FAQ: Skimmers

1. Installation / Setup

Between 7 and 9.5 inches. For optimal performance the water level should not fluctuate up or down.
During the break-in period (1st week of operation) please set the water adjustment knob arrow to arrow. After the break-in period, the best results are typically achieved by closing / restricting the water adjustment knob slightly.
During the break-in period (1st week of operation) please leave the air intake adjustment valve completely open. After the break-in period, the best results are typically achieved by closing / restricting the air intake adjustment valve slightly.
Approximately at the bayonet neck / collection cup joint. The water level will vary slightly from tank to tank depending upon water chemistry and quality.
For optimal performance, the pump should be run at full power.

2. Break-in period (1st week of operation)

It typically takes a week and sometimes longer for a skimmer to break-in and begin producing good quality skimmate. This is commonly referred to as the “Break-in Period”. During the break in period the skimmer will produce a very light colored skimmate and it will typically fill the collection cup very quickly and even overflow. A broken-in skimmer will typically form brown deposits around the neck of the skimmer. Bathing the unit thoroughly in warm water prior to installation may help reduce the break-in period. A used skimmer that hasn’t been in operation will also typically need to be broken in for a week and sometimes longer before it begins to produce good skimmate.
During the break-in period (1st week of operation) please set the water adjustment knob arrow to arrow. After the break-in period, the best results are typically achieved by closing / restricting the water adjustment knob slightly.
This is very common with a brand new skimmer or a used skimmer that hasn’t been used for a while. Please wait a full week to allow the skimmer to break-in before making any changes. Should the skimmer continue to release a lot of bubbles into the tank (some bubbles are normal), please check that the water level in the sump is set between 7 and 9.5 inches.
During the break-in period (1st week of operation) please leave the air intake adjustment valve completely open. After the break-in period, the best results are typically achieved by closing / restricting the air intake adjustment valve slightly.
The Simplicity skimmer line is intended to be used in sump only and a drip/ small leak from junction between the neck and the collection cup should not be cause for concern. A brand new skimmer will typically leak more, but as a skimmer is broken-in any leaks should dissipate or may even disappear completely.

3. General operation

4. Pump operation

The pump features an integrated soft-start to help improve performance and life. If the pump detects an issue it will automatically turn off. After several seconds the pump will automatically attempt to re-start. If this occurs please check the pump to resolve any possible issues/causes. If the pump isn’t performing normally, please check the following:
  1. Impeller is stuck or cannot spin freely. Check that the impeller can spin freely inside the pump housing. If it cannot, soak the entire assembly in a water/vinegar solution (10 parts warm water to 1 part white vinegar) for at least 24 hours or until the impeller can spin freely.
  2. Pump cannot get the air it needs to work. Check the air intake silencer, air tube and / or volute for any blockages, salt / calcium accumulation or other build-up. Please remove all 3 pieces and give them a thorough cleaning with warm water and a soft toothbrush. It may also be necessary to soak the assembly in a water/vinegar solution (10 parts warm water to 1 part white vinegar) for at least 24 hours.
  3. Check the bubble plate lid inside the skimmer body for clogs, blockages or other debris which may block water flow. Any accumulation/build-up should be removed.
  4. Check to be sure the air tube is properly attached to both the pump and the air intake silencer.
  5. Check the entire air tube for damage which may allow water to enter the tube. If water is able to enter the air tube it will significantly decrease the amount of bubbles inside the skimmer body.
For optimal performance and life, the pump should completely taken apart and cleaned every 90 days. After cleaning we recommend soaking the entire pump and all of its parts in a water/vinegar solution (10 parts warm water to 1 part white vinegar) for at least 24 hours until all noticeable mineral deposits are removed. Gently scrubbing the parts with a soft toothbrush during the soaking process will usually help speed up the removal of any deposits.
Start by disassembling the skimmer and removing the pump from the skimmer base. With the pump removed gently turn the pump cover on the front 15 degrees counter-clockwise. Once turned, the pump cover will come off providing access to the impeller inside.

5. Maintenance