Skimmer stopped making bubbles

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  1. bluetang08

    bluetang08 Purple Spiny Lobster

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    At first I thought it was a decrease but upon further inspection I have noticed that my Coralife 220 has completely stopped producing bubbles. The pump still works because water is flowing but the micro bubbles are gone. What do I do and how do I do it?
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  3. piezopaul

    piezopaul Bristle Worm

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    I'm not familiar with your skimmer, but if the water is flowing and its not making bubbles, something in the air pathway is clogged. Try taking the air tubing off and clearing it, If that doesn't work the clog might be in the venturi. Try to take that off and clean it. Good luck!!- Paul
  4. bluetang08

    bluetang08 Purple Spiny Lobster

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    Yeah I already cleared the airline thats not it, how do I service the venturi?
  5. montecarloz38

    montecarloz38 Fire Shrimp

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    Submerge into vinegar solution. Also try blowing into it. Make sure your pump valve is open 100% and your pump intake in clean. I had a 65 version of your skimmer it would do it sometimes...
  6. bluetang08

    bluetang08 Purple Spiny Lobster

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    So I should submerge the entire pump into a vinegar solution or is there a way to take it apart?
  7. montecarloz38

    montecarloz38 Fire Shrimp

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    1st. Your pump comes apart, there is a circle looking thing right after the intake spout. Take it off and clean inside.
    2nd. Take the airhose off and make sure there is no salt build up and such. Blow though them.
    3rd. The plastic thing that is attached to the airhouse (silencer) submerge it in vinager solution and blow though it as well to make sure no abstraction. Reconnect everything and turn on your skimmer. Give your airhouse a little blow to start microbubbles, it is needed sometimes.
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  9. pjracer

    pjracer Peppermint Shrimp

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    I have the same one and you can take apart the pump. real easy.
  10. bluetang08

    bluetang08 Purple Spiny Lobster

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    I guess Ill just have to look at it a little closer tonight I didnt see any easy way to take it apart but im prob just overlooking somethin
  11. Pickupman66

    Pickupman66 Kole Tang

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    Hey, you never finished the other thread where I told you how to clean that out.
    Those things are very easy to service. just pull the pump off. where the little airhose connects to the pump itself, pull off the hose and use a toothpick or even a cheap fork to poke that hole out. you should see it all crusted in. I took a fork and bent one of the tongs on it just for cleaning out that darn hole. It all comes apart and back together easy. just pull it out and you will see notches in the part that blows the water out. twist it to line them up and it will come right off so you can service the Impeller.

    In my years, If you service your equip on a regular basis, you rarely have issues. Its easy fix man. you can do it.
  12. montecarloz38

    montecarloz38 Fire Shrimp

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    +1 on that. Regular maintenance will keep your pumps, skimmers, powerheads, etc working for years and years.
  13. bluetang08

    bluetang08 Purple Spiny Lobster

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    No the airline is completely clear which is why I just started a new thread. If the airline wasnt clear then an air pump wouldnt work attached to the same line. So it must be the venturi, I didnt get to it last night Ive been workin ALOT this week and the air pump is subbing in for now but Im sure its not the air intake
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  15. Pickupman66

    Pickupman66 Kole Tang

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    the tubing never clogged on mine. just the plastic part of the pump that clogged up.