Skimmer not bubbling anymore

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Skimmer not bubbling anymore

Postby Fishkeeper15379 on Wed Feb 15, 2012 1:31 am

I put a skimmer on my tank a few days ago, it worked great for a day, got about a quarter inch of filthy water in the collection cup and the next day it wasnt bubbling anymore. when i turn the valve on the pump more open, it makes the water bubble more but it just raises the water level up and i have to turn it back down to keep it from overflowing. And when i try to adjust the knob above the water on the return tube it just raises the water too.

the skimmer is a coralife super skimmer 33000, i bought it used so id assume its broken in, its in great shape tho still looks practically new so i assume its not worn out. do they just stop bubbling when theres no more organic material in the water? i figured itd be bubbling all the time
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Re: Skimmer not bubbling anymore

Postby Fishfirst on Wed Feb 15, 2012 9:10 am

It sounds like the needlewheel is stuck... try turning the pump off then turn it back on.
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Re: Skimmer not bubbling anymore

Postby Fishkeeper15379 on Wed Feb 15, 2012 12:57 pm

tried that, nothing changed tho, im getting the microbubbles but no big ones. and the water level in the skimmer is a good 2 inches above where its supposed to be, i cant adjust it down to where the manual says it should be. would that mean the water level in my tank is too high?
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Re: Skimmer not bubbling anymore

Postby Fishfirst on Thu Feb 16, 2012 9:18 am

pour some ro water down the airline tubing that feeds the skimmer first.
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Re: Skimmer not bubbling anymore

Postby sslak on Mon Feb 20, 2012 11:59 am

Check to make sure you don't have a clog.

Dismantle the pump and clean it, check the airline tube for blockages.

Sometimes tiny snail shells or pieces of macro algae wedge in near the impeller and, although the pump still appears to work I get next to nothing for production.
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Re: Skimmer not bubbling anymore

Postby Rueg on Mon Feb 20, 2012 12:39 pm

Something else to check for is salt creep plugging the air intake on the skimmer.
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Re: Skimmer not bubbling anymore

Postby Fishkeeper15379 on Sun Feb 26, 2012 3:43 am

I pulled it apart today and found there was salt plugging the air line holes, cleaned it all up and put it back on the tank and its running fine again. thanks for the advice
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