Hang On Back Filter, or for others they call it as power filters or HOBs, are literally type of filtration that hangs on the aquarium’s back. To tank owners, this type of filtration seems in demand because of its overall versatility that it gives three types of filtration, Biological, Mechanical and Chemical.

Why choose this type of filters?

There are many reasons, why this is a better option for your tanks. And to give you few of the reasons, check on the below:

  • Easy Cleaning and Maintenance

This is indeed a perfect choice to aquarium owners who desire to use filtration system on their aquarium yet has no time maintaining and regularly cleaning it. This type of filter usually consists of very few parts, housing, the filter media cartridge and intake tube, giving you faster time cleaning the entire filtration system. Older models though have detachable motor, yet newer models have its motor incorporated hence removing and cleaning it separately is not required.

Other than cleaning, maintenance is also not too demanding. Maintenance requirement is fairly minimal, as filter media replacement can be done every three to four weeks. Over time, you can see build up of algae inside filter housing and intake tube, worry not as much as algae can be removed as easy as scrubbing and rinsing them away.

If you have no much time to spend cleaning and maintaining your tanks and filters, this is indeed a good option for you.

Note: If you are using a hang on back filter that has bio-wheel, make sure that you do not clean it or let it dry completely, as by doing so, you might end up killing the beneficial bacteria growing on the wheel.

Also, make sure that you follow the cleaning guidelines specific to the brand and model of your filter, never assume that the way they should be cleaned is the same nor the timeframes changing filters. Read cleaning and maintenance procedures clearly.

  • Inexpensive

Compared to other filters, this is a more affordable option. Those who want to have a filter for their aquarium yet have no much money to spend may choose this type. You should not need to worry too much, as even though it is cheaper, it performs well in terms of filtration.

Note: There are many brands in the market manufacturing this type of filter, when choosing never consider solely the price tag, as you should consider other factors like functionality, durability and warranty.

  • It is widely available

The other reason why this is a common choice for aquarium hobbyist is the fact that it is widely available. Not only that there are many manufacturers all over the world make this type of filters but also many hobbyist are using this type of filtration, hence giving them the opportunity of buying high quality second hand filters.

The high availability is not only limited to just the equipment alone, as parts are also available anywhere. This being the case, in the event you need to change parts, it will not be too hard to find for replacement.

Note: The best way to order this kind of filtration is online. There are many trusted online shops selling different models and brands of this type of filter. Making a purchase online will give you convenience from choosing the right filter to buy up to receiving the item you purchase.

  • Low energy consumption

Compare to other types of filtration, HOB consumes lesser energy than the rest, This being the case, you are not only getting satisfactory filtration process to your tank but also, energy saving.

Note: Energy consumption varies on the type, brand and model of HOB. Most newly released models offer the best energy savings.

  • This type of filtration have different options for filter media

Other than the usual three filtration types, Biological, Mechanical and Chemical, you also have other filter media options, like when you are having issues with ammonia, you can load HOB with ammonia remover bags and so on.

Because of this, you can do whatever you want to make your tank the cleanest and the safest for your aquatic pets.

  • Can be installed easily

Installation is not an issue at all, all you need to accomplish is assembling the filter cartridge and intake tube, hang it on the aquarium and plug the equipment in.

Note: Some old models may require you to fill the aquarium with water first before plugging in, while newer models, do not require it. Needless to say, it is necessary that you read the guide stated on the handbook or booklet included upon your purchase, never assume they work the same, as most of the time, they do not.

  • It is highly versatile

Other than its three filtration methods, which by the way is highly needed to maintaining, fully functioning and healthy freshwater tank, HOB is available in different sizes, from small to large. Its size availability made it a perfect choice to any aquariums you want it to use for.

Note: Before buying, it is necessary that you consider first the size of the aquarium you are planning to own. This will let you buy the right size of filter you need. You may also want to ask the seller or the manufacturer about their recommendations of the best size of filter to buy for specific tank size.

Ask as well whether the model in question can house biological filter media, although most of them can, there are still some models, especially older and lower models, that cannot.

Know that you learn about this type of filter, you may have an idea why aquarium hobbyists are taking this option. There can be brands that are a little pricey than the rest, but prices are justified with functionality. Choose wisely and take as much time as you can to ensure that you get all the benefits this type of filter can offer and even more.