I didn't want to start a new topic since I almost have the same size tank, but its a bit of a different kind of tank.. I have a 45G tall tank. But whats different is what going in my tank. I am creating a macro algae tank, and currently it is almost done cycling, I have about 18 pounds of base rock and will seed it with about 7 pounds of LR
, maybe more. I guess you could call this tank a fuge considering I am just planning on raising macroalgaes only and with a single 3 inch puffer that reaches 5 inches max... if that. Filtration-wise I have a Filstar XP3 with filter floss and foam and ceramics. The lighting is 2 65 watt PC
(don't know if this matters but 6500K bulbs). Anyway I was wondering if I really need a protein skimmer, and if I do do I need one thats powered by a motor or should I get the one powered by a bubbler... the reason why I ask is because I am not sure if my tank set up will produce a bunch of gunk that needs to be picked up by a skimmer with a motor, or if it produces a little gunk that could be done by a bubbler skimmer. Thanks! everyone.