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Old 04-14-2015, 07:35 PM   #1
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Reef Octopus BH-1000 Priming? URGENT

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I just got the Reef Octopus BH-1000 and I set it up, and I have filled it with water. I filled it up to a certain point and plugged the skimmer in. I cover the air hose but the water keeps rising until it starts overflowing!!!!! I don't know what to do!! I am forced to turn the skimmer off because it keeps overflowing!! Can anybody help me?!?!?! Even if you have a different skimmer could you tell me how you primed it?
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All new skimmers go through a break in period. I wouldn't be filling the skimmer up to the line at all, using it as more of a guideline. I would start it up only using as little water as possible and go from there.

Edit: You could soak the skimmer in a vinegar solution to pull some of the oils off of it that are left over from production as well to help things get going. It can sometimes take a couple of weeks for a skimmer to break in properly.

Double edit: I believe you can adjust the height of the collection cup on this unit...right? If so, crank it the whole way up.
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All new skimmers go through a break in period. I wouldn't be filling the skimmer up to the line at all, using it as more of a guideline. I would start it up only using as little water as possible and go from there.

Edit: You could soak the skimmer in a vinegar solution to pull some of the oils off of it that are left over from production as well to help things get going. It can sometimes take a couple of weeks for a skimmer to break in properly.

Double edit: I believe you can adjust the height of the collection cup on this unit...right? If so, crank it the whole way up.
This is the sound and look of the skimmer as of now. PLEASE HELP IT'S LOUD AND I AM NOT SURE IF IT IS FUNCTIONING PROPERLY!!
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There should be a Video above...? ^^^
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It is most likely not primed then. Put the air line in the water for a minute, see if that starts it up.
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It is most likely not primed then. Put the air line in the water for a minute, see if that starts it up.
What do you mean put it in the water? Should I physically put the tube into the water?
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Yeah, it'll suck in water and prime it.
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Is that the same as plugging the air pipe? Because it said to plug the air pipe before until it was just water but the water would rise up over the surface and overflow into the floor. Why does this happen? Will it be different if I put the air hose in the water?


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This is a picture from this morning. It is producing gunk but it's still incredibly loud.


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This is a picture from this morning. It is producing gunk but it's still incredibly loud.


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what if you turned the return elbow so it is under the water or parallel with the surface instead of working like an overflow.


also try lowering the water level in the skimmer a little if possible, that way it should produce a drier foam.
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