Omega 150 Protein Skimmer - Vertex

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Omega 150 Protein Skimmer - Vertex

85% Recommend this to a friend (69 of 81)

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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 150 gallons.  We use the Omega line of skimmers on a bunch of 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 150 Protein Skimmer is engineering and style as you would expect from Vertex at an attractive price point. Wine bottle body shape with solid construction,V-150 Skimmer pump, pinwheel impeller, custom volute and pumphead, titanium screws, ozone port and silicone coupler.

  • Tank Size: 150 Gallons

  • Power Consumption: ~25W

  • Ajustable Air Draw: Approx. 172 - 238 GPH (650 - 900 LPH)

  • Footprint: 9" x 12"

  • Height: 22"

  • Optimal Level: Max 9.5" Min 7"

BRS Recommended Tank Size:

Lightly Stocked - 150 Gallons

Medium Stocked - 90 Gallons

Heavily Stocked - 55 Gallons


Full Details

Vertex Omega 150 Protein Skimmer Manual

Vertex Omega 150 Protein Skimmer is quality construction and performance at a reasonable price point. It will perform for a well-stocked reef aquarium up to 150 gallons total but is not over-sized for systems as small as 60 gallons.

  • Wine Bottle Body Shape
  • Cast acrylic and PVC construction
  • Hot welded seams
  • Pinwheel impeller and custom V-150 skimmer pump - custom built by Sicce for Vertex
  • Fine tuning adjustable venturi
  • Easily screw off collection cup
  • Ozone injection point
  • Ultra quiet operation
  • Low power consumption
  • High bio-load capacity
  • Silicone O-rings
  • Easy maintenance with Titanium screws (corrosion resistant)
  • 2 Year Manufacturer Warranty


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  • So far so good By Tony 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 Chris w 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 Michael 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 Tunaman 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 Alex 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 Jess 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 Chad 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 J Powers 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 MARIO on 4/19/2016

  • Great quality, long break in period By Xavier 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.
  • Too much time making it look pretty....not enough time on engineering By Cheezybuda on 3/12/2016

    I've been using this skimmer for about a year now. I've spent an exorbitant amount of time trying to get it to skim consistently on my 60g. I never get anything other than yellow water. It has the tendency to overflow when I don't have the bubble line above where it starts to taper. Lastly, it is loud. Even with the silencer and the venturi adjusted way down, the air sucking sound is real!
  • Noisy and Hard to Tune By Zeke on 2/25/2016

    This skimmer has been problematic for me. It has a great build quality and premium look and feel. It took mine almost a month to really break in and work correctly. It skims decently, but is noisy as heck! I have loud slurping and air/vacuum sounds coming from my unit. It's progressively got louder since I purchase. I also have never been able to fit the CO2 hose to the nipple/connector on the body of the skimmer. I had to plug the hose myself with something to keep it from drawing air. I think this skimmer would be ok in my larger tank but not good for my 60 cube.


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Product Questions

Can you tell me what the footprint is for the Vertex Omega 150 Protein Skimmer?
Question by: Brian K. on Jan 25, 2016 10:02:00 AM
Great question!
The footprint: 9" x 12"
The height: 22"
Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions!
Answer by: Connor (Admin) on Feb 3, 2016 12:08:00 PM
i have a 70 gallon tank, with 70lbs of live rock and 6 fish (mostly tangs) + a sump which i would guess holds another 10 gallons or more of water. i currently have a coral life cone skimmer - 75. can u advise if my current skimmer is sufficient or could i benefit by upgrading to the Vertex Omega 150 or if any other one ?

Question by: v on Apr 10, 2016 10:23:00 PM
Great question!
The Vertex 150 would be a great fit for a heavier stocked 70 gallon tank! We find that the vertex skimmers a quieter and very efficient in performance and tuning. Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions!
Answer by: Connor (Admin) on Apr 14, 2016 10:38:00 AM
Is this a DC Pump?
Question by: Luis on Feb 7, 2016 9:52:00 PM
Great question!
This is a standard AC pump, not a DC. Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions!
Answer by: Connor (Admin) on Feb 10, 2016 6:00:00 PM
I am looking for a repalcement impeller for the Vertex 150.
Question by: Mark on Jun 9, 2017 12:48:00 PM
For replacement parts, you'll want to reach out to Vertex directly. Adam will take great care of you over there.

Vertex and Korallen Zucht - 714-274-6544

Happy reefing!
Answer by: Zack (Admin) on Jun 13, 2017 11:41:00 PM
It said that the optimal level is Max 9.5" to Min 7". My level in my sump is 11". I like the Vertex skimmer but what would you recommend because my water level is at 11" and I don't think I can reduce the water level. My tank is 150 gallons and sump is 30 gallons.
Question by: Trisha on Aug 11, 2016 8:41:00 PM
Thanks for reaching out to us! The easiest way, and what most reefers do, is to build an eggcrate stand to set the skimmer on. This would allow you to adjust the skimmer height in the sump rather than mess with your total water level. :-)
Answer by: Randy (Admin) on Aug 16, 2016 1:55:00 PM
What is considered light, medium, and heavy stocking? I have a 75 gallon with a 30 gallon sump. I have 14 corals, a yellow tang, a watchman goby, 2 percula clownfish, a mandarin dragonet, a royal gramma, a male mccosker wrasse, a tiger pistol shrimp, a coral bandit shrimp, 2 peppermint shrimp, 5 snails, and 6 hermits. Is this tank considered as medium stocked? Thanks!
Question by: Michael on Apr 19, 2016 2:57:00 PM
Great question!
This certainly would work well on a system of your size. That amount of fish is right in the middle bio-load range. Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions!
Answer by: Connor (Admin) on Apr 19, 2016 6:29:00 PM
When buying a skimmer do I need to take the water volume of both the sump and the tank or just the tank into consideration
Question by: Craig Watkins on Apr 6, 2016 9:13:00 AM
Great question! When selecting a skimmer you will want to consider the following:

- Total system volume (meaning display tank and sump)
- Bio-load (how heavily you stock the tank)
- Dimensions of your sump ( foot print of skimmer vs. what you have room for)
Answer by: Carter (Admin) on Apr 8, 2016 3:37:00 PM
I love this skimmer but my SICCE pump went out cannot find replacement,can you help me with this problem
Question by: Jim Prince on Jun 10, 2016 2:34:00 PM
Great question!
You will be able to contact Vertex Technologies directly for the replacement pumps. I have included their contact information below.

Vertex and Korallen Zucht - 714-274-6544
Answer by: Connor (Admin) on Jun 14, 2016 3:41:00 PM
Hello! How would one calculate bio-load from light, medium, and heavy (number of fish or size/length of fish)? I am planning on getting a Red Sea reefer 350 and I want to be able to house a heavy bio load. Would the Vertex Omega 150 be sufficient or is the 180?

Thanks! You guys are super helpful!!
Question by: Andrew A. on Apr 21, 2016 6:07:00 AM
Great question!
There is no exact calculation, but if the tank has a lot of fish and regular feedings it can be considered heavy bio-load. The 150 would be on the small end and the 180 just about perfect!
Answer by: Connor (Admin) on Apr 26, 2016 3:08:00 PM