Skimmer going crazy

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  1. Keanan

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    This morning at 6 my grandfather woke me up, saying that the pump is making a noise and there is water all over the floor. In a panic I jumped out of bed and ran downstairs to the tank, to find the kitchen floor wet.
    My skimmer was going crazy and was overflowing like mad. My skimmer cup's drain pipe runs into a 5l water bottle. So something in the water must of made the skimmer to go crazy and drained about 20l of water and leaving my return pump to almost run dry.

    This has happened a few times to me already in the beginning of starting my tank but hasn't happened in the last 5+ months. And I didn't dose anything last night.
    I checked and all my fish and corals are there and still alive.

    Has anyone got an explanation for why the skimmer could have just over skimmed and almost drained the sump? Has this happened to anyone else?
     
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    something spawned?
    maybe.
     
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    something spawned?
    maybe.
     
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    Keanan

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    Not that Ive seen but will check.
     
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    I cant see anything that must of spawned in the tank. Hope it doesn't to the same tonight.
    Will have to wait and see.
     
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    The only time my skimmer misbehasves is when I dosed something like Marine Snow.
     
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    What type of skimmer is it on some deighns if the airline gets blocked and there is no air going through the pump it will pump too much water into the skimmer overflowing it . What I'm planing for the monster skimmer I'm building is an overflow from the colecting botel back to the intake of the skimmer this way if it overflows the skimmer will just recerculate and hopfuly concintrate the skimmate
     
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    Agreed!
     
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    Keanan

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    Its bubble magus bm100. Didnt think of that.
     
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    Have you maybee used reef putty to glue anything down with this stuff also makes the skimmer over skim after it has been used
     
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    Nope nothing like that, just dosed calcium that morning like I do every week but nothing the night.
     
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