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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

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James W.
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

Andy G.
United States United States

Great product- does exactly what it is supposed to do

Well built, fits my skimmer well, and does a great job keeping my skimmer neck clean. Very happy

Derek M.
United States United States

Simple to setup & program

What I enjoyed the most about my new Swabbie was the ease of set up onto my Essence130. Only took a couple of minutes to get it unboxed and centered in the cup. I had ordered the wrong size wiper, but Avast quickly identified and shipped out the correct size for the neck of my skimmer. Also, setting up and programming the unit to run on my Apex was simple as well, and I have my Swabbie running for 4 minutes, every 4 hours. If that’s too much/too little, it’s simple enough to adjust the timing. Great quality item, well manufactured, and performs such a necessary function. I will continue to do business with Avast for any of my future tank needs, as I have purchased several other items for calcium/media reactors. - Derek M.

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Ethan C.
United States United States

Works great and easy to use with apex

Works as it should and I've cleaned my skimmer once since setting it up vs every 2 days, and I only cleaned it because I was going out of town. I will be putting one on every skimmer I own from here on out.