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got home tonight and checked my skimmer cup to see if it was full and i noticed my coralife skimmer wasnt making no bubbles and i messed with it for awhile and when i blow in the air tube it makes bubbles and when i stop blowing in the air tube the bubbles stop and ive done everything i can think of to fix....has anyone every had this problem with there coralife skimmer??
 

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If You had to blow air in the intake to get air in the skimmer,your air intake is clogged,You can take hot water and try letting the skimmer suck water out of the cup to clean the salt creep that is clogging the air intake,when doing this take off the air silincer [the container that the air hose is hooked up to........IF while taking off the silincer your skimmer returns to normal operation then the silincer is clogged
 

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If the silincer is clogged back flush it with compressed air [like you use to clean your computers keyboard]......DO NOT use the compressed air to clean out the air intake tube to the skimmer,they add a bitterint to the air that your organisms will not like,You have been warned
 

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If you blew in the air intake and got small micro bubbles,The problem can be solved with the above remedy,,,But if you blew on it and you got big bubbles than your impeller is jammed or broken....An easy test is take the impeller out of the pump,now with your right hand hold the magnet part of the impeller,with your left hand grab the bladded part of the impeller now slowly turn the blade clock wise it should spin freely to a point then stop,now turn it the opposite way is should turn smoothly to a point then stop..Now if the bladded part just spins with no resistance around the circumference of the magnet,your impeller is shot....I would find it hard to believe,that the impeller would be messed up,......Let me know how it goes.....
 

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i researched this online and i found out that the water level was to high in my sump so i took some water out of the sump and it started working....easy fix...thanks for the responses
 

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Yeah,the deeper the pump has to draw air down a column of water,when the impeller is not designed for real suction would do it,make sure that salt creep does not build up in the air intake next to the impeller,on any skimmer that uses aspirater intake that is the main fault with the design,That is why the have a maximum depth for the pump
 
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