- Vertex Alpha 250 Protein Skimmer
Why does BRS recommend this?
When it comes to the best skimmers that we have to offer our minds go straight to the Alpha line of skimmers. For a serious workhorse of a skimmer, while being a beautiful piece of art at the same time, the Vertex Alpha skimmers are the way to go. There are going to be cheaper skimmers on the market, however, none of them will compare to the build quality of the Alpha skimmers.
The Vertex Alpha 250 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 450 Gallons
- High performing, super quiet Askol-based pinwheel pump
- Full body cone chamber enables stable foam formation
- Tank Size: 200 - 450 Gallons (750 - 1700 L)
- Footprint: 13" x 18.5"
- Height: 24.5"
- Air Draw: Adjustable 1800 to 2100 LPH
- V-250 Skimmer Pump: approx. 38W
- 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
- 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
Excellent skimmer, worth every penny! By Nep2nRev2 on 1/29/2019Nep2nRev2 would recommend this product to a friendI've been running this skimmer on a 240g sps dominant tank for about 6 months now. A little touchy to tune but once dialed in produces great. Very sensitive to water elevation changes in your sump so an ATO (I use an Apex ATK) is a must to keep it running at it's best. I like pulling a fairly dry skimmate and I can dial this into get exactly that. The construction is outstanding.
This replaced an AquaC EV 400 injection type skimmer I had used for years. Though I had no problems with the performance of my old skimmer (an incredible workhorse) it was noisy and required a huge power gorging pump to operate. This skimmer runs almost silently, uses very little electricity and performs as well if not better than my old AquaC.
I would definitely recommend this skimmer.
Best skimmer I have had By Jessica on 2/12/2016Jessica would recommend this product to a friendSoooo I've had this skimmer a few weeks now and I can definitely say it's the best skimmer I've ever had personally. I know that's a hot topic, but I've had a handful and this is the most expensive and by far the best. It's very quiet and very stable once it's dialed in. I love the screw in top vs the suction style as it's very easy to change.
My biggest complaint is I agree with the other poster, the shipping packaging is poor. The first one came in broken, BRS was nice enough to replace. The second one came in with a small defect and I was told to talk to Vertex support. They offered to replace it but I didn't want to be down a skimmer for another two weeks. I feel their support was good and they warrantied it for a full two years incase the issue becomes more of a problem. You can't ask for much better service than that.
awesome skimmer By Daniel on 12/28/2014Daniel would recommend this product to a friendThis thing is definitely built good. Thanks
Great skimmer but poor packaging By RHG on 10/27/2014RHG would recommend this product to a friendSkimmer is a good one but the packaging which comes from Vertex is pretty shoddy given the price point. My unit arrived with a cracked elbow - the pump was not padded and restrained and probably acted like a hammer during shipping. Got a replacement via Vertex but just added aggravation. Otherwise a great product.
One Bad [expletive] Skimmer By Greg on 10/1/2014Greg would recommend this product to a friendI've had mine up and running for 4 Months now, it has been nothing but impressive performance wise and is has reduced my skimmer wattage consumption by 70 percent!
Awesome Skimmer By Kim W on 8/31/2012Kim W would recommend this product to a friendI have owned one of these for almost 3 years and must say it is the best skimmer I have ever used (many euro-reefs, ASM, and others). The skimmate is nasty! I use this one on an approximately 425g system and it kicks! Highly recommend.
Can't say enough good By David on 7/12/2012David would recommend this product to a friendI personally love mine and think its the best out there. I have had the vertex alpha 170 and the 250 and both performed excellently. I get thick, gross, putrid stuff out of it monthly and my tank seems to appreciate it.
It is completely silent in my tank and fits in a 40 breeder converted to a sump very well.
Great Skimmer By Kevin on 7/6/2012Kevin would recommend this product to a friendThis skimmer is working beautifully on my 400G system. Only downside is that the ozone hose packaged with the unit quickly broke down and fell apart after a couple of weeks of ozone injection.
No more upgrades By Chuck on 3/31/2012Chuck would recommend this product to a friendWell built, very quiet and a workhorse. Their are none better.
Best Skimmer By Vu on 1/31/2012Vu would recommend this product to a friendA little on the pricey side but worth every dollar. This is the best piece of equipment in my tank. Skim like a beast. Also the red dragon pump doesn't hurt :)
Great skimmer By Shane on 4/21/2011Shane would recommend this product to a friendWell built and easy to service. The size requires a fairly large sump.
very good skimmer if you like high end products By woowoodengy on 11/12/2010woowoodengy would recommend this product to a friendbuilt like a tank... works like a champ... i went with the alpha 250 to save 1k over the bubble king and so far i'm happy
I am setting up a 210 gallon with 60 gal sump. Will this skimmer be overkill? I plan to slowly add sps and lps. Space in the sump won't be a concern.
if the tank has an initial light bio-load the skimmer will be a little tricky to tune in. however if the bio-load is heavier this skimmer will work great!
How many millimeters wide is the collection cup on the Alpha 250?
Thank you for reaching out with your question.
I contacted Vertex on your behalf and they have let me know that the diameter of the collection cup is approximately 250mm or 10 inches.
Please let us know if you have any other questions!