Hi I am looking at getting a protein skimmer and right now I can't afford a good one.
trust me your not alone .
be aware there is a lot of garbage skimmers out there on ebay / amazon ect , they claim they work great but half the time they leak , overflow or don't do as good a job as it should , but like it is always said you get what you pay for ,
I tried several skimmers under $50. all were junk !!!
then I found the sea clone I have the 150 model paid $109. . its no Cadillac but it works
took a bunch of fine tuning to get it to work right but I got it working,
its not the best skimmer out there but for the money it works just fine. as long as it does its job it was worth the $109. in my book ,
trust me when I say:
spend a few extra bucks get something that you know will work right the first time and you'll be satisfied with !!!
Aquarium Filtration & Water Quality: SeaClone Protein Skimmer
hope my input helped
(Who ever said starting a saltwater tank was cheap needs their head examined)