DO NOT BUY THIS SKIMMER By Will on 6/11/2016
Will wouldn't recommend this product to a friend
First off I love BRS but they need to contact vertex about the issues with this skimmer, I have had it running for over three weeks and it has not yet created skimmate not even a foam head. There are a lot of people with the same problem that the skimmer will not create a foam head. I have contacted vertex and not heard back yet, this is incredibly frustrating due to the fact I just spent 650 on this thing and is basically worthless at this point. I have had the vertex omega 130 and have to say its the best skimmer I have used but this is embarrassing for vertex and they obviously have not fixed the problems. Just look online and people have had nothing but issues.
Awesome skimmer By Jim on 10/18/2015
Jim would recommend this product to a friend
best money I have spent.
Go smaller or go Alpha By Nick on 2/11/2015
Nick wouldn't recommend this product to a friend
After 2 weeks the skimmer does not produce ANY foam or skim in an established 200G SPS system. Vertex was contacted and the only thing they offered was for me to ship them the skimmer so they can inspect it and let me know. Do some searching online, the 180 and 150 are great, and you can't deny the alpha's, but do yourself a favor and go bigger or go smaller.
Noisy Pump? By Ben on 1/17/2015
Ben wouldn't recommend this product to a friend
I want to really like this Protein Skimmer, build quality is very impressive, easy to set up as well... dialing in takes quite some time, but once it is, it pulls some nasty gunk. My only complaint is the pump, which I was told is a Red Dragon pump, supposed to be some of the quietest pumps in the industry, not the case here. Maybe mine is defective, but it almost sounds as if the pump is grinding, and its intermittent, some times I can't here it at all, which is what I would expect for a $650.00 protein skimmer, but about 60% of the time, its driving me nuts with how loud it is. Going to contact BRS to see if they have any advice, will update my review if this gets resolved.
Easy to install and well written instructions By Ray on 12/21/2014
Ray would recommend this product to a friend
I received my first Vertex Omega 200i, and installed it and had a grinding sound coming from the pump. I called BRS and told them the problem, they were great to work with and issued return labels and in about a week I received my second Vertex Omega 200i. It is easy to assemble and adjust. My skimmer adjustment period was about 4 days with adjustments made about twice a day to finally get it skimming well. My only complaint is that the pump makes more noise than my previous Reef Dynamics180 skimmer and produces more heat. Its important to have the proper water level in your sump for easy calibration of skimmer. This is a well built and heavy skimmer. The bubbles this skimmer makes is unreal. Small footprint for this size skimmer.
Professional Grade By Arrick on 12/20/2014
Arrick would recommend this product to a friend
I recently purchased this skimmer during the black Friday sale and was immediately impressed with the build quality. I've heard many reviews of vertex products and how they feel well built when you touch it but until now didn't really know what it meant. Basically it doesn't feel like a toy feels like it was built to last 20 years and best of all its dead silent. The only issue I've had is the breaking this skimmer in has been a maddening process but the skimmer is in a class all its own.