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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.

The Swabbie currently comes in several sizes as a replacement lid for your skimmer's collection cup.  All lids are made from heavy duty 3/8" material.  The single pivot point on the wiper allows Swabbie to clean conical necks as well.  Not sure if your skimmer will accommodate the Swabbie?  Follow this guide to select the correct size:

Select the size in the middle of the range for the best fit.  Example:  Your collection cup measures 7" and see that the 6", 7" and 8" all fit, the middle range selection would be 7" and provide the best fit.
Note regarding wiper reach or length: If your skimmer's neck is too wide or tall for the standard wiper, please just let us know and we will substitute the next larger wiper size with your Swabbie at no additional charge.

Timer or aquarium controller not included
Power consumption: AC 110v 3w 
Cord Length: 6'
Height: 3.25" above normal skimmer lid
Warranty: 1 year

Click here for the user manual

See the Swabbie in action here, here, here, here, here

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4.8 Based on 29 Reviews
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Joseph N.
United States United States
Works great with my apex

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.

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Tony B.
Canada Canada

Very happy with the purchase. Fast shipping, easy installation, quality product. Working very well so far.

Robert G.
United States United States

Cleans neck as described, motor is completely silent for those thinking this cleaning action inhibits the froth production of the skimmer I assure you it doesn’t your skimmer won’t miss a beat. I would upload a video if I could.

James W.
United States United States
Avast Swabbie

The swabbie is a solid piece of equipment a must have for all skimmers I was a little concerned it would affect the foam and skimmate production in the neck but had no effect at all that I could tell. I installed this on my ATB 1050 a skimmer and drilled and threaded my skimmer lid myself very easy to do. I will be purchasing another one in the next couple of weeks for my reef octopus 220 elite internal. Thanks Avast for the solid in reliable products you make I would definitely recommend for anybody due to solid build quality and reliability

Daniel A.
United States United States
this thing is bada**

just look at the title it says it all. quite, well built, and cheaper than the competition. i give it a 11/10