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Swabbie Retrofit

Swabbie Retrofit

$ 159.99

Swab the Neck!

This motorized neck cleaner keeps your protein skimmer running at peak efficiency by periodically wiping the inside of the neck where all the crud accumulates.  Normally, build up in the neck in as little as 6 to 8 hours after cleaning will cause foam to stick to the sides and resist traveling up and over into the collection cup.  Keeping the neck wall clean results in consistent skimmate production similar to a freshly hand-washed skimmer.  Simply plug the Swabbie into a timer (not included) or aquarium controller and set it to run for a few minutes 4 to 6 times per day.  When run this way, no crud will build up and fall back into the skimmer chamber.  Swabbie eliminates the chore of daily cleaning for two weeks or more and maintains the level of skimmate production that you would normally get with a freshly-washed skimmer.

This Swabbie option is for existing lid retrofit.  Just send us your skimmer's lid and we will install the motor housing for you.  Turn around is usually about a week from when we receive the lid.  When ordering, please add a comment in the box below to alert us that you are sending your lid and when we should expect it.  Another option is to request a new lid from your skimmer manufacturer be sent to us, that way you don't have to use a dinner plate on your skimmer until the Swabbied lid returns to you.  Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions about the retrofit process.

Technical Data:
Modification of original skimmer lid means a perfect fit every time
Timer or aquarium controller not included
Power consumption: AC 110v 3w
Height: The motor housing is 3.25" above the skimmer lid
Warranty: 1 year

220v/50hz is available with either European or UK style grounded plugs.  Other countries may require a plug adapter (not included).

Click here for the user manual
Click here for the self-install manual

Read further technical details about the Swabbie here

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Kevin P.
United States

Swabbie Retrofit

This unit is a great product at a reasonable price. Easy to fit, good solid materials and construction, and simple step by step instructions.

Chad S.
United States


Great product. Makes the skimmer much more consistent.

Thad W.
United States

Fast turn around and great work

I sent my skimmer cover for installation of swabbie and received it back quickly and ready to go. Great work Avast

Michael Fiss
United States

One of the greatest additions to my tank

Adding the Swabbie to my skimmer is a great addition to my tank. I will not be removing and cleaning the collection cup every water change. It was a bit of a hassle when I got a wiper that was too large, but I did get a proper sized wiper after emailing Justin/Dan. Also the edges on the wiper holder were a bit rough and looked sloppy.


Swabbie Retrofit

I got this fit on my RO and I love it. Works amazing, looks slick. I can say its certainly helped me save time cleaning things and has the skimmer running like new all the time!