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

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2014 marks 30 years that Lifereef has been designing and fabricating reef filtration products for the hobbyist. Started in 1984 when the wet/dry filter was introduced to the U.S. hobbyist Lifereef has come out with some of the finest designed 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!

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, employees, overhead costs, advertising campaigns and ads, trade show attendance, etc. must always make changes with their products in order to make you think they are making "progress". This is how companies operate, it's economics.
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 (provided they even did).

Not at Lifereef. I don't follow trends but instead produce proven products that have outlasted and out-performed many a competitor. Many of the Lifereef products are 23 years "old" and some go to 25 years "old". When a product works you don't change it, you continue to provide your customers with a product that works and has proven itself time and time again. There are some things that are at the top of their game, cannot be made better, they've hit the proverbial brick wall, period. Making change for the sake of a new advertisement is just cheating the customer.

The current line of Lifereef products within this webstie will NEVER BE OBSOLETE, they have proven their performance time-and-time again. The current line of Lifereef products within this website will be fully supported with parts and service for the life of that product. And if something really revolutionary comes along I will be sure to make it better! Unfortunately nothing really new and improved has come along in long time, otherwise I'd be doing it!

90 percent of Lifereef customers are those that are fed up with the "state of the art" stuff, the other 10 percent haven't had their current "system" long enough to realize the problems yet, but they will, and they'll then be another very satisfied Lifereef customer!
Daily/Weekly Update September 18
SUMP/FILTER build schedule
If you have a system on order click above to see where you are in the que. All other product availability is listed below where it says "Product Availability".

Now taking sump orders for January and beyond.......
READ what Lifereef customers are saying about the Lifereef Protein Skimmers who used to use needle-wheel reefcentral.com
Product Availability
Berlins, Wet/Dry, Custom Sumps, January
24" Protein Skimmers: IN STOCK
30" Protein skimmers: IN STOCK
36" Protein skimmers: IN STOCK
48", 60" and 72" Protein Skimmers: IN PRODUCTION
Prefilter RSM aquariums: IN STOCK
Prefilter, Nano: IN STOCK.
Prefilter, Standard: IN STOCK (one blem in Garage Sale page)
Prefilters, Slimline: IN STOCK
Prefilters, Double: IN STOCK
Prefilters, Double Slim-Line: IN STOCK
Filter Cylinders: By the end of the year
Calcium Reactors: IN STOCK
Bio-Reactors: By the end of the year
CHANNELING MYTHS and misconceptions regarding flow-through canisters vs fluidized/tumbling canisters
CUSTOM does not always mean more costly. What it does mean is that you can have special requests for your sump if needed. Size changes, plumbing requirements, specific requests for skimmer requirements, are just some of the special requests I receive.
Have a sump design, frag tank, top-off reservoir, light support, or some other special project you need built? I'll be happy to give you a quote. Check out just a sampling of custom projects at
Custom Showcase
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!

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

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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