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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 at checkout 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.  You may send your lid to us at:

Avast Marine Works
12953 Back Rd.
Strasburg, VA 22657

Please write your order number on the box when sending in your lid for retrofit.  This is a free service included with purchase of a new Swabbie retrofit.

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

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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Ryan C.
United States United States

Great service and speedy turnaround

Very happy with my Avast Marine interaction.

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.

Larry R.
United States

Nice people

I contacted Avast before I sent in my skimmer lid. They installed the Swabbie and mailed my lid out the same day they recieved it. Total turnaround time was 7 days. I had to shave down the nylon screws holding the unit in place but it was no big deal. The unit works as advertised and I now remove and clean my skimmer cup every 2 to 3 weeks instead of 2 to 3 days.

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