What are the best hang-on-back filters for fish tank?

It is obvious that you cannot get the successful tank without the best tank filter. The best tank filter you help you to clean the tank water and provide a clean heathy environment for your fish. Hang-on-back (HOB) filter is one of the most popular filter among aquarium keepers as it easy to setup, effective and require less maintenance.

As the name describes, HOB filter is mounted on the top of the aquarium with the filter box is hanging outside and it has the tube lowered into the tank. Personally, I quite love to use this filter as it bought excellent performance within the affordable price.

#1 Aqua Clear Fish Tank Filter 

This is one of the most effective HOB filter on the market. Honestly, this is the first filter that I ever purchased on and use for such a long time for good reasons. It is available for aquarium from 20 up to 110 gallons. It features a CycleGuard multi-stage filtration system and includes all mechanical, chemical, and biological filtration.

It is designed with the unique construct, what make it can hold a large volume of media than other normal HOB models. It includes foam and carbon media, that means it not only remove the solid waste in the water but also create the good condition for the growth of beneficial bacteria.

Besides, AquaClear filter allow users to adjust the flow rate without compromising filtration due to a patented re-filtration system.

#2 Fluval C Power Filter

This is the filter that offer great value for its money, it won’t make you disappointed. There are some superior features that comes with this filter and improve the quality of water. It features five-stage filtration process and filter 246 gallons per hour, what make it suitable for the aquarium from 40 to 70 gallons.

If you are keeping the fish that hate strong flow rate like Betta fish, you should get this HOB filter as it allows you to control the water flow without affect the water filtration efficiency. You can choose the option of filtration water multiple times if you want to get the extremely clean water,

However, the drawback is that it may requires frequent maintenance as the foam pads need to be replace once a few months and there is the gap between the impeller, make it hard to clean.

#3 Marineland Penguin Power Filter

If you are looking for the filter that work effective within the affordable price, you should consider mainland filter. It is available for aquarium from 20 to 70 gallons. If features two-pump system for power perform and ensure the entire water in the tank will go through the media filter and the water will stay clear.

Patented Bio-Wheel technology offer the wet/dry biological filtration and also make plenty of oxygen in the water for support good bacteria thriving. If the water levels in you tank is drops too low, the filter will make quite lots of noise and make you know the time to add more water.

#4 SeaChem Large Aquarium Fish Tank Filter

This filter of Seachem store can be used for both fresh and saltwater aquariums. The models available is for 55, 75, and 100 gallon tanks. It feature the quality pump of SICCE. The special feature of this filter that you may never ever seen on other models of HOB before is the dual water intake with surface skimmer.

Adjustable flow features allow you to control the amount of water goes through the intake. Due to that, you can adjust the dial you if you want more surface skimming. There is also blue floater valve to let you know when is the time it is need to be cleaned. Seachem offer user the 3-year warranty what make this filter a reliable product to use.

#5 Tetra Whisper Silent Power Filter

If you have the aquarium that require low maintenance, this is the mid-range filter that offer good effective and affordable price. The timestrip technology and a patented carbon filter carrier make this filter low maintenance as you just need to replace the carbon filter.

There is the access door at the top of the filter allow you to easy change and replace the filter cartridges. However, this simple filter may need to ass more filter media if your tank has high population density or if you want to add more fish in the tank. There is another drawback that it does not allow to adjust the water flow. The output tube also does not create much water movement.

However, this filter of Tetra is also evaluated as good for new fish tank as it easy to install with the acceptable quality. Tetra have been known as their excellent customer service.

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