Omega 130 Protein Skimmer - Vertex

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Omega 130 Protein Skimmer - Vertex

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Why does BRS recommend this?


The Vertex Omega skimmer is one of the nicest skimmers you can find in or out of its price range for tanks up to 100 gallons.  We use the Omega line of skimmers on a few different tanks around BRS and find them to work really well, and at the same time looking nicer than almost all others on the market. 


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"


BRS Recommended Tank Size:


Lightly Stocked - 130 Gallons


Medium Stocked - 65 Gallons


Heavily Stocked - 40 Gallons

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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.
http://www.bulkreefsupply.com/protein-skimmers/reef-octopus-protein-skimmers/reef-octopus-needle-wheel-protein-skimmers.html
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.
http://www.bulkreefsupply.com/vertex-omega-150-protein-skimmer.html
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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  • Best quality skimmer available By KerryF on 1/28/2016

    So I read a lot about this skimmer overflowing constantly. Please read the manual! Most Skimmers will behave this way when new. Running it on my brand new 85 gal build during cycling. Yes it overflowed non-stop for the first week...this is the breakin period. After 10 days it calmed down and is now an incredibly efficient skimmer. Patience is key in reefing...and skimmer setup!
  • pump problem and tuning issues By korey on 1/18/2016

    i had this product for a year and a half. the quality of the body is great, but my pump stops working on me. this is priced way to high for this to happen especial if you in the same boat as me and don not have a lot money to though around.
  • Too complicated for a noob By Alan on 12/29/2015

    I'm new to reefing, but I do my research. For the life of me, I can't get this thing to not overflow. I've read a lot online, done all the tricks I could find, and it seems that the consensus is that this is a GREAT device if you can get it tuned, but it's not great for inexperienced or new reefers.
  • Does not work properly out of the box By Chris on 12/27/2015

    Beautiful construction, and very high quality build. The skimmer is well constructed, and everything is very solid. I bought this skimmer partly because of the pump that it uses, a Sicce built pump.

    Unfortunately, the pump is WAY overpowered for this skimmer body. It overflows instantly, no matter what depth/water level it's placed. I tried everything from having the outflow just barely under the water, all the way to 8-10" deep, and everything in between. You can adjust the water level via the water exiting the stand pipe, and the water/air level coming in through the pump, and neither prevent the overflowing of the container.

    Turns out that the only way I was able to dial this thing in was by installing a ball valve on the air-line, and restricting the airflow into the venturi by about 75%. This reduced the amount of air, which reduced the amount of bubbles, which prevented the overflow of the skimmer. It still bubbles and creates a good foam head, but is controllable. It's now performing very well, and pulling out thick, dark skimmate. The mod does make this thing fairly loud, even with the silencer hooked up.

    With a cheap, quick mod, this thing works like a champion, but it's disappointing that it doesn't work like it should right out of the box. This is an engineering defect, which should have been discovered on the first trial of this product.
  • Improved 130 By Jeremy on 12/11/2015

    They vertex skimmers are widely recognized as some of the best skimmer's available. The 130 was perhaps the most criticized of the range as the pump is somewhat oversized and the water depth had to be just right to provide reliable skimming. Many hobbyist resolved this issue by restricting the air intake with various valves. As of the last quarter of 2015, vertex has fixed this issue by including an air restricting valve with the 130. Very satisfied.
  • Junk By Blake on 11/22/2015

    Don't waste your money on these junk skimmers. Look at the other brands BRS carries and pick from there. My pump has crapped out too many times to count. After careful examination the rear bushing seizes to the ceramic impeller shaft. I had gotten pretty good at removing it, polishing, and getting it going again. This shouldn't happen on a 6 month old skimmer, I've now broken 2 shafts and now promptly throwing this POS in the trash. For those saying this is difficult to tune and finicky, I believe its due to the friction caused between the bushing/shaft. With a constantly changing variable such as this, tuning is impossible. Mine would run great for a few days, slow don't, I'd adjust for the reduced flow, the thing would free up and overflow all over the place. BRS, I'd not ruin your reputation backing junk like this. I own a Skimz and Reef Octopus, both are nearly set and forget, keep em clean and they'll run forever.
  • Not what I hoped for. By Borchers on 11/20/2015

    Like many others have said. My 180i has been a bear to deal with. The tuning took weeks and then some. It's well built but crazy heavy. The pump hums time to time.
  • Crap pumps By JonnyReefer on 9/10/2015

    The pumps on these things are junk. Mine went out 6 months after buying it. I've been spending the last 2 months dealing with Albert from proline aquatics, who has been nice, but completely incompetent. I sent the pump back and he says it was calcium buildup that caused the problem, which isn't a warranty issue, so he charged me for the shipping AND for a new pump. Within one week BOTH PUMPS WENT OUT. I told him this and he said it must be the placement of my skimmer in the sump, yet my kalk ato goes into the return pump chamber, which is as far as possible from my skimmer, and all my other pumps/powerheads are just fine. Now they won't even return my emails. This company is a joke, this skimmer is a joke, and BRS should be ashamed for recommending them.
  • 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.

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