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Old 12/14/2013, 10:13 PM   #51
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Any updates.....we need pics of these set ups and skimmers!!


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Old 01/06/2014, 08:37 AM   #52
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Any updates.....we need pics of these set ups and skimmers!!
Three pages and almost a year old and not one picture of the skimmer and skimmate pulled out?
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Old 01/06/2014, 11:07 AM   #53
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Here's mine. VS3-36


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Old 01/06/2014, 11:19 AM   #54
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Nice. What pump are you using?
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Old 01/06/2014, 11:54 AM   #55
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yes please what pump ?


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Old 01/06/2014, 12:34 PM   #56
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First 4 pictures, Waveline DC 12,000 (speed set at 5). Last picture is with a Fluval SP6 which I am still using.


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Old 01/06/2014, 12:45 PM   #57
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How did you come up with the Fluval? Did you dial down the flow? That's a lot of water passing through the skimmer.
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Old 01/06/2014, 02:02 PM   #58
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Didn't dial it down. Figured that going through the venturi's small opening, up 3.5 feet, (2) 45's, (1) 90 and back down 3' would knock down the flow a good bit. Gate valve is closed somewhere between 40-60%. Works great.


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Old 01/06/2014, 02:04 PM   #59
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Thanks.


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Old 01/06/2014, 02:51 PM   #60
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Here's a couple of pictures showing the pump with only the gate valve on the skimmer output. No other valves for the pump.


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Old 01/06/2014, 04:59 PM   #61
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Jeff here from Lifereef. I rarely get on any bulletin board but wanted to check up on this customers progress of his Lifereef system and noticed the comment about needing a website update..... The website is old, very old, over 20 years old. I've had web-savvy customers want to update my site in barter for a filter system but their samples they provided looked like all the other cookie-cutter websites. I don't want the Lifereef website to look like all the other cookie-cutter websites. It needs to be unique, just as the Lifereef products are. I don't want it to be easy to use, that way I only get the sincerely interested hobbyist contacting me, not the guy who is in haste and just "click here to order". Setting up a filter system is not a "click here to order" endeavor. Maybe for supplies like carbon or phosphate stuff, but not filtration equipment and certainly not an entire system. Setting up a filter system requires much foresight, planning, asking the hobbyist what their needs are, their cabinet dimensions, plumbing sizes, etc. Those that "click to order" are taking costly chances, and probably the ones you see on the bulletin boards with problems. And purchasing just a sump or just a protein skimmer require choosing the right sump or skimmer to work with the other. The Lifereef website will remain as it is, unchanged, as are many of the Lifereef products. And with a seven month backlog of filter system orders, the website seems to be doing just fine.
This was a very odd reply... I had to go back & re read the thread to find the post he was replying to (which was really a side note). Kind of comes off as Jeff has a chip on his shoulder.

Just sayin'. Nice looking stuff though...


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Old 07/26/2014, 04:42 AM   #62
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Here's a couple of pictures showing the pump with only the gate valve on the skimmer output. No other valves for the pump.
How do you like the results of the SP6 with the VS3-36 versus the other pumps you have tried?

I just got a VS3-36 witha Mazzei injector and looking at a SP4 than I saw you have a SP6 and that has made me rethink


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Old 07/26/2014, 06:26 AM   #63
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The SP6 might have been too much pump, IMO


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Old 07/26/2014, 06:58 AM   #64
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Fluvals are great pumps. I would go with the SP4.


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Old 07/26/2014, 09:04 AM   #65
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I was planning on either the SP4 or a Laguna Max Flo 2000/2400


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Old 07/26/2014, 09:56 AM   #66
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Its the same pump but the Fluval has ceramic bearings.Much better than plastic bearings of the pond pump version. Plus it comes with rubber feet for noise reduction.


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Old 07/26/2014, 10:06 PM   #67
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Sorry guys. I will post pics tomorrow. The lifereef system has been running for quite some time now. I removed my original reef octopus skimmer and went with the lifereef in sump model. No issues. I also have removed the refugium all together as I did not really feel the need for one. It did grow massive amounts of pods but I had minimum need for them. I have since located my Teco chiller next to the sump.


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Old 08/02/2014, 10:36 AM   #68
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Here are some pics of the setup. I still have to clean up wiring.


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Old 08/07/2014, 08:29 PM   #69
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sunilp: how often do you clean the sponges / filters? Do you need to replace them often?

I just got a lifereef sump and was wondering what the maintenance is like.


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Old 08/08/2014, 09:53 PM   #70
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I clean them weekly. They are much more easier to clean than the usual socks. I have replaced the thin filter after about 1 year. I have not replaced the large foam yet as it still appears fine.


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Old 08/09/2014, 07:23 AM   #71
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I clean them weekly. They are much more easier to clean than the usual socks. I have replaced the thin filter after about 1 year. I have not replaced the large foam yet as it still appears fine.
And how do you clean them? Rinse in RO water?


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Old 09/21/2014, 10:59 AM   #72
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Old 09/23/2014, 05:59 PM   #73
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Hi SunilP, I was wondering how the system is running. I spoke to Jeff recently and he's going to do me a custom sump with the refugium. I wanted to know if you are happy with your system. I see you have the Algae scrubber. How is the algae in your tank? Do you have his refugium? Or are you just fine with the algae scrubber? I'm looking for as much help and feedback as possible. I was thinking of going with his refugium and maybe the algae scrubber depending the info you can give me. Since it looks like you are in the direction that I would like to go. I'm planning on having a reef aquarium. Hope you could help as I'm new to the marine world. I do have 10yrs on freshwater, which is totally a different animal. Hope to hear back from you. If you could post some new pics I would greatly appreciate it.

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