Like the title says, my Aquabug sucks air. Every 10 minutes or so, air accumulates in my filter and I have to vent it by opening the valve on the top of the filter. It's done this ever since I first used it. I assume it's because the sectional hose you need to use with an Aquabug sucks in a little air at each joint as it floats on the water. Does anyone else have this problem? And if so, did you find a way to fix it? Or do you just live with it?
I've been dealing with it by leaving the filter valve open slightly, enough to let the water just dribble out, so that it lets the air bleed out instead of accumulate.
So two questions:
1) I know the pump itself has to always have a flow of water, or it will burn itself up. But is there any problem with air in the filter? Other that the fact that, as I imagine it, if there is air at the top there is less water in contact with the filter element, and so less filtering going on. What I'm asking is, will it cause damage to the filter if there is air accumulating in there.
2) Is my idea of leaving the valve slightly open to bleed the air a good idea or a bad one?