So, I want to spend about $200 to upgrade my filtration on my 20g saltwater tank. I have a credit on Amazon, so whatever I get I need to get from that site. Here is my current setup:
Home made coke bottle skimmer (wet skim and works for now)
Tetra Whisper EX70 Power Filter
Koralia Evolution Aquarium Pump (425 gph
20 Lbs live sand
15 - 20 lbs live rock
1 emerald crab
My Ammonia is 0, but my nitrates and nitrites are a little higher than I would like. I think this may be due to the HOB
I want to eventually turn my 20 gallon into a sump and use my 55 gallon as a saltwater tank. I also want to eventually add some corals and such, so I want to make sure I will not have to buy larger skimmers, filters, etc. to accommodate a larger system if possible.
On all of these I plan to remove the Power Filter and Ghetto Rigged skimmer.
Add an Aquatop PSE1 Hang-On Protein Skimmer w/ UV
+ Power Filter. ($90)
Amazon.com: Aquatop PSE1 Hang-On Protein Skimmer w/ UV + Power Filter: Pet Supplies
It's rated up to 60 gallons, includes a skimmer and some power filtration. It also contains a UV
The only problem is that it does not allow me to include that much additional water to the tank. I also do not know if the skimmer will really be able to handle 55+ gallons. I can buy another skimmer in the future if necessary.
Only purchase a
Coralife Super Skimmer Needle Wheel - up to 220 gal.
Coralife 05272 Super Skimmer with Pump, 125-Gallon
Maybe another small powerhead to move some more water.
CPR Aquatics AquaFuge 2 Medium Hang-on Back Refugium w/ Pump (New Outlet Design)
Coralife 05271 Super Skimmer with Pump, 65-Gallon
This one is the most expensive, but I like that it adds more water to my tank. The Skimmer also is still rated up to 65 gallons.
If anyone else has any other option ideas, I am open to them.