Update from 3 star review on the 2nd of Feb 14 By Raymond on 2/23/2014
Raymond would recommend this product to a friend
This skimmer has completely settled down and is pulling black skimmate. Very happy with this skimmer now I guess it just took time to break in on my system.
Well built hard to dial in. By Raymond on 2/2/2014
Raymond wouldn't recommend this product to a friend
I'll start with the good; well built, silent. IMO the not so good; very long break in period even at 7' water height, very hard to dial in. Every time I tried to get the bubble break at the bottom of the skimmer cup it would over flow within a few hours. There is way too much turbulence in the skimmer body. After more than a month it is pulling only tea colored skimmate. I will see if it gets any better over time. I don't think you should have to modify a piece of equipment to get it to work properly. This skimmer is on a 75gal RR tank.
Left Me Satisfied By Preston on 1/6/2014
Preston would recommend this product to a friend
Let's see it says it operates best in water that's at a depth of 7"-9". I had mine at 8.25" for the longest time and it overflowed for a good 6-7 weeks. So finally I got around to making a one inch stand out of acrylic for it and that seemed to be the difference maker.
It's now at a depth of 7.25" and it's skimming like a mad man. It also feels really well built and you can certainly tell it's made out of high quality acrylic. This being the first skimmer I have ever owned, made for a little learning curve as far as knowing what to adjust. The riser tube is the long red tube with a PVC T-pipe attached at the bottom if any first timers don't know what the heck they are referring to in the manual.
The manual that comes with the skimmer isn't very helpful so I pretty much put it together looking at the pictures of a completed unit here on BRS. Box was well packaged. Everything has been working perfectly.
Outstanding By Chris on 12/30/2013
Chris would recommend this product to a friend
great skim mate almost immediately. Found it works best between 6.5 and 7" of water.
Update, Great! By Higgyreef on 12/20/2013
Higgyreef would recommend this product to a friend
Still too powerful in 8" water even with wedge wide open; so I made a shelf to raise the skimmer and pump up 1" - and now it works perfectly. For me this skimmer needs to set in 7" of water in order for the wedge pipe to be able to control the foam level. This is the best skimmer made (in this size) that I know of!
Great By Higgyreef on 12/18/2013
Higgyreef would recommend this product to a friend
Fit in small Eshopps RS-75 reef sump... The fit was a bit too tight so I cut down the silicone connection between the pump and skimmer and cut back the red tube to skimmer, this shortened the widest area needed for the skimmer. The foam output was too much even with the wedge pipe wide open, so I removed the sound dampening foam from inside the silencer, this allowed more air input to the pump and lowered the amount of water pushed up the skimmer body. Seems to be dialed in great now. I attached the included small red tube piece to the skimmer cup drain silicone line and hooked up some additional tubing to run to a 1 liter container to hold the skimate overflow, this makes cleaning the cup easier (by disconnecting the line so you can unscrew the cup). The skimmer pump is silent, my drain water noise is all is hear... Very nice skimmer!
User Friendly By Reefkpr391 on 12/11/2013
Reefkpr391 would recommend this product to a friend
This is an all-in-one unit. Everything you need to skim away. It's VERY well built, easy to maintain and clean. Simple assembly and works like a champ. Make sure you follow the break-in instructions. Also, the 7" inch water depth is the most ideal, I set mine up on some egg crate and PVC pipe. My first In-sump skimmer and I love it. This thing is built and feels like skimmers in the much higher price range.
amazing product By nemo4sale on 12/10/2013
nemo4sale would recommend this product to a friend
This is the mercedes benz of protein skimmers. Made with high quality acrylic not only makes it look nice but it produces a nice dark skim. A++++
Love it By Xmetal on 12/4/2013
Xmetal would recommend this product to a friend
I never understood the whole "See the build quality" comments until now. I always purchased my products based on bang for my buck and never paid attention to names. If the product performed well, I would purchase it. I needed a new skimmer for a smallish build and was originally going to go with an inexpensive 6" Reef Octo 110. I saw the crazy deal BRS was offering and ordered the Omega 130 for less than the reef octo. I now understand the "See the build quality" comments of more expensive skimmers. Not only is the box heavy duty, but all of the parts fit together perfectly. The skimmer is dead silent and broke in quickly. The only thing I don't like about this skimmer is the small size of the skimmer cup, but with the drain in the cup it isn't a huge deal. I can't wait to get this skimmer on my new build. I would highly recommend this skimmer to everyone.
Also, I find this skimmer to run best at a depth of 7".
Thing of beauty By Huckinstein on 12/3/2013
Huckinstein would recommend this product to a friend
I never could figure out why the !*c% anyone would pay so much money for a protein skimmer. Now I know. It simple and beautiful all at the same time. I have a reef octopus that has never been balanced. The pump has always knocked it over sideways and I have always had trouble keeping it level. I used to think to myself "all they would have to do is make a little plastic stand so the thing would sit level and all would be well in my protein skimmer world"
Guess what.. This one HAS A LITTLE STAND FOR THE PUMP.
There is no big red valve on top to control the flow... You twist the red stand pipe a little and 'boop' its done. VERY NICE. Thanks BRS!
Love it By Reefers on 11/22/2013
Reefers would recommend this product to a friend
These are gonna sell like hotcakes since there onsale now!!! Everyone buy one!!!!!