Great Skimmer By Dustin on 6/1/2015
Dustin would recommend this product to a friend
This is the best skimmer I have ever owned, the build quality, noise, and gunk it pulls is amazing. Even the box it comes in is almost too nice to throw away!
Skims Well. On the quieter side. I would reccomend. By ReefMaster on 5/19/2015
ReefMaster would recommend this product to a friend
I have both the vertex 150 and 130 skimmers. My 150 works great. The build quality is superb, (just be careful with the ozone nipple, it can break) It is slightly louder than the 130 but was easy for me to dial in. If you are picking between the two, pick the 150. The 130 is more finicky and was very hard to dial in.
Big upgrade from a curve 7 By Jason on 4/28/2015
Jason would recommend this product to a friend
Only had it a couple weeks but so far it's been skimming like a beast! Best skimmer I've owned and I love the adjustable features...
great skimmer By LW on 4/22/2015
LW would recommend this product to a friend
The first thing I noticed when I received this skimmer was the overall build quality of the skimmer, exceptional. As soon as I got it I started putting it together. I began by attaching the ozone tube to the red intake on the pump and it broke off. I came on here to mention it in a review and I couldn't believe how many people have had this problem. As for the skimmer performance, everything is great thus far (3 weeks). The pump is quiet, no micro bubbles, good collection, ect. The only thing I don't like about all vertex skimmers is the water level adjuster. Instead of using a finely tunable and easy to operate gate valve like some other companies, vertex chooses to use a volute pipe which also holds the muffler. Adjusting this pipe requires two hands, something that can be hard when your on your hands and knees working under your sump.
it has its issues By don on 4/12/2015
don wouldn't recommend this product to a friend
I agree with the overall build quality and the packaging..it is impressive. I have had it running for three full months now but am having impellar issues and haven't been impressed with the skimming. it does produce a lot of bubbles but the overall amount of skimmate is poor for what I expected. The plastic nipple also broke easily. the pump is very quiet which is great but the impellar gets stuck and shuts the pump down. I am waiting for a new one. I agree with other reviews...do your research and EXPECT to break the plastic nipple on the ozone tubing.
Great skimmer - horrible customer service By Tim on 3/26/2015
Tim would recommend this product to a friend
Been running this skimmer for 2 weeks now and the only reason I gave it 4 stars was due to the manufacture ignoring my calls for a replacement ozone nozzle on the pump. Horrible customer service but great skimmer. Had this bad boy broken in within 2 days. Have it placed at 7 inches of water to really dial it in the way I want. Pulls at some reallll awesome skimate. Pretty dang silent too compared to the reef octopus's I have ran. Just be careful placing the tubing on the ozone output of the pump. It's very brittle and breaks extremely easy.
Great product By Fish Guy on 3/7/2015
Fish Guy would recommend this product to a friend
You can tell a great product by it's packaging & the Omega 150 was packed very well. It went together as described in the instructions. I'm a little concerned that the "O" ring on the bottom of the collector may easily fall off & down the drain.
Good skimmer but finicky at first By Keith on 2/2/2015
Keith would recommend this product to a friend
This is a good skimmer and it pulls out some nasty smelly skimmate once it's fully broken in. During the break-in period this skimmer is all over the place and hard to dial in. Also, be careful of the porcelain shaft on the impeller... Im already on my second one. That being said, once you get past the initial frustration of dialing in this skimmer, it's works great and is one of the most efficient skimmers I've used in the past 14 years of being in this hobby.
Best purchase yet By Chris on 1/19/2015
Chris would recommend this product to a friend
-the build quality is unmatched
-easy to disassemble/ reassemble for cleaning
-collection cup screws on/off, does not pop off like other skimmers
-Being new to skimmers, the instructions/manual were not the easiest for me to follow...+1 for the internet
-I have to warn the wife before I clean the collection cup because of the smell
-9x12 footprint may be too large for some sumps
in all this skimmer is amazing and when I finally do upgrade from my current 65g tank, I will definitely get another vertex skimmer, especially one with the internal pump.
vertex omega 180i By kurt on 1/17/2015
kurt would recommend this product to a friend
Best skimmer I"ve ever owned.Set it and leave it alone, keeps pulling out skimmate all day long.
Great Skimmer By WeeKe on 1/9/2015
WeeKe would recommend this product to a friend
I love this skimmer it is better than any other skimmer i have purchased to date. This will produce more skimmate in a 2 day period than any "starter" skimmer will produce in a week.
I'm New to reffing and have had to learn the hard way. By Anthony on 1/8/2015
Anthony would recommend this product to a friend
I Can say that this is worth every penny . The Omega 150 is a beast. I Had it skimming right out of the box no bull. Also have brs duel reactors and love the products I've put on my system running a Berlin.
Great Construction By Joe on 1/5/2015
Joe would recommend this product to a friend
Well constructed. No leaks, small footprint for the power. Ran it on full flow for about 36 hours with the cup off. No further break period was needed--started getting great skimmate right away!
excellent By rome on 12/23/2014
rome would recommend this product to a friend
By far the best skimmer on the maket.imaket.i have the omega 180 the best.
Very good product. Solid construction. By ksatterf on 12/16/2014
ksatterf would recommend this product to a friend
So far everything is good. Getting good skimate, easy to adust, rugged construction with 1 exeption. The tube connector where you would add ozone is not good. Luckily I don't use ozone and not planning to and was able to easily cap the air tube. Would not be happy otherwise since both ends of connecter snapped off when trying to attach tubing.
wow!! By bt on 12/16/2014
bt would recommend this product to a friend
Replaced vertex in-100 and tunze hydrofoamer...didn't think the omega was any better. I was wrong. Virtually no break in...skimmed within 12 hrs. Quality is amazing...titanium screws!...best part...black Friday sale...$250 shipped for the 150.
Excellent skimmer By J-Rod on 12/15/2014
J-Rod would recommend this product to a friend
Great skimmer. Heavy duty, quality workmanship and super quiet. Only have had it for 1 1/2 weeks. Broke in very quickly.
Great skimmer, very happy! By Jim on 12/10/2014
Jim would recommend this product to a friend
I upgraded from a Coralife 220 skimmer to this recently and I could not be happier! The volume and color of the skimmate coming from the 150 compared to the Coralife is unbelievable. The build quality is also far superior and setup was very easy. I ran it with the lid off for 24 hours as the instructions say, and it started skimming off nasty gunk the next day with very little adjusting. I have it sitting in 8.25 inches in my main sump compartment and this seems to be the sweet spot. I picked this up on Cyber Monday sales for $250, which is a great price for this quality skimmer so even better!!
This skimmer is in a different league. By Romain on 12/9/2014
Romain would recommend this product to a friend
This product is just awesome, from the packaging to the build quality. This is my first skimmer but compared to the ones at my LFS its just how people described it, you can instantly tell the difference just by touching it.
Had a small problem with the screws that came to install the base onto the pump, but thanks to BRS customer support they quickly got me the number to the Vertex warranty manager and she got it taken care of very quickly.
Thanks again BRS for having great products and great customer service!
Great product By JB on 12/6/2014
JB would recommend this product to a friend
Great skimmer. Heavy duty, quality workmanship and super quiet. Only have had it for 1 1/2 weeks. Broke in very quickly and producing a nice skim
Amazing reef upgrade By Bodegus on 12/5/2014
Bodegus would recommend this product to a friend
I was expecting a great improvement even when going from my large economic skimmer (rated to 250g) to this one.
I was still blow away. This thing works amazingly well... best purchase I have ever made. I will only by vertex products from here on out.
Great By Jordan on 12/5/2014
Jordan would recommend this product to a friend
Great skimmer, and producing skimmate within 48 hrs. Only downside was the pvc piece that attached the air hose to silencer came broken. Both BRS and supplier were helpful and had a replacement piece in the mail the next day.
Very high quality By Virgil on 11/28/2014
Virgil would recommend this product to a friend
Very high quality skimmer, easy to tune, and very strong. Hands down the best skimmer I've ever owned!
Excellent Skimmer By Ben on 10/29/2014
Ben would recommend this product to a friend
I have had two decent economy skimmers on my setups in my 5 years of reefing. The Omega 150 is my first high end skimmer, and there is absolutely NO comparison. I bought it on BRS's recommendation, for my well stocked 120gal reef. It turned out to be an EXCELLENT choice.
The only things I wasn't sure about at first, was the 48 hour to 1 week break in period in the instructions. After the 48 hours, it was performing the same as my old skimmer. After a week, it far out performed anything I have seen.
I love the super solid, heavy duty construction, well thought out design, and the large collection cup.