I am purchasing my first protein skimmer for a new 75g that I am currently in the process of setting up. I am stuck deciding between the Coralife Super Skimmer Needle Wheel 125 which is on sale for $135.99 here:
Aquarium Protein Skimmers: Coralife Super Skimmer Needle Wheel Protein Skimmer
I am also considering the Reef Octopus NWB150 because of the high recommendation I have seen in various forums. It is currently retailing for $224.99 on almost every site.
I am leaning towards the Coralife primarily due to budgetary concerns (I am budgeting a steep entry cost into this hobby as I am basically having to buy everything I need at once), and also because my LFS
hyped it up to me (probably because it is the only protein skimmer they sell. They have it priced at $255
) however, if the Octopus is absolutely better and will last longer, etc., I would rather just take the loss now than take a greater one later.
I am hoping someone more knowledgable than myself can help explain to me the difference between these two skimmers and help me make a decision.