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With ever changing technology, it is a common problem for a seasoned aquarist to find himself with a piece of equipment that has been discontinued and is no longer supported by its manufacturer.  An example of this is the Vertex IN Skimmer.  Vertex IN skimmers were sold in many countries until they were replaced by the Omega line.  The IN series skimmers used a pump that is no longer available from Vertex.  Thanks to the ingenuity of the folks at Reef Life Support Systems (RLSS), the Vertex IN skimmers can continue to serve for many years to come.  Incorporating a modification which replaces the Vertex pump with a Waveline DC6000 controllable pump, your Vertex IN Skimmer can actually be revitalized.  RLSS has released a video of the modification which appears to involve an IN 250 or 280 model. RLSS has promised to send us a part list for the MOD and instructions on how to modify your skimmer to either increase it's performance or replace a dead skimmer pump that's been discontinued.  The skimmer modification only takes about 5 minutes and then you are back in business.

As you can see from the video, the skimmer mod with the newer pump technology is more powerful and efficient than the older original pump design.  For more on how to mod your skimmer please contact us.

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We wish we could have attended the 2014 InterZoo booth this year but we will continue to cover some of the highlights and innovations from vendors displaying at the biyearly event.  

We have received some impressive display images from this years Vertex Aquaristik booth and we thought you might enjoy seeing them.  News from the show brings us a look at the Cerebra that's been in developement for 4 years.  Displayed in the booth are 4 fully function Cerebra aquarium controllers.  Judging from this we expect to see them hit the market very soon but still no word on a release date but purhaps we will know a little more in the very near future.

Also on display are the new Vertex Omega 180 and Omega 200 protein skimmers along with a new calcium reactor.  Aditionally they have a new DC pump they are working on and it will be called the Stratus and they are calling it a game changer.  Pictured last is the Stratus touch screen controller that will be used with the pump.  Sorry no release dates on these yet either but we are hoping we can find out a little more from Vertex Aquaristik sometime next week.  It looks like it might be an exciting 3rd and 4th quarter for Vertex Aquaristik if some of these new products come to market in the US this year.

Vertex Booth at Interzoo

Pictured Above: 4 x fully functioning Vertex Cerebra Controllers

Vertex Booth

Vertex Stratus DC Pump Controller

Pictured Above: Vertex Stratus DC Pump Touch Screen Controller

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V6 Pump

The new V6 Flow Pump,  is the latest product coming to through the pipeline from Vertex Aquaristik.  The V6 water pump will be powered by the Askoll motor block which produces 1584 gallons per hour of water flow with a maximum head pressure of 8 feet (2.5 meters).  At 65 watts of power this is one efficient AC pump.

Besides reliable water flow, the Vertex V6 is also virtually inaudible in the typical aquarium environment. Sound and vibration is minimized by rubber base feet and a massive CNC machined pump head that dampens any vibrational noise that could be transferred from the pump’s base to the hard surfaces of the sump.

A custom volute sits at the business end of the V6 and is threaded to a PN16 slip union. This makes it easy to use schedule 40 or 80 PVC hard pipe or flexible PVC pipe (Spa Flex) your sump while allowing for easy removal.

Vertex Aquaristik tells us that each V6 impeller shaft is individually custom machined to perfection from a special corrosion resistant alloy, using state of the art equipment and technology resulting in an unparalleled, resilient, and long-lasting impeller assembly.

For pre-order information please click this link.


  • Length: 20cm/ 7.9”
  • Width:  10.5cm / 4.15”
  • Height: 17cm / 6.8”



Input-Power: 110V / 60Hz
Power Consumption:    ̴ 65W
Input:    32mm / 1.25”
Output: 25mm / 1”
Flow <  6000LPH / 1584 US-Gallons
Pressure < 2.5meters / 8’

Construction: PVC Base, Pump head
Shaft: Hardened Alloy
Fastners: M6 / Grade II Titanium
Warranty: ...
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