Thank you, wake & willie :)
Yeah I would rather have a protein skimmer... I do eventually want to do some corals, even though it may be months and months down the road.
I have to completely prove myself at this before my hubby will let me have his seal of approval for a large marine tank (since it's such an investment!!) I'm a stay at home Mom so its all his decision since I don't pay the bills, LOL! So I think a skimmer will give me a little extra failure insurance, heh.
Oh, and I think I may have finally decided on a skimmer... AquaEuroUSA Nano
and just keep my existing filter and use a fine carbon bag in it. I already have a big canister of activated carbon anyways, I don't think there is any reason for me to get a different filter just for that when I will have the live rock/sand and protein skimmer.
Will I still need a powerhead with both of those? Or will they provide enough circulation?