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Submersion Pump For Bucket

Discussion in 'Skulls and Skeletons' started by fadetoblack72, Dec 4, 2020.

  1. fadetoblack72

    fadetoblack72 Member

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    Currently I have a 5 gallon bucket as my degreasing container and I’m looking at a pump that offers three sizes. 160, 400, and 660 GPH. I will be upgrading to a bigger tank at some point. I wondering which size to get.
     
  2. Sea Wolf

    Sea Wolf Well-Known Member

    For now, look at the tiny pumps used for indoor fountains. Nickel and dime stuff. You don't need much for a 5 gallon bucket. Depending on the size of your future container, the 160 should be fine. You don't want a whirlpool, just enough circulation to move the water around a bit so it heats evenly.
     

  3. fadetoblack72

    fadetoblack72 Member

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    Thanks! So that 160 will work for the 5 gallon bucket or should I search for a smaller one?
     
  4. AZ~Rich

    AZ~Rich " Africa" never fails to satisfy

    Those small submersible aquarium circulation pumps work well and are inexpensive.
     
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  5. 3bears

    3bears Well-Known Member

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    look on amazon for cheap pond pumps, I think they under 8 bucks, they work just fine for just about any size tank. Like Sea wolf said you just need movement to keep the heat evened out not a bubble bath
     
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  6. Sea Wolf

    Sea Wolf Well-Known Member

    It will work but see if you can adjust the water flow. You are looking for just a little bit of movement. Not a whirlpool.

    And do not use aeration if it is available. Bubbles and detergent do bad things.
     
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  7. 3bears

    3bears Well-Known Member

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    sorry I was wrong on price they are now $9.99. I've gotten about a year and half out these pumps so not too expensive considering.
     
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  8. jigginjim

    jigginjim Active Member

    I was doing a double boiling of sorts. Metal kettle with 3 Metal brackets to keep 6 gallon pail off the bottom of kettle. I have been using a good degreasing solution to skulls. But 10 days ago, I had a major problem. I had finished my last degreasing for the week. When this whole solution spilled over, 5 gallon of 180 degreasing solution, 3 gallon boiling water. 2nd and 3rd degree burns to my arm and hand. First degree plus burns on my stomach. Also 16 stitches to my nose. As I fell on to my portable air tank, the brass filling nozzle and gauge assembly. That's getting into the taxidermy, a bit to close.
     

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  9. Sea Wolf

    Sea Wolf Well-Known Member

    Sorry that you got hurt. But, at 180 degrees you are not degreasing your skulls. You are cooking them to death.
     
  10. AlanCoderre

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    180 degrees!!!!! Sorry for your injuries. Keep the tank between 115 and 120. Fat melts between those temps and it will also save you on your electric bill.
     
  11. jigginjim

    jigginjim Active Member

    I was using a propane burner, I have the meat and fat already removed, ( either by a hot simmer, not boiling or by beetle cleaned.) These is still oils / grease to get out. I have the skulls in the solution for only 30 minutes tops.
     
  12. trapperrev

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    I have a 25 gallon lick tub for degreasing.
    I was looking at the following from Amazon. 80 GPH... what kind of force can I expect? I'm not looking for a whirlpool but water movement. However, when I've worked on skeletons instead of skulls I've put each limb in a cottage cheese/ sour cream/ yogurt container. Will the force of the pump knock them over?
    https://www.amazon.com/Homasy-Submersible-Aquarium-Fountain-Powerful/dp/B00EWENMAU/
     
  13. Sea Wolf

    Sea Wolf Well-Known Member

    Too much force. Half that would be ok. Possibly there is a way to cut down the outflow? You just want the water to move a little. Not a whirlpool. You really shouldn't see the water moving much at all. It's only to even out the temperature in the larger container. ...... The website does say it has a flow control which is good. I would probably take a length of plastic tubing that fit the nozzle and use that to direct water flow.
     
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  14. trapperrev

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    Thanks. Though I'm feeling blind at the moment. I had searched Amazon for indoor fountain pumps and now I see there are a handful that are 50 GPH. That still seems like a lot of force. I didn't know if there was something milder on the market I was missing.