Omega 180i Protein Skimmer - Vertex

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Omega 180i 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 180 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. 

Building on the designs of the Vertex Omega 130 and 150 Protein Skimmers, the Vertex Omega 180i has a powerful custom Sicce Syncra V-180 inside the skimmer body. Wine bottle body shape with solid construction, Sicce pump, pinwheel impeller, custom volute and pumphead, titanium screws, ozone port and silicone coupler.

  • Tank Size: 92-184 Gallons (350-700 Liter)

  • Power Consumption: ~28W

  • Air Draw: Approx. 238 GPH (900 LPH) - 343 GPH (1300 LPH)

  • Footprint: 10" x 11"

  • Height: 24"

  • Optimal Level: Max 8" Min 7.5"

BRS Recommended Tank Size:

Lightly Stocked - 180 Gallons

Medium Stocked - 145 Gallons

Heavily Stocked - 100 Gallons


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Product Questions

What is the diameter of the collection cup?
Question by: Grant Brewer on Jul 31, 2014 5:54:00 PM
Hi Grant,
It would be 180mm :) With most skimmers the model number actually correlates to the diameter.
Answer by: Bulk Reef Supply on Jul 31, 2014 5:54:00 PM
How long is the power cord?
Question by: Patrick Hanlon on Feb 1, 2016 11:08:00 AM
Great question!
This will have a 6' power cord. Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions!
Answer by: Connor (Admin) on Feb 10, 2016 5:08:00 PM
Would this be a good choice for a heavily fed 120
Question by: Tyler on Aug 4, 2014 6:36:00 AM
Hi Tyler,
The Omega 180i would be a great choice for a tank setup like that.
Answer by: Bulk Reef Supply on Aug 4, 2014 6:36:00 AM

Full Details


  • 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
  • Dimensions: 248mm x 261mm x 583mm (9.76" x 10.28" x 22.95")

  • What's in the Box

    • Omega 180i Skimmer with Sicce Syncra V-180
    • 10 mm Drain outlet coupler
    • Manual
  • 2 Year Manufacturer Warranty



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  • Great Skimmer By Tom on 2/3/2016

    I've been primarily a reef octopus kinda guy. Could never really dial them in 100%. I got this vertex skimmer and right off the bat this thing is a beast. Built with highest quality components and detail is amazing. This has been running strong and hard since day one installed and has never once given me an issue. I'm a vertex man from now on.
  • Best skimmer I have owned By Curt on 12/31/2015

    Produces great foam I am wet skimming to pull out more gunk and to help clean up my tank
  • Awesome foam head By david on 12/29/2015

    Comming from an swc skimmer this skimmer takes the win. On the first day it produced a nice foam head even before breaking in. The skimmer was also was very quite compare to my old swc 180. Very wide neck and nice sturdy collection cup. One thing I don't like is collection cup lid doesn't fit any of my float switches for my apex to auto shut off. And cleaning the side of the collection cup was a bit harder to fit my hands it it. I wish they made it a little wider on the side.
  • Nice start, but shaky down the stretch By Faulty? on 12/21/2015

    broke in for 24 hours. Started skimming immediately. Best skim mate produced in years only after about a day. I was thrilled. 2 weeks in, i have noticed the pump has gotten very loud. I keep checking to see if something is touching the side of the sump creating a vibration but it is dead center of the chamber not touching anything yet is very loud. A few times a week, the water level in the skimmer drops to about halfway in the chamber. I unplug and then plug back in and it goes back up but, this thing is really noisy no matter what. I thought Sicce was supposed to be one of the best?
  • The absolute best By Dave Q. on 12/13/2015

    I've used a lot of different skimmers and this by far the most efficient, quietest, and sexiest skimmer. Also it oxygenates the tank without the release of excessive bubbles into the tank.
  • Top Notch Quality! By Fred on 12/4/2015

    I have had the skimmer for over a month now and it has just really FULLY broken in. Although this monster did start producing skimate after the first day following the break-in day, it was only really wetskimming and was producing a tea colored waste in the collection cup. I gave it its time and it hasnt let me down. The skimmer, being well oversized for my 80g DT+30g fuge, even with a very heavily stocked tank, has produced results that are VERY impressive, all while looking GREAT and operating SILENTLY. With all the DC skimmers out there, it would be nice if it were equipped with a DC controllable pump, but I cannot say that it does any less of a job without one. I don't use the o-zone port, but again, it's a nice feature. The collection cup unscrews smoothly without sacrificing any height. The size of this skimmer doesn't force you to sacrifice cabinet height, as many other skimmers rated this big can have a hard time fitting in shorter cabinets. The skimmer matches my Vertex ZEOlith Reactor and Media Reactor. Together they make the sump look just as eye-catching as the tank itself.

    All in all this skimmer performs like a beast. It's QUIET when running and it's a pure work of art that anyone would want to show off in their sump!
  • It's a Beast By Nicole on 12/4/2015

    Just got this thing in. Had to open it right away. It is way bigger than expected. I won't be able to test it out for another month or so. BRS sold out of the Trigger skimmers on Black Friday. So far it looks like it will work pretty amazingly. Good luck trying to get it out of the box without destroying it. the box has a suction on it making it almost impossible to open. That is my only draw back so far.
  • It's a monster By Jim on 11/26/2015

    I'm using this in my 125 gallon reef tank and it is much bigger than I anticipated. It fits in my sump but it takes up a lot of room it is definitely a monster. Itt started skimming right away. I am very happy with this product. It is built like a tank and easy to clean. A great addition to my setup... Highly recommend!!!
  • PERFECT PERFORMANCE! By Steve on 11/6/2015

    I have a 125 gal reef tank and a 30 gal sump with a pretty good fish load, 9 including a Naso tang, two yellow tangs, a fox face butterfly, all of these are medium size. I also have an 8 inch engineer goby, an 8-line wrasse, two green chromis and a clown. I have three anemones, and a pretty good assortment of brain corals, one montipora, pulsing zenia, colts, feather dusters,and a variety of polyps, and zoas, crabs and snails. This tank is 2 yrs old, well established and very clean. I run an algae scrubber that I built, and the double GFO/Carbon reactor BRS sells. I also have two Kessil 360's for lighting. My numbers always look perfect but I could not get good results with SPS. I figured the cause was organic phosphates which cannot be measured and can only be removed with water changes and/or skimming. I set up the Vertes 180i 10 days ago and have the very large collection cup 1/2 full of very thick dark skim mate. That's without full break in, which should take a couple more weeks, and without tweaking. So, even though I did a weekly 10 gal water change and my water looked beautiful, it was full of crap!! I introduced a motipora capricornis a few days ago and it looks very happy so far. I suggest following the breaking instructions explicitly. You need to set the stand pipe at 100% and let it overflow the entire unit for at least 24 hours. I let it go for 36 hours. I'm not even sure I need to adjust the unit, but I will anyway because I can't help myself.
  • Top Notch Skimmer By Eric on 8/15/2015

    This is my second Omega skimmer (have a 150 as well on another system). Great quality! Powerful skimmer!
  • Great Skimmer By Fishpistol on 7/15/2015

    I have been in the hobby for a long time now maybe 10-15 years. I have had a lot of different protein skimmers over those years. This skimmer is truly a work of art. It is just really slick to look at and easy to break down and clean. I have done this with little trouble. Adjusting the skimmer is easy to do once you figure out the directions. I also love the size of the cup it holds a lot of crap from the tank. I have dropped the cup and it is very solid. Not much else to say other then I am very happy with the purchase.
  • Great build quality By Jan on 2/27/2015

    This is my second skimmer that I have owned in the past 15 years. My previous was a Bermuda Aquatics, which did a pretty nice job of pulling crud out of my tank. Just set up the Vertex. Immediate first impressions is the fantastic build quality. It has only been running on my tank for less than a week, but in that time it has started to pull out a nice dry skimmate. I recommend.

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