I am looking to purchase my first protein skimmer. I have done quite a bit of research and BELIEVE I have found what I am looking for.
I have a 42 Gallon Bow front tank without a sump. The tank dimensions are 36"x17"x21" There is no room for an in tank skimmer with my rock scape.
The tank has been up for about five- six months. As of now the tank is FOWLR
but when the tank matures further I would like to begin a reef.
I understand a good rule of thumb is to buy a protein skimmer recommended for double a tanks capacity. I am deciding between either the Reef Octopus BH1000 HOB
or the Reef Octopus BH2000 HOB
The BH1000 seems like it would provide fairly well for my tank but I was wondering if I should spend the extra $30ish for the BH2000 instead of rebuying down the road. I would love to upgrade to a larger tank and add a sump but I believe I will be with this setup for 2-5 years.
Although most reviews I have read said micro-bubbles were limited after break-in they are still a concern of mine. Will the BH2000 create more micro-bubbles?
As i said earlier I have never had any experience with a protein skimmer before and your advice is greatly appreciated before I make a purchase.