Originally Posted by roydooms
That's A lot of money. Are those ones the best that you can get? I heard the octopus skimmer is great. I just paid off my car. So that should give me extra money for this
I am sure it can be done less expensively. Sumps can be DIY for under $100, or you can forgo them altogether. I'm pretty sure that protein skimmers are considered optional if you are doing a fish only tank. I want the flexibility to easily convert to reef next year, once I have more experience under my belt.
Overall, I opted for brands/items that had really good word of mouth rather than cheaper but less well known hardware. I'm hoping it pays off in the long run, but I very well could be burning a bundle on stuff that's no better than the no-name stuff you can get on e-bay