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I'm in the very beginning steps of turning my 37gallon tank into a saltwater tank. I am not able to have a sump and I can't decide on which skimmer to buy. I'm looking at Reef Octopus BH 1000 Hang on Back Protein Skimmer by CoralVue - AquaCave and AquaC Remora Hang-On Protein Skimmer but I am open to any suggestions but I can't spend much more than these.
I agree that the Octopus is a great little skimmer. You can't go wrong on a 37 with that choice. What is your total budget for this project? It can be helpful to identify this up front, to help make good decisions.

One place you might save money is on live rock. With a tank of this size, creating a substantial rock structure will go a long way to creating success. I personally used dry rock in creating my displays, supplemented with about 20% live rock. The rock in my 180 and 58 came from MarcoRocks Aquarium Products. I use the Key Largo dry rock, as it is very easy to work with and quickly seeds into live rock. Marco Rocks also offers sand at a great price, so you might look to buy one of their packages.

Are you considering a reef? Or have you thought that far ahead yet?
 
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