Vertex Omega 150 Protein Skimmer

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Vertex Omega 150 Protein Skimmer

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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 150 gallons.  We use the Omega line of skimmers on a bunch of 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 150 Protein Skimmer is engineering and style as you would expect from Vertex at an attractive price point. Wine bottle body shape with solid construction,V-150 Skimmer pump, pinwheel impeller, custom volute and pumphead, titanium screws, ozone port and silicone coupler.

  • Tank Size: 150 Gallons

  • Power Consumption: ~25W

  • Ajustable Air Draw: Approx. 172 - 238 GPH (650 - 900 LPH)

  • Footprint: 9" x 12"

  • Height: 22"

  • Optimal Level: Max 9.5" Min 7"

BRS Recommended Tank Size:

Lightly Stocked - 150 Gallons

Medium Stocked - 90 Gallons

Heavily Stocked - 55 Gallons


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Product Questions

Can you tell me what the footprint is for the Vertex Omega 150 Protein Skimmer?
Question by: Brian K. on Jan 25, 2016 10:02:00 AM
Great question!
The footprint: 9" x 12"
The height: 22"
Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions!
Answer by: Connor (Admin) on Feb 3, 2016 12:08:00 PM
i have a 70 gallon tank, with 70lbs of live rock and 6 fish (mostly tangs) + a sump which i would guess holds another 10 gallons or more of water. i currently have a coral life cone skimmer - 75. can u advise if my current skimmer is sufficient or could i benefit by upgrading to the Vertex Omega 150 or if any other one ?

Question by: v on Apr 10, 2016 10:23:00 PM
Great question!
The Vertex 150 would be a great fit for a heavier stocked 70 gallon tank! We find that the vertex skimmers a quieter and very efficient in performance and tuning. Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions!
Answer by: Connor (Admin) on Apr 14, 2016 10:38:00 AM
Is this a DC Pump?
Question by: Luis on Feb 7, 2016 9:52:00 PM
Great question!
This is a standard AC pump, not a DC. Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions!
Answer by: Connor (Admin) on Feb 10, 2016 6:00:00 PM
What is considered light, medium, and heavy stocking? I have a 75 gallon with a 30 gallon sump. I have 14 corals, a yellow tang, a watchman goby, 2 percula clownfish, a mandarin dragonet, a royal gramma, a male mccosker wrasse, a tiger pistol shrimp, a coral bandit shrimp, 2 peppermint shrimp, 5 snails, and 6 hermits. Is this tank considered as medium stocked? Thanks!
Question by: Michael on Apr 19, 2016 2:57:00 PM
Great question!
This certainly would work well on a system of your size. That amount of fish is right in the middle bio-load range. Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions!
Answer by: Connor (Admin) on Apr 19, 2016 6:29:00 PM
When buying a skimmer do I need to take the water volume of both the sump and the tank or just the tank into consideration
Question by: Craig Watkins on Apr 6, 2016 9:13:00 AM
Great question! When selecting a skimmer you will want to consider the following:

- Total system volume (meaning display tank and sump)
- Bio-load (how heavily you stock the tank)
- Dimensions of your sump ( foot print of skimmer vs. what you have room for)
Answer by: Carter (Admin) on Apr 8, 2016 3:37:00 PM
Hello! How would one calculate bio-load from light, medium, and heavy (number of fish or size/length of fish)? I am planning on getting a Red Sea reefer 350 and I want to be able to house a heavy bio load. Would the Vertex Omega 150 be sufficient or is the 180?

Thanks! You guys are super helpful!!
Question by: Andrew A. on Apr 21, 2016 6:07:00 AM
Great question!
There is no exact calculation, but if the tank has a lot of fish and regular feedings it can be considered heavy bio-load. The 150 would be on the small end and the 180 just about perfect!
Answer by: Connor (Admin) on Apr 26, 2016 3:08:00 PM

Full Details

Vertex Omega 150 Protein Skimmer Manual

Vertex Omega 150 Protein Skimmer is quality construction and performance at a reasonable price point. It will perform for a well-stocked reef aquarium up to 150 gallons total but is not over-sized for systems as small as 60 gallons.

  • Wine Bottle Body Shape
  • Cast acrylic and PVC construction
  • Hot welded seams
  • Pinwheel impeller and custom V-150 skimmer pump - custom built by Sicce for Vertex
  • Fine tuning adjustable venturi
  • Easily screw off collection cup
  • Ozone injection point
  • Ultra quiet operation
  • Low power consumption
  • High bio-load capacity
  • Silicone O-rings
  • Easy maintenance with Titanium screws (corrosion resistant)
  • 2 Year Manufacturer Warranty



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  • Top Notch By J Powers on 5/26/2016

    This skimmer is a beast!! Was skimming dark nastiness within a week and is the quietest skimmer I have ever owned. Works great on my Red Sea E series. A++++
  • GOOD PRODUCT By MARIO on 4/19/2016

  • Great quality, long break in period By Xavier on 4/15/2016

    This is my second Vertex Omega skimmer. I went back with this item because I love the build quality and Ike how quiet it is. Only problem is the break in period does take long. I have had my 150 running for about 2 1/2 weeks now and still don't feel it is full broken in.
  • Too much time making it look pretty....not enough time on engineering By Cheezybuda on 3/12/2016

    I've been using this skimmer for about a year now. I've spent an exorbitant amount of time trying to get it to skim consistently on my 60g. I never get anything other than yellow water. It has the tendency to overflow when I don't have the bubble line above where it starts to taper. Lastly, it is loud. Even with the silencer and the venturi adjusted way down, the air sucking sound is real!
  • Noisy and Hard to Tune By Zeke on 2/25/2016

    This skimmer has been problematic for me. It has a great build quality and premium look and feel. It took mine almost a month to really break in and work correctly. It skims decently, but is noisy as heck! I have loud slurping and air/vacuum sounds coming from my unit. It's progressively got louder since I purchase. I also have never been able to fit the CO2 hose to the nipple/connector on the body of the skimmer. I had to plug the hose myself with something to keep it from drawing air. I think this skimmer would be ok in my larger tank but not good for my 60 cube.
  • Wet skim By Sample1 on 1/21/2016

    Using this on a very small system (about 30 gallons total water volume) but have it on an Apex to run only when I am sleeping or not in the area. I have it producing wet skim (between 10-20oz a week) and it only took a couple of days to dial in. I exchanged the silicone coupling for a slightly longer vinyl DIY one between the pump and the base of the unit so I could put the pump in a different compartment in the sump, no negative effects seen. i thought I measured my sump area correctly but the 150 is a pretty big unit: will come in handy when I eventually upgrade or add another system to my current loop.

    No micro bubbles outside the unit that I can see and it really is exceptionally well built. I like the outflow it provides in the sump, makes a good mixing chamber for dosing.

    If you have the room in your sump, I think it's much more convenient to choose a skimmer that has a pump outside the unit, like this one. Very pleased with this model.
  • Great By nathan on 1/10/2016

    First salt tank, instructions on assembly suck, but not hard to figure out

    I broke the ozone nipple trying to put the tubing on
  • Works very well By Shawn on 1/5/2016

    Been up and running for a little over a month. Directions are horrible, but BRS very helpful with any questions. It skims well, very quiet and is easy to clean. Only issue is still having a small amount of micro bubbles coming through main tank.
  • Great Skimmer, not so great impeller. By MICHAEL on 12/31/2015

    The Vertex Omega 150 does exactly what it's designed to do. It pulls tons of gunk out of your aquarium. That being said, the impeller in the Sicce pump is the weak link. It's a special pump and I am playing hell trying to find a replacement. Keep that in mind when you're considering this skimmer.
  • would not recommend this product By richard on 11/12/2015

    This is one of the hardest and most difficult skimmer to adjust, and to keep it from overflowing with any sudden water level change.I have it running for a month now in my 150 gal reef and can't get it to stay stable.The flow tube for the skim adjustment is very hard to turn, its a shame that it looks better than it works. I have it sitting in 8 inches, had it at 7 1/2 and still it will overflow every so often.I would not recommend this skimmer,the reef octopus works a lot better and is user friendly. Its very frustrating to have it skimming and the next day it starts overflowing like if it can hold its adjustment.
  • Works great, quiet By DanG on 10/4/2015

    The pump runs great and is very quiet. As any new skimmer, it takes a few days to break-in and stop overflowing. The workmanship on the edges is spectacular. They did a great job making the skimmer. I gave 4 instead of 5 stars for the following issues although not major:
    The Ozone tube connection broke - it's frail and after speaking with support, should be replaced in the coming version. I dont run ozone so I was able to seal it and never worry again.
    The other issue is the lack of hard connection b/w the skimmer and pump. I'm always afraid that it's going to dislodge. SO far this only happens when I hit it while working in my sump where there is NO room to maneuver. I would prefer some sort of compression or screw-type connection between the 2.
  • Packs a punch By Shawn on 8/17/2015

    This thing delivers on design, performance, and reliability without all the frustration and noise. Install stright forward minus the plastic nipple that snaps off from the hard red hose. That part of the design is point less unless you intend to use o-zone. I purchased this skimmer for a 60 gallon install after being disappointed with performance issues and trying to dial it in. If you intend to use this skimmer on a small tank get the bubbles below the cup and open the adjustment on the pump half way. This thing is so efficent you need to turn the air down. After such adjustments been flawless with dark skimm and I am very proud of it. Thanks BRS for the videos on your products.

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