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Old 07/08/2018, 12:36 PM   #476
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What was the solution? I had the same problem but mini was out of warranty so I replaced it with dc180 which is dead silent. My mini 180 works but is relatively noisy.


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Loosening the screws helped, but it was still to loud for me. Mine just has a vibration to it that I cannot get rid off. I do not think the noise level would bother some people, but for me it is to loud. It is collecting dust in my basement.


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Old 08/03/2018, 03:17 PM   #477
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I am having trouble with my dc 150 pump. It's kicking a sound in every or 2 seconds. It's much like start and stop in every second and pump is surging. I tried to take it from skimmer body and completely disamble it. No cracking on impeller teeth or scratches on impeller. I tried it working alone without skimmer body. No luck. Any advice? I also tried to take a video but cant hear this sound in video.

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Old 08/03/2018, 05:04 PM   #478
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I am having trouble with my dc 150 pump. It's kicking a sound in every or 2 seconds. It's much like start and stop in every second and pump is surging. I tried to take it from skimmer body and completely disamble it. No cracking on impeller teeth or scratches on impeller. I tried it working alone without skimmer body. No luck. Any advice? I also tried to take a video but cant hear this sound in video.

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Is it actually starting and stopping or is it just making a sound? How many turns out on the nozzle do you have it from fully closed? What is the sump depth? How old is the skimmer and when was the last time you took it fully apart for a thorough cleaning? I’d take it complete apart. Do a thorough cleaning per the instructions in this thread. Make sure you inspect the venturi port on the nozzle for salt creep. If I had to guess, I’d suspect it could either be the pump needing cleaning or that you need to open the nozzle more as that will cause surging and can make a bit of noise if the pumps not getting enough air.

Follow the cleaning instructions in this thread and be sure to clean the bearing as per post #2.
http://www.reefcentral.com/forums/sh....php?t=2573406


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Old 08/03/2018, 05:14 PM   #479
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It's running in 9 inches depth but it tried it in lower inches also without skimmer body, same results. I think it's not making start and stop just making crackling noise. I cleaned it 8 months ago, but when I checked tonight the pump was clean enough. Skimmer is 3 or 4 years old.

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Old 08/03/2018, 05:19 PM   #480
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It's running in 9 inches depth but it tried it in lower inches also without skimmer body, same results. I think it's not making start and stop just making crackling noise. I cleaned it 8 months ago, but when I checked tonight the pump was clean enough. Skimmer is 3 or 4 years old.

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The pump should be cleaned every 4-5 months. Calcium buildup inside the magnet cavity and bearing will create friction on the bearing and can cause the motor to temporarily go into protect mode and stop itself. Prolonged start/stops will cause premature failure.

Take a look at this thread and also read my edited post above because I revised my post at the same time you replied. A complete break down of the pump for proper cleaning is critical. If when you tested the pump, you still had the airline connected, you may need to open the nozzle up more too as I noted in my edited comment above. Again, take a look at this thread. Post 1 and 2 apply..
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Running a BK DC150 on a Red Sea Reefer 250 with a Triton34 sump. This is a used skimmer so broke in before I got it obviously. With that being said I ran it for 3 full days in the sump without the skimme cup on.

Now that I have the cup on, regardless of what setting I choose it just fills the cup, so I removed the plug so it just falls back into the sump.

Ruining in 7.5 of water with the tube full open, Ive done 1 turn, 2, 3, 4, and 5 and its just overflowing regardless.

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Running a BK DC150 on a Red Sea Reefer 250 with a Triton34 sump. This is a used skimmer so broke in before I got it obviously. With that being said I ran it for 3 full days in the sump without the skimme cup on.

Now that I have the cup on, regardless of what setting I choose it just fills the cup, so I removed the plug so it just falls back into the sump.

Ruining in 7.5” of water with the tube full open, I’ve done 1 turn, 2, 3, 4, and 5 and it’s just overflowing regardless.

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You may need to go further out on the nozzle than 5 turns. Open the nozzle until the overflowing subsides. The “ideal” setting really depends on the amount of dissolved organics in the system. The more organics in the system, the more the nozzle will need to be opened. Also, it may not hurt to raise the skimmer up a half inch or so or lower the sump level a bit as that too will reduce the tendency to overflow and help you dial it in. Especially if there are more dissolved organics in the system than you realize. And despite it being used previously, if the skimmer was dry when you got it or cleaned, it will need to break back in which can take a week or so. Also, make sure there isn’t any salt build up in the nozzle where the hose connects to the pump. That is a point that is often overlooked. Any salt buildup in there (which is common) will increase the water flow into the skimmer and decrease the air intake causing the skimmer to overflow. Also, if the skimmer was used and the pump wasn’t broken completely down and cleaned inside and out, that would be advisable because stuff in the needle wheel will also increase the water flow and decrease the air intake causing the water level inside the skimmer to run higher than it should.


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That did it. Kept at 4 turns and raised it 1/2 and bingo. Once the tank has evaporated a little water I can use the built in water level control in the sump and remove the egg crate.

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That did it. Kept at 4 turns and raised it 1/2 and bingo. Once the tank has evaporated a little water I can use the built in water level control in the sump and remove the egg crate.

Thank you sir!
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