Originally Posted by Dhiy
Is a protein skimmer a must? If so what kind do u recommend? I'd prefer one that is not so expensive. And what is the difference with sand and crushed coral?
Don't worry about a protein skimmer until you start to add corals/inverts, they'll need the more pristine water. This should be several months after your FOWLR
tank has gotten established.
Reef Octopus is one of the most recommended brands of protein skimmers on this forum. As with almost every other piece of equipment in this market, "if you buy cheap, you'll get cheap".
Crushed coral is a lot bigger in size and will collect more waste, which is not good for your tank at all. Sand is much better and easier for a reef setup