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Vertex Alpha 170 Protein Skimmer

Vertex Alpha 170 Protein Skimmer

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Vertex Alpha 170 Protein Skimmer Information

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Alpha 170 Conical Protein Skimmer

One of the greatest upshots of the last few years’ has been the renaissance of the Protein Skimmer. So it’s no surprise that Vertex has applied their R&D focus to this segment. The Alpha is the culmination of these improvements in design and technologies.

By focusing on the core essentials of what makes a skimmer work most effectively, the Alpha-Series drastically streamlines foam fractionation in a serious way. Alpha’s represent Vertex’s largest capacity line of skimmer filtration products.

Starting with the heart of the skimmer, the Askol-based pinwheel pump; one of the most powerful and efficient motor-blocks the industry has to offer. Each pump is customized for maximum performance and silence with fully adjustable air/water interface. This feeds into a full body conical platform with the widest base possible. With this setup, Alpha’s are able to accommodate for one of the largest surface/body ratio bubble plates. This chamber nullifies the turbulent forces created by the injection of air and water into the body, allowing for foam to form rapidly and efficaciously.

Designed and assembled by Vertex Aquaristik™ in-house at our German facility to our highest standards, no detail has been overlooked in the design and production of this flagship skimmer. No expense was spared in material selection and manufacturing. The body is Vacuum-Thermoformed produced from transparent PET-G. The base, lid and threaded bayonet fitting are machined from solid PVC blocks, ensuring maximum durability. All screws and fasteners are Titanium which will never rust, seize or swell. All joints are epoxied or heat welded for additional support and strength. The entire body can be disassembled for cleaning or parts replacement.

  • 550 L / 140 US-Gallons = Filtration Capacity = 850 L / 220 US-Gallons (High Bio-Load)
  • Designed and assembled by Vertex Aquaristik™ in Germany
  • Solid cast Acrylic, PET-G and PVC Construction
  • Full body cone chamber enables stable foam formation.
  • Askoll-based high-performance skimmer pump/ Whisper quiet
  • Oversized, CNC-milled bubble plate reduces turbulence
  • Bayonet-style neck provides a secure, leak-free coupling between the cup and body
  • Easily accessible Ozone port
  • Swiveling skimmate-drain
  • All parts can be disassembled for ease of maintenance
Technical Data
  • Grade II Titanium Screws / Corrosion Resistant
  • Silicone O-Rings
  • V- 170 Skimmer pump: ~ 26W
  • Adjustable : ~ 1000 LPH = Air-Draw = 1400 LPH
  • Dimensions: ~ 385 * 235 * 584mm / Approx. 15" x 9.5" x 23" (Width, Length, Height)

Manufacturer Info

Vertex Aquaristik Aquarium Supplies
Vertex Aquaristik is a German company with many fresh ideas and innovations new to the aquarium hobby. Their products are developed only after extensive research and testing in simulation and field trials. They purposely abuse products during the test phase to determine if they can handle the wear and tear of aquarium keeping. The company is determined to provide solutions that stand the test of time. No expense is spared during the production process to ensure customers enjoy uncompromising quality and value. Vertex Aquaristik manufactures high-quality calcium reactors, protein skimmers, zeolith-based filters, wavemakers and accessories.
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