I didn't know it could be this good By Kevin on 9/15/13
Kevin would recommend this product to a friend
I started a few years ago and got a smaller Tunze Doc Skimmer. I've always had trouble adjusting it and it just seemed like cheap plastic. After fiddling with it all the time and it barely producing skimmate, I decided to upgrade.
I got the Vertex Alpha 200 and I couldn't be happier. If you follow the directions, it was pretty easy to setup and adjust. The workmanship is so solid, and I've been running it for two weeks now. From day one it was producing a lot of nasty smelling dark skimmate. It was so beautiful I didn't even know it was supposed to look like that.
I am thrilled with this product.
I would say that while it's a good idea that the neck unscrews so it takes less vertical space to take it out....I think after a while it might get more difficult to unscrew the head. Since there are no handles on the top and bottom it's kind of awkward to take it off sometimes. Maybe I'm missing something...
love it By ROGERWILCO357 on 9/8/13
ROGERWILCO357 would recommend this product to a friend
Love the feel of workmanship just touching and picking it up and you know its no mickey mouse skimmer I have 2 and love them skims all the garbage just wish they had the automatic neck cleaner as part of the purchase deal or bundle deal price.
Built like a tank but........ By Robert on 11/26/12
Robert would recommend this product to a friend
I ordered this skimmer earlier this year and found it's well built!!! There are a couple things to keep in mind. It is advertised as having dual pump input ports....it doesn't have 2 input ports, only 1(wish they would change this in the product description for those it matters to ). The other thing is there is no manual included with the skimmer, I downloaded one from Vertex here; http://www.vertexaquaristik.com/Portals/0/products/proteinSkimmers/internalSkimmers/alphaSeries/skimmerManual.pdf. ............ you are paying the extra $ for the best and not getting any documentation?!!!!, Vertex could definitely do a better job here!! With this said I wouldn't hesitate to buy this again, The skimmer is GREAT and that's what matters!!! BRS was ready to take care of the dual port not being there but, it I didn't need it in my case. It's reassuring to know BRS does back up what they sell and that is great piece of mind when you are spending big $, nice job! THANKS BRS !!!!!!!
Super skimmer! By BK on 10/5/12
BK would recommend this product to a friend
First off, this skimmer is not cheap. Heck, who would pay $800+ for a protein skimmer when an entire tank setup can be had for this price. But if you are the rare aquarist who wants the absolute best, this is the skimmer for you. First off, it's super quiet- a friend of mine remarked that he couldn't hear anything from the red dragon pump. Second, the construction is rock solid - titanium screws, cast acrylic, nothing flimsy. Finally, this skimmer pulls so much thick, nasty green stuff from my tank that within days, my sump water was clear again without a green tinge. Buy it once and use for life!
WoW By Eric on 8/14/12
Eric would recommend this product to a friend
Save yourself some frustration and money and buy the best skimmer the first time around. This skimmer is whisper quite and the performance is hands down the best I have seen. I have only been running the skimmer 4 days and it has out performed a $500 skimmer and a $600 skimmer I purchased prior.
awesome skimmer By mjd on 7/4/11
mjd would recommend this product to a friend
This is my 4th and hopefully final skimmer. All I can say is that, you only get what you pay for (I have skimped on my skimmers in the past - couldn't justify the massive expense) and now I learned my lesson. This thing rocks!