Since installing my EcoStar VSP a month ago I've been having a problem with air collecting in the strainer basket. If I let it go for 2 or 3 days it will drop all the way into the inlet port, so I end up running a high speed cycle, about 3200 rpm for 5 min. or so, to purge the air out on a daily basis. I started a thread about it here and received a reply from Mark (mas985) postulating that it might be a result of dissolved oxygen and nitrogen in the water out-gassing from the reduced pressure on the suction side of the pump. Chemgeek disagrees with that idea, so the debate goes on. I'm curious as to how many other VSP owners are experiencing the same problem. I'd appreciate it if you would answer the poll and follow up with a post stating what brand and model pump you have, what speed you run it at for most of the day and the approximate distance from your skimmer to your equipment pad.
Also, if you've contacted the pump manufacturer or the installer about the problem I'd be interested in hearing what they said about it.
I'm running my pump at 1500 rpm for 1 hour, then 2200 rpm for 2 hours and then back to 1500 rpm for the next 9 hours. I've got approximately 44' of 2" pipe from my skimmer to my pump.
Thanks for your input.