Vertex Alpha 170 Cone Protein Skimmer

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Item #: PS-BK-A170
Our Price: $859.99
Availability: In Stock

Vertex Alpha 170 Cone Protein Skimmer.


Unquestionably, there must be no concessions when it comes to engineering and producing the finest aquarium equipment. Only by these convictions can performance be pushed beyond expectations. Vertex Aquaristik™, brings to you the next stage of evolution in high-performance Saltwater management. Crediting to its ultramodern design and differentiating features, this top model clearly distinguishes from competition.


This is the Protein Skimmer you have been waiting for. The revolutionary conical body paired with the refinement of the Askoll pump creates a potent combination of exceptional waste extraction, whisper quiet operation and low-impact energy conservation. The precision construction from the highest quality materials coalesces together in a form that is both durable and being feature-rich. These meticulous attentions to design result in an execution that is conclusively untouchable.


Owing to its full-body conical reaction chamber, the Vertex™ Alpha Kone eclipses all the traditional conditions of conventional protein skimming. By allowing the foam mass to accumulate in a gently sloping transition zone, protein extraction is remarkably increased. An inside view of the conical reaction chamber showcases the oversized, turbulence reducing bubble plate and remarkably fastidious CNC millwork that goes into it. Here is the core from which the Vertex™ Alpha Kone derives so much of its matchless performance. Finally, the unit can be fully disassembled for routine and thorough maintenance. All the body components are fashioned from high grade cast acrylic or solid PVC. The fasteners are manufactured with highly corrosion resistant titanium. Absolutely zero medians have been taken in the composition of the Vertex™ Alpha Kone, and it shows.


* Manufactured for Vertex Aquaristik™ from 100% cast acrylic and PVC
* Full body cone chamber markedly enables stable foam formation
* Askoll high-performance skimmer pump is completely silent
* Oversized, CNC-milled bubble plate eliminates turbulence
* Bayonet-style neck provides a secure, leak-free coupling between the cup and body
* Easily accessible Ozone port
* Built in skimmate drain
* All parts can be disassembled for ease of maintenance

Alpha 170 Specifications:

* Recommended Aquarium Size: 40 - 200 gal.
* Footprint: 9.25" x 15"
* Height: 23.6"
* Pump: Askoll
* Power Consumption:
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by Daniel
on 8/14/2013
Almost great, but disappointing
This skimmer has a lot of potential but can't be recommended. Ran it on my 125g for six months and it had constant problems with surging pump output (which adds a surging noise, destabilizes the foam column and dramatically diminishes effectiveness). When it works without surging (rare), it is amazing -- silent and effective. Called AquaCave, who put me in touch with the distributor, who gave me the run-around for almost two months before finally replacing the motor body of the pump and, later, the impeller. Neither solved the problem and, after two more weeks of calls to the distributor, I told them I was too frustrated with their response and would just buy another skimmer. They were ok with that and that was the end of the dialog. Bought a new pump from LFS to try to save the cost of a skimmer. It helps but I still have frequent surging. Bottom line - for the cost of a skimmer plus $250+ replacement pump, I don't have a working skimmer. Will try another brand when I can.
by baker
on 8/5/2009
Wow, this skimmer is awesome. I'm a believer...
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