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Old 10-22-2012, 08:05 PM   #1
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Reef octopus BH 90 help!


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Just got my reef octopus BH 90 in the mail, and after quite some time just figuring out how to assemble it. I had leaking issues, which apparently was some valves weren't tight enough, i guess hand tight wasn't enough had to bust out the wrench.

But now that its hooked up and running, its not doing anything. I had to fill the reaction chamber with a good amount of water. I hear the pump working, and i see bubbles rising up in the chamber. But nothing is really happening at all. I have the open/close valve on closed for now.

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Am i doing something wrong? Will it take time to do anything at all in the first place.

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Old 10-22-2012, 08:15 PM   #2
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New skimmers can take a few days, up to a week or so to start producing foam. Just follow the set up instructions and let it run for a few days, you'll start to see it work.
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Old 10-22-2012, 08:21 PM   #3
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Okay i will try letting it run for a while like you said, i had a feeling that was the case, but i just wanted to be sure as it looks like its doing nothing. Now should the pump sound like a steady hummmm, or a pulsating humm, as of now its making more of a pulsating humming noise, not steady, like a washing machine kind of, much less intense obviously. I just want to be sure the pump is okay and not gonna burn outo n me cause i did something wrong.
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Old 10-22-2012, 08:26 PM   #4
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Okay i will try letting it run for a while like you said, i had a feeling that was the case, but i just wanted to be sure as it looks like its doing nothing. Now should the pump sound like a steady hummmm, or a pulsating humm, as of now its making more of a pulsating humming noise, not steady, like a washing machine kind of, much less intense obviously. I just want to be sure the pump is okay and not gonna burn outo n me cause i did something wrong.
That, I can't answer for sure because I don't have any experience with Reef Octopus. I know that the skimmers I have used usually are louder at first until the insides get coated with gunk and then they quiet down and smooth out.
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Old 10-22-2012, 11:04 PM   #5
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when you say it's not doing anything at all, how literally do you mean that? no waterflow? no bubbles at all? Like stated previously, skimmers always need a "break in" period. usually 24-72 hours, but not uncommon for it take up to a week or even more. A good tip I heard about skimmers is to let it break in with the water level very low until it starts to produce a small amount of foam just above the "break" surface of the bubble level. Don't try and dial it in until this has occured. I believe this is so that the surface below the neck can collect "slime" and more effectively send skimmate up higher and higher into the neck and out into the cup. I'm currently re-breaking in a skimmer I recently purchased that get a real bad rap (coralife super skimmer 65). It has taken a serious amount of mods & adjustments to get it where it is now. I refuse to believe this skimmer is as crappy as people claim it to be. there are many good and bad reviews. Reef octopus however is a highly acclaimed brand of skimmer, where everyone seems to have nothing bad to say. Are you running it in sump or HOB (if even possible), I am not familiar with any reef octopus models so forgive my ignorance if this is not HOB applicable.
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Old 10-23-2012, 09:03 AM   #6
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Yes, how is the skimmer operating? Is it drawing water from the tank? You should be running the skimmer wide open or nearly for the break in period.
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Old 10-23-2012, 02:33 PM   #7
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Hey guys,

Well i ended up unplugging it and plugging it back in, and it started working better. There are a considerable amount of bubbles now in the chamber, and i could actually see some bubbles spitting out of the output in the tank. Also the noise seem to get more steady rather than pulsate like earlier. I woke up this morning and there was finally white foam rising towards the top. Although last night i twisted the valve to all the way closed and it filled completely with water and spilled everywhere, so i have the valve on about halfway right now. If i open it completely it starts to make a gargling noise which is quite annoying.

I am curious when i go home today what will be happening, i put a 5 gallon bucket underneath it just in case i get any leaks or anything, i have the skimmer in the front of my tank for now, for easy access while i get it working correctly.

I just want to know why it was leaking, i did them hand tight at first which i thought i fixed with the wrench but even after i tightened them with a wrench, the elbow that connects the top of the pump to the bottom of the reaction chamber was leaking. and then it all of a sudden just stopped leaking......I wiped it all down and dried it, and i don't see it leaking anymore. Could it just have been water that was in there from when it leaked before i used the wrench?
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Old 10-23-2012, 03:18 PM   #8
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It is possible that the water was from before. It sounded like the pulse earlier was some the skimmer not drawing water correctly or at all.
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Old 10-23-2012, 03:43 PM   #9
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Yeah it was really strange. As long as it didn't leak today i am assuming it should be fine. As for it functioning correctly, i am assuming if white foam is making it all the way to the top of the collection cup it must be working. The good thing the output pipe has a plastic cone type thing that goes over it so theres not many air bubbles getting the tank.

As for the valve, what should i have it on? All the way open even though it gargles? Or halfway like i have it now. Also why even have a closed option if all it does is make the skimmer fill with water until it overflows. And what exactly is the valve opening and closing?
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Old 10-23-2012, 04:55 PM   #10
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Okay got home and it leaked again, probably 2-4 oz or so in the bucket. Could it still not be tight enough? ANy tighter it feels like the plastic will crack
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check the gaskets
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Old 10-23-2012, 09:23 PM   #12
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Okay i am an idiot, the O ring was in wrong. I feel dumb. Well that fixed the leaking problem, unfortunately since i unplugged it, when i plugged it back in it wasnt working again. I had to suck on the end of the long tube, with the silencer on the end. That sucked water into the chamber and it started working. I see lots of bubbles now for the past 2 hours or so, but no foam like i had going all day today.
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Okay i am an idiot, the O ring was in wrong. I feel dumb. Well that fixed the leaking problem, unfortunately since i unplugged it, when i plugged it back in it wasnt working again. I had to suck on the end of the long tube, with the silencer on the end. That sucked water into the chamber and it started working. I see lots of bubbles now for the past 2 hours or so, but no foam like i had going all day today.
You just re-primed it and now it is working properly, give it a day or so and it'll start producing foam. Just pretend the last two days didn't happen
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Old 10-24-2012, 09:57 AM   #15
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Woke up to tons of foam in the chamber, so thats good news. My one question now is, when i go to empty the collection cup, should i shut it off? It would seem that when i remove the collection cup the foam will keep shooting out of the top if i keep it on.

I also now have to move it to the back of the tank, its not very aesthetically pleasing in the front ! Just gonna wait a few more days to be sure theres no leaks.
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