Top Skimmer Picks: Hang In/Hang On Tank Models

Top Skimmer Picks: Hang In/Hang On Tank Models

Goldfish (Carassius auratus) swimming in large rectangular fish tank.
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Hang In/Hang On Tank counter current protein skimmers were the first type of skimmers to appear in the saltwater aquarium hobby. They were simple devices which used an air pump driven air stone, the bubbles from which collected proteins and deposited them in a collection cup. These skimmers are the least expensive and the easiest to install and operate. With in-tank skimmers, there are no worries about wet floors.

  • 01 of 09

    Aqua Medic Turboflotor 1000 Blue Hang-On Skimmer

    Turboflotor Blue 1000 Skimmer
    Turboflotor Blue 1000 Skimmer. PriceGrabber

    Great new skimmer design gives you one-pump, hang-on convenience. Use the versatile Turboflotor Blue 1000 as a hang-on unit or mount inside or outside of a filter sump. Patented water flow extends contact time within the reaction chamber and the powerful Aqua Medic needle wheel pump with venturi air intake optimizes air intake and bubble size to ensure high waste removal. Made of high quality acrylic. For aquariums up to 125 gallons. 3-3/4" x 7" x 18-1/2" high.

  • 02 of 09

    AquaC Remora Protein Skimmer

    Aqua C Remora Skimmer. PriceGrabber

    This is a non-venturi skimmers that benefits from a spray-injection system. These hang-on-tank units are designed for systems without sumps.

  • 03 of 09

    AquaticLife Internal Mini Skimmer 115

    AquaticLife Internal Mini Skimmer 115

    The Internal Mini Skimmer 115 measures only 3" x 3-1/4" x 10-1/2" high to provide supplemental filtration in saltwater aquariums up to 30 gallons. This compact skimmer is driven by an 8 watt needle-wheel impeller pump for energy efficiency AND effective organic waste removal. Mounting bracket and suction cups included for convenient placement and quiet operation inside your aquarium.

  • 04 of 09

    Eshopps Hang On Tank Protein Skimmer

    Eshopps Hang On Protein Skimmer
    Eshopps Hang On Protein Skimmer. Photo by PriceGrabber

    Eshopps protein skimmers are designed with simplicity in mind. The included pump features a needle-wheel impeller that mixes air and water to create a flurry of waste-removing bubbles. The removable collection cup allows convenient skimmer maintenance and disposal of collected waste material. The adjustment knob fine-tunes the water level within the protein skimmer reaction chamber for optimal performance.

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  • 05 of 09

    Lee's Counter Current Protein Skimmer

    Lee's CC Protein Skimmer

    The Lee's skimmer is a bare bones, easy to set up and maintain, inexpensive in-tank skimmer that comes preassembed and includes a limewood air stone. All that is needed is an air pump to get it running and start producing good quality foam. Available in three sizes for tanks up to 30, 60 or 90 gallons.

  • 06 of 09

    Prizm Skimmers

    Prizm Skimmer
    Prizm Skimmer. PriceGrabber

    Compact size, powerful pump, and easy "hang-and-go" setup make it a great choice for the small-to-medium home aquarium. Features an 18-blade Turbo-Jet Air Impeller that quietly generates a constant stream of microbubbles in a homogeneous air/water mixture. Patented, 2-stage reaction chamber extends contact time while providing both co- and counter-current action, creating protein-rich, stable foam. Requires 2" of headroom for removable 17 oz. collection cup. Includes adjustable height surface skimmer, filtration media basket, and carbon. For larger aquariums, use the Prizm Pro Deluxe (13" x 20" high x 3-1/2" deep). Includes removable 40 oz. collection cup and optional drainage port.

  • 07 of 09

    SeaClone Skimmer

    SeaClone Skimmer.

    The SeaClone Protein Skimmer can be hung on your aquarium or placed in your sump. The SeaClone's built-in Maxi-Jet 1200 Pump create a froth of micro-bubbles created by the venturi action. Water and air swirl together in tornado-like motion in the Vortex chamber, drawing out dissolved wastes. The adjustable water flow and air injection rate means precise control and reliable performance. Convenient design for easier cleaning and maintenance. The SeaClone Protein Skimmer is available in two sizes: SCPS 100 for marine aquariums up to 100 gallons (3-1/2" diameter x 18" high) and SCPS 150 for marine aquariums up to 150 gallons (3-1/2" diameter x 25" high).

  • 08 of 09

    Skilter Filter/Protein Skimmer

    Skilter Filter/Protein Skimmer
    Skilter Filter/Protein Skimmer. Photo by PriceGrabber

    Maintenance-free Skilter Filter offers total, efficient filtration for saltwater aquariums. Combines chemical, mechanical, and biological filtration techniques with protein skimming. Makes an ideal primary filter for 10-55 gallon saltwater and mini-reef aquariums. The advanced venturi-type protein skimmer of the Skilter Filter can also be used as a supplementary filtration device for aquariums up to 100 gallons. This filter hangs on back of aquarium.

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  • 09 of 09

    Turboflotor 1000 Multi

    TurboFlotor Multi 1000 Skimmer
    TurboFlotor Multi 1000 Skimmer. PriceGrabber

    Turboflotor 1000 Multi measures 7-1/2" x 15" x 21-1/4" high and includes a pump and fittings. This versatile unit can be used as a hang-on style or placed inside or outside of the sump. Only the water supply pump needs to be placed in the aquarium or sump. Two outflow boxes direct water back to the aquarium or sump. For aquariums up to 250 gallons.