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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.
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.
The Valve is intended as a new item to be used on the silicone tube running from the air silencer to the pump. This tube can be cut and the Tee inserted. The valve will adjust how much air is allowed into the pump and will impact the type of bubbles forming. This can be adjusted to impact how high different forms of bubbles will push the skimmate.
With the Omega being 8.5 x 11 it will just fit in the skimmer compartment. Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions!
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.
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.
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.
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
Not worth the high price tag By Mike on 10/8/2016Mike wouldn't recommend this product to a friendconstantly overflows after I clean it. I have to raise it up every time I do a water change or clean the skimmer. I noticed some salt creep clogging up the silencer foam pad but even after cleaning that it made no difference. It's very finicky. I have had this skimmer for three years.
If brs sends a coupon for 130 skimmer at a great price, it's not out of generosity. By Brs sucker on 8/23/2016Brs sucker wouldn't recommend this product to a friendDespite sketchy reviews on many sites, I bought this skimmer after getting a coupon from brs for this skimmer at a great price. I took the bait. It has produced great skimmate. That happens in between daily inconsistencies, overflows, dry spells. Spent months trying to calibrate it,using egg crate, the included air line "mod" and brs should not sell this. Positive reviews are often based on minimal evaluation. I could ebay this for more than I paid for it but my seller reputation is important to me and I don't like to screw people. Customer service with vertex is responsive but rude. Drain broke, vertex replaced it after i paid half the price for new skimmer and was told i broke it, my fault. Condescending jerk.
So, I'm just being honest. I'm not biased. I'm objective. I'm no amateur reefer. Research this skimmer a lot. I expect nothing from brs. I have no agenda. If you get a coupon for a 130 in the mail for @ half retail, it's not because they feel generous. You have been thoroughly warned. But, if you do go the stupid route, have it attached to a waste collector with float switch at all times. Or, never leave your house and watch it 24/7.
My confidence in the integrity of brs selling a widely known problematic skimmer shakes my confidence in brs. Long review but I hope this helps someone not be a fool like me.
Don't waste your money By jayden on 8/3/2016jayden wouldn't recommend this product to a friendRight out of the box the skimmer I received looks different from the one in the pictures, the pump is facing the other way and the air intake is also different. The skimmer works well but is very hard to tune in. I have had if for a while now but had to recently take it out of the sump because the air condition to the pump broke. Don't waste your money on a skimmer when there are lots of other ones that are at a lower price easier to control and more reliable.
Best skimmer I've ever owned By Siuperman on 7/25/2016Siuperman wouldn't recommend this product to a friendHad a reef octopus SRO 1000 internal skimmer and wasn't happy with the performance. Did more research through BRS and decided on a German made product. Best decision ever! Build quality espectional, performance-like a beast! Set up is in 7 inches water
MAKE SURE THE OZONE TUBE IS INSTALLED AND IF YOU'RE NOT USING OZONE, CAP THE TOP END OF THE TUBE.
If not, pump will pull water through that port if OZONE hose isn't installed or pull more air if the hose is not capped causing erratic performance.
Once that is set all you to have adjust is the Venturi and water outlet tube.
Excellent product By matt'sreefs on 6/25/2016matt'sreefs would recommend this product to a friendI know people are having a hard time getting this thing dialed in, but it didn't take long for me to figure out how to dial this thing in. The valve on the air intake is key. I like that it is easy to adjust without getting your hands wet. Very quiet once adjusted. I just like how this skimmer looks and feels too. Quality. I would buy another one if I needed it.
Well built By Mike on 6/15/2016Mike would recommend this product to a friendWould have 5 stars if the manual wasn't so poorly written with diagrams you could barely read. also, getting a $100 off coupon for it from bulk reef the very day it was delivered (after paying full price) was like a slap in the face to a loyal customer.
Very high quality By Drew on 5/21/2016Drew would recommend this product to a friendI can't find anything to complain about with this skimmer. I just did a new tank build and spent a lot of money on some very high end accessories and equipment for my build. Out of everything I bought, this was the product that most impressed me with the overall build quality, performance, look, and packaging. On top of that, I bought it for BRS's black friday sale as a door buster which made it even more of a sweet deal. Thanks BRS! I am a new reefer and did not have any problems with this skimmer. To avoid potential issues I would recommend a couple things. First, I read that running this skimmer in a vinegar bath for 24 hours prior to use would cut down on break-in time. I did this and I think it helped and is worth doing. Second, I would recommend getting a skimmer stand in order to get the proper water level. This skimmer seems to like a very low water level. I would definitely recommend this product!
Awesome skimmer so far By Todd on 4/5/2016Todd would recommend this product to a friendJust hooked up a new 130 today. 7 inches water depth. No problems at all. This thing is a beast and 3 hours later its starting to skim. This skimmer seems twice as powerful as my Reef Octopus Classic 110. And I loved that skimmer. Keeping it for a back up. So far no problems at all with skimmer........................READ THE DIRECTIONS FOLKS!!!
Awesome By Chris on 2/28/2016Chris would recommend this product to a friendI am not sure why some people complain here, skimmers are very simple. I set it up at 6.5" started skimming in 2 days no issue since. if you have a new tank with no bioload any skimmer will act up.
Mine went on a 72gal that was set up for 2 years went from octo to this will not look back. best skimmer I used in the past 6 years of reefing
Best quality skimmer available By KerryF on 1/28/2016KerryF would recommend this product to a friendSo 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 1/18/2016korey wouldn't recommend this product to a friendi 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 12/29/2015Alan wouldn't recommend this product to a friendI'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.