Sorry if this has been asked and answered - I looked through a couple pages and could not find the same issue. Some are close, but not the same. My pump primes ok, then fills until the about the top of the basket, then it stays there. There are no bubbles from my return. I have suspected something in the main drain might be restricting flow, but it is the same problem if I switch suction to skimmers only (which seems to be getting weaker). The pocket of air stays no matter how long I run the pump or what rpm I run at. The water level stays the same if I turn the pump off, so I don't think I have a leak around the seals.
As far as equipment goes, I have a 1.5hp Jandy pump, Jandy DEV60 filter. I use 6lbs after backwashing - is that right? The box I buy says I should be using 9lbs. I also have a completely useless A&A floor cleaning system and a nature2 pro g plus, which I plan to replace with a simple in line chlorinator (recommendations?) - try to refrain from calling me a complete idiot for those 2 things, I am bashing myself over the head about those every year.