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Old 07/03/2018, 02:02 PM   #3676
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I use a Jebao dct12000 at 100% on my 30”


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Old 07/04/2018, 07:57 AM   #3677
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I also use a Cor 15 for my return It wasn't my intent but I was reading some threads on the Neptune forums and someone said they used the same pump for skimmer and return. That way if the return pump failed they could just swap out the skimmers pump with the return and be back operational in no time provided plumbed correctly. I thought that made a lot of sense so paired them up. Skimmer can be offline longer so that is the route I went.



Pumps work fine. I just cleaned the return this past weekend after about 4 months of operation. Not too bad and maybe took 5 minutes if that. Pretty easy.


I was thinking along those lines as well, but considering pre-plumbing a Jebao in case the Cor -15 went down. Decisions!


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Old 07/10/2018, 03:19 PM   #3678
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I need a little help with my new (used) Lifereef skimmer. I have the valve turned all the way off that usually determines the bubble height (the red one) and the skimate is still too wet.

What is the yellow/greenish valve for? I know it controls the air coming back in. If I turn that will it adjust the skimate?

The guy I bought it from was getting a bigger one & said I shouldn't have to adjust that yellow valve. So I haven't messed with it.

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Old 07/10/2018, 06:27 PM   #3679
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Keep it closed. It is just for access to clean.


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Old 07/11/2018, 07:27 AM   #3680
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I need a little help with my new (used) Lifereef skimmer. I have the valve turned all the way off that usually determines the bubble height (the red one) and the skimate is still too wet.

What is the yellow/greenish valve for? I know it controls the air coming back in. If I turn that will it adjust the skimate?

The guy I bought it from was getting a bigger one & said I shouldn't have to adjust that yellow valve. So I haven't messed with it.

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Previous reply is right, the yellow valve is just to clean the venturi if, and when needed.
What is the water height in the sump? That could be playing a role. check Lifereef web page to get correct heights. Any additives that might be causing it? Maybe you just need to let it run for awhile. Good luck.


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Old 07/11/2018, 11:09 AM   #3681
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Its been running more than 2 weeks. It is sitting in 10" of water. Should I raise it?


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Old 07/12/2018, 01:00 AM   #3682
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Open the red valve 1/8 turn a day and you're skimate will get darker. Mine took a couple seemed to get just right


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Old 07/12/2018, 09:38 AM   #3683
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The more I open it, the more water gets into the collection cup.


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Old 07/12/2018, 09:54 AM   #3684
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10” water depth is pretty deep... raise it up an inch or two.


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Old 07/12/2018, 07:02 PM   #3685
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Raise skimmer so outlet of valve is above water level

Completely open the red valve. All the way

Water shouldnt even come to neck.

Close valve until water level is just at the lifereef sticker

Wait and adjust the skimmer to the dryness that you want.

The orange knob isn't a valve at all. It's just a plug/access port to clean the venturi. Which you should probably do anyways. If air port is plugged you wont pull enough air into body and skimmer will perform incorrectly



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Old 07/13/2018, 03:07 PM   #3686
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Old 07/15/2018, 06:31 AM   #3687
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Raise skimmer so outlet of valve is above water level

Completely open the red valve. All the way

Water shouldnt even come to neck.

Close valve until water level is just at the lifereef sticker

Wait and adjust the skimmer to the dryness that you want.

The orange knob isn't a valve at all. It's just a plug/access port to clean the venturi. Which you should probably do anyways. If air port is plugged you wont pull enough air into body and skimmer will perform incorrectly


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Old 07/16/2018, 05:10 AM   #3688
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Latest bounty after 2 months since the last clean. This is just from the neck of the skimmer.


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Old 07/16/2018, 07:38 AM   #3689
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Might I suggest a box Of Nitrile gloves?


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Old 07/16/2018, 04:47 PM   #3690
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Might I suggest a box Of Nitrile gloves?
Lol nowt wrong with getting your hands dirty


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Old 07/18/2018, 05:41 AM   #3691
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Lol nowt wrong with getting your hands dirty
Grease and oil maybe but not poop


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Old 07/22/2018, 09:33 AM   #3692
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Finally swapped out an old waveline dc pump for the fluval sp4, on my 24".
So far so good.


Hows the SP4 running? Its time to replace my mag 9.5 after 6yrs. Wondering if I should just replace it with another mag drive or look into other pump options.


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Old 07/22/2018, 12:22 PM   #3693
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Hows the SP4 running? Its time to replace my mag 9.5 after 6yrs. Wondering if I should just replace it with another mag drive or look into other pump options.
It's running very well, no problems.


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Old 07/24/2018, 08:09 AM   #3694
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Hello to all the lifereef skimmer owners out there. Im looking to replace my SRO SSS 5000 on my system with a lifereef. Current system is 650 gallons. My question is should I go with the 60 or 72 LR? Also I have a new UNO mag pump sitting on a shelf that moves 25.8 gpm/ 1548 gph that I can use to run whichever I order. Will this pump work or should I get a different one? Thanks in advance & any insight would be greatly appreciated. Really excited to order one & see the results in person.


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Old 07/24/2018, 05:07 PM   #3695
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Well I just got off the phone with Jeff and ordered the VS3-72. Ive been debating it for awhile and after reading most of this thread, decided to go for it. . Now the hard part of anticipation waiting for it to be done. 🤪


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Old 07/30/2018, 06:36 PM   #3696
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Just joined the LifeReef club with a third hand SVS2-24. Running it with a COR-15. Just got it plumbed and fired up!


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Old 07/30/2018, 08:09 PM   #3697
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Just joined the LifeReef club with a third hand SVS2-24. Running it with a COR-15. Just got it plumbed and fired up!


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Old 08/02/2018, 03:31 PM   #3698
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So I raised my skimmer & it ran just fine for 3 weeks and then today I was going to empty it & it's back to its old tricks. Nothing changed in the tank, but it flushed the collection cup totally out with sump water, emptying a nasty collection cup back into my sump (made for a smelly arrival in my office).

Do you think my Syncra 5.0 may be too strong?


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Old 08/03/2018, 11:37 AM   #3699
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Do you think my Syncra 5.0 may be too strong?
Doubtful. I and others run a Fluval SP4 without issue.


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Old 08/03/2018, 09:17 PM   #3700
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The Life Reef Skimmer Club

So I dont know if Im officially part of this club until I get it plumbed and full of water, but I picked it up today. VS3-72!!!



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