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Old 09-14-2011, 11:26 PM   #41
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What I mean is the pump won't stay on long enough producing bubbles. It goes on and off like it is pulsing.
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That's never happened to me before. Sounds like a problem with the pump.
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Old 09-15-2011, 12:16 AM   #43
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Well, I will let it run for a while and see what happens. Maybe it just takes a while for the pump to get going since it's pulling water up like 5 inches. Or maybe it needs to be broke in.

I will let you know, thank you!
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Old 09-15-2011, 12:44 AM   #44
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Ah, yep. I put a filter sock to hinder the flow from the first chamber to the second chamber, thus making the water level rise. Turns out if my water level is an inch or two higher, the pump will run continously.

I guess I'll go to lowes tomorrow and try to find a piece of acrylic to make my 10" sump wall a 12" sump wall
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Old 09-15-2011, 01:00 AM   #45
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Measure the PVC so you can extend it and then you won't need to worry bout having the water so high all the time
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Old 09-15-2011, 01:06 AM   #46
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Perhaps, but I fear the breaking point here is having to push the water up 5 inches. If I extend the plastic tube, it will still have to push the water up 5 inches past the water line.

But by raising the sump wall 2 inches, that creates equal pressure inside and outside of the pump and then it only has to push it up 3 inches.

Makes sense, right? Just trying to make sure my mind is on the right track.

I have 5" of vertical clearance in my sump so 2" won't be a problem at all.
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Oh ok what ever works for you. Did it skim anything yet??
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Old 09-15-2011, 01:28 AM   #48
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Nope. Been running about 4 hours. The pump won't push bubbles long enough. Keeps going on and off.

I turned it off for the night in case I'm wearing it out until I get a longer tube or higher wall tomorrow.

I will let you know though!
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Old 09-16-2011, 03:27 AM   #50
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Okay, so I siliconed a 2" piece of acrylic to my sump wall so it'll be two inches higher. Just waiting for it to cure now.



Also, I got a tube to take the skimmer output water and direct it to the next chamber.. this way the skimmer won't skim the same water again until it circulates through the system. Good idea, bad idea?

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