- water clarity
I bought a 12 inch Swabbie and there was no groove cut in the underside of the top which makes it hard to center on top of the cup. Also the acrylic piece under the lid was the same size as my riser tube, I expected it to be a larger diameter. I was able to modify to make it work.
The swabbie has really improved my skimmer performance. It was super easy to install and and setup with my a Apex. I run it for 3 minutes every 6 hours and the skimmer neck is always super clean. It has actually helped improve my nutrient levels due to better skimming. I even had to turn my lighting intensity down a bit due to increased par as a result of improved water clarity. So far, this has been one of the best purchases I’ve made for my tank.
I have 2 of these on 2 different tanks. Its lower profile than the other product from Reef octopus that I tried. Reef octopus ANC would not fit under the stand, this fits with room to spare! Very happy with this!
Quality of workmanship and assembly was not what I expected. Lid still had shavings and edges that could have been polished with a little more focus. Assembly of the motor was not great since the shaft seal was misaligned and not set level onto the motor housing base and not sure why the lid fasteners are movable the way they are. Just makes completing an even pressure tightening of the lid assembly to your skimmer cup that much more difficult.
Works great to keep the skimmer neck clean. Plugged into my apex energy bar it comes on three times a day for three minutes. The skimmer foam is much more consistent now.