So so By Tunaman on 10/2/2016
Tunaman wouldn't recommend this product to a friend
Like everyone says great quality parts. Not so good engineering. Broke it in with vinegar water mix for 48 hrs and another week in the tank still doesnt seem to be properly broken in. Very touchy when it comes to adjustments. Pump is a bubble beast which should be great if i can keep them in the skimmer and not my sump. Still trying to keep them all from getting to display. Maybe in another 2 weeks it will settle down.
Nothing but problems By Alex on 9/13/2016
Alex wouldn't recommend this product to a friend
I have had the worst experience with this skimmer and I'm finally throwing in the towel after a year and two pumps. It worked great for about 3 months but even then I had issues with it. The pump falls off the skimmer with even the slightest bump which means it's most likely going to fall off if you are doing work in your skimmer that is under a tight stand. As others have mentioned the pump has a weak part which broke 3 times on me during the past year. Vertex replaced it the first time but it broke almost instantly. They then made me pay $100 for a whole new pump which lasted all of a month. There customer service rep made it seem like it was my fault when I followed the instructions and even stopped using my controller so it would not "stop and start too much". Going to try a reef octopus as my faith in Vertex has been destroyed. I paid far too much for this skimmer to give me this much trouble. I would give it 0 stars if possible.
Not bad, but not great either. Difficult to tune-in By Jess on 8/18/2016
Jess wouldn't recommend this product to a friend
Hard to get tuned in just so. You will without a doubt need an auto top-off with this skimmer. Even slight variances in water level will cause it to A. not skim, B. over flow. I have to open the skimmer cup up to the sump if I turn off my pump for any reason and the level rises. When you adjust this thing at all (and tiny adjustments change it bigtime. Even bumping it), you better babysit it good until you know you have it right. I have flooded my floors on several occasions. Besides those issues. If you get it tuned in and don't look at it crossways, it works good.
Looks great but that's about it By Chad on 7/3/2016
Chad wouldn't recommend this product to a friend
I have had this skimmer for probably 2 years and have fought it off and on ever since. From the start, Vertex had a recall on the pump and impeller because of it breaking but told me that it was likely due to the fact I was using controller on the skimmer and it was starting and stopping too much. It was actually starting and stopping once a day for feeding which I don't believe is excessive.
I received a new impeller and housing assembly which worked fine until recently. There is a whole assembly on the intake of the pump that has to do with air intake etc, but for the life of me I can't get it to change anything no matter what I twist or turn so it appears to be pretty useless overall. The tabs that hold it all together were quite thin and have broken off so it is being held in place right now with zip ties.
I know Sicce makes a good pump, but it's all the modifications that were done to the pump to make it a skimmer pump that really are failing.
Overall, I agree that the skimmer is pretty, but it really hasn't produced that great of skimmate on a CONSISTENT basis. As others have pointed out this thing is touchy. Just a little change in water level or chemistry or even a filter sock change and it is overflowing like crazy. So unless you are really patient and want to spend a lot of time fiddling with your skimmer then I would avoid this one.
In addition, try tracking down replacement parts or info on warranty service for this skimmer. I didn't have any luck with trying to find parts or even a replacement pump. I finally just decided to cut my losses and I'm gonna try a Skimz "skimmer" and see what kind of luck I have.
Top Notch By J Powers on 5/26/2016
J Powers would recommend this product to a friend
This skimmer is a beast!! Was skimming dark nastiness within a week and is the quietest skimmer I have ever owned. Works great on my Red Sea E series. A++++
GOOD PRODUCT By MARIO on 4/19/2016
MARIO would recommend this product to a friend
AWESOME, WHLE I HAD IT DIALED IN. IT WAS QUITE PRODUCTIVE.
Great quality, long break in period By Xavier on 4/15/2016
Xavier would recommend this product to a friend
This is my second Vertex Omega skimmer. I went back with this item because I love the build quality and Ike how quiet it is. Only problem is the break in period does take long. I have had my 150 running for about 2 1/2 weeks now and still don't feel it is full broken in.
Too much time making it look pretty....not enough time on engineering By Cheezybuda on 3/12/2016
Cheezybuda wouldn't recommend this product to a friend
I've been using this skimmer for about a year now. I've spent an exorbitant amount of time trying to get it to skim consistently on my 60g. I never get anything other than yellow water. It has the tendency to overflow when I don't have the bubble line above where it starts to taper. Lastly, it is loud. Even with the silencer and the venturi adjusted way down, the air sucking sound is real!
Noisy and Hard to Tune By Zeke on 2/25/2016
Zeke wouldn't recommend this product to a friend
This skimmer has been problematic for me. It has a great build quality and premium look and feel. It took mine almost a month to really break in and work correctly. It skims decently, but is noisy as heck! I have loud slurping and air/vacuum sounds coming from my unit. It's progressively got louder since I purchase. I also have never been able to fit the CO2 hose to the nipple/connector on the body of the skimmer. I had to plug the hose myself with something to keep it from drawing air. I think this skimmer would be ok in my larger tank but not good for my 60 cube.
Wet skim By Sample1 on 1/21/2016
Sample1 would recommend this product to a friend
Using this on a very small system (about 30 gallons total water volume) but have it on an Apex to run only when I am sleeping or not in the area. I have it producing wet skim (between 10-20oz a week) and it only took a couple of days to dial in. I exchanged the silicone coupling for a slightly longer vinyl DIY one between the pump and the base of the unit so I could put the pump in a different compartment in the sump, no negative effects seen. i thought I measured my sump area correctly but the 150 is a pretty big unit: will come in handy when I eventually upgrade or add another system to my current loop.
No micro bubbles outside the unit that I can see and it really is exceptionally well built. I like the outflow it provides in the sump, makes a good mixing chamber for dosing.
If you have the room in your sump, I think it's much more convenient to choose a skimmer that has a pump outside the unit, like this one. Very pleased with this model.