Omega 130 Protein Skimmer

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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. 


BRS Recommended Tank Size:

Lightly Stocked - 130 Gallons

Medium Stocked - 65 Gallons

Heavily Stocked - 40 Gallons


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 pump head, titanium screws, ozone port, and coupler.

  • Tank Size: 100 Gallons
  • Power Consumption: ~20W
  • Air Draw: Approx. 158 GPH (600 LPH)
  • Footprint: 8.5" x 11.5"
  • Height: 20"
  • Optimal Level: Max 9" Min 6.5"


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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Skimmer Type In-Sump / Internal
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Product Questions

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 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 on Jan 28, 2017, 10:43 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 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 on Jun 15, 2016, 1:59 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 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 on Apr 28, 2016, 6:02 PM
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 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 AM
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 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 PM
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 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 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 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 AM
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 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 AM