Very high quality By Drew on 5/22/2016
Drew would recommend this product to a friend
I can't find anything to complain about with this skimmer. I just did a new tank build and spent a lot of money on some very high end accessories and equipment for my build. Out of everything I bought, this was the product that most impressed me with the overall build quality, performance, look, and packaging. On top of that, I bought it for BRS's black friday sale as a door buster which made it even more of a sweet deal. Thanks BRS! I am a new reefer and did not have any problems with this skimmer. To avoid potential issues I would recommend a couple things. First, I read that running this skimmer in a vinegar bath for 24 hours prior to use would cut down on break-in time. I did this and I think it helped and is worth doing. Second, I would recommend getting a skimmer stand in order to get the proper water level. This skimmer seems to like a very low water level. I would definitely recommend this product!
Awesome skimmer so far By Todd on 4/5/2016
Todd would recommend this product to a friend
Just hooked up a new 130 today. 7 inches water depth. No problems at all. This thing is a beast and 3 hours later its starting to skim. This skimmer seems twice as powerful as my Reef Octopus Classic 110. And I loved that skimmer. Keeping it for a back up. So far no problems at all with skimmer........................READ THE DIRECTIONS FOLKS!!!
Awesome By Chris on 2/28/2016
Chris would recommend this product to a friend
I am not sure why some people complain here, skimmers are very simple. I set it up at 6.5" started skimming in 2 days no issue since. if you have a new tank with no bioload any skimmer will act up.
Mine went on a 72gal that was set up for 2 years went from octo to this will not look back. best skimmer I used in the past 6 years of reefing
Best quality skimmer available By KerryF on 1/28/2016
KerryF would recommend this product to a friend
So I read a lot about this skimmer overflowing constantly. Please read the manual! Most Skimmers will behave this way when new. Running it on my brand new 85 gal build during cycling. Yes it overflowed non-stop for the first week...this is the breakin period. After 10 days it calmed down and is now an incredibly efficient skimmer. Patience is key in reefing...and skimmer setup!
pump problem and tuning issues By korey on 1/18/2016
korey wouldn't recommend this product to a friend
i had this product for a year and a half. the quality of the body is great, but my pump stops working on me. this is priced way to high for this to happen especial if you in the same boat as me and don not have a lot money to though around.
Too complicated for a noob By Alan on 12/29/2015
Alan wouldn't recommend this product to a friend
I'm new to reefing, but I do my research. For the life of me, I can't get this thing to not overflow. I've read a lot online, done all the tricks I could find, and it seems that the consensus is that this is a GREAT device if you can get it tuned, but it's not great for inexperienced or new reefers.
Does not work properly out of the box By Chris on 12/27/2015
Chris wouldn't recommend this product to a friend
Beautiful construction, and very high quality build. The skimmer is well constructed, and everything is very solid. I bought this skimmer partly because of the pump that it uses, a Sicce built pump.
Unfortunately, the pump is WAY overpowered for this skimmer body. It overflows instantly, no matter what depth/water level it's placed. I tried everything from having the outflow just barely under the water, all the way to 8-10" deep, and everything in between. You can adjust the water level via the water exiting the stand pipe, and the water/air level coming in through the pump, and neither prevent the overflowing of the container.
Turns out that the only way I was able to dial this thing in was by installing a ball valve on the air-line, and restricting the airflow into the venturi by about 75%. This reduced the amount of air, which reduced the amount of bubbles, which prevented the overflow of the skimmer. It still bubbles and creates a good foam head, but is controllable. It's now performing very well, and pulling out thick, dark skimmate. The mod does make this thing fairly loud, even with the silencer hooked up.
With a cheap, quick mod, this thing works like a champion, but it's disappointing that it doesn't work like it should right out of the box. This is an engineering defect, which should have been discovered on the first trial of this product.
Improved 130 By Jeremy on 12/11/2015
Jeremy would recommend this product to a friend
They vertex skimmers are widely recognized as some of the best skimmer's available. The 130 was perhaps the most criticized of the range as the pump is somewhat oversized and the water depth had to be just right to provide reliable skimming. Many hobbyist resolved this issue by restricting the air intake with various valves. As of the last quarter of 2015, vertex has fixed this issue by including an air restricting valve with the 130. Very satisfied.
Junk By Blake on 11/22/2015
Blake wouldn't recommend this product to a friend
Don't waste your money on these junk skimmers. Look at the other brands BRS carries and pick from there. My pump has crapped out too many times to count. After careful examination the rear bushing seizes to the ceramic impeller shaft. I had gotten pretty good at removing it, polishing, and getting it going again. This shouldn't happen on a 6 month old skimmer, I've now broken 2 shafts and now promptly throwing this POS in the trash. For those saying this is difficult to tune and finicky, I believe its due to the friction caused between the bushing/shaft. With a constantly changing variable such as this, tuning is impossible. Mine would run great for a few days, slow don't, I'd adjust for the reduced flow, the thing would free up and overflow all over the place. BRS, I'd not ruin your reputation backing junk like this. I own a Skimz and Reef Octopus, both are nearly set and forget, keep em clean and they'll run forever.
Not what I hoped for. By Borchers on 11/20/2015
Borchers wouldn't recommend this product to a friend
Like many others have said. My 180i has been a bear to deal with. The tuning took weeks and then some. It's well built but crazy heavy. The pump hums time to time.