Vertex Alpha 170 Protein Skimmer (DISCONTINUED)

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The Vertex Alpha 170 Protein Skimmer combines technology, performance and convenience to create a high-quality needlewheel design at a great value.

  • Designed and assembled in Germany
  • Tank Size: up to 220 Gallons
  • High performing, super quiet Askol-based pinwheel pump
  • Full body cone chamber enables stable foam formation



  • Tank Size: 140 - 220 Gallons (550 - 850 L)
  • Footprint: 9.5" x 15"
  • Height: 23"
  • Air Draw: Adjustable 1000 to 1400 LPH
  • V-170 Skimmer Pump: approx. 26W



  • 100% cast-acrylic, PET-G and PVC construction
  • Full body cone chamber markedly enables stable foam formation
  • Super quiet, high-performance skimmer Askol-based pump - most powerful and efficient motor blocks in the industry
  • Accommodate different set ups and sump spaces with Dual Pump Input ports
  • Oversized, CNC-milled bubble plate eliminates turbulence
  • Bayonet-style neck provides a secure, leak-free coupling between the cup and body
  • Easily accessible Ozone port
  • Built in skimmate drain
  • Easy maintenance - all parts can be disassembled
  • Grade II titanium screws - corrosion resistant
  • Silicone O-rings
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Product Name Vertex Alpha 170 Protein Skimmer (DISCONTINUED)
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Product Questions

i am looking for a replacement pump for my Vertex alpha 170 skimmer. do you sell them direct, or are you able to direct me where to go, as these pumps i have not been able to locate.
thank you
Jeff Flynn
Question by: Jeff Flynn on Mar 19, 2016, 1:59 AM
Great question!
We do not have the Vertex skimmer pumps available. They can be purchased directly through Vertex Technologies North America. I have included their contact information below. Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions!
Vertex and Korallen Zucht - 714-274-6544
Answer by: Connor on Mar 21, 2016, 3:50 PM
I am looking at the vertex alpha 170 and 200 pumps, they are 2watts different. Is the alpha 200 pump motor is bigger than the 170?

Thank you
Question by: loc huynh on Nov 5, 2017, 9:53 PM
The Vertex Alpha 170 uses the V-170A pump where the Alpna 200 uses the V-200A pump. Both of which are very powerful, but when it comes to comparing the pumps wattage is usually not the best attribute to use. When a pump pulls air into the pump it will actually use less wattage, and some pumps that could pull more power without air, could pull less when power when air is being injected.
We suggest taking a look at the liter per hour rating on the skimmers. The Alpha 170 can pull around 1000 - 14000 where the Alpha 200 is pulling 1700 - 2000 LPH.
Answer by: Charlie on Nov 26, 2017, 1:32 PM
I am setting up a 210g with a 50g sump. Will this be able to handle the load or should i go up to the Vertex 200? Is bigger better?
Question by: Matt Matulonis on Mar 19, 2016, 7:29 PM
Great question!
For best performance with a 220 with sump ideally the Vertex 200 would be a better fit when the bio-load begins to catch up with the tank. Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions!
Answer by: Connor on Mar 21, 2016, 4:53 PM
What is the recommended sump level for the 170 to run in?
Question by: Michael on May 1, 2016, 3:18 AM
Great question! The Alpha 170 seems to best in 9-11" of water.
Answer by: Carter on May 3, 2016, 9:31 PM
What's the air draw on the Vertex Alpha 170. The Product Description says - Air Draw: Adjustable 1000 to 1400 LPH - the pictured pump says: 800 < Air Intake < 1000 ?
Question by: Michael on May 1, 2016, 10:02 PM
Great question!
The Alpha 170 ( from the manufacturers manual) will have 1000-1200 LPH. The results of course will vary which may lead to different answers depending on the strain on the pump. water height and many other factors. I have included a link to the manufacturers manual.
Answer by: Connor on May 3, 2016, 11:10 PM
I am interested in putting this in a sump where the compartment is 12" x 15.5" (this skimmer footprint is listed as 9.5" x 15"). Would this be a reasonable fit? I'd like to be able to sneak a filter sock or two in but otherwise shouldn't need anything else in that compartment.
Question by: Josh O. on Apr 9, 2016, 4:33 AM
Great question!
This certainly will be a good fit for the section of your sump! The sides would allow for some room to mount a filter sock. Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions!
Answer by: Connor on Apr 13, 2016, 11:26 PM
Will this work ok with a 120g system?
Question by: Albert on Jun 14, 2014, 1:02 AM
Hi Albert,
It sure would!
Answer by: Bulk Reef Supply on Jun 14, 2014, 1:02 AM