If you are serious in keeping your tank clean, then the best hang on protein skimmer is absolutely essential. This is one type of protein skimmers that is very convenient since it hangs on the backside of your tank. Do not take the space inside your tank and do not need a sump under the tank.
This post will go for the detail of our best protein skimmers that may help you narrow down your choice if you are looking for one: Instant Ocean SeaClone Protein Skimmer vs Coralife Super Protein Skimmer with Pump.
As a quick sump up, our top pick of HOB protein skimmer is Instant Ocean SeaClone Protein Skimmer. It seems to be more durable, compact in size and has good customer service.
#1 The skimmer capacity
The most important factor when looking for the skimmer is that make sure it is powerful enough to handle your tank. You’ll want to pick the one that is best suited for the size of your water tank.
Instant ocean skimmer has a reasonable price that anyone can use in the aquariums volume 100 or 150 gallons. While Coralife Super protein skimmer is available in 3 sizes are 65 gallons, 125 gallons and 220 gallons. However, it also can be used for nano reefs and smaller aquariums between 20 and 40 gallons.
Instant Ocean skimmer includes the powerful and efficient Turbo-Venturi Injector System with Maxi-Jet 1200 pump mixes water with air and producing much amount of microbubbles, which use for dissolved wastes and protein from aquarium water.
Coralife Super Protein Skimmer designed with a patented needle-wheel impeller and aspirating venturi. The needle-wheel system creates a spiraling vortex of water and micro bubbles inside the reaction chamber. Fine proteins and organic compounds will stick on the bubbles and then deposit them in the collection cup.
One more important factor you need to pay your attention to is the size of the product. Since they re HOB protein skimmer, so they will take the space between your tank and the wall. Ensure that you have enough space to place your HOB skimmer before buying it or you will need to move your tank.
Instant Ocean Seaclone skimmer measure 2 x 20,8 x 4 inches, the small footprint and compact size make it easy to fit with most space.
However, Coralife super protein skimmer measure 4.2 x 5.5 x 20.8 inches. Some users complain that it takes a lot of space and also quite complicated to install.