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Old 12-25-2013, 07:12 PM   #1
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Priming a reef octopus bh1000?

I have a reef octopus bh 1000 protein skimmer and I recently did a 50% w/c and now I can't get skimmer to produce bubbles, it does make a couple of bubbles but nothing close to what it did before I lowered my water level so much, it is also not pulling enough water to overflow into the drain.

Any info would be much appreciated.
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Old 12-26-2013, 05:27 AM   #2
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If it's anything like the bh2000, which is what I run, unplug the skimmer from the outlet, cover the air hose with your finger then plug it back in. I have to do this whenever I do a pwc. Most likely it won't work the first time you do it so just give it a couple of tries.
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Old 12-26-2013, 02:21 PM   #3
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If it's anything like the bh2000, which is what I run, unplug the skimmer from the outlet, cover the air hose with your finger then plug it back in. I have to do this whenever I do a pwc. Most likely it won't work the first time you do it so just give it a couple of tries.
k I will try that when I get home thank you
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Old 12-26-2013, 11:25 PM   #4
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If it's anything like the bh2000, which is what I run, unplug the skimmer from the outlet, cover the air hose with your finger then plug it back in. I have to do this whenever I do a pwc. Most likely it won't work the first time you do it so just give it a couple of tries.
i tried it and it wants to go but just won't take hold, do you pull your finger off at any time or just keep it blocked until it works, how long do u let it run before unplugging it and plugging it back in?
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Old 12-26-2013, 11:48 PM   #5
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Take the muffler off the plastic tubing, put tube in your mouth, suck until the water in the tube almost reaches your mouth, and just hold it there til the pump starts going fully. I've taken a couple mouthfuls of water lol but it works....
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Old 12-27-2013, 12:24 AM   #6
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i tried it and it wants to go but just won't take hold, do you pull your finger off at any time or just keep it blocked until it works, how long do u let it run before unplugging it and plugging it back in?

Yeah I take off my finger then put it back a few times each time I try
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Take the muffler off the plastic tubing, put tube in your mouth, suck until the water in the tube almost reaches your mouth, and just hold it there til the pump starts going fully. I've taken a couple mouthfuls of water lol but it works....

Or there's this way too lol. I have yet to get a mouthful of water though
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I find it's the best way to prime it... The reverse air flow in the airline tube forces the pump to suck water in, and when it starts back up you release the airline and voila! Good to go...
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Nice! I shall give this a try when I do my pwc on Sat.
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I've gotten it to finally produce a decent amount of bubbles and it is collecting in the collection cup, but no where near the amount it was before the large w/c ... Could it be that the water column has less waste thus producing less bubbles/aeration in the skimmer?
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