Planctonite, a small company from Spain has introduced a “sweeper” similar to a skim clean which will clean the inside of your protein skimmer. Planctonite saysÂ that it could be connected to a timer such as a ProFilux or other high end aquarium controller. We all know the advantages of having a clean skimmer neck and while most of us clean this for ourselves it is nice to know we have another option than skim clean. These start out at â‚¬125.00 ($187) and you can order one here.
Update: Looks like Planctonite pulled the product already. Perhaps you dear readers bought to many? Planconite contacted us and they are working on the 2.0 version of this new sweeper product. Stay tuned.
During normal operation of a skimmer, the debris is accumulating in the neck of forming a (sometimes thick) layer that prevents the foam right ascension and preventing overflows to the collection cup.
Sweeper connects to a timer, or your AQUATRON, Profilux IKS, etc. ..and set it to activate a couple of minutes every hour. Its rubber brushes ‘sweep’ the entire inner surface of the neck, removing the first layer of protein that has been formed, and to provide a basis for its massive accumulation if not withdrawn.
Sweeper is not a proper cleaning system is a system to avoid loss of efficacy over time of any skimmer.
As an added value, increased aid to the foam surface to ‘climb’ more easily by the neck, facilitating their arrival in the collection cup.