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LIFEREEF VENTURI PROTEIN SKIMMERS

Product photos and specs further down this page but please read the information below so you know why Lifereef protein skimmers are better than any other protein skimmer you can get. 32 years of protein skimmer study, design, and manufacturing compared to misinformation and gimmicks every year are why upset hobbyists come to Lifereef for their next protein skimmer purchase..........

We do not make needle-wheel protein skimmers for some very valid reasons. They are not a better way, they are just a different way and those differences are more costly, all moving away from what efficiency, and obsolescence. When we speak of "efficiency" we are speaking about the skimmers ability to remove proteins. The very essence of skimmer efficiency at removing proteins comes down to contact time. "Contact time" is the time the bubbles are in the skimmer collecting proteins, and needle-wheels have the shortest contact time of any skimmer. Of course they work, making bubbles is easy, proteins then collect on those bubbles and you get foam at the top, but the rest of the skimmer design can enhance the foaming process as well as the movement of the foam into the collection cup.

Read Here to see why other skimmers are less efficient at protein removal and nitrate reduction.

Check out the LIFEREEF SKIMMER user forum on Reef Central and read why many have switched from !*#&*!-wheel skimmers to the Lifereef venturi protein skimmers.

A fantastic customer review HERE

Using the ZEOVIT SYSTEM? A venturi driven skimmer is the recommended method of skimming.


The Lifereef skimmers have NONE of the problems all other skimmers have. You will have BETTER skimming, DARKER skimmate, MORE solids, LOWER nitrates, LESS maintenance, and HAPPIER times ENJOYING your aquarium

FEATURES GALORE! No other protein skimmer has all these features:



 YOU CAN USE ANY PUMP WITH A LIFEREEF PROTEIN SKIMMER: Unlike !*#&*!-wheel pumps that are specific to the skimmer and proprietary, and usaully discontinued or have a high replacement cost any water pump can be used on a Lifereef protein skimmer. MagDrives, Jebao, BlueLine, Iwaki, Little Giant, Vectra, if it moves water and has the minimum output required for skimmer operation you can use any pump, and have a protein skimmer for life.

Want increased bubble action and performance? Simple: just use a larger pump. You can't do that with a #$?@#-wheel skimmer. The stock pumps that are specified below are the smallest pump that will make the skimmer perform exceptionally well.
LIFEREEF VENTURI PROTEIN SKIMMER MODELS and SPECS
CUSTOM SKIMMERS Don't settle for short if you have the vertical space!
Don't accept a skimmer that is too short just because the next size up is too tall.
Let Lifereef build you a skimmer to maximize your cabinet height for the best CONTACT TIME.
NANO PROTEIN SKIMMERS..... Very few nano skimmer on the market are capable of handling the aquariums they are touted for and why many hobbyists with integrated sump/skimmers in the back of the aquarium are going to sump systems where they can put a more efficient protien skimmer. So "no" we do not make nano skimmers.

VS2-24
VS2-24, 22 1/2" tall
This is the most popular protein skimmer for aquarium cabinetry heights. A "short cup" is also avaialble for even shorter cabinet heights.
Up to 250 gallon
systems

AND NANO!
Pump size minimum 600 gph

Larger pumps can be used for increased performance
7 x 18
with pump


Smallest space to fit is
10.5 x 10.5
The "original" that has been around longer than any other skimmer on the market today. The test of time has proven this skimmer to be efficient and the least amount of maintenance of ANY skimmer on the market! No !*#&*!-wheel skimmer can compare to the performance, reliability, and low maintenance of any Lifereef protein skimmer.
Recommended sump water level: any depth up to 9".
$529.00 with pump
$429.00 less pump

Pump is

BlueLine 30HDX


Optional pumps also available


In-Sump Skimmer
SVS2-24 in-sump
22 1/2" tall
Up to 250 gallon
systems

AND NANO!
Pump size minimum 600 gph

Larger pumps can be used for increased performance
SMALL FOOTPRINT!
8 x 12

(or 10.5 x 10.5)
with pump (smaller footprints can be acheived, let us know how much space you have to work with)
Small footprint and no micro-bubble problems make this in-sump skimmer one of the easiest to set up and you won't require a special sump to use it.
Recommended sump water level: any depth up to 9".
$469.00 with pump
$429.00 less pump

Pump is

MagDrive 9.5


Optional pumps also available
Hang-On Skimmer
HVS2-24 Hang-On
Up to 250 gallon systems

AND NANO!
Pump size minimum 600 gph

Larger pumps can be used for increased performance
Takes 6 1/2" of aquarium rim, needs 7" space behind tank, and extends 17" above tank rim. You can hang this skimmer on the rim in three different directions. Skimmer can be removed from the bracket for in-sump or stand-alone sump connection should you move to a sump setup.
Don't have the space behind the aquarium? Hang this skimmer on the front or side for a few days to remove protein then take it off until the next week. Much more efficient than any of the small "toy" hang-ons.
$525.00 with pump
$449.00 less pump

Pump is
MagDrive 9.5


Optional pumps also available
VS3-24
VS3-24, 22 1/2" tall
Up to 250 gallon systems

AND NANO!
Pump size minimum 600 gph

Larger pumps can be used for increased performance
9 x 12
6 1/2 square base
Flange design utilizes a full-face gasket and 8 nylon thumbscrews with keyhole for easy on/off access. The ONLY reason to use a flange skimmer in a Lifereef design is for cleaning small sponges, tubeworms, etc. out of the main body. Sludge will never build up in the skimmer body as it does in downdrafts and nozzle injection skimmers, which must be taken down regularly to keep them working.
Recommended sump water level: any depth up to 9".
$594.00 with pump
$494.00 less pump

Pump is

Blueline 30HDX


Optional pumps also availalble
VS3-24
SVS3-24 in-sump
22 1/2" tall
Up to 250 gallon systems

AND NANO!
Pump size minimum 600 gph

Larger pumps can be used for increased performance
9 x 12
6 1/2 square base
Flange design utilizes a full-face gasket and 8 nylon thumbscrews with keyhole for easy on/off access. The ONLY reason to use a flange skimmer in a Lifereef design is for cleaning small sponges, tubeworms, etc. out of the main body. Sludge will never build up in the skimmer body as it does in downdrafts and nozzle injection skimmers, which must be taken down regularly to keep them working.
Recommended sump water level: any depth up to 9".
$544.00 with pump
$494.00 less pump

Pump is
MagDrive 9.5


Optional pumps also available


Hang-On Skimmer
HVS3-24 Hang-On
HVS2-24 Hang-On, center and left
Up to 250 gallon
systems

AND NANO!
Pump size minimum 600 gph

Larger pumps can be used for increased performance
Takes 6 1/2" of aquarium rim, needs 8" space behind tank, and extends 17" above tank rim. You can hang this skimmer on the rim in three different directions. Skimmer can be removed from the bracket for in-sump or stand-alone sump connection should you move to a sump setup.
Don't have the space behind the aquarium? Hang this skimmer on the front or side for a few days to remove protein then take it off until the next week. Much more efficient than any of the small "toy" hang-ons.
No special bubble trap or container are required!
$594.00 with pump
$524.00 less pump

Pump is
MagDrive 9.5


Optional pumps also available


VS3-30
VS3-30 External
250-400 gallon systems Pump size minimum 1100 gph

Larger pumps can be used for increased performance
9 x 12

6 1/2 square base
Flange design utilizes a full-face gasket and 8 nylon thumbscrews with keyhole for easy on/off. This allows periodic interior cleaning which may only be needed once per year for aesthetics, not performance.
Recommended sump water level: any depth up to 16".
$624.00 with pump
$524.00 less pump

Pump is
BlueLine 30HDX


Optional pumps available


VS3-36 
SVS3-30 IN-SUMP
250-400 gallon systems Pump size minimum 1100 gph

Larger pumps can be used for increased performance
9 x 12

6 1/2 square base
 
Flange design utilizes a full-face gasket and 8 nylon thumbscrews with keyhole for easy on/off. This allows periodic interior cleaning which may only be needed once per year for aesthetics, not performance.
Recommended sump water level: any depth up to 16".
 $619.00 with pump
$524.00 less pump

Pump is
MagDrive 18


Optional pumps also available
VS3-36
VS3-36 External
400-600 gallon systems Pump size minimum 1100 gph

Larger pumps can be used for increased performance
9 x 12

6 1/2 square base
Flange design utilizes a full-face gasket and 8 nylon thumbscrews with keyhole for easy on/off. This allows periodic interior cleaning which may only be needed once per year for aesthetics, not performance.
Recommended sump water level: any depth up to 22".
$659.00 with pump
$549.00 less pump

Pump is
BlueLine 30HDX
Add $15.00 for
BlueLine 40HDX


Optional pumps also available


VS3-36
SVS3-36 IN-SUMP
400-600 gallon systems Pump size minimum 1100 gph

Larger pumps can be used for increased performance
9 x 12

6 1/2 square base
Flange design utilizes a full-face gasket and 8 nylon thumbscrews with keyhole for easy on/off. This allows periodic interior cleaning which may only be needed once per year for aesthetics, not performance.
Recommended sump water level: any depth up to 22".
$679.00 with pump
$549.00 less pump

Pump is
MagDrive 18


Optional pumps also available
 
Optional 8" Cup
for all Lifereef Skimmers
When a 6" cup just isn't enough you can add this 8" DIAMETER cup to any of the Lifereef protein skimmers and extend your maintenance time!
For all Lifereef Protein Skimmers.
8" DIAMETER x 6" HIGH
For 24, 30, and 36 skimmers $69.00 with skimmer
order or $89.00 if ordered later.

8" Collection Cup is standard on 48, 60, and 72 size skimmers.
   

The Mazzei Venturi is "the original" venturi that got the entire venturi-driven protein skimmer industry going over 20 years ago. Many venturis came after the Mazzei, but this is the king of venturis and continues to be a superb performer.
The Mazzei Venturis are used on all the skimmers below and are an option for the skimmers above.
The Mazzei allows a larger volume of water to be pushed through the venturi thus drawing in more air and hence more bubbles.
Performance is increased slightly when used on the above skimmers.
Added to the skimmer when you order the Mazzei is $79.00 or $86.00 if ordered later.


$79.00 option for all
the above skimmers if ordered with skimmer, $86.00 if ordered later.

Included on skimmers below.

 The unique nature of the Lifereef protein skimmers air  circulation allows any unused ozone to be recirculated  back into the skimmer for complete ozone utilization.
 NO ozone escapes into the cabinet and no special  carbon  filter is required.
 

Ozone Kit to allow the use of ozone injection into the venturi suction.

Includes appropriate Norprene tubing, "T" fitting, and hose adapters to connect to 1/8" ID tubing from your ozonizer. Other tubing diameters are available.



All 24, 30 & 36 skimmers $12.00

$18.00 for Mazzei

VS3-48 skimmer $25.00
VS3-60 skimmer $30.00
VS3-72 skimmer $35.00
TALL, HIGH PERFORMANCE PROTEIN SKIMMERS FOR AQUARIUMS 500 GALLONS TO 2000 GALLONS
Height is what is needed for large aquarium volumes, peroid. Due to the weakness of !*#&*!-wheel protein skimmers they are very inefficient when it comes to protein removal in large aquariums because the weak !*#&*!-wheel pumps cannot provide the pressure needed to drive bubbles into tall water columns. You cannot make up for skimmer height with larger diameter skimmers using more pumps, that does not work.

So for your 500 gallon and larger aquarium these Lifereef protein skimmers cannot be matched!
VS3-48/60/72
VS3-48, 48" tall
500 gallons Pump size minimum 1100 gph

Larger pumps can be used for increased performance
12 x 19 or
12 x 12 if the Mazzei venturi is mounted vertically off the pump.
This 4 foot tall skimmer can be converted to a taller model with the addition of an extension.
Can be installed in the following setups:
Conventional
Counter-current
Re-Circulation/Co-current
Re-Circulation/Counter-Current

8": diameter BIG COLLECTION CUP

Sump depth has no bearing on the operation of this skimmer, unless your sump depth is higher than 30".
$989.00 with pump
$829.00 less pump

Pump: BlueLine 40HDX
VS3-48/60/72
VS3-60, 60" tall
700 gallons Pump size minimum 1100 gph

Larger pumps can be used for increased performance
12 x 19 or
12 x 12 if the Mazzei venturi is mounted vertically off the pump.
This 5 foot tall skimmer can be converted to a taller model with the addition of an extension.
Can be installed in the following setups:
Conventional
Counter-current
Re-Circulation/Co-current
Re-Circulation/Counter-Current

8" diameter BIG COLLECTION CUP

Sump depth has no bearing on the operation of this skimmer, unless your sump depth is higher than 42".
$1139.00 with pump
$959.00 less pump

Pump: BlueLine 40HDX
VS3-48/60/72
VS3-72, 72" tall
IMPRESSIVE!!!!
1500 gallons+
Pump size minimum 1100 gph

Larger pumps can be used for increased performance
12 x 19
or 12 x 12 if the Mazzei venturi is mounted vertically off the pump.
This skimmer is awesome! Standing a full 6 feet tall this skimmer is sure to beat all skimmers!

Can be installed in the following ways:
Conventional, Counter-Current

Recirc/Co-Current, Recirc Counter-Current
8" diameter BIG COLLECTION CUP

Sump depth has no bearing on the operation of this skimmer, unless your sump depth is higher than 54".

This skimmer can be used without a sump and can stand alongside or behind your aquarium as long as the aquarium water level is no higher than 54" from the floor. However, you can raise the skimmer in order for it to function with water levels exceeding 54".

This skimmer was used on a 3500 gallon shark/predator fish aquarium that was constantly cloudy and cleared the water to crystal-clear conditions within one week of installation. Prior to the Lifereef skimmer being used the aquarium had two 18" diameter x 48" tall skimmers running with three pumps each, and they never produced the quality and quantity of skimmate that the Lifereef did.
$1299.00 with pump
$1110.00 less pump

Pump: BlueLine 40HDX

Protein Skimmer Detail photos. Click on photos for larger pic.
VS3-48/60/72 base VS3-48/60/72 upper lower flange neck/o-ring quick-disconnect upper flange collection cup cap dirty cup
VS2-24 VS2-24 Skimmate Skimmate VS2-24 Dual VS3-48 VS3-72

IT'S WHAT'S IN THE CUP THAT COUNTS!



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