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Phone: 303-978-0940 and 303-719-0950
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2015 will be 31 years of the longest-in-production reef filter components and systems than any other company! Lifereef has been designing and fabricating reef filtration products for the hobbyist since the wet/dry was introduced to the U.S. hobbyist in 1984. Lifereef has come out with some of the finest designed, yet simple, and functional products you can get, a reputation unmatched by anyone in the industry and the most positive comments and feedback on all of the bulletin boards. If you want some of the finest filter systems and related components for your aquarium you can not find more complete systems or better components than Lifereef! Enjoy the Lifereef experience, enjoy your aquarium, enjoy the hobby! Plus, our products are not discontinued every year just so we can come out with something better, Lifereef is and always has been better!

True systems that make sense with the look and function of a system, not a "box full of stuff".

Jeff No one has been building Berlin Systems, Sumps, Wet/Drys and Protein Skimmers longer than Jeff Turcheck at Lifereef!
30 years of fantastic Lifereef products, superior design, EXPERIENCE, and great customer service!
No other U.S. 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. 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.
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 30 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!

       Absolutely FANTASTIC!!!

My Lifereef System had everything needed for me to install in a few hours: fittings (more than needed), hose/tubing (more than needed), clamps (more than needed), even the Teflon tape! I didn't have to make a single trip to the hardware store to find odd parts or worse, metric fittings, and could set up my system all in a few hours, what a fantastic system, thanks Jeff!

Lifereef offers a logical solution to a complete filter system, all designed to function as a true system, not just a bunch of oddball parts stuffed into a generic sump/refugium box with a filter sock in the corner, a toy filter.
Companies running a large workforce of employees, overhead costs, advertising campaigns and ads, trade show attendance, etc. must always make changes with their products in order to stay in business.
But when their product becomes lackluster, or tired of the "same ol' thing", sales drop off, they make changes, and a new advertisement. True, some changes are for the better, but more often than not most don't produce a better product, just a different twist on the same product. But now you are left with a product that is obsolete, parts cannot be obtained, customer service can't serve anymore, if they ever did.

Not at Lifereef. All the Lifereef products have been designed to perform, and that they do. Once a product works fantastic why change it. Unlike the competition who has to change their products every year or go out of business the Lifereef products remain unchanged, some now over 20 years "old" and continue to put many similar products to shame. It's no wonder the competition changes so often, they're trying to get it right! Why go for something "new" and be a guinee pig when you can go with products that you can research the history and how satisfied those hobbyists are. Try to find a negative remark or comment about any Lifereef product. Now do the same with any other name-brand, you will see.

Proven design. Proven performance. Satisfied hobbyists. No obsolesence.

The current line of Lifereef products within this webstie will NEVER BE OBSOLETE! They have proven their performance over the competitors and will continue to bring the hobbyist what works the best for their aquariums and low maintenance so you can enjoy the hobby.

90 percent of Lifereef customers are those that are fed up with the "state of the art" stuff, the other 10 percent are newcomers to the hobby, have studied, researched, read the threads and have decided that Lifereef will be their first choice for a fantastic system! And have a real person for support when needed.
LARGE CUSTOM Wet/Dry Trickle Filter for a freshwater 375 gallon restaurant aquarium.

48 x 16 x 24
CNC routers and Laser cut parts.....
Some companies brag about CNC routers and laser cut parts. This has nothing to do with a superb design in a product. If your product design is poor it matters not what the parts were cut with, it is still a poor design made with high-tech equipment. I too use a CNC router to cut parts but the Lifereef designs are far superior to the generic sumps and skimmers cut with high-tech machines. Don't let the "flash and technology" fool you into purchasing poorly designed products. Far too often machine built products fail in comparison to good old hand-craftmanship where someone actually cares about the quality going into that product and how it is made.
Received November 23 about the SVS3-24 in-sump protein skimmer:

Jeff, I want to express my satisfaction with your work. I've spent countless of money on skimmers and other filtration to control my tank of nitrates. Your skimmer is by far the best that I've ever had. It's only been a week but the stuff that's getting skimmed is ridiculous. There's no fiddling. There's no tinkering. I am sold on your product and will continue looking for things on your site to add to my system. My tank and I appreciate your work. Trieu N.

Anyone for florescent green? CLF1 with some color!
Daily/Weekly Update December 18
Call for special price: 303-978-0940
SUMP and FILTER build schedule
If you have a system on order click above to see where you are in the queue. All other Lifereef product availability is listed below where it says "Product Availability".

Now taking sump orders for April.
Lifereef Product Availability
Berlins, Wet/Dry, Custom Sumps, April
24" Protein Skimmers: IN STOCK
30" Protein skimmers: IN STOCK
36" Protein skimmers: IN STOCK
48", 60" and 72" Protein Skimmers: IN STOCK
Prefilter RSM aquariums: IN STOCK
Prefilter, Nano: IN STOCK
Prefilter, Standard: IN STOCK
Prefilters, Slimline: IN STOCK
Prefilters, Double: IN STOCK
Prefilters, Double Slim-Line: IN STOCK
Filter Cylinders: Shipping*
Bio-Reactors: Shipping*
Calcium Reactors: MARCH, taking
pre-orders now. Limited Production

*This years final production run for filter
cylinders and bio-reactors is all sold out.
The next production run for 2015 is already
filling pre-orders.
READ what Lifereef customers are saying about the Lifereef Protein Skimmers who used to use needle-wheels... reefcentral.com
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CHANNELING MYTHS and misconceptions regarding flow-through canisters vs fluidized/tumbling canisters
CUSTOM SYSTEM for immediate purchase!
24 X 24 X 16 (23" TO TOP OF SKIMMER)
$1349.00: Sump/Refugium, return pump, SVS2-24 in-sump protein skimmer with pump, return pump, refugium lighting, hoses, clamps, fittings.
Optional 2X Filter Cylinders and pump $169.00



If your skimmer isn't producing the kind of skimmate as shown below, 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!
More CONTACT TIME, better EFFICIENCY, LOW maintenance, and EASY to set up and adjust, only ONE adjustment needed!

As one 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 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
CIRCA 1990 Lifereef Trickle Filter
Back then wet/dry filters used slide-out drawers filled with a shallow layer of coral gravel as well as coral gravel in the sump. Then came all the plastic bio-medias and the sumps were left empty except for mechanical and chemical filter chambers. A denitrifier was built into the left side of the sump to reduce nitrates. Venturi protein skimmers had not been "invented" yet so external airstone skimmers were the norm and of course I built these too to add to this wet/dry.

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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