4628 S. Ward Way, Morrison, Colorado 80465
Phone: 303-978-0940 and 303-719-0950
E-mail: lifereef@denver.net

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Started business in 1984 and still in business 31 years later. Many of the reef competitors can't say this. 31 years of the longest-in-production reef filter components and systems, longer than any other company. Dedicated to the hobbyist, not the multi-retailers and mass-merchandisers. If your current product has been discontinued, what does that say about the company that sold it to you: "We couldn't do our best the first time but give us a second, third, fourth chance to take your money."

Deal directly (as in talk to a real person) with the designer, the fabricator, the expert!

Go Lifereef, or go obsolete. Many products these days are like software, constant updates, or worse, discontinued and no more parts or support. Not Lifereef. Many Lifereef products are close to 25 years "old" yet continue to be better functioning than the competition. Why do they keep putting sequential numbers or letters at the end of their product numbers, because they keep trying to "improve" their products. Lifereef products have proven themselves time and time again and why they remain unchanged. The competition will always change no matter how good, or poor, their products are.
Filter products designed to work together as a system, not a flimsy "acrylic box with socks full of stuff".

Jeff No one has been building Berlin Systems, Sumps, Wet/Drys and Protein Skimmers longer than Jeff Turcheck at Lifereef!
31 years of fantastic Lifereef products, superior design, EXPERIENCE, and great customer service!
No other company has been making Wet/Dry Filters, Berlin Systems, reliable Protein Skimmers, Fail-Proof Prefilter Overflows, and numerous other reef filtration products as long as Lifereef.
Growing up in a home (and garage) filled with an abundance of machine tools, woodworking tools, milling machines and metal lathes and parents that allowed Jeff to discover all these wonderful "playthings" and later years in the aerospace industry as both a toolmaker and a draftsman has allowed Jeff to be an expert designer/fabricator and an expert craftsman in many materials. Add to this the desire for things to be as simple as possible without sacrificing efficiency many of the Lifereef products are over 20 years "old" yet are still as up-to-date as anything currently on the market, and many hobbyists say are better. You could say "ahead of their time" way back then yet better than "state of the art" today.
Since 1984 Jeff has been supplying the discriminating hobbyist with fantastic products and continues to put quality before quantity, truthfulness before shady advertising, tested designs and not marketing fads or gimmicks, and real expectations instead of unrealistic and misleading claims or promises.
Customer service is always an enjoyable part of the Lifereef experience both before and long after the sale.
Calls and emails are usually returned the same day.
Lifereef, for 31 years providing hobbyists with excellence!
Sad, but true....... and unfortunately, might be you......

Most of the orders I receive are from those that have tried putting together a sump from company A, a protein skimmer from company B, a pump as recommended by someone on a bulletin board, numerous trips to the hardware store to get more parts, fittings, hose/pipe, more fittings, more pipe, more hose, more time on the bulletin boards, etc. Once up and somewhat running they then spend weeks and months working out more problems such as turbulence, micro-bubbles, noise, too small of a sump, overflowing sumps, overflowing aquariums, refugium problems, then back to the bulletin boards for more "advice" from those wanting to help but cause even more problems.

Then when that frustrated hobbyist does further research and finds Lifereef, usually after numerous recommendations and testimonials from the bulletin boards, they give Lifereef a look, like what they see, enjoy what I have to say, and love what has been built for them.

From the day your boxes arrive with your very own Lifereef System (or any Lifereef product) you will love unpacking the system, admiring it, installing it (all parts are included), filling it with water for a "dry run" test just to satisfy your curiosity and wonder and amazement that something really works as advertised, adding salt, filling the LifeReefugium with sand and algae, maybe a fish or two, adjusting the protein skimmer, and sitting back in wonder that it all really works! No time wasted on bulletin board "advice", no more trips to the hardware store for odd parts, just pure satisfaction!

And if you happen to be a first-time Lifereef customer: Congratulations! You have just saved yourself $$$ and headaches and have joined an exclusive Lifereef community of happy and satisfied customers!

With Lifereef you will NEVER regret your purchase!

Companies (the "larger" mass-production high-exposure places) must always make change, that's what keeps them going. Though some changes are for the better and bring new products to the hobby more often than not those changes are just done to drum up new business. Old ads don't sell so the product is changed, no more parts, no more support (if it existed in the first place) and now you have an OBSOLETE product. Many changes don't really do much and just fix the problems they already had, and now you have an obsolete product...... And on it goes......

NOT AT LIFEREEF. Being a small company that relies on individual sales direct to you (not mass-merchandisers) a Lifereef product does not have to be changed every year. In fact, many of the Lifereef products are going on (and some are over) 20 years "old", WITHOUT CHANGE! When a product works it can be made forever. This cannot be done in industry, ever. Does this mean a Lifereef product is not state-of-the-art. On the contrary, Lifereef products were state-of-the-art over 20 years ago and continue to be better designed, better crafted and perform better than todays products. And you will get a real person on the phone when you call (or your call will be returned shortly if busy) that cares about your concerns, your questions, your suggestions, but never are you sent to a website to trouble-shoot a product like all the rest. If they have that many complaints or questions about their products that they have to send you to a website then what does that say about the company, customer "service", and the poor product they sold you.

                       Proven designs. Proven performance. No obsolescence.
Lifereef History Museum see more here: Custom Showcase
I thought is might be interesting to post some of the early Lifereef products as hobbyists email me various things they find at garage sales or other means. Check the custom page link above for more information on these past Lifereef products. They may be discontinued but are still supported with parts and service.


A recent customer install of a CLF1 Compact Berlin System, Filter Cylinders, Bio-Pellet Reactor, and a LifeReefugium. Look how clean and neat this install is compared to what you may have. Look at that LifeReefugium, HUGE compared to those built-in-the-middle refugiums, nice and deep, and with a separate water flow from the sump. What could be better! In no time that small ball of algae will be overtaking the refugium and need trimming!
Daily/Weekly Update November 25
Kessil AP700
Neptune Apex Gold
MP10wQD, MP40wQD, MP60wQD

Call 303-978-0940 or emailfor a quote. If busy or you get voicemail leave a message, I'll call you back. Yes, some companies still call you.
Another customer quote: "The competition constantly prove Lifereef products are superior!"

Berlins, Wet/Dry, Custom Sumps: February

24" Protein Skimmers: IN STOCK IN THREE WEEKS
30" Protein skimmers: IN STOCK IN THREE WEEKS
36" Protein skimmers: IN STOCK IN THREE WEEKS
48", 60" and 72" Protein Skimmers: Production run in a few weeks. If you want a 48", 60" or 72" skimmer order soon to avoid waiting.
Prefilter for RSM aquariums: OUT OF STOCK
Prefilter, Nano: IN STOCK
Prefilter, Standard: IN STOCK
Prefilters, Slimline: IN STOCK
Prefilters, Double: OUT OF STOCK
Prefilters, Double Slim-Line: IN STOCK
Filter Cylinders: Constant backorder, see below
Bio-Reactors: Constant backorder, see below
Calcium Reactors: IN STOCK

Constant backorder refers to products that there may be a continuous waiting list and rarely an open stock for immediate purchase. If you wish to have one of the products listed as "constant backorder" you need to order, you are then placed "in line" and will be shipped when your order come up.
Protein Skimmer Complaint...

Hi Jeff. Skimmer is still awful. I never need to adjust it and the stupid thing doesn't clog. The skimmate smells like death and the sludge is so thick I almost need a scraper. My biggest disappointment is how long it takes to clean the cup and neck. I wasted 5 minutes doing that after a week. Then I had so much time left I cleaned up the kitchen. I never had to do that before when I ran my MRC. It took ages to clean. This skimmer is boring lol. Mike

Using the ZEOVIT SYSTEM? A venturi driven skimmer is recommended when using the Zeovit System.

DOES YOUR NEEDLE-WHEEL BUBBLE-PLATE, CONE PROTEIN SKIMMER PRODUCE A GUNK LIKE THIS OR A WHIMPY LIQUID LIKE THE ONE ON THE RIGHT? There is a difference in design, there is s difference in performance, there is a difference in how your aquarium will look, and there is a difference in the amount of maintenance required, and the Lifereef Protein Skimmers have had it for over 24 years.


A fantastic customer review HERE

If your skimmer isn't producing the kind of skimmate as shown above (and below), it must be a needle-wheel. and you need a better skimmer. Look at that dry foam, look at that dark skimmate, all because of a fantastic skimmer design! No weird cone, no bubble plate that needs cleaning, no needle-wheel problems, just raw venturi power and a time-proven design! PURE SKIMMING POWER!!!!!!
More CONTACT TIME, better EFFICIENCY, LOW maintenance, and EASY to set up and adjust, only ONE adjustment needed! Quiet too!

Won't be obsolete in a year as many other skimmers will.

As one satisfied customer put it:
"Awesome" It runs so good it almost boring LOL!"

You don't need a cone, you don't need a bubble-plate, you don't need a needle-wheel, and you certainly don't need the high maintenance routine. What you need is a real protein skimmer, a simple and proven design and Lifereef has had it for 23 years. Love your hobby, not the maintenance.
Are you ready to get out of the hobby?
You just need a more efficient skimmer.
Click here:Protein Skimmers
Lifereef Protein Skimmer users forum: reefcentral.com
CUSTOM WORK always welcome whether it be your sump design, custom prefilter, refugium, acrylic reservoir, etc.
For a quote Email your sketch to lifereef@denver.net

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Colorado hobbyists please contact: Neptune's Tropical Fish, 1970 E County Line Rd., Unit A, Highlands Ranch, CO 80126    303-798-1776