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Vertex Omega 130 Protein Skimmer

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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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  • by Tim on November 25, 2013, @1:34 PM

    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

    Bulk Reef Supply 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.

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  • by Chris on November 22, 2013, @2:26 AM

    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!

    Bulk Reef Supply 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.

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  • by Aaron on November 24, 2013, @5:52 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

    Bulk Reef Supply 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.

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  • by Joe on November 23, 2013, @6:22 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?

    Bulk Reef Supply 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.

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  • by Cecil on April 7, 2014, @8:32 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?

    Bulk Reef Supply 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.

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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 total.
  • 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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  • 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.
  • great build but By justin on 3/23/2015

    it has great build quality everything is every smooth but I still have yet to find the right hight for it to operate and not just fill with water.
  • Excellent but touchy By Jbnewb on 3/18/2015

    First skimmer purchase so nothing to compare it to. Luke is spot on though. Break-in period was four days and producing dark skim. Very easy to adjust, but if you do ANYTHING such as change a sock or add a treatment and the skimmer goes crazy and overflows. Very important to know it is not 11" long. In my 11" sump I found this out the hard way. It is 11&3/8" unless you take the foot mount off and put silicone underneath for support making it just under 11". Very quite.
  • Very impressed By Mo on 3/18/2015

    I haven't set this skimmer up. Still waiting for aquarium delivery. Very well packaged and built very well.
  • Good skimmer By Luke on 3/10/2015

    Like all skimmers I have owned the Vertex Omega 130 has its pros and cons.

    - Excellent build quality (Vertex is the absolute best at this).
    - Virtually silent, especially when cleaned simi-regularly.
    - Easy to maintain and take apart
    - Most importantly, this skimmer outperforms any skimmer I've used when tuned properly.
    - Exceptional skimmate production

    - Very finicky about water level. Once I raised it to about 7 inches of water depth this was no longer an issue.
    - Pump to skimmer connection is very weak. Will disconnect with little disturbances.
    - Pipe adjustment is unnecessarily hard to operate. Not as easy as the gate valve on the reef octopus skimmers.

    I would definitely buy this skimmer again just because of the good skimmate production but I might consider waiting for the next model of omega's to be released to see if these things are improved first.

  • Don't buy this skimmer By pmcadams on 3/2/2015

    My 130 is 5 months old. Breakin time was extremely long and this skimmer is very difficult to tune. The ozone nipple pulled out of the pump housing so I had to seal the hole with silicon to restore operation. The skimmer body, though made out of quality material, is friction fit to the pump via silicon tubing that slips off easily so any movement in the sump will disconnect the pump. The air filter hanger impedes one handed tuning since it hangs on the exhaust stack and easily comes apart if you bump into it while reaching into the sump. Removal for cleaning is cumbersome since everything tends to fall apart. This skimmer is entirely to expensive for the way its is put together. I regret buying it.
  • Great skimmer By Oregonrain on 1/28/2015

    I love this skimmer. Just get some bricks for the hardware store to set it on. You can't put it in the sump because it has too much water to work right. I placed it on a couple brings and it is perfect!
  • Very Quiet, but not perfect By Ed on 1/5/2015

    Super quiet skimmer; more skimmate than the Coralife 125 it replaced. Got it for a great price on Black Friday. Directions for set up are poor; connector for Ozone broke during setup...
  • Incredible skimmer (with an asterisk) By Jay B. on 1/4/2015

    I bought this to replace my EuroReef CS5 which had served me well on my 90 gallon mixed reef tank. The 130 is the only Vertex Omega model that would fit height-wise in my stand.

    The unit is impressive from a build standpoint. Because the top cup is threaded, it does take a few turns to remove it. Make sure that you measure the height in your stand carefully and then add a bit for maneuvering.

    It does take a bit of time to get the skimmer set up perfectly, but follow the instructions in the manual and you shouldn't have a problem. The skimmer IS sensitive to the water level in your sump. I finally broke down and bought a water level controller just to make sure that I didn't have to keep watching the sump level all the time. If the level goes too low, the skimmer stops skimming altogether. This is probably more of a design feature than a flaw, as other skimmers that I have used will tolerate widely fluctuating water levels, but the skimmate quality also becomes erratic.

    I highly recommend this skimmer, but it is not for someone who just wants a turn-key out of the box skimmer.

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