Omega 130 Protein Skimmer - Vertex

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Omega 130 Protein Skimmer - Vertex

69% Recommend this to a friend (52 of 75)

SKU: 207957
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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 100 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. 

Vertex Omega 130 Protein Skimmer is engineering and style as you would expect from Vertex at an attractive price point. Wine bottle body shape with solid construction, Sicce pump, pinwheel impeller, custom volute and pumphead, titanium screws, ozone port and coupler.

  • Tank Size: 100 Gallons

  • Power Consumption: ~20W

  • Air Draw: Approx. 158 GPH (600 LPH)

  • Footprint: 8.5" x 11"

  • Height: 20"

  • Optimal Level: Max 9" Min 6.5"

BRS Recommended Tank Size:

Lightly Stocked - 130 Gallons

Medium Stocked - 65 Gallons

Heavily Stocked - 40 Gallons


Full Details

Vertex Omega 130 Protein Skimmer is quality construction and performance at an amazing price point. It will perform for a well-stocked reef aquarium up to 100 gallons, or as small as 30 gallons.

  • 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
  • 2 Year Manufacturer Warranty


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  • Worlds perfectly fine By Hector on 5/4/2017

    The key to this skimmer inst water level, but air restriction. You just simply stick a quick connect valve onto the air intake and it works perfectly. The air adjustment on the pump doesn't work well. Just do the simple air restriction and you should have no problem running thins in any common water level.
  • Works well with constant readjusting By Randy Carcass on 4/15/2017

    I hated this skimmer, every water change and addition to the tank required new adjustments and fine tuning, it was infuriating, then sometimes it would just overflow for no understandable reason. That being said once it was tuned in it really kicked ass. I ran this skimmer for 2 1/2 years and when the pump died I couldn't have beeen more excited to get rid of it.
  • poorly conceived, hard to use By woodruff13 on 2/25/2017

    What an ordeal. Pump loosely attached, falls off easily. Pump forces tower to be against one side of the sump, so leakage risk when skimmer overflows. Brittle red plastic tubes break, 2 broke, but neither were critical so just plugged them up. Hard to turn valve, collector overflows when turning pump back on, impractical to turn to 100% then back to right level. Overall makes me want to throw it in the trash.
  • Omega 130 By James on 2/10/2017

    This skimmer is well built and I have a fairly easy time trying adjusting and breaking it in. I have it in about 7" of water and set to all the way open. it is pulling more out that is thicker and stinkier than my old skimmer which was a over sized ASM that was much more difficult to get adjusted. I really like the silent operation and quality build. It is only one week in, but if it changes I will re-review here.
  • Omega 130 By Billy on 1/23/2017

    These are great skimmers, takes a little to get the learning curve of it but when you do it performs like a Porsche. Just to let everyone know that has trouble setting it that if you build a stand to raise it so that the top of the outlet is exactly under your water line by a 1/4" it will work perfectly. I've had this on my 90 gallon mixed reef for a little over a year now and I have to turn it off from time to time because I have zero nitrates and phosphates. I wish I could post a picture of how black my skim mate is.
  • Not worth the high price tag By Mike on 10/8/2016

    constantly overflows after I clean it. I have to raise it up every time I do a water change or clean the skimmer. I noticed some salt creep clogging up the silencer foam pad but even after cleaning that it made no difference. It's very finicky. I have had this skimmer for three years.
  • If brs sends a coupon for 130 skimmer at a great price, it's not out of generosity. By Brs sucker on 8/23/2016

    Despite sketchy reviews on many sites, I bought this skimmer after getting a coupon from brs for this skimmer at a great price. I took the bait. It has produced great skimmate. That happens in between daily inconsistencies, overflows, dry spells. Spent months trying to calibrate it,using egg crate, the included air line "mod" and brs should not sell this. Positive reviews are often based on minimal evaluation. I could ebay this for more than I paid for it but my seller reputation is important to me and I don't like to screw people. Customer service with vertex is responsive but rude. Drain broke, vertex replaced it after i paid half the price for new skimmer and was told i broke it, my fault. Condescending jerk.
    So, I'm just being honest. I'm not biased. I'm objective. I'm no amateur reefer. Research this skimmer a lot. I expect nothing from brs. I have no agenda. If you get a coupon for a 130 in the mail for @ half retail, it's not because they feel generous. You have been thoroughly warned. But, if you do go the stupid route, have it attached to a waste collector with float switch at all times. Or, never leave your house and watch it 24/7.
    My confidence in the integrity of brs selling a widely known problematic skimmer shakes my confidence in brs. Long review but I hope this helps someone not be a fool like me.
  • Don't waste your money By jayden on 8/3/2016

    Right out of the box the skimmer I received looks different from the one in the pictures, the pump is facing the other way and the air intake is also different. The skimmer works well but is very hard to tune in. I have had if for a while now but had to recently take it out of the sump because the air condition to the pump broke. Don't waste your money on a skimmer when there are lots of other ones that are at a lower price easier to control and more reliable.
  • Best skimmer I've ever owned By Siuperman on 7/25/2016

    Had a reef octopus SRO 1000 internal skimmer and wasn't happy with the performance. Did more research through BRS and decided on a German made product. Best decision ever! Build quality espectional, performance-like a beast! Set up is in 7 inches water
    If not, pump will pull water through that port if OZONE hose isn't installed or pull more air if the hose is not capped causing erratic performance.
    Once that is set all you to have adjust is the Venturi and water outlet tube.
  • Excellent product By matt'sreefs on 6/25/2016

    I know people are having a hard time getting this thing dialed in, but it didn't take long for me to figure out how to dial this thing in. The valve on the air intake is key. I like that it is easy to adjust without getting your hands wet. Very quiet once adjusted. I just like how this skimmer looks and feels too. Quality. I would buy another one if I needed it.
  • Well built By Mike on 6/15/2016

    Would have 5 stars if the manual wasn't so poorly written with diagrams you could barely read. also, getting a $100 off coupon for it from bulk reef the very day it was delivered (after paying full price) was like a slap in the face to a loyal customer.
  • Very high quality By Drew on 5/21/2016

    I can't find anything to complain about with this skimmer. I just did a new tank build and spent a lot of money on some very high end accessories and equipment for my build. Out of everything I bought, this was the product that most impressed me with the overall build quality, performance, look, and packaging. On top of that, I bought it for BRS's black friday sale as a door buster which made it even more of a sweet deal. Thanks BRS! I am a new reefer and did not have any problems with this skimmer. To avoid potential issues I would recommend a couple things. First, I read that running this skimmer in a vinegar bath for 24 hours prior to use would cut down on break-in time. I did this and I think it helped and is worth doing. Second, I would recommend getting a skimmer stand in order to get the proper water level. This skimmer seems to like a very low water level. I would definitely recommend this product!


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Product Questions

Hello, is this an in "Sump Skimmer" Only? I have read the Full Details and do Not see where it says that but don't see how else it will work, if it isn't, please explain......... I do not have a Sump on this Lil Corner 54 Gal. that I'm in need of a skimmer for so, please show me the best skimmer you have in this price range! Thanks, Tim
Question by: Tim on Nov 25, 2013 1:34:00 PM
Hey Tim,
That is correct, the Omega skimmers can only be used in sump. Largely speaking that is the norm for skimmers. Skimmers that are exceptions will be marked otherwise generally either as Hang on Back skimmers or External/Recirculating skimmers. Without a sump hang on back is really what your looking for. Vertex doesn't currently make a HOB model but the BH series skimmers from Reef Octopus are.
Answer by: Bulk Reef Supply on Nov 25, 2013 1:34:00 PM
Will this work in 12" depth of my sump? The skimmer chamber of my sump is a 12x12x12 area. The details list an 'optimal' level of 9". Will it work in 12"? Do I need to build a platform for it to raise it up to 6.5-9"? Thanks!
Question by: Chris on Nov 22, 2013 2:26:00 AM
Hey Chris,
Your likely going to want a bit of a platform. Skimmers in higher water levels then they are designed for will generally have problems with overflowing from the deeper water.
Answer by: Bulk Reef Supply on Nov 22, 2013 2:26:00 AM
Just unpacked my new Vertex Omega 130. Looks simple enough to set up, and all the parts are in the box. (Much more than I can see for a RO skimmer I bought and promptly returned in same price range.) Directions are in clear concise English, which is amazing for a product engineered and manufactured outside the U.S. But there's one piece that I don't know what to with. It's a white and red plastic T valve, approximately 2" long x 1" tall. What's its purpose and what does it connect too?


Question by: Mike on Jun 13, 2016 7:13:00 PM
Great question!
The Valve is intended as a new item to be used on the silicone tube running from the air silencer to the pump. This tube can be cut and the Tee inserted. The valve will adjust how much air is allowed into the pump and will impact the type of bubbles forming. This can be adjusted to impact how high different forms of bubbles will push the skimmate.
Answer by: Connor (Admin) on Jun 15, 2016 1:59:00 PM
Will this fit in the first section of a Trigger Systems Crystal 30" sump (their site says 11x11.5" skimmer section.
Question by: Kaietan Yankowski on Apr 28, 2016 3:55:00 PM
Great question!
With the Omega being 8.5 x 11 it will just fit in the skimmer compartment. Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions!
Answer by: Connor (Admin) on Apr 28, 2016 6:02:00 PM
This skimmer footprint does not appear to fit in a Trigger Systems Emerald 26 based on given dimensions, but will it actually fit if the skimmer is placed in the skimmer section on an angle with the pump in the corner? Is there any reason this would not be preferable?
Question by: Andy Wyatt on Jan 25, 2017 10:18:00 AM
Hey there! The dimensions listed are very accurate in which case, this skimmer will not fit in that chamber no matter what way it is placed. :-)
Answer by: Randy (Admin) on Jan 28, 2017 10:43:00 AM
Does the Vertex Omega 130 have an actual footprint of 8.5" x 11"? It looks smaller than the Omega 150 which has the same footprint.Other websites are saying the Omega is 8.5 x 8.5. Any information would be helpful want to order the 130
Question by: Aaron on Nov 24, 2013 5:52:00 AM
Hi Aaron,
Ive got one sitting on my desk and 8.5x11 is accurate. The omega 150 dimensions are 9x12 as its just a slightly larger skimmer.
Answer by: Bulk Reef Supply on Nov 24, 2013 5:52:00 AM
Would you please explain what "optimal level" means? The water level height inside of my sump is kept at appx 6" with the use of a float / top-off system. I would assume that this is perfect for this protein skimmer?
Question by: Joe on Nov 23, 2013 6:22:00 AM
Hi Joe,
That is correct. The optimal water level is the depth in the sump that the skimmer will work best in. If your water level is kept consistently at a level within that range then you will be in good shape.
Answer by: Bulk Reef Supply on Nov 23, 2013 6:22:00 AM
I have a 90 gal aquarium and about 20 gal in the sump. Space in the sump is 9 x 14". I have 6 fish 3 inches or shorter with mixed lps/sps. Should I purchase a 130 or 150?
Question by: Cecil on Apr 7, 2014 8:32:00 AM
Hey Cecil,
Assuming your measurements are accurate then the 150 would be a tight squeeze but would fit. If that is the case then I would always err on the side of the bigger skimmer.
Answer by: Bulk Reef Supply on Apr 7, 2014 8:32:00 AM