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Swabbie Retrofit

Swabbie Retrofit

10 reviews
$ 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 Swabbies 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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4.8 Based on 10 Reviews
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Frank S.
United States United States
Swab the neck

So far so good! It definitely improves skimmer performance by keeping neck clean. Now I just have to get my locker set up and skimmer maintenance will be so much easier and less stinking up the house once a week!

Steven E.
United States United States
Swabbie Retrofit

I honestly think it’s a well designed beast of a Neck Cleaner. I sent in my lid for my Reef Octopus Essence 130 to get it with the Micro blade. After they explained how to install the wiper on the mechanism I felt incredibly dumb lol it was a simple put together but I didn’t notice the obvious way to assemble it. Anyways the customer service is awesome as well I forgot to add their discount code they had at the time and they even gave me the difference back onto my card. If I even need any gadgets from them again I’m sure I’ll be willing to come back to Avast. Thanks again guys

Avast Marine Works Swabbie Retrofit Review
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.