Awesome skimmer, don't be skeptical of the critical reviews By Garry on 12/4/2014
Garry would recommend this product to a friend
After reading and watching a TON of reviews on this skimmer, I determined that the build quality was better than anything else out there, but the skimmer was difficult to dial in. I was skeptical but determined to give it a go.
- packaging is amazing, but who really cares as long as it arrives undamaged, its comparable to Apple products.
- Assembly is a snap, all you need is a flathead screwdriver
- Build quality is as described in everything you read and see, its a beautiful machine. I catch myself staring at this thing in action..really adds to the beauty of my setup. Yes I pride myself on a good looking sump :).
- Don't buy this if you don't have a constant volume sump compartment that this will fit into.
- Don't buy this if you don't have room in your sump compartment to raise the skimmer up to at least 7" of water depth. I started this off in 9.5" of water, overflowed for many many days, I was really skeptical until I raised it up to 7" and WHAM, perfect no overflow and pulling TONS of skimate out almost immediately. Has not overflowed since. I don't have a huge bioload on my tank, and I was nervous after the first few days of constant overflow until I started raising it up in depth, and immediately tuned in and starting pulling dark nasty skimate, my tank is only a few months old and does not have a huge bioload and I was blown away by how much crap this thing was pulling out of the water.
-Follow the directions for break in for the first 24 hrs, then start tweaking the height, don't touch the air adjustment on the pump, start with the wedge pipe fully open, get it to tune at a certain height then adjust wedge pipe to type of skimate preferred.
- I really don't understand what a lot of the other reviews were complaining about, I think if you follow the above you will fall in love with this skimmer, if thats possible. Oh and its dead silent, always a plus.
Sweet deal on a door buster! By Agro on 11/30/2014
Agro would recommend this product to a friend
Wow... I've been looking for a skimmer I can run in my sump with about 8.5-9 inches of water for a while. Either the prices were outrageous or the skimmer was just overkill for my 40b. Although this is overkill on a 40b, it leaves room to grow and worry free care! My old skimmer left a lot to be desired, Just by look and feel I can tell a lot of care went into designing this skimmer!
Still in the break in face, however this is an extremely quiet skimmer for its size!
amazing By Nelson on 11/28/2014
Nelson would recommend this product to a friend
been using this protein skimmer for now 11 months! get it right now on this black friday special!! its worth every penny... quiet great looking and does whats suppose to do skim everything! crystal clear water!
Dissapointed... By Ski on 10/24/2014
Ski wouldn't recommend this product to a friend
This by far is my most hated piece of equipment. I will agree with everyone that it is bulit well and looks great, but I have had this unit for a few months now and it is the most agrivating and tepermental skimmer I have EVER owned...
First off this thing LOVES to overflow, overflow and overflow some more. Think you FINALLY have it dialed in?.. Think again.
I am on my 3rd platform/riser and I have tried it in water levels of 9, 8.5 and 7 inches. Anyhting much less than that it would be too high for the skimmers outlet.
Following comments from previous reviews are 100% spot on!:
" Break in will take a while "
" This thing drove me nuts trying to adjust it. "
" The skimmer is very finicky with regard to the water level in your sump. "
" Many many nights i would wake up to hear a strange tapping noise coming from the stand. It was the lid of the skimmer dancing around as foam and bubbles poured out and back into the sump. "
" If my ATO deposits even one fluid ounce over the line drawn on my sump the skimmer goes ballistic. "
" the build quality is very good with this skimmer and it is stylish. I am just not certain they went for something that would work. Can't say it is worth the headache. "
" I've spent too much time dialing the unit in to return it but in hindsight I definitely should have."
" if you get frustrated easily, buy a different brand of skimmer. "
All in all I am VERY dissapointed and I guess I should have bought another skimmer. lol!.. My cheap, old and small skimmer runs circles around this thing!
Built like a brick house By Paul on 10/22/2014
Paul would recommend this product to a friend
This skimmer has possibly the most amazing build quality I've ever seen for an aquarium product. From the pump to the body to the lid, Vertex does everything perfectly. This is probably my 4th skimmer and it by far is quieter, easier to use, and far better in build quality than any of the previous. Break in will take a while. The manual says to let it run without the top on it for a day. I waited 4 days and still it overflows the cup so I just opened the drain on the cup and am waiting for it to finish breaking in and the foam doesn't overflow the cup. The Sicce pump is dead quiet. I couldn't tell when it was on or off with my cabinet door closed and wow does this thing make a lot of bubbles. Adjustment is super easy and taking the cup off is a simple spin with one hand. I'm very excited about this skimmer and hope to keep it for a long time.
Great product and shipping!! By R22D on 10/20/2014
R22D would recommend this product to a friend
Product package is perfect nicely done to protect the skimmer inside. You don't have to worry about getting your item broken or something. As far of setting up the skimmer, just followed the instructions on the manual. For some people having a problem with the skimmer, try raising it up. At first I have mine sitting @8" of water ended up @6.5" by the third day it start giving me some decent skimmed on the cup. Definitely going to ordered @brs again even I'm @Canada still worth the wait. Thx BRS!!
Not a simple startup By Jay B. on 9/25/2014
Jay B. would recommend this product to a friend
The skimmer is well made and other than a vaguely written manual, it works great ... once you get it dialed in. It is critical to follow the startup procedure exactly, else you might as well not even unbox it.
The skimmer is very finicky with regard to the water level in your sump, but once you find the sweet spot, the skimmer works as good as any skimmer that I've had (this is #5). But if you get frustrated easily, buy a different brand of skimmer.
Great product By Joel on 9/16/2014
Joel would recommend this product to a friend
Works great, mine does best at 7". Actually not hard to dial in at all!! Been running for 4 months tank is 3 yrs old
Terrific Skimmer By Sean on 9/6/2014
Sean would recommend this product to a friend
I have had the Vertex Omega 130 since it came out about a year ago and it is well built and performs well.
The skimmmer builds up a nice dark skimmate with sludge on the cup lid and sides (I carbon dose). I found it works best at 7" depth. I am running the venturi at minimum air intake in a 27g system. Even in my nano system, it can keep a solid head of foam.
It does take a while to quit overflowing and break in though a vinegar bath will greatly reduce the break in period.
High Quality but Very Temperamental By tarheel on 8/8/2014
tarheel wouldn't recommend this product to a friend
This feel this is a very well built with high quality skimmer but personally think that is Very hard to dial in. I have been running mine for 2 months and all i have been able to pull out is light tea collared skimmate do to all the turbulence in the skimmer body.
Agrivating, but skimms like crazy. By David on 7/31/2014
David would recommend this product to a friend
Wow, that's a lot of bubbles. The inside of this thing looks violent with foam. Skimms like crazy, once its dialed in. This thing drove me nuts trying to adjust it. Many many nights i would wake up to hear a strange tapping noise coming from the stand. It was the lid of the skimmer dancing around as foam and bubbles poured out and back into the sump. I would empty it, then adjust it ever so slightly down... days later, no skimmate. One TINY adjustment back up and it would overflow again. Reading other reviews i decided to raise the skimmer 1 inch and try again. After 2-3 more days of mini adjustments i finally got this sucker dialed in. I clean it once a week and its nasty dirty, exactly what we all hope for in a skimmer. I would give it a full 5 star if it wasn't such a pain to dial in.
Very Tempermental By Jason on 7/23/2014
Jason wouldn't recommend this product to a friend
The best way to describe this Protein Skimmer. Be prepared to fight a constant battle with it. If my ATO deposits even one fluid ounce over the line drawn on my sump the skimmer goes ballistic. It is very specific about the water level. This skimmer does not tune well at all, don't even plug it in for two days after you change the water. Past skimmers SWC, Reef Octopus, Bubble Magus, Tunze, the build quality is very good with this skimmer and it is stylish. I am just not certain they went for something that would work. Can't say it is worth the headache.
BEST materials and craftsmanship yet !!! By Mitch on 7/13/2014
Mitch would recommend this product to a friend
Out of the dozen or so protein skimmers I've owned this is the BEST HANDS DOWN !!!
Great skimmer, crap manual/quality control By B roll on 6/22/2014
B roll would recommend this product to a friend
1st the good - a great skimmer, after a 2 day break in and some water level tinkering , followed by 2 days of wet skim; it is not consistently producing a thick dark brown non transparent skimmate. The bad - the manual is crap besides the 3 lines of break in instructions. This skimmer does not work properly at any level above 7.5 inches, and that is a generous statement. If you want fully control it needs to be at 6.5" as everyone else on here states. Why they waste our time saying otherwise is nuts and leaves me to believe that the skimmer was not tested enough under various circumstances during development and pre-market release. 2nd, for a high end company the QC is crap. I don't know if the rubbery white parts were mold-formed or not, but they all have .5" across sections that look all tore up from either sloppy mold process or some sort of melting during the production process. I've spent too much time dialing the unit in to return it but in hindsight I definitely should have. How these sloppy manufactured parts made it to assembly is beyond me. If it weren't for the crap instructions and sloppy manufacturing I would have given this skimmer a 5/5. Functionally it works great if you ignore the instructions and keep it at 6.5-7".
quiet and looks great By troy on 5/17/2014
troy would recommend this product to a friend
this is a very functional and great looking skimmer. its super quiet and very sturdy..
Great skimmer...but you must have patience. By Jimbo662 on 4/17/2014
Jimbo662 would recommend this product to a friend
I'll agree with everything everyone else has said. I set it up based on the instructions. It ran for right at two weeks with a constant overflow. At two weeks I began trying to make small adjustments to get it dialed in. I had it between 7" - 8". I finally saw some reviews where it was set at 6 1/2". I made this change too (water line is about 1/8" above the stand pipe outlet, stand pipe full open and the volute about 3 turns open. And within15 min it began skimming. I've only got my CUC and two small clowns and it's pulling dark tea colored skimmate. Like Joel mentioned it doesn't foam up constantly. After two days the collection cup was about 1/5th full.
Great product By Joel on 3/28/2014
Joel would recommend this product to a friend
I got this skimmer during the Black Friday sale and have had it going now for about 5 months. This skimmer is extremely quiet and very well built. The one thing I would caution is that depending on the bioload of your tank it may be a bit challenging to dial in. I'm currently running a 60g cube with 4 fish. I went with this skimmer as I'm using bio pellets and GFO as my main filtration setup. The skimmer works great but with a low bio load like I have it is a bit challenging to dial in. Right now I have it at 6.5 inches and I get a tea colored skim mate. I usually empty the skimmer cup every other week. I think those that get much thicker and darker skim mate have a higher bio load. As it stands now I have the bubble line below the neck whacks works fine. Due to the bio load it doesn't foam constantly into the collection cup. I like it as it will work well for my next tank upgrade which should be coming in about a year to 18 months. I normally don't write reviews but I felt with this skimmer it was worth the time.
great skimmer By Jason on 3/14/2014
Jason would recommend this product to a friend
Arived in three days. The build is solid as advertised. I had a nice foam. Head in 20 minutes. I set it in 6 inches of water to start and no over flow problems its been running for 4 days now seems to have settled down i raised the water depth to 6 and a half inches so far so good very happy with this skimmer
great product By ryan on 3/2/2014
ryan would recommend this product to a friend
well built and good looking
WELL WORTH THE MONEY! By Ryan on 3/1/2014
Ryan would recommend this product to a friend
I pick this up over the Black Friday sale for a 40 gallon to a well stock 75 gallon upgrade. After following the break-in instructions it's working great. It has no problem handling the bio load of my tank. WHAT A GREAT PRODUCT!!!
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.