Omega 180i Protein Skimmer - Vertex

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Omega 180i Protein Skimmer - Vertex

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Quick Overview

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 180 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. 

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" x 11"

  • Height: 24"

  • Optimal Level: Max 8" Min 7.5"

BRS Recommended Tank Size:

Lightly Stocked - 180 Gallons

Medium Stocked - 145 Gallons

Heavily Stocked - 100 Gallons


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Product Questions

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 7:27:00 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 (Admin) on Apr 1, 2016 9:01:00 AM
Would this skimmer be overkill for a heavily fed 90 gallon?
Question by: Mike on Apr 26, 2016 3:13:00 PM
Great question!
This will work great with a heavily fed 90 gallon tank!
Answer by: Connor (Admin) on Apr 27, 2016 3:04:00 PM
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 12:17:00 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 (Admin) on Mar 9, 2016 4:08:00 PM
What is the diameter of the collection cup?
Question by: Grant Brewer on Jul 31, 2014 5:54:00 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 5:54:00 PM
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 8:20:00 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 (Admin) on Mar 23, 2016 11:06:00 AM
How long is the power cord?
Question by: Patrick Hanlon on Feb 1, 2016 11:08:00 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 (Admin) on Feb 10, 2016 5:08:00 PM
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 10:27:00 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 (Admin) on May 3, 2016 5:15:00 PM
Would this be a good choice for a heavily fed 120
Question by: Tyler on Aug 4, 2014 6:36:00 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 6:36:00 AM

Full Details


  • 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



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  • 2nd Review By Lilbitreefer on 8/24/2017

    So I am updating my review from about 2 years ago. Bought this for my first ever large scale tank (120g) I have not had a single problem with it. It puts out nasty skim that is very dark. I don't have any other skimmer to compare it to but I think this was one of the best investments I could have done for my tank. It continues to work great and is very quiet. Only thing I did not like about the skimmer was the small red PVC nub that is supposed to hold the C02 hose in place near the adjustment valve. It snapped off while I was trying to connect the tubing to it. No biggie I still like the skimmer and would recommend it to anyone. Just be careful of the nub. Get someone with dainty hands to attach it and you'll be good. Only improvements I would like to see is an adapter so I can connect some extension tubing to drain the skim away into a separate container. I have managed to get something on but it is next to impossible to get off when you want to clean the cup I don't like worrying about a dangling hose full of slime on my carpets.
  • Great product guy's By Louis on 11/8/2016

    Just installed this skimmer and it live up to its name..
  • No support, no spare parts. By Mark on 8/20/2016

    My skimmer has been noisy from day 1 and continues to get worse. Have tried to get a replacement impeller as this seems to be a known issue but these are impossible to find! Vertex have no support line and do not respond to email. This is not an issue with BRS but if you get an issue it seems binning it and buying another brand is the only option!
  • 2nd Review!! Update!! By Mofro on 5/18/2016

    Your needle wheel will break free from the shaft in your pump... On my 3rd one in 1 1/2 years. First one lasted 4-5 months. After I replaced it, I would only shut down skimmer for water changes. To empty collection cup I would just dial down the bubbles below the neck. The issue is the pump is so strong when it fires up at full speed it snaps free. Vertex first told me it was my surge protector. Not. I'ts a design flaw, no if's and's or butt's about it. A D/C slow start pump would completely eliminate this problem. Skimmer is still a beast!!! When working.
  • Works great between broken impellers. By Chuck on 5/11/2016

    I've had this skimmer for just over 1-1/2 years. And just put in my third impeller, having purchased a spare when I had to replace the first one. Specifically, the impeller is bonded to the ceramic shaft, and whatever was used to bond it, cracks. This allows for 'excess' noise and vibration. That Noise and vibration is what lead me to find my second impeller defective. Not sure this product is worth another $66 impeller.

    PS, no, I am not miss handling it. After think "I" broke the first, I've been treating it with kid gloves.
  • Great Skimmer! By Conny on 4/19/2016

    From the packaging to the final install and operation - Quality shines!
    Highly recommend this skimmer.
  • Great performance By Ecajoe on 4/3/2016

    I purchased the 180i a few weeks ago. I followed the break in procedure. After a couple hours I had skim after two weeks it fully broke in. It's now pulling the darkest and worst smelling skim ive had. Ever. Highly recommend. And highly recommend following break in procedure.
  • magnificent skimmer By Nadibullah on 3/10/2016

    i don't know why people give 4 or 5 stars i tell you this i wish i could give 6 but there are only 5 stars i m in the hobby for about 6 years and i have used so many skimmers in the past non of them impressed me like this one its so beautiful it works amazing worth of the $ go for it you will be one happy reefer
  • Great Skimmer By Mark on 2/27/2016

    I have a Red Sea Reefer 350 (Approx 80 Gallon Total System with rock and sand) and originally bought the Omega 150. The 150 would pull out some nasty skim, but seemed a little undersized for my system and bioload. I upgraded to the 180 and wow what a difference. My tank is really thriving now. The 180 is very easy to dial in and IMO much easier to clean than the 150 since i can take off the skimmer cup and reach my hand into the chamber to clean. The 150's neck is too small to reach into. To summarize this skimmer has amazing build quality, is easy to dial in, and very easy to clean without removing from the sump. I highly recommend.
  • Great Skimmer By Tom on 2/3/2016

    I've been primarily a reef octopus kinda guy. Could never really dial them in 100%. I got this vertex skimmer and right off the bat this thing is a beast. Built with highest quality components and detail is amazing. This has been running strong and hard since day one installed and has never once given me an issue. I'm a vertex man from now on.
  • Best skimmer I have owned By Curt on 12/31/2015

    Produces great foam I am wet skimming to pull out more gunk and to help clean up my tank
  • Awesome foam head By david on 12/29/2015

    Comming from an swc skimmer this skimmer takes the win. On the first day it produced a nice foam head even before breaking in. The skimmer was also was very quite compare to my old swc 180. Very wide neck and nice sturdy collection cup. One thing I don't like is collection cup lid doesn't fit any of my float switches for my apex to auto shut off. And cleaning the side of the collection cup was a bit harder to fit my hands it it. I wish they made it a little wider on the side.