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Fed up with EA lily pipe intake - anyone get them to work?

Epiphyte

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Before I throw out these rather expensive, yet to me utterly useless, lily pipes, has anyone got them to work well?

I cannot seem to find a balance to limit air intake from them. Even with the bottom valve wide open, it bobs up and down until the suction gets the best of it and clamps it down, inhaling anything that gets close. So I place a cable tie around the skimmer portion to stop how far it can go into the glass part. This works okay for the smallest of margins of water level. A fraction too high and you get a sucking noise as it pulls in 50/50 air and water, and if I put it a little bit down, the bobbing starts again and eventually works the cable tie down and submerges itself.

It's incredibly frustrating and is making it impossible to purge my Oase Biomaster 600 of air, a challenge in itself in the best of times. Best case scenario it's permanently obnoxiously noisy, worst case sometimes it gets so bad that I've walked past my tank to find the filter has airlocked and is no longer pumping, endangering my livestock and potentially the pump motor too.

Is there some magic thing I can do to this intake skimmer to solve my issues which doesn't include throwing it in the bin?

Thanks!
 

Sammy Islam

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I had this issue for over a year until i figured it out, my surface skimmer would bob up and down multiple times a day and it was really pi**ing me off. I tried a few things like inserting a bit of airline tube under the "hat" to stop it from being sucked under.

The thing that has essentially stopped it from bobbing is to pull out the stopper at the bottom as far as it will go, this allows an extra intake slit to become free recuducing the bobbing.
 

Epiphyte

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I had this issue for over a year until i figured it out, my surface skimmer would bob up and down multiple times a day and it was really pi**ing me off. I tried a few things like inserting a bit of airline tube under the "hat" to stop it from being sucked under.

The thing that has essentially stopped it from bobbing is to pull out the stopper at the bottom as far as it will go, this allows an extra intake slit to become free recuducing the bobbing.
Sammy, you are a genius!

Just lowered it until the o-ring is just in the glass tube and, so far, it's been 5 minutes, it's running silent and air free.

I'll see how it goes over time, but it does seem a really poor bit of design.
 

jacquieb

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Oh, I feel your pain. Same set up, same problems: Slurping in the middle of the night from the intake, the creak of doom when trying to prime the filter... :lol:
 

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