Originally Posted by Terrance
you can't go wrong with any of the skimmers on your list except the Vertex because I've never looked into them. This simple decision might take you a few days
Pick one skimmer and research all reviews and videos for 3 days. If you can stick with one skimmer throughout the 3 days, then buy it. The longer you wait to research, the more satisfied you'll feel about your purchases.
Finally narrowed down my choice on a skimmer. It was between the SWC Xtreme 120 Cone Skimmer and the SWC Xtreme 150 BMK. The 120 has a smaller pump and a new cone design. The 150 is not a cone but has a bigger pump, slightly bigger footprint but will allow me to upgrade to a 75 gallon tank later without having to buy another skimmer.
So the SWC Xtreme 150 BMK is the winner. Now to start planning my sump now that I know how much space I need for my skimmer.