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After 10+ years of FW Aquariums, I am ready to take the leap of faith into Saltwater. I am spending a little time researching the best equipment and reading reviews as i have a pretty limited budget to get started. I have a 37 gallon Bow front tank which will be Live rock and fish (for now!!).
I just wanted some input on questions and some of the decisions already going through my mind.
I am think I am going with crushed coral over sand (Fiji pink crushed coral).
Now my first question is, is there a Filter and protein skimmer combined unit?
I am sure I will have more questions as I research more, but look forward to some guidance here.
 
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The protein skimmer is a filter, along with live rock (and sand) substrate.

The other filter people use is a filter sock or rollermat for mechanical filtration. The salt world is different than fresh in how mechanical filtration is achieved, often with a skimmer and filter sock only.

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Edit: Oh, start a build thread and post your questions along the way! This thread will provide a lot of meme's and welcomes. Starting a build thread can also be a great way to get answers.
(I started with guppies!)
 
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I also looked into this, which looks like a better option and adding a Protein Skimmer
Cannister Filter
A canister filter comes with its own challenges, but if you don't have a sump then it can be a workable mechanical filtration option along with regular water testing and water changes. IMO you will want to clean the canister on a regular basis.
 
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