In-Tank Protein Skimmer Suggestions

  • Hello all,

    I'm currently in the market for at least two new protein skimmers. I don't run sumps, so I'd prefer them to be in-tank. I'm open to HOB skimmers, but am a bit nervous due to some previous experiences with them leaking saltwater onto my apartment's carpet. And, no, I don't want to add sumps - I understand the benefits, but don't want to deal with it until I'm in a home I own.

    I'd like to get a skimmer for my 40 gallon, which just houses my Green Spotted Puffer, and my 55 gallon, which houses a Peacock Mantis Shrimp, 2 Clarkii Clowns, a Yellowtail Damsel, an Azure Damsel, and a 3-stripe damsel. I'd like to keep it as cheap as possible, but I don't want to bother with something that's going to fail in 6 months, either.

    Any suggestions?

  • Do you have a specific budget in mind? I’m assuming that you currently run a canister filter since you noted not wanting to run with any HOB filters or HOB-like skimmers, so you'd for sure have to stay with something that can be added as an in-line unit to your canister filter flow. The only reason I ask is that some of the protein skimmers depend on the flow rate of your canister filter to function properly and have enough flow in general.

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