- Omega 130 Protein Skimmer - Vertex
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
I like the skimmer but I also find it difficult to find consistency By Britt on 2/21/2019Britt wouldn't recommend this product to a friendThe build quality is awesome. It's easy to maintain and clean and I have faith that it is capable of being a great skimmer. However, like the comments above, I have difficulty getting it to skim properly. It will skim great for awhile, then when I go to check in on it, the skimmer has either overflowed gallons into my catch container or the skimmate does not reach the collection cup all together and just dirtys the side of the neck of the skimmer. I found some comments above interesting, especially restricting airflow through the tube. Before I consider going with a different brand, I will try to play with inserting a valve into the airtime and see if regulating that will provide the consistency I am looking for.
Greatest day ever! By Billy on 2/8/2019Billy wouldn't recommend this product to a friendAfter 4 years of fighting this skimmer I finally ordered a different one and receive it Today!! This skimmer has flooded my house at least 3 times after cleaning. I would let it break in for a week, then try to set it and I would think it was running good and I would come back the next day to it overflowing everywhere!! The worst incident was after the first cleaning. I let it break in for a week then set it and tried to use the drain line on the collection cup to a five gallon bucket. Apparently a five gallon bucket wont hold all the water from my sump! My wife was not happy about it raining salt water all over her tread mill in the basement.
This is a great skimmer! Read the manual and have a little patience! By Ian B on 6/1/2018Ian B would recommend this product to a friendSkimmers are by nature somewhat finicky. Most of the bad reviews I've read seem to come from impatience and/or poor sizing and setup. After 14 months of using the Omega 130 on a 75 and 90 gallon mixed reef, my experience with this skimmer has been excellent. It's by far the best skimmer I've owned.
The product itself is built very well and comes with a high quality Sicce pump. I really like that the skimmate cup screws off as opposed to popping off...keeps me from splashing scum under my tank and into the sump. Per the manual, the skimmer takes about a week break in; this matches my experience. I don't know why this is, but have had similar experience after a deep cleaning, so can only assume it has something to do with buildup on the interior surfaces. During break-in, I elevated the skimmer about 2" on a DIY stand made from egg crate and PVC legs to keep it from overflowing. You could just as easily just allow it to drain back into the sump during the break-in period with no harm. It does benefit/need a constant water level in the sump; if your sump level in the skimmer chamber varies with system water level it will be hard to tune. Another tip: put markings on the adjustment tube to allow you to easily tell how far open the flow exit is. This will make it that much easier to adjust. I also attached a piece of flexible tubing to the skimmate cup that drains into a 1 gallon jug to collect the scum and prevent any over flow issues. All that said, if you follow the directions on break-in time and water height (I think 7-9" is what the manual says) you can't go wrong with this skimmer. I would absolutely recommend and buy an Omega skimmer again.
bad skimmer By nano15 on 3/17/2018nano15 wouldn't recommend this product to a friendbought this skimmer because I look the high end look of it.
However, having owned this for a few months now, I have to say that I am very disappointed with this skimmer.
I have had problems with this skimmer from day one. constantly having overflow problem. Very hard to adjust. Have to make an adjustment on every water change otherwise it would overflow.
Very disappointed with this piece of equipment
10 percent smarter By Cowboyreefer on 3/10/2018Cowboyreefer would recommend this product to a friendThis is a great skimmer. It pulls heavy muck out but..... YOU HAVE TO DO THE BREAK IN PERIOD!!! I spend two weeks breaking it in in a 8 gallon tote. Feeding the tote daily. Plus keep in7 inches of water. Use the new air valve. I running mine on a sps heavy reef. Empty the cup twice a week. Highly recommended but take your time.
Customer service By MARIO on 2/28/2018MARIO wouldn't recommend this product to a friendUnlike BRS, Vertex Customer service is cumbersome to say the least. I needed an impeller for my Omega 130 and called BRS, I was referred to Vertex, what a surprise, Vertex told that they were going to "look" in their warehouse, and to send a email with the particular part needed. I called again, this time a lady, explained to me, to send another email, with all the information about me and the part, that an invoice were going to be sent and after a paid, they were going to send it me. The affair took 2 days, Today is the third day3 and USPS tracking number does not show the parcel in their record. For the amount of monies paid, faster service like BRS, would elevate their service to the customer.
VERTEX OMEGA 130 NEVER AGAIN By Bobaloo on 2/16/2018Bobaloo wouldn't recommend this product to a friendTypically when a buy a product from BRS, I'm quickly able to perform a review on it BUT in the case of this protein skimmer, I actually waited until now to do my review and this is why. From the time I have purchased this skimmer, I've had nothing but issues with the pump. Granted, SICCE makes a fantastic pump and I have several that have not failed me yet BUT this so called "specially made" pump for this skimmer was nothing short of a piece scrap plastic. For some unknown reason, the ceramic pieces on the impeller would slowly chip apart until the impeller was no longer spinning evenly within the pump cavity. I have replaced the impeller TWICE and I ALMOST purchased an entirely new pump from Vertex but I decided that enough is enough already. I have confirmed my experience with many of you that have also reviewed this product and found similar issues with it. So even though the skimmer itself is a very well constructed piece of acrylic, the skimmer body is pretty much worthless without their "special pump". So what have a learned from this? Well I learned that SOMETIMES new technology isn't always better than what worked in the past and what worked in the past for me were NON PINWHEEL PUMPS that pushed a large volume of water either through a Venturi value OR down a downdraft column filled with bio balls. I'm not going to mention the skimmer I bought that replaced this one BUT I can tell you that if I have an issue with pump, I can EASILY go out and get a replacement OR even get a different brand pump altogether. Being a saltwater aquarist since 1972, I can honestly say that this was the worst experiences I have ever had with a piece of aquarium equipment and I would NOT recommend this skimmer or any skimmer that utilizes a pinwheel to create your "bubbles" to anyone.
Adjustment to skim is not possible By Ken on 11/8/2017Ken wouldn't recommend this product to a friendThis Skimmer is built really well but design has a big flaw you cannot adjust it to one setting and have it skim correctly once you clean it. Sorry but time to move to better engineered product.
Worlds perfectly fine By Hector on 5/4/2017Hector would recommend this product to a friendThe 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 4/15/2017Randy Carcass wouldn't recommend this product to a friendI 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 2/25/2017woodruff13 wouldn't recommend this product to a friendWhat 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 2/10/2017James would recommend this product to a friendThis 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.
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
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.
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!
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.
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?
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.
Will this fit in the first section of a Trigger Systems Crystal 30" sump (their site says 11x11.5" skimmer section.
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!
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?
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
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.
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?
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.
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?
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.