump and the other runs constantly to maintain a siphon in my external overflow. Quiet and looks easy to fix if the diaphragm fails.
Great product By Jrlafrance on 3/7/2017Jrlafrance would recommend this product to a friendI have always used this pump for auto top off purposes. Not too far in the future I hope to use it as a doser as well!
Works great By Stieney on 3/6/2017Stieney would recommend this product to a friendI bought this as a spare since my original unit is more than a year old. The reviews last year were sporadic. So far the original has worked flawlessly.
Works great By sokin on 2/5/2017sokin would recommend this product to a friendThis pump is connected to my reefkeeper controller and works well. Quite and great price. Feels like a quality unit
So many uses By C on 10/5/2016C would recommend this product to a friendUsed these for years, they are great. One of these on a timer works perfectly as an auto-topoff. Also great for keeping the siphon on overflow boxes.
Great ATO pump By Josh V on 4/5/2016Josh V would recommend this product to a friendI bought this pump to use with my Hydor ATO and it works great. Fills slowly which is perfect, as I use it to dose Kalk in my top off water. I purchased this with the ATO kit from BRS and everything worked out great.
Positive Review By Jason on 2/16/2016Jason would recommend this product to a friendI am using this with the JBJ ATO pumping up about 3.5 feet. I would highly recommend that you place your air line tubing into a larger tube that will allow air to get into. Doing this will greatly reduce your chance of creating a syphon if using this pump with an ATO. The pump is a little slow and I did have to bump up the time on the JBJ ATO. But overall it is doing exactly what it is supposed to be doing.
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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?
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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.
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Do I need special tubing for this? Or can I just use regular air line tubing for this.