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Old 03-12-2013, 02:39 PM   #11
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If you keep turning your pump down, the siphon will eventually break. Your overflow box must be synchronized with your return pump.
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I do have hair algae in the overflow box and in the "u" shaped piece but nowhere else. The tube between the overflow and the sump is dark grey and doesn't let light in. Maybe I have a critter in there gumming up the works?
If the back part of your overflow isn't overflowing then the line down to the sump isn't the issue.The hair algae in the overflow box and u tube is probably your issue.. Scrub off the hair algae and you should be good to go.
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Old 03-14-2013, 01:07 PM   #13
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If you keep turning your pump down, the siphon will eventually break. Your overflow box must be synchronized with your return pump.
That is exactly what happend.
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Old 03-14-2013, 01:16 PM   #14
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If the back part of your overflow isn't overflowing then the line down to the sump isn't the issue.The hair algae in the overflow box and u tube is probably your issue.. Scrub off the hair algae and you should be good to go.
That's exactly what I think caused my problem, I believe the u-tube was too restricted causing the poor performance and eventual siphon loss. When my siphon broke I cleaned the u-tube out and its been working much better. I haven't been home much the last few days so I'm hesitant to say flow is back to previous levels. Tonight is going to be the night I open the ball valve and dial it back appropriately.
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You could also try to purchase a larger u tube Andersen if its to big for your return pump it will still flow all the water possible. I upgraded mine to a 1.5 and have my rio 3100 return all the way up and it works like a champ. It use to be a 1" u tube and it couldn't keep up so pump was 1/2-3/4 flow. Now full blast with a simple 9 dollar purchase.
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You could also try to purchase a larger u tube Andersen if its to big for your return pump it will still flow all the water possible. I upgraded mine to a 1.5 and have my rio 3100 return all the way up and it works like a champ. It use to be a 1" u tube and it couldn't keep up so pump was 1/2-3/4 flow. Now full blast with a simple 9 dollar purchase.
I like that idea, I didn't even realize individual u-pipes were sold.
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when I had an overflow box, I had to take it down ever so often, soak in vinegar and clean it good, then the flow always came back
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when I had an overflow box, I had to take it down ever so often, soak in vinegar and clean it good, then the flow always came back
Did you have a back up while the other was down? I honestly never though about overflow box maintenance before this all started.
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This is kind of an off subject question but has anyone ever considered putting cheato <sic> in the DT side of the overflow?
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Did you have a back up while the other was down? I honestly never though about overflow box maintenance before this all started.

nope, just took return pump offline, soaked for about 15minutes in vinegar and water, scrubbed rinsed replaced, put return pump back online
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