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Old 02/13/2019, 08:08 PM   #3001
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My mini 180 keep making an air bubble from the pump lately, does mean something? And Is not skimming as usual also.
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Old 02/13/2019, 08:12 PM   #3002
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My mini 180 keep making an air bubble from the pump lately, does mean something? And Is not skimming as usual also.
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Sounds like you may need to take the pump apart and do a deep cleaning. You may have some buildup in the magnet cavity or between the impeller shaft and the bearing. Take a look at this thread for cleaning instructions on all red dragon pumps. Post 2 addresses the bearing in your pump that should also be removed, cleaned and reinstalled properly before putting the impeller back in.
http://www.reefcentral.com/forums/sh....php?t=2573406


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Old 02/13/2019, 08:13 PM   #3003
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Sounds like you may need to take the pump apart and do a deep cleaning. You may have some buildup in the magnet cavity or between the impeller shaft and the bearing. Take a look at this thread for cleaning instructions on all red dragon pumps. Post 2 addresses the bearing in your pump that should also be removed, cleaned and reinstalled properly before putting the impeller back in.

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Will inspect again, but I just have cleaned last week and that when all started


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Old 02/13/2019, 08:15 PM   #3004
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Follow the instructions in link to that thread. You may have the bearing inserted incorrectly or you may not have cleaned the bearing. If the bearing is properly cleaned or isn’t inserted properly, the rotor could bind intermittantly causing the symptoms you are describing.


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Old 02/13/2019, 08:16 PM   #3005
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Old 02/13/2019, 08:16 PM   #3006
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Old 02/13/2019, 09:03 PM   #3007
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Took it apart and cleaned again, must have missed a spot lol... it worked and skimmer is back to normal... thank for your help


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Old 02/13/2019, 09:10 PM   #3008
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Took it apart and cleaned again, must have missed a spot lol... it worked and skimmer is back to normal... thank for your help


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Old 02/28/2019, 02:59 PM   #3009
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I need to choose best skimmer for my Reef tank 550 to 600 liters with heavy load an i am looking for Bubble Kingģ Double Cone 180 + RD3 Speedy or Double Cone 200 + RD3 Speedy .which one is more effective for my reef tank?


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Old 02/28/2019, 03:36 PM   #3010
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I need to choose best skimmer for my Reef tank 550 to 600 liters with heavy load an i am looking for Bubble Kingģ Double Cone 180 + RD3 Speedy or Double Cone 200 + RD3 Speedy .which one is more effective for my reef tank?
Per your PM to me on Facebook and my reply. You need to quantify what your heavy load is? We consider a heavy load 1/2” (1.25 cm) of fish per display gallon (3.75 liters) which does NOT include the sump and refugium. And is your system 500-600l or is that your display size? This is important because when sizing a bubble king, you want to base the size on the display volume since sumps and refugiums do not contribute to the load. Sumps and refugiums reduce the load. That said, the Double Cone 200 would likely be oversized for your display volume and could be inconsistent. I’d more than likely lean towards the Double Cone 180 but would want to confirm the above details in terms of display size and actual load.


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Old 08/08/2019, 05:19 PM   #3011
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Hey Guys, my bubble king mini skimmer is having some issues. When plugged in, the skimmer, starts and stops intermittently, then turns off completely. The pattern continues if I unplug and replug the skimmer... any idea why ?


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Old 08/08/2019, 05:36 PM   #3012
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Hey Guys, my bubble king mini skimmer is having some issues. When plugged in, the skimmer, starts and stops intermittently, then turns off completely. The pattern continues if I unplug and replug the skimmer... any idea why ?


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You likely need to break the pump down completely and do a deep cleaning. Take a look at this thread. While post 1 shows an RD3 pump being broken down, the cleaning process is pretty much the same. Take the pump apart. Soak the motor, pump cover and impeller in Vinegar for 10 minutes. Then scrub inside and out with a soft brush. Rinse and reassemble. Note that post 2 shows the bearing inside your motorblock. That bearing should be removed and cleaned as well as part of the deep cleaning process. If calcium builds up inside that bearing, it will create friction on the end of the impeller shaft which will cause the motor to shut down. A lack of proper maintenance and cleaning will cause premature block failure so if the deep cleaning doesnít solve your issue, you will need a new motorblock. If that is the case, send me a PM and I will help you determine the correct replacement motorblock.

In the meantime, check out this thread on cleaning Red Dragon pumps and like I said, post 2 applies to the bearing inside your motorblock.
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Old 08/08/2019, 07:10 PM   #3013
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Awesome THanks for the tip!


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Old 08/09/2019, 02:12 PM   #3014
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So I clean the pump and bearing throughly - there wasnít much funk at all as it was recently cleaned 2 month ago.

The problem still persists: I plug it in, it then on, then off, then on, then off, and this continues for a few min then the pump turns off.

Seeing that there is no electrical components that I can open up and service, should I assume that the pump is a goner ?


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Old 08/09/2019, 02:26 PM   #3015
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So I clean the pump and bearing throughly - there wasnít much funk at all as it was recently cleaned 2 month ago.

The problem still persists: I plug it in, it then on, then off, then on, then off, and this continues for a few min then the pump turns off.

Seeing that there is no electrical components that I can open up and service, should I assume that the pump is a goner ?


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Sounds like your motor is in need of replacement. I sent you the link for the replacement block in reply to your email.


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Old 08/12/2019, 05:28 PM   #3016
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Will a double cone 180 is good enough for 150gal DT plus 70gal sump medium load?


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Old 08/12/2019, 09:59 PM   #3017
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Will a double cone 180 is good enough for 150gal DT plus 70gal sump medium load?
Yes. It should be fine for a 150 gallon display unless the fish load is really high. We donít count the sump since our sumps donít contribute to the load. Instead they reduce the load. If the fish load/stocking plans are really high than a 200 sized skimmer would be worth consider but the Bubble Kings are conservatively rated and the 180 would be well suited for a medium load on that size display. For reference, Iíd consider a heavy load, 1/2Ē of fish per display gallon. Most donít ever come close to that.


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Thx.
One more question, what is the optimal water level for the bk mini200 v7 with reddragon 1000 pump?


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Old 08/13/2019, 08:54 AM   #3019
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One more question, what is the optimal water level for the bk mini200 v7 with reddragon 1000 pump?
It really depends on the load but I'd aim for about 8.5"


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Old 08/14/2019, 05:19 PM   #3020
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It really depends on the load but I'd aim for about 8.5"
I am running it in my new tank, no live stock yet. It was on 8" water level and I have the pipe at 1/2 open. I lower it to 8.5" water yesterday and still have the pipe at 1/2 open, I don't see much improve. water level right now is 2 inch below the water mark or around 2.5" near the bottom of the cup.


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Old 08/14/2019, 05:48 PM   #3021
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I am running it in my new tank, no live stock yet. It was on 8" water level and I have the pipe at 1/2 open. I lower it to 8.5" water yesterday and still have the pipe at 1/2 open, I don't see much improve. water level right now is 2 inch below the water mark or around 2.5" near the bottom of the cup.
You have no load in the tank so there are not sufficient levels of dissolved organics to to allow the bubbles to stick together into chains that form foam. As the organic levels in system build up, the bubbles sticking together will actually raise the beak line (line where bubbles turn to foam) inside the skimmer. So donít expect anything from the skimmer or any idea of how it will perform without a load in the tank. This is a relatively big skimmer and it needs a decent load for it to perform. And given your lack of load, you might need the skimmer in even deeper water to get the break line up higher into the body without having to close the wedge pipe too much. That said, without fish in the tank, the skimmer really wonít do much if anything so donít read into the level inside the skimmer too much. You are kind of wasting time right now for nothing because it will all change once you start adding a decent number of fish.


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Thanks for advice. I will put the skimmer on timer and let it run few hrs a day until I have fish in it then will tune it from there.


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Thanks for advice. I will put the skimmer on timer and let it run few hrs a day until I have fish in it then will tune it from there.
Just let it run 24/7 so it can break in and stay broken in or don’t run it at all right now. No need to run it on a timer.


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Old 08/14/2019, 06:08 PM   #3024
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Just let it run 24/7 so it can break in and stay broken in or donít run it at all right now. No need to run it on a timer.
Ok, I will leave it a lone for now. I am doing 4 months WWC/BRS tank cycle so I will not put in for another 8 weeks.


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