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LF1 Berlin Systems and Compact Berlin Systems

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NOTE 10/6/16: Per the Home page news about the Lifereef sump changes, this page will be updated with current sump/system photos as each one is ordered by a customer, photographed, and then added to this page. Lifereef sumps/systems are not mass-produced but built per your order. All sumps will be built to the new features even though not updated in the photos below. When you call to order I will discuss the fantastic new features of the Lifereef systems. Current photos will be noted with "NEW PHOTO" under the pic. Click on the photos for a HUGE photo showing all the fantastic features and details!



First, a few things we DON'T DO with Lifereef Berlin Systems.....

The majority of Lifereef customers are those that already have a "system" set up which typically feature filter socks and in-sump refugiums, the "industry standard". They complain about the daily hassle of filter socks and their in-sump refugium becoming more or less useless due to the small nature, or, the shallow water depths. Lifereef does not do the "industry standard" because we hear from the hobbyists who do not like it.

The Lifereef Berlin Sumps do not feature in-sump refugiums (except for the LifeReefugium II and Compact LifeReefugium II.) because most of those sumps with built-in refugiums are too small, or shallow. Most sump/refugiums on the market are designed to have a low water level in order to satisfy the protein skimmers need for low water levels. Most in-cabinet protein skimmers on the market are designed for water depths no higher than 10". A sump with a maximum water level of 10" (some as low as 8") means your refugium level is also 10" (or less) and if you put in a substrate into your refugium your water depth decreases even more. Really, a refugium with only 8" or less of water to grow algae? Some algae actually prefer greater water depths and some algae are even tumbled or roll within the refugium and this can't be done in shallow built-in refugiums.

Only custom large sumps will have full perimeter rims. On our sumps no top perimeter rim is needed and in fact just cuts down on accessability into the sump, allows a lot of dust/salt accumulation on the top and with some of the other manufactures cluttered hose management clips and locks and such also on top will only be a pain to clean and a sad looking mess in just a few weeks. The Lifereef sumps have very little "rim" area and can be wiped down easily, no cluttered rims, and about as clean of a system as you can get, and why it has remained unchanged for 22 years.

Refugiums, or LifeReefugiums... The Lifereef approach is to separate the refugium from the sump, let the sump do sump functions and let the refugium be separate, larger, greater water depth, and also beneficial to have a separate and controllable water flow from the sump. Most sumps blast the water in one end, rush it through the refugium, and blast it back into the aquarium. If you slow the sump flow down you compromise the mechanical filtration and skimmer and circulation back into the aquarium. A LifeReefugium can be added to any Lifereef System and Wet/Dry filters to bring the benefits of a refugium to your aquarium filtration. A LifeReefugium can even be added onto your existing sump.

NO FILTER SOCKS!!! Instead of filter socks that remove too much particulate matter and require frequent maintenance (sometimes daily) and many clean socks on hand, Lifereef sumps feature a versatile full-flow sump chamber that allows you to use any mechanical filter materials you want. Foam (included), polyester, micron, etc. YOU GET TO USE WHAT YOU WANT whereas FILTER SOCKS allow NO VERSATILITY, it's socks or nothing. In addition, this chamber can be used for chemical media bags. Numerous filtration options at your choice, not just socks which are constant and offer no other choices.


Notes about all Lifereef Berlin Systems....

Overflow Prefilter Box is required for any aquarium not having a built-in overflow, or "reef-ready". Sumps can handle built-in overflows, our hang-on overflow, competitors overflows, Herbie, CalFlo, basically any kind of overflow your aquarium has.

Filter Cylinders (media reactors) and a Bio-Reactor are optional accessories that can be inserted into the Berlin sumps Accessory Rack which holds them securely in place and all can be run with ONE pump.


A LifeReefugium can be added to any of the Lifereef Systems (if not already designed as such) and come in various sizes as well as custom sizes.

A Calcium Reactor can be added to any of the Lifereef Systems. All sumps are pre-drilled/tapped for the necessary connection fittings and hoses.

A 1/4" tapped hole is provided for the connection of an R/O line for direct-to-sump water top-off connection.


All Lifereef Systems INCLUDE EVERYTHING to install. Hoses, clamps, fittings, even the Teflon tape! You do not need to go to the hardware store to purchase adapters, odd parts, glue, etc. that most other manufacturers seem to leave out or leave you guessing as to how to connect things.
COMPACT BERLIN SYSTEMS FOR SMALL CABINETS
The COMPACT BERLIN SYSTEMS all noted by this light blue shaded background.
The CLF1, CLF2 and CLF3 all come with the following: sump, SVS2-24 in-sump skimmer, MagDrive 9 skimmer pump, MagDrive 9 system pump, foam filter element, all hoses, clamps, fittings, Teflon tape. Optional Filter Cylinders can be added at any time and will require a MagDrive 7 pump. A LifeReefugium can be added to any of these systems and will require a pump size increase to the MagDrive 12 to run both aquarium return water and refugium flow.
All systems come with all fittings (more than needed), hoses (more than needed), clamps (more than needed), Teflon tape, instructions, and phone or email support if/when needed.

Accessory Rack
Lifereef Accessory Rack

Standard Feature of all Lifereef Sumps

The Accessory Rack can hold up to three Media Reactors or two Media Reactors and one Bio-Reactor , or any combination of three. Only one pump needed to run this setup. Each reactor can be removed individually using the union valve: Turn off, unscrew, lift out.
 The rack also has four probe mounts with thumbscrew retention.
All of your probes and media reactors in one convenient location!  
 
           
CLICK ON PHOTOS FOR BIG PIC

CLF1 Compact Berlin System
CLF1 Compact Berlin System
Shown with optional Media Reactors


CLF2 with 20" LifeReefugium
Shown with optional Media Reactors and 20" LifeReefugium
CLF1 Compact

For aquariums up to 48" long
The CLF1, CLF2 and CLF3 all come with the following: sump, SVS2-24 in-sump skimmer, MagDrive 9 skimmer pump, MagDrive 9 system pump, foam filter element, all hoses, clamps, fittings, Teflon tape.
Optional Filter Cylinders can be added at any time and will require a MagDrive 7 pump.
A LifeReefugium can be added to any of these systems and will require a pump size increase to the MagDrive 12 to run both aquarium return water and refugium flow.

Aquariums up to 48" long or 120 gallons

(The silver "coil" tubes shown in the photo at upper left are Lifereef Float Switches that are no longer available.)
Sump size:
25" x 14" x 14"
MagDrive 9 main
system pump

MagDrive 9
skimmer pump
This compact system is perfect for small cabinet spaces. The entire filter system fits within the 25" x 14" footprint of the sump.
Add a 12", 16" or 20" LifeReefugium for a fantastic looking sump/refugium combo!
CLF2 Compact Berlin System
Shown with optional Media Reactors
CLF2 Compact

For aquariums up to 72" long
What's included? See above
Aquariums up to 72" long or 180 gallons
Sump size
30" x 14" x 14"
MagDrive 9 main
system pump

MagDrive 9
skimmer pump
This compact system is for larger aquariums with a small cabinet.
The entire system fits within the 30" x 14" footprint of the sump.
 CLF1 Compact Berlin System CLF3 Compact for Bowfront

For the 72 gallon bowfront aquariums of course!
What's included? See above
Made for 72 gallon bowfront aquariums
Sump size
30" x 9" x 14"
MagDrive 9
main system pump

MagDrive 9

skimmer pump
This compact system has been requested so many times for the narrow cabinet space of the 72 gallon bowfront aquariums that we made it a standard model!
All the same features as our fantastic CLF1 Compact but in a longer and narrower sump format.
Of course this will work on any aquarium up to 6 feet long.
LF1-125 Berlin System

LifeReefugiums

Add a separate external LifeReefugium to your sump system.
Much larger than those other sumps with built-in tiny refugiums. Plus, you get separate water flow for your refugium than the sump allowing you to tailor the refugium flow to your needs, and all from one pump!
The LifeReefugium can be added at the time you install your sump system or at a future date.

LifeReefugium sizes available: (or will build custom size to fit)
12 x 14 x 18 approx 9 gallons

16 x 14 x 18 approx 12 gallons
18 x 14 x 18 approx 14 gallons

20 x 14 x 18 approx 16 gallons
24 x 14 x 18 approx 19 gallons

LF1 SERIES BERLIN SYSTEMS for larger cabinets (longer than 48")
The LF1 SERIES BERLIN SYSTEMS are all noted by this blue shaded background.
All systems come with the following: sump, VS2-24 protein skimmer, BlueLine 30HDX skimmer pump, BlueLine 40HDX system pump, System Manifold, foam filter element(s), all hoses, clamps, fittings, Teflon tape. Optional Filter Cylinders can be added at any time and are operated off the system pump.
The LF1S Series come with same as above but with the SVS2-24 in-sump protein skimmer and MagDrive 9 skimmer pump.
A LifeReefugium can be added to any of these systems and will require a pump upsize to the BlueLine 70HD to run the aquarium return water and the LifeReefugium.
LF1-125 Berlin System LF1-125 Aquariums up to 48" long or 120 gallons Sump size
25" x 14" x 14"
Overall system length is 46" with skimmer and pumps.
BlueLine 30HDX
main system pump

BlueLine 30HDX
skimmer pump
This system utilizes external pumps and external protein skimmer.
Looks just like above but skimmer is in sumps left input chamber.
LF1-125S
(with in-sump skimmer)
Aquariums up to 48" long or 120 gallons Sump size
26" x 14" x 14"
Overall system length is 44" with system pump
BlueLine 30HDX
main system pump

MagDrive 9

skimmer pump
This system utilizes an external system pump and an in-sump skimmer and skimmer pump.
LF1-150 LF1-150 Aquariums up to 72" long or 180 gallons Sump size
30" x 14" x 14"
Overall system length is 54" with skimmer and pumps.
BlueLine 40HDX
main system pump

BlueLine 30HDX

skimmer pump
This system utilizes external pumps and external protein skimmer.
Looks just like above but skimmer is in sumps left input chamber. LF1-150S
(with in-sump skimmer)
Aquariums up to 72" long or 180 gallons Sump size
30" x 14" x 14"
Overall system length is 48" with system pump.
BlueLine 40HDX
main system pump

MagDrive 9

skimmer pump
This system utilizes an external system pump and an in-sump skimmer and skimmer pump.
LF1-200/300 LF1-200 Aquariums up to 84" long or 200 gallons Sump size
35" x 14" x 14"
Overall system length is 68" with system pump located as shown in photo.
BlueLine 40HDX
main system pump

BlueLIne 30HDX

skimmer pump
This system utilizes external pumps and external protein skimmer.
Dual inputs: one on each rear corner. Dual inputs reduce noise, splash, and bubbles.
LF1-200S



LF1-200S Berlin System with in-sump skimmer, optional Filter Cylinders





LF1-200S with optional LifeReefugium
Aquariums up to 84" long or 200 gallons Sump size
37" x 14" x 14"
Main system pump can be mounted on either end of the sump or in front of the sump.
BlueLine 40HDX
main system pump

MagDrive 9

skimmer pump
This system utilizes an external system pump and an in-sump skimmer and skimmer pump. Dual inputs: one on each rear corner. Dual inputs reduce noise, splash, and bubbles.
LF1-200/300 LF1-300 Aquariums up to 96" long or 300 gallons Sump size
40" x 14" x 14"
Overall system length is 60"
BlueLine 40HDX
main system pump

BlueLine 30HDX

skimmer pump
This system utilizes external pumps and external protein skimmer. Dual inputs: one on each rear corner. Dual inputs reduce noise, splash, and bubbles.
LF1-300S




LF1-300S
Berlin System
with in-sump skimmer, optional Filter Cylinders





LF1-300S with optional LifeReefugium



Aquariums up to 96" long or 300 gallons 40" x 14" x 14"
Overall system length is 40" with main system pump located in front of sump.
BlueLine 40HDX
main system pump

MagDrive 9

skimmer pump
This system utilizes an external system pump and an in-sump skimmer and skimmer pump. Dual inputs: one on each rear corner. Dual inputs reduce noise, splash, and bubbles.
         
Custom Berlin Sumps

See examples here:
Custom
Do you want a special sump for your protein skimmer or do you have a design that you would like to have built? Your sump design will be reviewed for any potential problem areas and the design will be agreed upon before starting. Your custom sump build will be given the same attention to detail in both design and fabrication that goes into every Lifereef product. You can take a look at just a few of the custom sump projects that have been expertly designed and built by Jeff at this link:Custom Showcase