Omega 180i Protein Skimmer

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Building on the designs of the Vertex Omega 130 and 150 Protein Skimmers, the Vertex Omega 180i has a powerful custom Sicce Syncra V-180 inside the skimmer body. Wine bottle body shape with solid construction, Sicce pump, pinwheel impeller, custom volute and pumphead, titanium screws, ozone port and silicone coupler.

  • Tank Size: 92-184 Gallons (350-700 Liter)
  • Power Consumption: ~28W
  • Air Draw: Approx. 238 GPH (900 LPH) - 343 GPH (1300 LPH)
  • Footprint: 10.5" x 11"
  • Height: 23.25"
  • Optimal Level: Max 8" Min 7.5"


BRS Recommended Tank Size:

Lightly Stocked - 180 Gallons

Medium Stocked - 145 Gallons

Heavily Stocked - 100 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
  • Dimensions: 248mm x 261mm x 583mm (9.76" x 10.28" x 22.95")


What's in the Box

  • Omega 180i Skimmer with Sicce Syncra V-180
  • 10 mm Drain outlet coupler
  • Manual
  • 2 Year Manufacturer Warranty


Note: The red ozone tubing is no longer included with the current series of Omega skimmers.

More Information
Skimmer Type In-Sump / Internal
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Product Questions

Will this skimmer fit in a trigger 36 sump ruby?
Question by: Brad Berg on Sep 29, 2018, 6:41 PM
Thanks for contacting BRS!
This skimmer will fit in the Ruby 36 sump that Trigger makes. Have a great day!
Answer by: Noah on Oct 1, 2018, 9:19 AM
I recently purchased this skimmer from you and I am wondering if it will fit in the skimmer section of the Emerald Sump 26 - Trigger Systems - The specs call our the footprint of this skimmer as 10" x 11" and the skimmer area of the Emerald 26 sump is 9" x 10" - I'm wondering if it will actually fit given the configuration of this skimmer and the true area of the sump. Thanks!
Question by: Joshua Hanson on Sep 11, 2017, 2:16 PM
Hey there,
Thanks for getting in touch with us in regards to fitting this skimmer into the Emerald 26 sump. This would NOT fit into the Emerald 26. It would be just a little bit too large. I can say however if you are looking to fit a larger skimmer onto this sump, I would recommend looking into a space saving skimmer that houses the pump in the base of the skimmer. Please let me know if there is anything else that we can assist with. Thanks!
Answer by: Tyler Schafer on Sep 30, 2017, 8:54 AM
On the ozone, is there a hourly limit like on other skimmers? (ex. 50mg/h) also, how do you run carbon on the exit since its underwater? I run a external recirculation Mazzi style skimmer so not schooled up on the new gen stuff. Thanks!
Question by: Alec on May 2, 2016, 10:27 PM
Great question!
There is not an hourly limit for the skimmer. In most cases if you are planning on running ozone you can add a bag of carbon to the output and in the collection cup. This is often why we recommend an ozone reactor instead of running ozone and your main skimmer at the same time.
Answer by: Connor on May 3, 2016, 5:15 PM
Would this skimmer be overkill for a heavily fed 90 gallon?
Question by: Mike on Apr 26, 2016, 3:13 PM
Great question!
This will work great with a heavily fed 90 gallon tank!
Answer by: Connor on Apr 27, 2016, 3:04 PM
What is the Optimal water height for this skimmer it gives a wide range off water heights,What height do you get the best daek skimmate
Question by: Bryan Herschmann on Mar 30, 2016, 7:27 AM
Great question!
The optimal height will change depending on the load of your tank as well as many other factors. Typically around 7 inches or the lower end will make it harder for the skim to reach the top causing darker thicker skim. Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions!
Answer by: Connor on Apr 1, 2016, 9:01 AM
Hi, I am pre planning my reefer 525xl and wonder in a heavy bioload tank if this will be enough? Do you use the total system volume or just the display tank volume?
Question by: TODD EOSSO on Mar 22, 2016, 8:20 PM
Great question!
In most cases you will base the volume off of the tank. If the sump is large enough with a large refugium you can take that into consideration however for the reefer you can simply base the skimmer off of the tank volume The 180i would be a great fit for medium bio-load. Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions!
Answer by: Connor on Mar 23, 2016, 11:06 AM
Can this be used external, specifically can this be modded to be used in conjunction with a canister filter?
Question by: Jon on Mar 6, 2016, 12:17 AM
Great question!
This skimmer is unable to be run externally and will need to be placed in a sump. Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions!
Answer by: Connor on Mar 9, 2016, 4:08 PM
How long is the power cord?
Question by: Patrick Hanlon on Feb 1, 2016, 11:08 AM
Great question!
This will have a 6' power cord. Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions!
Answer by: Connor on Feb 10, 2016, 5:08 PM
Would this be a good choice for a heavily fed 120
Question by: Tyler on Aug 4, 2014, 6:36 AM
Hi Tyler,
The Omega 180i would be a great choice for a tank setup like that.
Answer by: Bulk Reef Supply on Aug 4, 2014, 6:36 AM
What is the diameter of the collection cup?
Question by: Grant Brewer on Jul 31, 2014, 5:54 PM
Hi Grant,
It would be 180mm :) With most skimmers the model number actually correlates to the diameter.
Answer by: Bulk Reef Supply on Jul 31, 2014, 5:54 PM