Vertex Omega 130 Protein Skimmer

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Vertex Omega 130 Protein Skimmer

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Quick Overview

Vertex Omega 130 Protein Skimmer is engineering and style as you would expect from Vertex at an attractive price point. Wine bottle body shape with solid construction, Sicce pump, pinwheel impeller, custom volute and pumphead, titanium screws, ozone port and coupler.

  • Tank Size: 100 Gallons

  • Power Consumption: ~20W

  • Air Draw: Approx. 158 GPH (600 LPH)

  • Footprint: 8.5" x 11"

  • Height: 20"

  • Optimal Level: Max 9" Min 6.5"

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Hello, is this an in "Sump Skimmer" Only? I have read the Full Details and do Not see where it says that but don't see how else it will work, if it isn't, please explain......... I do not have a Sump on this Lil Corner 54 Gal. that I'm in need of a skimmer for so, please show me the best skimmer you have in this price range! Thanks, Tim
Question by: Tim on Nov 25, 2013 1:34:00 PM
Hey Tim,
That is correct, the Omega skimmers can only be used in sump. Largely speaking that is the norm for skimmers. Skimmers that are exceptions will be marked otherwise generally either as Hang on Back skimmers or External/Recirculating skimmers. Without a sump hang on back is really what your looking for. Vertex doesn't currently make a HOB model but the BH series skimmers from Reef Octopus are.
Answer by: Bulk Reef Supply on Nov 25, 2013 1:34:00 PM
Will this work in 12" depth of my sump? The skimmer chamber of my sump is a 12x12x12 area. The details list an 'optimal' level of 9". Will it work in 12"? Do I need to build a platform for it to raise it up to 6.5-9"? Thanks!
Question by: Chris on Nov 22, 2013 2:26:00 AM
Hey Chris,
Your likely going to want a bit of a platform. Skimmers in higher water levels then they are designed for will generally have problems with overflowing from the deeper water.
Answer by: Bulk Reef Supply on Nov 22, 2013 2:26:00 AM
Does the Vertex Omega 130 have an actual footprint of 8.5" x 11"? It looks smaller than the Omega 150 which has the same footprint.Other websites are saying the Omega is 8.5 x 8.5. Any information would be helpful want to order the 130
Question by: Aaron on Nov 24, 2013 5:52:00 AM
Hi Aaron,
Ive got one sitting on my desk and 8.5x11 is accurate. The omega 150 dimensions are 9x12 as its just a slightly larger skimmer.
Answer by: Bulk Reef Supply on Nov 24, 2013 5:52:00 AM
Would you please explain what "optimal level" means? The water level height inside of my sump is kept at appx 6" with the use of a float / top-off system. I would assume that this is perfect for this protein skimmer?
Question by: Joe on Nov 23, 2013 6:22:00 AM
Hi Joe,
That is correct. The optimal water level is the depth in the sump that the skimmer will work best in. If your water level is kept consistently at a level within that range then you will be in good shape.
Answer by: Bulk Reef Supply on Nov 23, 2013 6:22:00 AM
I have a 90 gal aquarium and about 20 gal in the sump. Space in the sump is 9 x 14". I have 6 fish 3 inches or shorter with mixed lps/sps. Should I purchase a 130 or 150?
Question by: Cecil on Apr 7, 2014 8:32:00 AM
Hey Cecil,
Assuming your measurements are accurate then the 150 would be a tight squeeze but would fit. If that is the case then I would always err on the side of the bigger skimmer.
Answer by: Bulk Reef Supply on Apr 7, 2014 8:32:00 AM

Full Details

Vertex Omega 130 Protein Skimmer is quality construction and performance at a amazing price point. It will perform for a well-stocked reef aquarium up to 100 gallons, or as small as 30 gallons.

  • Wine Bottle Body Shape
  • Cast acrylic and PVC construction
  • Hot welded seams
  • Pinwheel impeller and custom Sicce pump
  • Fine tuning adjustable venturi
  • Easily screw off collection cup
  • Ozone injection point
  • Ultra quiet operation
  • Low power consumption
  • High bio-load capacity
  • Easy maintenance with Titanium screws
  • 2 Year Manufacturer Warranty



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  • Built well, not and ideal skimmer though By Rahul on 8/13/2015

    This skimmer is not a skimmer I would honestly recommend, due to the fact that I've spent 2-3 months of tinkering with this thing to finally get the skimmer to skim properly without overflowing every minute. I cant give this skimmer lower than a 4 star since it does what the product is supposed to do. The only thing I can say is that its very frustrating to get it dialed in.
  • Would NOT recommend to a friend! By shawngt2 on 8/7/2015

    This skimmer is built like a tank (1 star), super powerful (2nd star), but the other 3 stars needed to categorize this skimmer as a "knock out of the park" are missing. So many people are having issues and that includes me. Did not realize the issues until after I purchased it and put it in my tank. Even in an area of my sump that is always level and at 7" this thing overflows, then completely low level and doesn't appear to foam. You can't even adjust it because one minute it works then an hour or so it overflows again. IMHO you need to learn where the overflow level normally is worst case and adjust the height of the skimmer accordingly until you are covered. This however is not easy. The wedge pipe doesn't seem to do anything unless it is 75% closed or more and the outlet T is fixed to the wedge pipe so it is not easy to just rotate the wedge pipe, you need to also hold or fix the outlet T to make an adjustment. Many online are even restricting the airflow to the skimmer with success, so may try that at one point. Going on vacation for a week and put my Hydro Performer 405 back in the sump so I don't go a week with overflows (basically not skimming). When I get back I will try again but if I can't get equal or greater skim within 2 weeks vs my Hydor, this PITA is going for sale!
  • Awesome By Andrew on 7/13/2015

    After 2 months this thing is skimming better than I thought possible. Installing the Vectra this evening will review that in a month or so.
  • Very temperamental, but amazing once dialed in By Brady on 6/10/2015

    This skimmer is build like a tank. Great build quality and very quiet. Only ding against construction is the ozone nipples and tubing. I'm guessing they chose pex tubing to not get degraded by the ozone, but it does make it very stiff and hard to fit and stay on the nipples.That said, this thing is very temperamental when you're getting it dialed in. Make 100% sure the chamber you put this in has a constant water level, remember to adjust the volute on the pump, and if it keeps over flowing, raise it a bit and try again.

  • Just awesome By Stan on 5/16/2015

    Love this skimmer. Very quiet. I had no problems tuning it like others have. skims like a beast on a 90g tank. I would highly recommend it.
  • Long Break in By Andrew on 5/12/2015

    I will give a partial review now. I have had this running for over a week and it still is breaking in and overflowing. I understand that good skimmers take a while, but think this is a little excessive. Will provide another review when break in complete
  • Very finicky skimmer. Dead after 1 year. By ReefMaster on 5/11/2015

    This skimmer is very hard to dial in and has a long break in period. It is mostly well built except the ozone nipples commonly break off. After one year the motor stopped spinning when I plugged it in. PVC welding also broke for the part connecting to the motor. This is easily fixed.

    Pros: It runs very quiet. And now that it is not working, even more quiet.

    I had great hopes with this skimmer, but I could never dial it in. I also have the 150 version for my other tank, which skims great so I am happy with it, but is a little louder and still has similar build issues. They must have just scaled down the other one for the 130 without really thinking about how the dimension changes affect performance.

    For the price, I'd recommend going with a different skimmer that will last you, or get something cheaper that will skim better and last just as long.

  • Vertex Omega 130 is awesome By San Diego Reefer on 4/29/2015

    This skimmer is awesome. It runs better at 6.5 to 7 inches of water. Had a bit of an issue breaking it in but once a I ran it in a 3 to 1 vinegar solution overnight it worked like a champ. Ignore break in instructions and run it in a the vinegar solution to break in faster. Turn the volute on the pump until it seats then back up 1 whole turn and you are there. The only thing that will need to be adjusted after that will be the water level. This skimmer is made of great quality acrylic and pvc. Way better than Reef Octopus well worth the money.
  • Ditto what Tony said By kirsten on 4/21/2015

    This skimmer is built like a tank. Very high quality. And full disclosure- it didn't fit my sump well. Once I wrangled it into the sump it was very temperamental. I followed the break in instructions to the letter and after a couple of days it was still acting crazy. One minute fine- the next minute bubbling over and spewing spray everywhere. I also found there to be too many moving parts. When you go to adjust the pipe- the whole muffler confraption moves as well. The silicone tube that connects the pump to the skimmer is easy to accidentally disconnect. Maybe I'm just not advanced enough for a skimmer like this. I went back to my old cadlights.
  • Excellent Product! By Tony on 4/12/2015

    The Omega 130 is an amazingly built Skimmer, build quality of Vertex is second to none. However, there are a few things that make me knock it down 1 star. The good, Super quiet, Great build quality, looks awesome! The bad, it is SUPER picky about water level, you have to stay on the low end of the "recommended" level, the break in time is crazy long and almost have to keep a constant eye on it, the adjustment are hard to make and get it tuned in.

    I have actually sold off my Omega 130 to a buddy that has a sump better set up for it and i will be going with another option.

    it is a great product but i would suggest looking on Vertex's website at the instruction before you set up a sump for one, that was a fail on me.
  • Great Skimmer - Just Get It By japicka on 4/2/2015

    Ok thanks to the normal way my luck runs, my existing Reef Octopus skimmer died on a Saturday, and after going through 3 of their DC pumps during the warranty period I decided I had enough of their "quality". I spent a ALOT of time pouring over reviews and looking online.

    This skimmer is just fantastic, I just got it put together an into my sump, I had to do some re-arranging in the skimmer area of my sump to get everything to fit properly, but it is now on hour 3 of the 24 break in period and it's already settling in, and there are NO bubbles coming out of the output pipe. With it running right now, even during the break in period it is already 10 times quieter than the skimmer it replaced. I mean this thing is basically dead silent. The only noise I hear from this thing is the hum of the motor.

    The only places where I deviated from the instructions is that I didn't hook up the ozone tube, moved the little black plug to the volute input to plug it. I will also probably shorten the air intake hose tomorrow as it's a bit long for my set up. I also decided to install the collection cup, but took the plug out of the over flow drain so the entire set up can break in at the same time. I saw a couple of videos online where people did that and it worked well for them.

    Again just can't say enough good things about this skimmer, the quality is just there.
  • broken ceramic rod in flywheel By Edward on 3/25/2015

    I'm very disappointed with the reliability of the skimmer. At first it looked well crafted. Then the ceramic rod in the flywheel broke. I had to call Canada for a replacement. Again at first it seemed like no problem they would replace it. It happened 3 times and they didn't want to help anymore, even though it was still under warranty. The motor is very strong, but for whatever reason that ceramic rod just brakes. The motor also easily separates from the bubble chamber which is just annoying. For this money it should really last and be quality. I tried working with them and felt they just gave up. I have a 75gal with 30 gal sump. I had Octopus for a long time and now I'm using a Skimz which I'm enjoying.

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