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AquaMaxx HOB-1 Hang-On-Back Protein Skimmer

AquaMaxx HOB-1 Hang-On-Back Protein Skimmer

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AquaMaxx HOB-1 Hang-On-Back Protein Skimmer Information

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*New Upgrades - Current models include an upgraded bubble plate, re-designed hang-on bracket, and a larger collection cup as shown in the product photos.

The AquaMaxx Hang on Back Series I (HOB-1) protein skimmer features an incredibly responsive collection cup and an amazingly powerful submersible pump. It is rated up to 75 gallons in a design thin and light enough to be placed on a nano aquarium or other small saltwater aquarium.

The AquaMaxx HOB Series I protein skimmer removes organic waste from aquarium water. It creates a strong mix of small air bubbles and turbulent water movement to force protein, waste and other materials into a collection cup for easy removal.

AquaMaxx skimmers are computer-precision engineered and utilize the latest filtration technology to deliver the performance and value you are looking for in a protein skimmer.

AquaMaxx HOB Series I protein skimmers are easy to setup and maintain. Just move the collection cup up or down to adjust the foam level to wet or dry.

Maintenance is simple. A removable collection cup makes cleaning easy. Plus, every AquaMaxx protein skimmer includes a drain fitting for hobbyists who want to setup a separate reservoir for skimmate.

Water quality and consistency is crucial to the success of a marine aquarium. An AquaMaxx HOB Series I protein skimmer will help to ensure that success.

AquaMaxx protein skimmers were designed from the ground up with the hobbyist in mind. AquaMaxx HOB Series I protein skimmers have the pump placed inside the skimmer itself to save space, reduce noise and improve efficiency.

All AquaMaxx protein skimmers are computer designed. Each unit is precision-cut and made of polished cell-cast acrylic.

The AquaMaxx HOB Series I protein skimmer relies on a superbly crafted Italian Sicce Syncra 1.0 pump and AquaMaxx needlewheel impeller to vigorously remove waste from your fish or reef tank. Sicce pumps are well-regarded for their efficiency to move air and water. Combining these dynamic pumps with AquaMaxx protein skimmers saves users considerable energy.

  • Dimension : L 7.5 x W 3.5 x H 17 Inch
  • Pump(included): Shark 1.0
  • Pump power consumption: 11 Watts
  • Outlet size: 3/4 Inch
  • Minimum tank height 10-7/8"
  • Filtration Rating: up to 75 Gallons (light bioload) or 40 Gallons (heavy bioload)
  • Requires approximately 4" of clearance to remove collection cup.
  • Fits aquarium rims up to 3/4" thick.
All of our products are backed by a 60-day return policy although the skimmers will also carry a 1-year manufacturer warranty from AquaMaxx. Each skimmer will include detailed instructions and diagrams to help hobbyists get up and running immediately.

*Please Note: Bubble Plate Set Screw (4) has been removed from late models and is no longer included on the skimmer or required for installation.

Manufacturer Info

AquaMaxx is a Southern California-based aquarium supply company that entered the market in mid-2008 with a line of affordable metal halide bulbs. The brand quickly gained recognition as word spread about the high quality and low cost of their lamps. In 2009, AquaMaxx released a line of aquarium filter socks and, in early 2010, unveiled an assortment of high-performance protein skimmer accessories and upgrades.


AquaMaxx Limited Manufacturer Warranty
AquaMaxx will warrant all AquaMaxx products to be free from manufacturing defects for one year from the original purchase date when purchased through an authorized AquaMaxx retailer. This warranty does not cover any damages caused by misuse, neglect, alterations or improper handling/transport/maintenance/installation. AquaMaxx does not cover personal injury, personal loss, or other damages associated with the use of these products.

AquaMaxx HOB-1 Hang-On-Back Protein Skimmer Reviews

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tough time getting it going

Reviewers Rating Great

Posted: 10/15/2015 from DUMFRIES, VA UNITED STATES
4.0 5
Experience Level: Beginner

Comments: I have this for my 36 gall tank. I was a bit hesitant to spend this much but took the recommendation of the marine depot staff. I ad a rough time getting it going. When I first started it, the collection cup would fill up in 30 seconds. When i called marine depot they suggested taking the lid or the whole collection cup out but couldnt do that or it would have spilled all over the floor. The second call they suggested putting in my back up water container to let the organics build up in it. I did that for a week and was then able to let it run for about 2 minutes before it overflowed. I had given up on it and was about to buy another one when by accident I plugged it back in and now it works fine. Its very quiet and is pulling gunk out of my tank. Its only been running a week now, but seems to be doing well.

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Aquamaxx HOB-1

Reviewers Rating Excellent!

Posted: 10/2/2015 from SEGUIN, TX UNITED STATES
5.0 5
Experience Level: Intermediate

Comments: This protein skimmer is awesome. Only have had it running for a week. Getting lots of gunk out. Easy to setup.

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best hob skimmer for aio tanks

Reviewers Rating Excellent!

Posted: 9/13/2015 from MURPHYSBORO, IL UNITED STATES
5.0 5
Experience Level: Expert

Comments: i have mine on a jbj nanocube 24 gal with no hood. it works perfect. it took about 24 hrs to break in and quit over spilling the cup. then it started working like it should like it never even had to break in. marine depot gave me store credit as it went on sale three days after i bought it. they are terrific and excellent cust. service

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Aquamaxx HOB-1

Reviewers Rating Excellent!

Posted: 7/9/2015 from RANCHO SANTA FE, CA UNITED STA
4.5 5
Experience Level: Intermediate

Comments: Quality of unit is excellent, especially the acrylic work. Quality of the pump remains to be seen but has a good reputation and initial performance is good. Relatively easy to assemble although instructions could be better. Plan to buy some 1/2" tubing which you will need (should be included with the unit); I had to make a HD run. Be certain to set the collection cup in highest position possible for break-in, otherwise you'll have a mess on your hands. Unit broke-in relatively quickly for me, i.e. a few hours. Judging by what is collected, I would say the unit's performance is very good, but, that's an observation with no data to support. Water clarity improved. I would recommend for 30-50 gal aquariums.

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Quietest skimmer ever!

Reviewers Rating Excellent!

Posted: 6/27/2015 from RIVERSIDE, CA UNITED STATES
4.5 5
Experience Level: Intermediate

Comments: I needed a good hob skimmer for my 29 gallon tank and tho I was hesitant on spending that much for a hob skimmer for my smaller tank. It was worth every penny so far. I took the advice of a couple employees from marine depot and went for it. I have to say it's design and quality are spectacular!!! And is the quietest skimmer I've ever owned glad I went with this over the Red Sea prism that thing is a noise maker a buddy has one. Still waiting to see how this beast is going to perform as far as pulling skimmate but I've been told it's amazing!!!!!! It's breaking in rite now and I barely started adding fish so the best yet to come!

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Reviewers Rating Excellent!

Posted: 5/28/2015 from MIAMI, FL UNITED STATES
5.0 5
Experience Level: Beginner

Comments: I have a biocube 29. I tried the tunze 9001 due to all the great forum reviews, save your self the aggravation and go with the aquamaxx. I had to modify my hood but it is well worth it. Simply an amazing product, after one day already producing dark gunk.

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Great Skimmer

Reviewers Rating Excellent!

Posted: 4/21/2015 from SAN DIEGO, CA UNITED STATES
5.0 5
Experience Level: Beginner

Comments: Had this skimmer over my 50 gallon reef tank for over a year and it has performed flawlessly. Performance wise, it started pulling all kind of brownish gunk from my tank from day one. Cleaning wise, the easiest to clean HOB Skimmer. This is hands down the best HOB skimmer I've ever owned and I've owned 5 skimmers. I'm sold on AquaMaxx skimmers.

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Great little skimmer

Reviewers Rating Excellent!

Posted: 3/19/2015 from ARVADA, CO UNITED STATES
5.0 5
Experience Level: Intermediate

Comments: I have had this skimmer for over a year now and it works great. We just bought a 2nd one for my sister's tank. When I 1st set it up it started skimming within a day, and I get great skim off the tank every day. Its pretty quiet as well. It's also very easy to adjust just move the o-ring up or down to collect more/less skim. I used it in my 28 Gal JBJ Nano cube fits good. I had to cut down the intake tube and to out tube to be able to open up my lid more - that was no biggie. Be careful not to over-tighten the screws or you will bust the hanger (I did that) but super glued it back together and it was fine. Also, there is no real directions on how to put it together you rely on the picture - but it's not super difficult to figure out. I completely remove and scrub everything down about every 6 months to keep it working at top performance.

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Aqua max HOB-1

Reviewers Rating Excellent!

Posted: 2/7/2015 from Nashua, NH UNITED STATES
5.0 5
Experience Level: Intermediate

Comments: After having tried a nano skim, and a cadlights 50 Elite skimmer on my 30 Gallon JBJ rimless reef tank, I can advise that the performance of the aquamaxx HOB - 1 skimmer blows them away, and, there is no comparison. I wish I had bought it first. I am also impressed with the construction, and, ease of cleaning of the skimmer.

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Awesome HOB Skimmer

Reviewers Rating Excellent!

Posted: 2/5/2015 from New York, NY
5.0 5
Experience Level: Intermediate

Comments: I have a 24g nano reef, the Fluval M60 to be exact. Wanted to upgrade from the Fluval PS1 skimmer that the setup came with. This skimmer is super high quality and sleek. Skimming like a beast after a day. The return can gurgle a little, but you just need to adjust the return pipe. Very happy with my purchase.

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