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LIFEREEF VENTURI PROTEIN SKIMMERS

Skimmer models are further down the page but please read the information provided, it will give you needed information so you can make a smart skimmer purchase. More than 90 percent of those that order a Lifereef protein skimmer got fed up with their needle-wheels. Needle-wheel skimmers ARE NOT more efficient than a true venturi. Every hobbyist that has replaced their needle-wheel with a Lifereef Venturi skimmer has had more skimmate production, darker skimmate production, nitrate reduction, and a ton less maintenance and upkeep. You can waste time on the needle-wheel stuff but when the truth hits you and you've spent a lot of $$$ on needle-wheels and pumps, do come back. Or, just get a Lifereef skimmer first and know you have the best skimmer you can get! Gee, if needle-wheel skimmers were the best don't you think I'd be making them?....... I could make a killer needle-wheel skimmer but it would still have all the problems of a needle-wheel and Lifereef does not sell problems. There are inherant design problems with needle-wheels that just cannot be designed away. 12 years since the needle-wheel skimmers came out and there has been little improvment except the pump, and the pump does not make the skimmer, good skimmer design does.

Your protein skimmer selection and purchase should be the most important component of your entire system! Most just point-click-order without ever really reading why venturis are better than needle-wheels, or never even heard of venturi type. PLEASE READ THE INFORMATION BELOW BEFORE YOU MAKE A COSTLY MISTAKE! No other company gives you the reasons and science and physics as to why they say a needle-wheel is better. Why? Because they can't, their "facts" are just false claims. Anyone who has replaced a nw skimmer with a Lifereef venturi knows what is stated below is fact, but unfortunately it cost them $$$$ before figuring it out.

Take a look at some of the details, click on photos for larger photo:

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! You can spec all the numbers you want, cfm air intake through the skimmer, gph flow-thru, efficient pump (has nothing to do with skimmer protein removal), cone-this, cone-that, bubble-plate chamfers, etc, etc. The real proof is in the cup. Compare your skimmate with the photos above.


MAINTENANCE A very dreaded word and not why you got into this hobby. If you are currently using a needle-wheel skimmer you know the routine: Turn off pump, let skimmer empty, hold skimmer above sump sideways or upright to let the water drain out, maybe wrap a towell around it or drop it into a bucket, take to your sink and begin disassembly, clean the parts, replace the needle-wheel if broken/cracked or if it rattles, put back together, carry back to your sump, reinstall, turn on and maybe the pump will spin and maybe not, adjust again, and do it all again in a week or two. Hopefully you didn't drop the skimmer or lose any parts! And in a year you will need to replace the pump and either the pump has been discontinued or it has a high cost. At this point most needle-wheel hobbyists turn to a Lifereef protein skimmer.

Now your Lifereef protein skimmer can set in your sump (or external) for years without ever cleaning the skimmer body. Why? Because of the efficient transport of particulates into the cup and not falling back into the skimmer to stick to all the internal parts as in nw skimmers. NW skimmers produce a wetter foam compared to a venturi skimmer and as such the particulates/solids fall back into the skimmer to stick to all the parts, and one of the main reasons nw skimmers require frequent MAINTENANCE!

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 needle-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, 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 needle-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. We do not make any nano skimmers but many nano-tanks are using our "24" skimmer models with fantastic results!
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)


This is undoubtedly the most popular skimmer ever! Easily fits into cabinets 24" high and gains the maximum amount of contact time in a short skimmer.

This skimmer is used in all the Lifereef Systems as a standard skimmer.

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".

Have less than 24", order with the "short cup" collecttion cup which is 1" less in height than the stock collection cup.
$469.00 with pump
$429.00 less pump

Pump is

MagDrive 9.5


Optional pumps also available
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 EXACT same skimmer as above, only with an external water pump and a few extra fittings.

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
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. The EXACT same skimmers as above, except with a bracket that lets you hang the skimmer on your aquarium or your sump.

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-on skimmers.
$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 every few years. Sludge will never build up in the skimmer body as it does in all other skimmers.

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.
Optional "Short Cup" The "short cup" is just a collection cup that is 1" less in height than the stock cup. Sometimes the cabinet height is just not enough by fractions of an inch so by using the short cup you can have the stock skimmer where all the perforance is without having to accept someone else's short skimmer. No additional charge with skimmer purchase.

The Mazzei Venturi is "the original" venturi that got the entire venturi-driven protein skimmer industry going over 24 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 $30.00
VS3-60 skimmer $35.00
VS3-72 skimmer $40.00
TALL, HIGH PERFORMANCE PROTEIN SKIMMERS FOR AQUARIUMS 500 GALLONS TO 2000 GALLONS
Height is what is needed for large aquarium volumes, peroid. In a given height skimmer you can only obtain a certain amount of skimming action. For larger aquariums you must go upwards to a taller skimmer. Fat-body skimmers do not make up for contact time.
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 rim 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".
$1299.00 with pump
$1110.00 less pump

Pump: BlueLine 40HDX

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