Skimmer Woes (sudden)

themcfreak

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Reaching for anything, but I can't figure out what might have happened. Suddenly, last night, my skimmer went into crazy overflow mode. And has been there ever since. I have a variable speed pump, so I dropped the speed from 70% to 20%, and it stopped pulling in so much air, but literally pumped water straight up the chute into the cup at 20%. I ended up opening the 'release valve' (not sure what it is really called' to allow more water to drain out down instead in the cup, and left the pump at 30% overnight.

This morning, still in the same boat.

I haven't added anything new to the tank, nothing affected the tank at the time it happened, etc. Any ideas what might cause this?
 
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Sounds like something got into the valve the water drains through & you had to open the valve to purge it but it's still there. Time for an inspection & cleaning.
 

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hi,sorry just quick scanned your build,very nice!! octopus int 150 skimmer in question, would disassemble the pump see if something is lodged in impeller,or has broken tines on impeller,lets go from there;)we know pump is working ,seems like an air mix problem
 

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