Ok, so I clean out the skimmer cup weekly..
Except, lately, nothing was in there!
Hmm.. so I sit down today and drag the skimmer out (pro clear aquatics - one piece unit plus the cup, pump attached) and see... it's full of what I figure are sponges of some sort... about the size of a grain of arborio rice.
I guess they were interferring with the vortex action inside the skimmer..
Cycled hot water through the skimmer in the sink until they were all purged and put it back in the sump...seems to be frothing a LOT better now.
So, the questions are -
Is this normal (the sponge buildup)?
How often should I remove the thing and clean this kind of matter out if it isn't normal?
(I SO much prefer my triple stage berlin 2... the whole inside casing comes out, prolly for this very reason).
Of course, the manual says nothing about this type of situation, so I turn to the gurus..
Well, update of sorts... blasted thing is foaming like no tomorrow now..
even without the initial slime buildup it's doing more now then it has for the past week or so..
Guess it just reached critical mass.
How can I prevent those lil guys from growing in there?