Thanks everyone. Took the pump out, took it apart, cleaned and inspected it. Put back together re seated it in a different manner and BAM!! It's pumping even better now!!
And it's quieter!!
Wow!! Seriously it's like a different pump.
"When creating an aqua scape, strive for the beauty of imperfection, as its art and there is no wrong or right, it's left open for interpretation" James Findley