Vertex Omega 180i Protein Skimmer

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Vertex Omega 180i Protein Skimmer

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SKU: 208132

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Quick Overview

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 as well. 

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
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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  • 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.
  • NO FUSS AND SKIMS GREAT... SUPER QUIET By Will on 1/17/2015

    Went from and SRO 2000 INT with Bubble Blaster to this... absolutely no regrets! Skimmer is much quieter than the SRO and is incredibly stable. Rinsed everything, put it in the sump and set the water level to 7-3/4" using a quickly made acrylic stand. Started making skim in a day and was completely dialed in by day 5. This thing is built like a tank and super easy to disassemble and clean everything. Running on a 165 gallon system but am sure it could handle more... Vertex rocks!
  • Mostly Great By Q on 1/9/2015

    This skimmer works very well on my 200g reef tank. It takes stuff out of the water that is just nasty just like it should. However after 2 weeks the motor is making buzzing sound. Since it was about a month since buying, I thought BRS would take care of it. They referred me to proline aquatics who asked me to take the skimmer apart to look at components to see if there is damage. This is a little disturbing. The legendary vertex quality and legendary BRS customer service did not work for me and made me question this purchase
  • Amazingly stable Skimmer By Tyson on 1/6/2015

    I also had the Omega 150 and the 180i is not even comparable in terms of stability. After just one day of breaking in and letting the water overflow, I adjusted it back and the level stays rock solid since. More than I can say for the Omega 150.

    Buy this, you will not be disappointed!
  • AWESOME! By Arash on 12/20/2014

    truly the best quality, you can tell from the start. had a cadlight skimmer before, can't even compare. will go with vertex for everything from now on
  • Very high quality By jimmy on 12/14/2014

    Very high quality skimmer, easy to tune, and very strong. Hands down the best skimmer I've ever owned!
  • VERY HIGH QUALITY By jimmy on 12/14/2014

    Very high quality skimmer, easy to tune, and very strong. Hands down the best skimmer I've ever owned!
  • Omega180i Thumbs up!!! By Mofro on 12/13/2014

    I just build my first reef tank, so I don't have any comparison, but from the black/dark green skimmate and the smell after 3 days I know this skimmer is doing its job very well. Super quiet. great quality,

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