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Old 04/23/2014, 07:25 PM   #51
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Do you find to have more skimmate than the pinwheel skimmers.
The skimmer is running two weeks today and so there is breakin to contend with. It does pull out more skimmate but is the quality of the skimmate which is good. I get chunks.
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Old 04/23/2014, 07:32 PM   #52
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Ken, another option is to run your skimmer on a timer so it runs during the day and not at night while you're sleeping.
That's a good idea actually. However the beast is too big for where it is as you can see and MTC is taking it back. Another RC member is putting on his tank. I think 265g display tank.

BUT, you might have solved my dilemma in trying to figure out a how to get a submersible pump to run the recirculating part of that other 30" skimmer that I mentioned.

Btw, if you want the moderator to delete these posts, please do so as this is a Lifereef thread.
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Old 04/23/2014, 07:38 PM   #53
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How many gph are you feeding the skimmer and how big is your total system in gallons?
Nice skimmer, basically all the same parts as a life reef. Ugh thoes dual mazzies are sexy! That's some nice bubble action for a 1260 gph pump too. Thanks for sharing!
Well don't laugh. It is 90 gallons plus about 15 gallons in the sump. However this makes the skimmer even more impressive that it pulls out what it has. It replaced a Bubble King Double Cone 150.

Actually the pump is not 1260 gph. That is the 40X. The 40 is 795 gph. It is a pressure pump. You couldn't really use a non pressure pump for this application.

I'm not really sure how many gph the feed pump is doing as I didn't measure it. The pump is adjustable. Probably 200-300 gph. If I was keeping the skimmer, I would have measured and tried to be at about 200 gph.

Not exactly the same. MTC acrylic thickness and quality is better. Looks like Bubble King.
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Old 04/23/2014, 07:46 PM   #54
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I am Definatly setting my life reef back up, but without the 2' extension. Probly going to use a ehiem 1260 or 1262 for the feed pump and the iwaki 55rlt for the recirculation. Very excited to get her cleaned and plumbed up.


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Old 04/24/2014, 09:01 AM   #55
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acropor....any updates on this skimmer? wondering how you compare to the big name skimmers you have used in the past?


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Old 04/24/2014, 09:49 AM   #56
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I like the website. I would get the sump 250 if I got it. I may get it.


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Old 04/24/2014, 02:34 PM   #57
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Hey guys. Just bought and received my svs 2-24 in sump skimmer last Friday. It replaced the deltec I had for the past 11 months. The deltec seemed to work Ok, but not great so I called Jeff and poof; a new skimmer shows. I absolutely love it. I don't touch it or even look at for days now.

I did have one question regarding the outbound water leaving the skimmer. Some of you have mentioned that you have it above the water. Mine sits just under the water level in my sump. Jeff said that was fine.

Any thoughts or past experience?

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Old 04/24/2014, 02:41 PM   #58
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I just received my 30". I asked Jeff the same question. To me it definitely would cause some back pressure having the water exit underwater. Will it make any measurable difference? I don't know. Jeff said it wouldn't make any measurable difference.

My sump water level is 8" and I think the exit is 7" I'm going to raise the skimmer an inch only because I'm obsessive - compulsive.
I don't think it will make a difference either way though.
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Old 04/24/2014, 02:48 PM   #59
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I've thought about raising my cuz I'm also compulsive but I'd want to build a stand for it out of acrylic becuz I'm not very good w eggcrate


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Old 04/24/2014, 02:53 PM   #60
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acropor....any updates on this skimmer? wondering how you compare to the big name skimmers you have used in the past?
Nothing yet...I just ordered the skimmer a couple ago and I probably won't get it until the end of May. I think Jeff has a 4-5 week lead time on these models. He is a one man show, and builds everything himself.

I am currently using my Alpha Vertex 300. Probably sell the 300 after I get the ReefLife VS3-60.


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Old 04/24/2014, 02:58 PM   #61
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Nothing yet...I just ordered the skimmer a couple ago and I probably won't get it until the end of May. I think Jeff has a 4-5 week lead time on these models. He is a one man show, and builds everything himself.

I am currently using my Alpha Vertex 300. Probably sell the 300 after I get the ReefLife VS3-60.
You might as well go with the MTC skimmer that I posted yesterday instead. It is the same price and the MTC has two mazzei venturis and is better made and better quality acrylic. I have both MTC and Lifereef in my house and so I can give an accurate opinion.
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Old 04/24/2014, 05:15 PM   #62
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I just received my 30". I asked Jeff the same question. To me it definitely would cause some back pressure having the water exit underwater. Will it make any measurable difference? I don't know. Jeff said it wouldn't make any measurable difference.

My sump water level is 8" and I think the exit is 7" I'm going to raise the skimmer an inch only because I'm obsessive - compulsive.
I don't think it will make a difference either way though.
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It won't make a difference. the water level in the skimmer is set via the return valve. back pressure or lack there of is already in play when you set the water level in the skimmer. So in other words, even if you were to raise the skimmer above the sump water level, you would have to close the valve to achieve the same level as if it were submerged Hopefully I explained that ok!


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Old 04/24/2014, 05:24 PM   #63
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It won't make a difference. the water level in the skimmer is set via the return valve. back pressure or lack there of is already in play when you set the water level in the skimmer. So in other words, even if you were to raise the skimmer above the sump water level, you would have to close the valve to achieve the same level as if it were submerged Hopefully I explained that ok!
I'm following ya.
the amount you would have to close the gate valve to maintain the in skimmer water level and compensate for lack of back pressure would pretty much equal the back pressure you've already got having the exit submerged.
so in theory….. you're gaining nothing (but noise)


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Old 04/24/2014, 06:13 PM   #64
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It won't make a difference. the water level in the skimmer is set via the return valve. back pressure or lack there of is already in play when you set the water level in the skimmer. So in other words, even if you were to raise the skimmer above the sump water level, you would have to close the valve to achieve the same level as if it were submerged Hopefully I explained that ok!
I got it. I figured as much. I would think that having the water return below the water level would slightly slow the water going back into the sump and therefore needing to open the gate valve more.
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Here is one more pic of the dual venturi skimmer to show the quality of skim mate. Nothing will collect in the cup though as it is draining into a bucket.





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Old 04/24/2014, 06:49 PM   #66
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Old 04/24/2014, 07:20 PM   #67
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Actually I am still going to still try it above the water level and have it terminate into a Tee with a pipe going under the water. The upper part of the tee is above water and this will prevent back pressure.


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Old 04/24/2014, 07:36 PM   #68
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Just like the Honey Badger... the Life Reef skimmer doesn't give a ****!


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Ken let me know how it turns out.


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Just like the Honey Badger... the Life Reef skimmer doesn't give a ****!
But my psychiatrist does.


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Old 04/24/2014, 10:17 PM   #71
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I just talked to the Life Reef man himself. I believe as soon as I have the cash I will get the 250 in-sump model. Very knowledgeable dude. I like simple, and this seems to be the ticket. I can not do the classified thing yet, but if anyone has a used 250 please let me know.

In the meantime, I will have to get this downdraft Predator working now that I have been corrected in my thinking on how to plumb the thing (thanks guys again).


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Old 04/24/2014, 10:19 PM   #72
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Old 04/24/2014, 10:52 PM   #73
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MEaning I am in the Life Reef club, or can now see classifieds?


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Old 04/25/2014, 08:18 AM   #74
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I just talked to the Life Reef man himself. I believe as soon as I have the cash I will get the 250 in-sump model. Very knowledgeable dude. I like simple, and this seems to be the ticket. I can not do the classified thing yet, but if anyone has a used 250 please let me know.

In the meantime, I will have to get this downdraft Predator working now that I have been corrected in my thinking on how to plumb the thing (thanks guys again).
Which is the 250 model?


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Old 04/25/2014, 08:29 AM   #75
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Which is the 250 model?
Ken what is the height and diameter of the mtc dual venturi's collection cup neck ?


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