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.
Best Skimmer I have ever owned By Serge on 10/11/2014
Serge would recommend this product to a friend
The construction is solid and it doesn't make a lot of noise. I was amazed of what it can pull out of the water. It took a few days to break in, but it is working well. It has been running in my tank for a few weeks now and I have noticed a drastic reduction in Nitrate.
Outstanding By Dinoflagellates on 5/22/2014
Dinoflagellates would recommend this product to a friend
This has been one of the best Decision I have make while setting up a tank. This skimmer (Omega 150) was working within 48 hrs and helped with my water clarity at the same time...!!
great skimmer By John on 5/16/2014
John would recommend this product to a friend
great build, great quality and dead silent my only issue is the break in period so far im up to day 4 and bubbles overpower the skimmer cup like crazy, all my other skimmers were almost instant break in
Best bang for the buck By the guy on 5/12/2014
the guy would recommend this product to a friend
I've been running this skimmer for several months and have had no issues at all. My tank is medium stocked and the skimate it pulls out is almost black, works great. I also like that it can be totally taken apart for cleaning and servicing. I've had other skimmers but this is by far the best one I've used. I would recommend to anyone looking for a quality skimmer.
Great Skimmer By Rod on 5/8/2014
Rod would recommend this product to a friend
After months of research for my 125 gal, This is the BOMB! Well made is an understatement, Very Quiet, Skims Great
Great skimmer AWFUL pump... By Ryan on 4/29/2014
Ryan wouldn't recommend this product to a friend
I've had this skimmer about a year and a half now and have had nothing but problems with the pump. I'm on my 4th impeller now and wouldn't be shocked if a 5th wasn't soon to come... BRS and Proline have been great with helping out with the warranty, but i'll never purchase a vertex skimmer again for a $400 dollar skimmer I shouldn't be having this many problems... From the number of forum post seem a lot of people are having the same issues. I expected more from a vertex product.
Best investment I made By James on 4/23/2014
James would recommend this product to a friend
I'm loving this product. I wish I brought it sooner. I highly recommend this protein skimmer to anyone who want a great protein skimmer.
Almost Silent and well built By Ryan on 3/20/2014
Ryan would recommend this product to a friend
Solid build and quick break in, I have had it for almost a year now and its amazing. easy to clean and remove almost all parts. the metal on the skimmer is titanium. thats win! pulls out blackness.... can't beat this !
Best skimmer I've ever used. By Ryan on 3/20/2014
Ryan would recommend this product to a friend
Hands down the best build quality I've seen on a skimmer for this size. super easy to use. I don't have do mess with the settings all the time. i never have a problem with micro bubbles. I did have a problem of the pinwheel coming unglued but BRS was quick to have parts sent to me. I would definitely buy this skimmer again
Great By James C. on 2/5/2014
James C. would recommend this product to a friend
Easy to Set up, started to skim in about 48 hrs.
Silent and very well built, I've had other skimmers in the past and Vertex makes others feel like a toy. Very solid.
works awesome By Michael on 2/1/2014
Michael would recommend this product to a friend
I got this skimmer for my 90 gal. The skimmer takes a little time to break in but once broken in the skimmer works great. The build quality is fantastic and feels very solid. I wish it was 1/2" shorter so it would fit in my 20L sump better.
Very Nice By Patrick on 1/25/2014
Patrick would recommend this product to a friend
Solid construction. Easy to take apart and clean. Bought this for a 75 gallon setup that is still that is just about ready to be filled. I ran the skimmer for a test in old water from my water change. It did take a couple of days to break in but I was pretty impressed what it pulled out of the water. Runs very quite.
It takes up more of a foot print in my sump than I wanted.
First Impressions are Positive By Tim on 1/9/2014
Tim would recommend this product to a friend
Looks great and so far so good with the Impellers on my skimmer. I can't constructively compare to my other skimmer, the Vertex is in another league.
great skimmer By erick on 12/29/2013
erick would recommend this product to a friend
the skimmer is silent and works awesome. It can handle way more load than they state. Only issue was that i had a faulty impeller that was replaced in no time.
Broken Impeller issues By luis on 12/22/2013
luis would recommend this product to a friend
Going to my 3 Impellers in 9 months
Best Skimmer ever By Richard on 12/16/2013
Richard would recommend this product to a friend
Best skimmer for the money, start pulling dark brown skim in less than a week.
Best skimmer for the money By Richard on 12/16/2013
Richard would recommend this product to a friend
Best skimmer I brought, start pulling heavy brown skim in less than a week.
Great skimmer By Richard on 12/16/2013
Richard would recommend this product to a friend
Best skimmer I ever have. start skimming in less tan a week and pulling out a lot of brown skim.
The Chuck Norris of Nutrient Removal By Alex on 12/12/2013
Alex would recommend this product to a friend
This thing is not built like a tank, they build tanks like the Vertex Omega. Seriously.
Awesome By Chris W. on 12/10/2013
Chris W. would recommend this product to a friend
The build quality is second to none! It silent and started skimming within hours. very happy with this product. Thank you BRS
Great product for the money By BobF216 on 12/6/2013
BobF216 would recommend this product to a friend
Bought this skimmer during the black friday weekend. For the money spent this was a great deal. I put it in the tank the day i got it and followed the instructions to a T. The skimmer after only a couple days is already pulling some nasty stuff out and i havent even adjusted the venturi nozzle yet. but once i do it will really be pulling some stuff out. Thank you BRS for the Awesoem Black friday deal.
amazing product! By nelreef on 12/6/2013
nelreef would recommend this product to a friend
well worth the upgrade!
after 6 months of use, impeller broke By Peter on 12/6/2013
Peter would recommend this product to a friend
After 6 months of use, the pin wheel like impeller inside the pump broke.
Great Product By James W. on 12/6/2013
James W. would recommend this product to a friend
Easy to set up and performs well, have had it running for a few months now and extremely happy.
but.... By jesse on 8/25/2013
jesse would recommend this product to a friend
ok so ive had mine for 8 months now. and just now having impeller problems. workED good until this point.
do your research. from what ive read on the forums im not the only one stricken with the impeller problem.
would i recommend???? its an expensive skimmer that does have its short comings( read up about their pumps!!!). i feel that there are other skimmers out there that do the same job. love the wine glass shape. but then again, skimz monzter has a great shape too. once sicce fixes the impeller problem i would say yes i recommend.
Its an awesome skimmer By Angel on 7/1/2013
Angel would recommend this product to a friend
First of all I have to say that the box this skimmer came in and the way it was packaged to protect it from getting damaged was wonderful. I opened this wonderfully packaged box and totally thought what awesome craftsmanship. I put it to work in my sump right away. It is soooo quiet. It has been running for four days now. All is great so far and I'm sure happy with my purchase.
Hyped crap By Bobby on 6/20/2013
Bobby wouldn't recommend this product to a friend
Riddled with issues just like most Vertex products. Mine came with a broken piece which took over a month to be replaced - I now have pulsing issues which I have read are also common with the "higher end" Alpha skimmers. My recommendation is to avoid this and any other Vertex products
You won't regret this purchase By Glenn on 5/11/2013
Glenn would recommend this product to a friend
Took a matter of minutes to set up. Excellent build quality. Very manageable noise levels. Mine came with a small broken part related to shipping and bulk resupply was happy to replace it without any issues. What more can you ask for.
so far so good By 101MSAR on 5/2/2013
101MSAR would recommend this product to a friend
Very well built and quiet unit. I look forward to more vertex products
So far so good By MATTHEW on 4/29/2013
MATTHEW would recommend this product to a friend
Just got this Vertex 150 in and it was very easy to set up. I have it bubbling through for the next 24hrs. Very quiet and compact.
Great Skimmer By Harold on 4/19/2013
Harold would recommend this product to a friend
This is the best skimmer I have owned to date... and I've owned quite a few. The skimmer has only been in my sump about 4 or 5 days ands its already producing more skimmate than my euro reef did and I liked it pretty well. The water in the main display is noticeably clearer. I'm really happy with the Vertex Omega 150 so far.