The AquaMaxx Hang On Back (HOB) Protein Skimmer is a well-thought-out and well-designed addition to established protein skimmer technology. The improvements that AquaMaxx has made to the existing skimmer design result in an excellent new product.
AquaMaxx claims that the new HOB Protein Skimmer is easy to install, silent in operation and will improve water quality, removing protein and other waste products from the tank better than other skimmers.
I installed the AquaMaxx HOB Protein Skimmer on an existing 50-gallon marine tank that has a new undergravel filter that I am testing. The tank has mainly soft corals and large polyp stony corals, three clownfish, a neon dottyback, snails and hermit crabs.
It was easy to install this skimmer and to adjust the skimmate cup to the proper height. The Sicce pump is integrated into the skimmer body itself, so there was no messing around with an external pump to drive the system. Everything got going perfectly on the first try; the directions were clear, and installation was straightforward. Within 24 hours, the AquaMaxx HOB Protein Skimmer removed sufficient waste from what I thought was an already clean tank. The needle wheel impeller in the pump and the special bubble plates increase turbulence and make for very fine bubbles.
The skimmate cup can be adjusted simply by moving the rubber O-ring while the filter is in operation, and the skimmate cup has a nipple for water overflow. You can attach a hose to this nipple and drain the skimmate into a cup or pail outside of the tank. That way, you can leave the skimmer for a longer time, and you donÕt have to worry about it overflowing and dumping all the bad stuff back into your tank.
The AquaMaxx HOB Protein Skimmer is an excellent improvement in skimmer design and operation. It continued to pull waste out of a tank that I thought was already being well-skimmed. The skimmer is totally silent, which I attribute to the care of the design, the fineness of the bubbles and to subtle silencers in the equipment. I like the fact that there is a return for excess water, which adds to the waterflow of the aquarium. The AquaMaxx HOB Protein Skimmer is an excellent product. AFI
AquaMaxx Hang on Back (HOB) Protein Skimmer
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