Hi, everyone as you can see I'm new here, but have been lurking around for a while reading, and reading and did I mention reading? For a very long while now (3 years) I've wanted an octopus, and I'm finally going to make this happen. Well soon, need to get the tank set up and cycled and everything before I make the next step. This will be my first saltwater tank ever, and I have been reading lots of threads from other new comers and the troubles and work required to properly provide for these amazing creatures. So I'm not "jumping" into something without doing my homework first. Of course there will be questions along the way that which is why I joined the forum to address them as they come along. Speaking of which brings up the question of this topic. I'm looking at protein skimmers and could you some real world and up to date info on what's a good choice for one. My budget is pretty open but I'd like to aim for $100-$200 range if that will properly fill the needs of course. From the research I've done, it "seem" that the needle wheel in sump skimmers are popular but which ones are good in that price range? Also my tank is not yet drilled for sump but I plan to make that happen to run a sump set up. Would also prefer something that is quiet, and has to fit in the specs of the inside of my tank stand : 46.38" W X 17" D X 27" H. I've been looking at skimmers with 2-3x my tank capacity. Since I'm on the topic, my tank is a 75 gallon (new) so no trace of copper. Ideally I'd like Bimac, but I hear they are hard to get now? What would be another alternative? O. vulgaris? Or do they get to large for my tank? Would also like to mention that before I get an octo, the tank is going to get cycled for at least 3 moths and will stock it live rock and fish to test out my tank maintenance ability and get it down before introducing any octo. Feel free to chime with any info.