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Product photos and specs lower down this page..... but read the very informative text below BEFORE choosing a skimmer.


SET AND FORGET, it couldn't be easier! But you still have to empty the collection cup when it is full of the darkest and stinkiest stuff no needle-wheel cone skimmer can match! As one customer put it: "Awesome" It runs so good it almost boring LOL !"

CONTACT TIME is what makes a protein skimmer efficient, and again needle-wheel cone skimmers have the shortest contact time possible, not good for efficient protein removal, and why they cannot get the almost black skimmate that the Lifereef skimmers can remove. Time and time again previous needle-wheel cone skimmer users are surprised at what the Lifereef is removing from their aquariums, and they thought their nw-cone skimmer was doing a good job.

NEVER OBSOLETE A Lifereef Protein Skimmer will NEVER BE OBSOLETE! Your needle-wheel or any other skimmer brand will most definitely be obsolete within a year because of some change the manufacturer will make. Now your costly skimmer has no support or replacement parts.

For more commentary on protein skimmers Click Here

Make sure you check out the LIFEREEF SKIMMER users where you can read about those using a Lifereef protein skimmer and the comparison to their former skimmer, or skimmers.

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


The Lifereef skimmers have NONE of the problems many other skimmers have. You will have BETTER skimming, LESS maintenance, and HAPPIER times ENJOYING your aquarium!

LOOK at all the positive features of the LIFEREEF PROTEIN SKIMMERS:


SOME CUSTOMER REVIEWS FOR YOUR ENJOYMENT.....

Read the many customer Testimonials, many of which list skimmers that did not work as well as the Lifereef

SVS3-24 Skimmer using MagDrive 9.5 pump:SVS3-24 using Mag9.5 pump

SVS2-24 Skimmer using Jebao DC pump: SVS2-24 using Jebao DC water pump

SVS3-30 Skimmer using Mag12, go to 3:00 time, listen to what the narrator says about skimmate collection on other skimmers : SVS3-30/Mag12


All protein skimmers "work", ours just don't require all the hassle to keep it working. Set it and FORGET IT! Except for emptying the cup, of course! As one customer put it: "Awesome" It runs so good it almost boring LOL!


Click on thumbnails for close-up details, text notes, and fantastic workmanship!
Some skimmer construction details and user photos
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

Needle-wheel this, nozzle injection that, downdraft, updraft, cone-shape, three-speed pump now?

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


A FEW WORDS ABOUT NANO SKIMMERS...... We don't make them.
When some things are miniaturized they don't always work the same, more finicky, prone to overflowing, noisy, parts easily broken, etc. 

YOU CAN USE ANY PUMP WITH A LIFEREEF PROTEIN SKIMMER: DC's, Jebao, WaterBlaster, BubbleBlaster, Red Dragon, Diablo, Little Giant, MagDrive, BlueLine, Iwaki, even needle-wheel pumps. As long as the pump has sufficient gph output you can use any water-moving pump you want. You are not "locked in for the life of the skimmer" like you are with needle-wheel skimmers giving you much more freedom with your pump choice. It is NOT THE PUMP that makes a good performing protein skimmer, there is much more involved than the pump. We prefer the MagDrive because the pump has remained unchanged for over 30 years, very strong in construction and performance and quiet, threaded in/out fittings, heavy, readily available parts if/when needed, But, if you would prefer another pump than MagDrive, no problem.   

Want to increase the performance? Simple: just request a larger pump. You can't do that with a needle-wheel skimmer. The stock pumps that are specified below are the smallest pump that will make the skimmer perform well. You can request a larger pump if wanted and the price will be adjusted accordingly.
MODEL NUMBER Skimmer system size Pump Size Footprint Special Notes
All skimmers ozone safe. Ozone injection hose optional.
Included: all fittings, tubing, clamps, cup drain valve.
Though each skimmer has a model number for in-sump or external installation the same model skimmers can be used in either application, only a few fittings are changed and of course the pump depending on the skimmer location. In other words all Lifereef skimmers whether ordered as in-sump or stand-alone external can be used in both applicatsions including the hang-on skimmer. Lifereef skimmers do not care if they are in-sump or external or used as a hang-on, it is the same skimmer model.
Prices
listed for each skimmer model below.
       
CUSTOM SKIMMERS
TO FIT YOUR CABINET
Don't accept a skimmer that is too short just because the next size up is too tall.
Let me build you a skimmer to maximize your cabinet height for the best CONTACT TIME.
A tall skimmer is the best thing you can do for your entire system, get one as tall as possible.
Don't settle for short!
Prices are typically at the next taller skimmers price.
VS2-24
VS2-24, 22 1/2" tall
Up to 250 gallon
systems
600-1200 gph 7 x 18
with pump
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 needle-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


In-Sump Skimmer
SVS2-24 in-sump
22 1/2" tall
Up to 250 gallon
systems
600-1200 gph
submersible pump
SMALL FOOTPRINT!
8 x 12
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
Hang-On Skimmer
HVS2-24 Hang-On
Up to 250 gallon systems 600-900 gph
submersible pump
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
VS3-24
VS3-24, 22 1/2" tall
Up to 250 gallon systems 600-1200 gph 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
VS3-24
SVS3-24 in-sump
22 1/2" tall
Up to 250 gallon systems 600-1200 gph
submersible pump
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


Hang-On Skimmer
HVS3-24 Hang-On, right
HVS2-24 Hang-On, center and left
Up to 250 gallon
systems
600-1200 gph
sumbersible pump
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


VS3-30
VS3-30 External
250-400 gallon systems 900-1200 gph 9 x 12
6 1/2 square base

Same features as the VS3-24 above, onty taller!
Can also be
used in-sump.

Recommended sump water level: any depth up to 16".
$624.00 with pump
$524.00 less pump

Pump is
BlueLine 30HDX


VS3-36 
SVS30-30 IN-SUMP
250-400 gallon systems 900-1200 gph       
VS3-36
VS3-36 External
400-600 gallon systems 1200-1500 gph 9 x 12
6 1/2 square base


Same features as the VS3-24 above, only taller!
Can also be used in-sump

Recommended sump water level: any depth up to 22".
$634.00 with pump
$529.00 less pump

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


VS3-36
SVS3-36 IN-SUMP
400-600 gallon systems 1200-1500 gph      

 
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" tall
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


VS3-48/60/72
VS3-48, 48" tall
500 gallons 1200-1500 gph
Larger pumps can be used.
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".
$939.00 with pump
$829.00 less pump

Pump: BlueLine 40HDX
VS3-48/60/72
VS3-60, 60" tall
700 gallons 1200-2500 gph
Larger pumps can be used.
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".
$1069.00 with pump
$959.00 less pump

Pump: BlueLine 40HDX
VS3-48/60/72
VS3-72, 72" tall
IMPRESSIVE!!!!
1500 gallons+ 1200-2500 gph
Larger pumps can be used.
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.
$1199.00 with pump
$1089.00 less pump

Pump: BlueLine 40HDX

There are good reasons why we don't make needle-wheels, Becketts, downdrafts, pseudo-downdrafts, special "nozzle" injectors, or other air-ingestion/shoving device: HIGH MAINTENANCE. Note: all these skimmers work but at the cost of constant maintenance or adjustments, noise, special add-ons like waste collectors, bubble traps, etc. In fact many skimmer companies have so many issues with their protein skimmers that they have a website to deal with these problems, they don't want to talk to you.


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