HELP! Need assistance with Skippy Filter Pump


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I need some guidance! the home we purchased came with a skippy filter pond. I noticed the water stopped running down the little waterfall, im not sure why. I checked inside and there is a lot of algae, I was trying to look for any sign of a pump maybe something that was clogged, but I couldn't. I also noticed the water level seemed lower. I need some help on this, im not sure what to do, where to look, what im looking at, nothing!
 
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Hello and welcome!

More information and maybe a few pictures would be helpful. Is this a separate pond that has a Skippy filter attached to it? How large is the pond? What kind of filter media is in the Skippy?

The pump is going to be located in the pond. Water from the pond is then pumped to the Skippy. Pumps can become plugged, and filter media can become stopped up. Both of these can definitely make the water flow slow down. But you need to do some more exploring before you can find out what and where your problem is.

Please post some pictures.
 
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Hi! Yes here are some pictures. It’s a skippy filter and a biofilter pond. Hope I got that right.
 

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if you have a pump (in the pond), there'll surely be a cord going to it. Trace this cord and find where the pump is. Not a great idea to pull it up by the cord, but seeing your pond, you should be okay if you have to. Otherwise, root around and find the pump, pull it up, inspect for blockage and clean. I'd disconnect the hose and run it without, underwater, to see if it works properly. If so, then go to your filter and thoroughly clean it out. There should be the other end of the hose near/in/at your filter box. Disconnect that, reconnect the hose to the pump, run the pump and confirm the pump outputs water through the open hose. If all is good, reconnect the filter and you should be good to go.

If you have a lot of debris at your pump, you probably need to do a slow netting of the bottom to get rid of any larger debris. I'd also suggest, after doing this, to set your pump off the bottom for future use so you don't clog your system as easily. Filter boxes need regular maintenance and it may be your pond system needs this or more. I'd check every day after cleaning and checking, to see how quickly it's clogging. The smaller the filter collection area, the faster it clogs and the sooner you have to clean it.

An alternative is bog filtration; if interested, search the forums here for lots of info.

Hope this helps.
 

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I don’t see a Skippy filter, but I agree with @brokensword that you should look for the power cord. Also, there should be some type of tubing going from the pond into the filter. Both of these should be easy to spot. Where is the pump plugged into the electric?

Since you are new to ponding, I will go ahead and say that there are too many fish in that pond. The pond appears too shallow, as well. I hope those are goldfish and not koi. You might want to consider finding new homes for some of them. Then, get the pond back in working order, and you will be on your way to enjoying a wonderful new hobby!
 
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Here are more pictures. I thought this uploaded before but it didn’t
On Saturday I did the
Backwash three minutes

Rinse three minutes run
Now there is no water coming out of the water today.
 

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Looks like a bead filter, not skippy. Too much plumbing to see what goes where. Is it possible one of the valves is not open?
 
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can you take a photo of the top of the filter to help show what the positions are and where the handle rests now?
 

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I'm confused, if the tank in the first picture is the filter, why is there only one pipe going in and the other pipe is open? I see the external pump but i'm not sure what the small black canister is before it, priming pot possibly? Maybe someone who uses an external pump- like addy can help with this.
 
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there are actually 3 pipes to that filter cannister... you cant see one of them in the photo, the angle the photo is taken allows it to be behind the input... but its there - thats the output...
LIke i said - let's see the valve connection details on the of the filter....
 
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The sheer amount of plumbing makes my head spin. How many gallons is the pond?
 
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I'm confused, if the tank in the first picture is the filter, why is there only one pipe going in and the other pipe is open? I see the external pump but i'm not sure what the small black canister is before it, priming pot possibly? Maybe someone who uses an external pump- like addy can help with this.
Im confused as well. everything was already setup when we moved in, owner told me it was a skippy pump for the water fall and bio filter for fish area. I just don't understand why the waterfall stopped working. im going to open the filter after work today, take pictures and post
 
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Yeah you may have some words wrong - a "skippy" is a type of DIY filter. It's not a pump. And a waterfall wouldn't need any kind of filter at all. So lots of confusing info there!
 
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Yeah you may have some words wrong - a "skippy" is a type of DIY filter. It's not a pump. And a waterfall wouldn't need any kind of filter at all. So lots of confusing info there!
that’s what the previous owner told me. Here are the rest of the pictures
 

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from what I can figure, you don't have a skippy. Not sure what type filter that is (mrsclem is probably right re bead filter). You have an external pump, that's for sure. The filter basket looks more like a prefilter than anything. It is precisely your confusion and pictorial of what you have that I like to promote the bog filter; it's so simple and once done, you hardly need do anything. Simpler in so many ways, but if you did the research here, you probably now already know this. Not too late to convert and that's my suggestion. @addy1 can instruct how to using your external pump as I'm into submersibles only.

My guess as to why the water stopped via your waterfall is something is clogged/stopped up. You'll probably have to disconnect each piece and see if the water is flowing through each one in order until you find the culprit. When something is acting up for me, generally, taking it apart and cleaning as I go solves most issues. It at least lets me find any broken part that needs replacing.
 

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What is the control box on the wall for? Is it possible that it may be the problem if your pump is plugged into it? Or maybe the pump is overheating and shutting off.
 
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One question - did you change the handle position at all on the Aqua filter?

Next - that leaf filter needs cleaning...but:
You have an external pump - it's quite likely you need to prime that pump; it probably wont be able to pump anything until you do that.
With my setup (similar to yours, except for the type of filter you use), i will normally have to clean the leaf filter, clean the lid of the leaf filter also to ensure that the o-ring is clean and then add water to the leaf filter until i see water starting to fill it and no longer just "disappearing" into the pipes... this is because my setup doesnt have a check valve between the leaf filter and the pond... which usually is a good thing to have as it allows the external pump to not lose prime as easily.
So let's start there... clean leaf filter; clean the leaf filter lid and o-ring.
Then add water to the leaf filter basked to try and prime that pump. When you see it has filled up - put the lid back on, ensure it's tight and start the pump.
You may have to wait up to 10 minutes for water to start flowing, this depends on the filter back pressure and how much the pump has been primed.
Are you able to see where the pump takes its water from in the pond? Do you know if you have some kind of bottom drain? This will look like a round or square item on the floor of the pond... if it's a retro then it will have some pipe coming off it - if not then you wont see the pipe coming out of it...
If you dont have a check valve, then you may have a difficult time priming it... so then you will need to check the level of water in your pond and compare it to the external pump and leaf filter. You will find that if the water level is low in your pond, then you will need to add water to the pond so that you can give your pump an easier time to get started.
Send more photos of the pond and pipes exiting from it if possible and then also of the Aqua filter itself... cant read the exact writing on top of it... but we should be able to get a manual for it online and help that way.
 

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