Omega 150 Protein Skimmer - Vertex

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Omega 150 Protein Skimmer - Vertex

SKU: 207356
81 Review(s)
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  • So far so good By on 8/4/2017

    I've had this skimmer for about 2 months. It works great. Only complaint is the little ports on the pump can easily be broken off while connecting your air tubing if not careful. Takes about a week or two to break in. I found running it at about 7.5" is ideal for me and I can fine tune from there with the adjusting mechanisms.
  • EXCELLENT By on 8/3/2017

    This is an amazing product, build quality, material, far the best product i have ever purchased for my tank.
    It broke-in in less than 24 hours on a 150 g tank and its pulling major gunk.
    Thank you BRS
  • Poor Packaging By on 2/7/2017

    Manufacture's packaging allows the skimmer to shift in transit, breaking a vulnerable output pipe. Given the price point and Vertex's reputation, I expected better. After two attempts, I went in another direction.
  • So so By on 10/2/2016

    Like everyone says great quality parts. Not so good engineering. Broke it in with vinegar water mix for 48 hrs and another week in the tank still doesnt seem to be properly broken in. Very touchy when it comes to adjustments. Pump is a bubble beast which should be great if i can keep them in the skimmer and not my sump. Still trying to keep them all from getting to display. Maybe in another 2 weeks it will settle down.
  • Nothing but problems By on 9/13/2016

    I have had the worst experience with this skimmer and I'm finally throwing in the towel after a year and two pumps. It worked great for about 3 months but even then I had issues with it. The pump falls off the skimmer with even the slightest bump which means it's most likely going to fall off if you are doing work in your skimmer that is under a tight stand. As others have mentioned the pump has a weak part which broke 3 times on me during the past year. Vertex replaced it the first time but it broke almost instantly. They then made me pay $100 for a whole new pump which lasted all of a month. There customer service rep made it seem like it was my fault when I followed the instructions and even stopped using my controller so it would not "stop and start too much". Going to try a reef octopus as my faith in Vertex has been destroyed. I paid far too much for this skimmer to give me this much trouble. I would give it 0 stars if possible.
  • Not bad, but not great either. Difficult to tune-in By on 8/18/2016

    Hard to get tuned in just so. You will without a doubt need an auto top-off with this skimmer. Even slight variances in water level will cause it to A. not skim, B. over flow. I have to open the skimmer cup up to the sump if I turn off my pump for any reason and the level rises. When you adjust this thing at all (and tiny adjustments change it bigtime. Even bumping it), you better babysit it good until you know you have it right. I have flooded my floors on several occasions. Besides those issues. If you get it tuned in and don't look at it crossways, it works good.
  • Looks great but that's about it By on 7/3/2016

    I have had this skimmer for probably 2 years and have fought it off and on ever since. From the start, Vertex had a recall on the pump and impeller because of it breaking but told me that it was likely due to the fact I was using controller on the skimmer and it was starting and stopping too much. It was actually starting and stopping once a day for feeding which I don't believe is excessive.

    I received a new impeller and housing assembly which worked fine until recently. There is a whole assembly on the intake of the pump that has to do with air intake etc, but for the life of me I can't get it to change anything no matter what I twist or turn so it appears to be pretty useless overall. The tabs that hold it all together were quite thin and have broken off so it is being held in place right now with zip ties.
    I know Sicce makes a good pump, but it's all the modifications that were done to the pump to make it a skimmer pump that really are failing.

    Overall, I agree that the skimmer is pretty, but it really hasn't produced that great of skimmate on a CONSISTENT basis. As others have pointed out this thing is touchy. Just a little change in water level or chemistry or even a filter sock change and it is overflowing like crazy. So unless you are really patient and want to spend a lot of time fiddling with your skimmer then I would avoid this one.

    In addition, try tracking down replacement parts or info on warranty service for this skimmer. I didn't have any luck with trying to find parts or even a replacement pump. I finally just decided to cut my losses and I'm gonna try a Skimz "skimmer" and see what kind of luck I have.

  • Top Notch By 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 on 4/19/2016

  • Great quality, long break in period By 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.