The Vertex Skimmer Clan

Discussion in 'Protein Skimmers, Mechanical Filtration' started by Jeann1, 10 Aug 2011.

  1. Jeann1

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    So after disaster struck and making a post about my skimmer breaking.. I get a PM.. Submariner..

    It reads, I will help you out Mate, I'll Give you a bit of a discount, then you try my Vertex Skimmer.

    What a offer, the skimmers are already dirt cheap, and I get more discount.. So I phone the man, and he is even willing to open up the shop late afternoon for me..Like 6 PM Saturday afternoon :thumbup:



    So I thought why not share some pics of this skimmer.


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    I get home the night, get this sucker in the sump, plug it in and ... nothing? I'm thinking o-noes .. fiddle with the plug, but stupid me, I am waiting for a sound from the pump, my previous skimmer was a bit noisy, so am use to that..my wife looks at me funny, and says " what the hell are you doing, the foam goes on and off, stop fiddling with the plug.. :eek:

    Noiseless in not the word, this thing is so silent, you can hear the foam/bubbles pop if you put your ear close enough to the skimmer cup.. not even a zzz, or a ee or a sssszzz from the air intake..nothing at all!

    So I Leave the plug, and start fiddling with the water level. Cleverly it is done with a pipe, and the air intake sits on the top of this. you have a little t at the bottom, so you can set where you want the water to come out of the skimmer - it's also low, so there is not a single bubble like other skimmers, No waves from falling water, nothing. it makes a stream underneath your water level.

    Get it set to where the manual says , and it starts making dirt dirty skimmate in about 10 min

    this was after first 10 min ...

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    According to the user manual, this thing has more bells and whistles than an Irish Farm..

    You can adjust air intake by unscrewing the white bit on the front of the pump, or the pump nozzle, the venturi then opens up more, and more air can be introduced.
    The pipe that you adjust for the water level in the skimmer has a secure-screw , so once your skimmer is grabbing the gunk, you can use it and secure the pipe in place.

    The skimmer cup is attached by thread, with a o-ring. So no leaks.

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    This thing is AWSOMENESS.

    Sorry if I sound a bit like a kid, but compared to what I had, this is something else..
    PS - since this has been running, my "floaty" bits in the display have almost disappeared :eek:

    Skimmer yesterday night

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  3. Jeann1

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    I am struggling big time to get the other photos on, give a few minutes
     
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    Great you happy man.. Vertex have excellent products.. Love my LED Light
     
  5. Tremayn

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    Sounds awesome man! Use photobucket to load your pics. My skimmer sounds like it has a big block chevy running it lol.. This is a very small clan :lol:
     
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    herkie R.I.P.

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    Can I buy it when youre done-them Chevy's noise makes me relax 1st beat!
     
  7. Yuri

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    I will soon get the alpha 300
    I feel it has the best pumps there are and the skimmer is under rated ( it will skim bigger tanks as well )
     
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    Lol Ill rev my chev till it dies :p
     
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    nice man, you have an awesome bit of kit, WHERES D PICS?
     
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    Thanks
    Fantastic!
     
  12. wukkie

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    I would love one of these. I saw them at Nathans place last week. I am thinking of selling a kidney. Unless someone want to sponsor me a unit.
     
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    Looks like an awsome skimmer:thumbup:

    What is it rated for and what does a skimmer like that cost??
     
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    Not sure which one he has, but I think there is an openign sale price of like R6599 and R7599. There is a thread open for it. Check under the sponsor, TSR.
     
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    @Evo R , this is the Alpha 200 - its rated for 1150L. But these skimmer are underrated, the work a a saftey factor in, so you can have it running on a 1150l and it will skim like crazy!

    It is adverstised for R7599.. worth every penny! Nathan said this is launch price, next time round it wont be this cheap.
     
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    Welcome to the clan mate.
     
  17. crispin

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    hell thats impressive skimate production!
     
  18. Tremayn

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    Thats crazy, What skimmer did you have before? Thats like Bubble Blaster price range
     
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    Bubble blaster pumps are fake red dragons ;)
    But red dragon still out perform them by a large margin
    That is why red dragon is the best every part CNCed and perfect
     
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    Wonder if a red dragon pump would fit on my skimmer. My pump wont last forever.. :whistling:
     
  21. Jeann1

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    @Tremayn I had a Reefteck TS3.. Whats crazy, the excellent skimmate im getting? :p

    These simmers are made by Royal Exclusive, the same guys who make "Bubble King".. I had a look at the Bubble Blaster, Also went to a reefers house here to see it in action, not bad at all, but this is neater, and better built. My photo skills suck, so cant take a "lekker" pic, but this thing is good quality.
     
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