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Old 02/15/2013, 10:53 AM   #1
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Received LIFEREEF Sump, Skimmer, etc..

I received my order from Jeff yesterday at lifereef. I placed it around OCT 2012. I can honestly say, the wait was worth it. I have never seen a setup like this before. It is by far the best sump, skimmer, canister design I have seen. Lots of thought has been put into the design of this system. I will be posting pictures of before and after soon. The before consists of the following.

1. PM Sump
2. Reef Octopus Skimmer Compact in sump model
3. HY10000 return pump
4. Teco Chiller


Reasons for change

1. I have constantly have to adjust my skimmer. Depending on algae on overflows, and crud in my filter socks, the skimmer requires adjustment constantly.
2. Too many bubbles in tank. Too finicky.
3. Slight seepage at bulk heads (all of them) Although lot of this unavoidable.
4. I can't find a decent filter medium canister. The Vertex canisters are so huge, I have no use for them.
5. Cluttered look. I like a clean install
6. I HATE FILTER SOCKS. These require change too frequently.
7. Flow through middle section of FUGE on PM sump has dead spots. Water does not flow properly in the lower part of the fuge.


The new equipment.
1. Lifereef LF-150 berlin sump
2. Lifereef Insump Skimmer
3. Lifereef Dual canisters. Optional third
4. Lifereef Seperate fuge. I can turn down flow on the fuge compared to sump which is a big plus.
5. Algae scrubber from local member custom installed on lid of sump.


I have been following Jeff at Lifereef for close to 10 years. He is a master craftsman. Stay tuned. It will probably be close to a week before I can start the change.



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Old 02/15/2013, 02:52 PM   #2
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Following along. I really like my Lifereef stuff, my rig is very similar to yours.


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Old 02/15/2013, 05:25 PM   #3
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Jeff is great, I sure he made a lot of phone calls to you, he is defiantly not a click and ship kind of guy. Looking forward to the pictures.


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Old 02/15/2013, 07:48 PM   #4
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I have a lifereef skimmer that should be operational soon, I have heard good things


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Old 02/15/2013, 08:32 PM   #5
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He custom built my sump, excellent work.


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Old 02/16/2013, 07:16 AM   #6
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Add me to the list of Lifereef fans. Jeff is a craftsman, his work is outstanding. That type of quality is difficult to find in most products these days.


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Old 02/20/2013, 10:42 AM   #7
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Attached is some eyecandy. The unit on top is an algae scrubber I had custom mounted on top. The scrubber is from Bud Carlson (reef central member)



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Old 02/20/2013, 10:45 AM   #8
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Sorry for the bad pics. Taken from iphone. I will post detailed pics later.




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Old 02/20/2013, 10:46 AM   #9
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Original setup Reef octopus skimmer.




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Old 02/20/2013, 10:46 AM   #10
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Old 02/20/2013, 10:47 AM   #11
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There is a RO/DI unit mounted on top, water drain on left side, Reef octopus pump HY10000 on right for return. The three colors lines are from my dosing pumps.


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Old 02/20/2013, 10:50 AM   #12
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Attached is some eyecandy. The unit on top is an algae scrubber I had custom mounted on top. The scrubber is from Bud Carlson (reef central member)
Isn't that nice!


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Old 02/20/2013, 06:50 PM   #13
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Very nice, do you have the measurements?


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Old 02/20/2013, 07:17 PM   #14
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wow that thing looks great


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Old 02/20/2013, 07:37 PM   #15
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Now why didn't I think of that?

Sunilp's filter assemblage is nothing less than spectacular.. If I wasn't so secure in myself I might even feel envy !


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Old 02/20/2013, 07:59 PM   #16
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Really nice! I especially like the algae scrubber mounted on the top of the sump.


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Old 02/20/2013, 08:11 PM   #17
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The refugium is not pictured and is an external slow flow unit also purchased from Jeff at Lifereef. I believe my fuge will be 16" wide. It has an inlet, outlet, and overflow. I will be able to control flow to the fuge and slow it down enough which IMO is better for refugiums. I also felt the PM sump has too many dead spots in it. The PM design is nothing great and many manufacturers use similar designs.


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Old 02/20/2013, 08:12 PM   #18
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Very nice, do you have the measurements?
I believe the fuge and sump will be close to 54". Jeff can custom make anything you want.


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Old 02/23/2013, 04:34 PM   #19
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by chance the cost on all this? as ive orded from jeff before, but not all that. Im about to start a new tank, also the guy that made that ATS..Does he make them and sell because I would take one of those as well. thanks


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Old 02/23/2013, 04:59 PM   #20
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Thanks I spoke with Jeff he stated that I would need to use a compact version.

davicgnome call jeff at Lifereef he rather speak with you about your needs then have you click and buy. His prices are also listed on his site.


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Old 02/24/2013, 05:22 PM   #21
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Compared to the cost of my pm sump, skimmer, canister, I think the prices from Jeff are very reasonable especially with the quality you get. And yes, the scrubbers are for sale from the reef member.


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Old 02/27/2013, 08:25 AM   #22
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Gorgeous setup! and fantastic display tank! I love the built in book shelf's.
I recently ordered a CLF1 Sump system with custom refugium and filter cylinders from Jeff - His work is unimaginable. Perfect to say the least. On a few emails and phone calls he was able to get within 1/2" clearance of my cabinet, very impressive!

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Old 03/05/2013, 08:44 PM   #23
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Due to the size of my intake on my return pump 1 1/4, it has taken me a bit longer than I anticipated. I will be combining 2 of the 1" returns together for the intake. Hopefully this coming weekend now.


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Old 03/05/2013, 08:45 PM   #24
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Gorgeous setup! and fantastic display tank! I love the built in book shelf's.
I recently ordered a CLF1 Sump system with custom refugium and filter cylinders from Jeff - His work is unimaginable. Perfect to say the least. On a few emails and phone calls he was able to get within 1/2" clearance of my cabinet, very impressive!

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Thank you for the compliments.


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Old 03/05/2013, 09:02 PM   #25
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Looking good. Lifereef has some really nice stuff, but man they need to update their website.


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