Okay, so I've been doing research, research, research (As well as have downgraded my 37 tanks freshwater population to a twenty gallon. Don't worry, the 37 was fairly recently cycled and very lightly stocked so the twenty gallon is plenty of space.
Anyway, doing my research I've become rather confused and bewildered. I think I've figured out the lights (a double bulb t-5 rig, from petsmart or petco. It's not a very deep tank and I doubt we'll get past the "lowlight" corals and anenome's stage and even if we do, we can upgrade later easily enough), and I'm toying with an aquaclear or marineland bio-wheel filter rated for a 50 gallon tank (I can not do a sump. the 37 is about as big as I can really do. I'm a renter).
I have a basic stocking plan, though I am expecting to revise it while cycling the tank, and am already planning to use the Shrimp method for fishless cycling.
My big confusion is on protein skimmers. I dig that they are usually "over rated" for tank size and am taking this into account, but I'm 1: Not sure if it will benifit me that much and 2: not sure what will do the job. Plus, the prices on the equipment just seems exhorbinant for what they seem to actually involve! I don't need anything overly huge and I can't do the sump thing and want a hob
When I started working on this I was really excited, and I'm willing to invest a reasonable amount of money to get things off the ground, but I just can't seem to find what I need to research equipment and be sure I'm getting a good price. Could someone please help? I want to jump into saltwater but this one component is begining to scare me off!