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sm fragman
04/05/2006, 10:07 PM
anyone know if the life reef skimmers work better wiht the presure rated pump vers the nonpresure rated? i see jeff has then running wiht the non presure rated one ,,i am contemplating going back to the good old life reef skimmer ,,dont really know why i sold it in the first place ,i never had to fidle wiht the thing at all ,,no cleaning the air line of salt creep no over flowing of the skimmer cup ,,just an all arround great skimmer

04/05/2006, 10:14 PM
Love mine.........

04/06/2006, 04:53 AM
Jeff makes great stuff and i've had great customer support from him.

I still have one that I am planning to use in my new system (its been in storage for like 6 years)


sm fragman
04/06/2006, 06:50 AM
anyone eles

04/06/2006, 07:00 AM
A non pressure rated pump works fine. I had that conversation with Jeff a few weeks ago. I run a GenX PCX100 on my VS3-48 and it works great.

Jeff explained that the Mazzie will only allow 1Kgph anyway becuase of the opening of the venturi. So there is no reason to have the higher electric cost of a pressure rated pump.

I Have used lifereef equipment since the mid 90's and never had 1 single problem with any of it. I am in the middle of buiding my 210 setup and I did consider running a different skimmer. Well long story short I ended up going with my VS3-48 and love it.

sm fragman
04/06/2006, 07:39 AM
thanks kris that was the answer i was looking for ,,i had the vs2-24 and was running the mag 9 on it did not like it very speratic acting should have put a external pump on it ,,but i didnot know i am wish i had cause other than the pump being a pian the skimmer was the best i have had ,,,i am just going to have to get another one ,,i have a 95 cube right now this i should go wiht the 3-30 or thwe 3-24

04/06/2006, 07:50 AM
I like the Vs3's alot. I have had 2 Vs2-24's and they always worked great. I ran a Genx pcx 40 on my 24. I started out with a MDQ2 (650gph) and it worked all right but with I jumped up to the pcx-40 it was night and day differance. For a 90 either one of those skimmers will work. I personally like to over skim my tanks so if room allows the vs3-30 with a pcx 40 would more than do the job.

sm fragman
04/06/2006, 08:13 AM
thanks alot for you input ,,i know jeff make a top notch product i would get one of his sumps too if they where not so coastly ,,,so i ithink i will get another skimmer of his probabkly the 3-30 and run it off the panworld 50pxx i have the 100pxx for a rrturn and love the pump ,,thanks agian for your time


sm fragman
04/06/2006, 08:15 AM
isnt the pcx 40 a presure rated pump ? i see it is a 3/4 inlet and out let

04/06/2006, 08:24 AM
I just set up my 92 courner tank, and I have the lifereef compact berlin sump with a lifereef skimmer and float swith. Im still curing my live rock but so far the skimmer works great.I eventually would like to get a lifereef calcium reactor.

04/06/2006, 08:27 AM
PCx-40 isnt pressure rated

Fast Fred
04/06/2006, 08:29 AM
I run mine with a Mag Dive 9.5 and I love it.

sm fragman
04/06/2006, 08:33 AM
thanks for the info