Your cart


35 reviews
$ 169.99

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.

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

Customer Reviews
4.7 Based on 35 Reviews
Write a Review Ask a Question
  • Reviews
  • Questions

Thank you for submitting a review!

Your input is very much appreciated. Share it with your friends so they can enjoy it too!

Filter Reviews:
Steve W.
United States United States

This thing is awesome

Anthony a.
United States United States
neck cleaner

i purchased a neck cleaner for my octo 200 int. working great so far.

Brett F.
United States United States
It works but could use improvements

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.

Avast Marine Works Swabbie Review
Garey A.
United States United States
Love this thing

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.

Andriy L.
United States United States
Works very well!

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!