- Automatic Skimmer Neck Cleaner (ANC) with Lid - Reef Octopus
Automatically clean the collection cup of your Reef Octopus protein skimmer to keep it running at peak performance. Automatic Neck Cleaners (ANC) are designed to fit Reef Octopus skimmers. Consistently cleaning the neck of your protein skimmer will reduce the build-up of bio-organics. This build-up causes the foam to stick to the sides and can restrict the collection of skimmate in the skimmer's collection cup. ANC units will increase the height of your skimmer by approximately 4.75".
- Solid construction
- Sealed accessible drive motor
- Twin squeegee blades
- High torque low RPM motor
- Wiper mount
- Lid with mounting clamps
- Automatic by plugging neck cleaner into a timer (sold separately) or an aquarium controller (sold separately)
- Set to run for a few minutes 4-6 times per day
|Model Number||SKU||Compatible With:|
|ANC 110||207865||SRO1000, XP1000(ext/int), NWB110, DNWB110|
|ANC 150||207866||SRO2000(int), NWB150, DNWB150, DCS150, POV1|
|ANC 170||207870||XP2000(int), SRO2000(ext), DCS170|
|ANC 200||207869||SRO3000(int/ext), XP2000(ext/sss), NWB200, DNWB200, XS200, EXT200, DCS200, POV2|
|ANC 220||207871||XP3000, SRO3000(int), POV3|
|ANC 250||207872||SRO5000, Regal 250, NWB250, DNWB250, XS250, EXT250, EXT350, DCS250, DCSR250|
|ANC 300||209094||SRO6000, Regal 300|
|ANC 250 Float Switch||211147||Regal 250 (includes hole for float switch)|
|ANC 300 Float Switch||211148||Regal 300 (includes hole for float switch)|
Neptune Apex Code for Neck Cleaner Operation:
This will operate the cleaner for 15 seconds out of every 6 hours, continuously.
2. Fallback OFF
3. OSC 000/00:15/359:45 then ON
“Effective, Nice to have.....” By CrazyDiamond on 3/15/2020CrazyDiamond would recommend this product to a friendAfter many years in the hobby running protein skimmers on my systems & never really getting the skimmer consistently ‘dialed in’ for optimum performance, I started to believe it could be because I wasn’t cleaning the collection cup often enough.... so, I bought the ANC for my Regal 300 external skimmer. It runs every 2 hrs for 20 seconds and has made a noticeable improvement on the performance of the skimmer. I still have to adjust airflow and bubbles regularly to align with bio-load demand & to stay as ‘dialed-in’ as I can... but, the utIlization of the ANC has allowed the bubbles to consistently push the organics into the cup better than when I did not have the ANC in operation. I have not experienced a measure-able reduction of nitrate or phosphate since installing the ANC, (and still have to keep up with regular maintenance / water changes, etc.) but it is clear to me that the performance of the skimmer has improved. If you don’t have time to clean your skimmer cup every couple days or every week, this is a nice add-on. This is something you get once you have everything else (filtration, lighting, flow, etc) optimized. If you have a limited budget,,, get all the ‘mission critical’ things right before you buy one of these. As this is a nice to have piece of equipment. I would say it certainly makes ongoing maintenance easier and is another enhancement that helps keep my system running optimally.
Good but improvement needed By Michael on 1/12/2020Michael would recommend this product to a friendThe idea of cleaning the inner portion of the Protein Skimmer neck is great. However this product falls a little short of optimum performance as it does not clean the outer portion of the neck.
The twin squeegee blades only goes down inside the neck. However, gunk still accumulates on the outer part of the neck and the inner walls of the collection cup.
This results in manual cleaning of the neck and inner portion of the collection cup.
After installing the unit I noticed it was not cleaning the neck as well as it should. It was leaving large chunks of junk still stuck to the inside of the neck. I contacted BRS about the problem and they agreed to reach out to Reef Octopus for a solution. After two weeks I did not see any follow-up or heard from anybody about the problem. So so I decided to fake the unit apart and see what could be contributing to the lack of performance of ANC.
I quickly found out that the twin squeegee blades that are supposed to be be removing the gonk from inside of the neck was pretty loose. The 4 stainless steel screws that are used to hold the twins squeegee blade to the actual frame of the cleaner was actually loose and therefore they rubber squeegee blades was barely touching the inner walls of the neck. I adjusted the squeegee blades so they would fit tightly against the inner part of the neck and reassembled the unit. Ran it a few times to test and it did a marvelous job cleaning what I would consider 100% of the surface on the inside. I think this is something Reef Octopus and BRS could actually do a better job off by either documenting it as part of their troubleshooting steps or making sure customers know that this is something that needs adjustment upon assembly or, possibly periodic adjustment after ongoing use. In addition the suggested frequency of cleaning from Reef Octopus is 15 seconds every 6 hours. Depending on how much gunk your system produce or your protein skimmer extracts from the water this is just not sufficient. I modify the settings by running thr ANC for 30 seconds every 2 hours. This is done via the oscillating programming options on my Neptune Fusion. After making these minor changes the unit now performed flawlessly.
Maintenance relief By Slob on 5/31/2018Slob would recommend this product to a friendPros- keeps neck clean, less overall maintenance and annoying neck and cup cleaning I used to do weekly, heavy duty good materials and components, used about 6 months with no issues or failures, increased my skimate and performance of my skimmer, probably only company that I found that makes neck cleaners which is why I bought from Reef Octo
Cons- Bought it specifically for my Reef Octo 200sss which has a float switch, this does not come with a float port so I will have to modify it as I already had some accidental overflows without it, the plug end to power is a huge box like an old game console system, hard to support to a timer which was also hard to find since I don't use a Neptune to control it, should've been at least like a laptop power cord, I was hoping on going 6 months to a year without having to clean the entire thing but after 3 months I found it slowly decreasing skimate because so much overall gunk builds up everywhere else besides the neck, poor instructions like all Reef Octo products
Overall still happy with it and consider it a great maintenance relief and a skimmer performance booster
Awsome By Bryan on 3/5/2018Bryan would recommend this product to a friendThis definitely help skim production on this skimmer
Great Addition By John H on 2/28/2018John H would recommend this product to a friendThe product works great. Easy to assemble and install. Instructions were very clear. It keeps my skimmer neck very clean. Really like that since I have an external skimmer.
Missing parts By Taylor on 10/27/2017Taylor wouldn't recommend this product to a friendUpset to unbox and find out that there is no neck peice
Great Product! By James on 5/29/2017James would recommend this product to a friendI have this hooked up to the SRO 2000 and I love it. My Reefkeeper runs it for 15 seconds every four hours. I love the satisfaction of hearing it click on, and knowing that it is performing well. It is easy to clean which means you are more likely to do it.
Best money I have ever spent By Kenneth on 8/18/2015Kenneth would recommend this product to a friendI love this product! It is so quiet you don't know it is running. It keeps the skimmer working at it's peak performance. I wished I had bought this a long time ago. I have been running well over a year and have not had issues. I have it controlled by my Apex aquarium controller. I have got my moneys worth out of it.
Work good.. By Joe on 7/4/2015Joe would recommend this product to a friendWorks real good and quiet. You will need at least 5.00" clearance above your skimmer for this to fit . Also I used a $9.00 Brinks digital timer I got from Walmart, it can't handle this gadget and burned out on first use.. so spend the extra $$$ and get a better timer...
Perfect companion By Michael on 10/29/2014Michael would recommend this product to a friendThis neck cleaner is the perfect companion to my Octopus 250 skimmer - which I absolutely love. Worth the investment!
Would the ANC 150 work with the r
Regal 150 INT?
Great question! The ANC 150 will work with that model along with the follow other models. Happy Reefing!
SRO-2000int, NWB-150, DNWB-150, Classic 150(int/ext), Classic 150sss, Classic 152-S, DCS150int, POV1, Prime 150int, Elite 150(int/sss), Regal 150(int/sss)
What size the clean head will work with Hurricone Cat 3 skimmer?
Will the 110 model work with the Reef Octopus Classic 110 INT? Also it appears that this only cleans the neck down to the point where it joins the main body. Is there no way to clean the neck further down? That gets very much "slimed up" in mine, but it's a royal pain to clean because I have to take it out of the sump to clean it without the slime getting back into the aquarium water.
This will work with the Classic 110 INT skimmer. As for cleaning purposes this will often help to reduce the number of cleanings however the cup itself will often need to be cleaned still to keep up with the waste build up on the side. However it can greatly reduce the number of cleanings. Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions!
Which model of this ANC will work with the classic 202-S 8"?
Which automatic neck cleaner will fit a Reef Octopus DCRS 300 ext skimmer?
Easy answer. You will need toe ANC with 300 Lid
Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions!
I just purchased the Regal 300 Int Skimmer. Does the replacement lid still include the float switch holder which triggers the pump off when the skim mate is full?
The ANC replacement lids, do not include any provisions for a float switch at this time. You would need to modify the lid to include a hole for a float switch if you wanted to add one one.
Can this be used on the octo 202s protein skimmer? Please advise at your convenience.
Great question. The ANC 200 would be compatible for the Classic 202-S. Please let us know if you have any further questions. Happy Reefing!
Does the ANC with 200 lid work with the Regal 200INT skimmer?
Which neck cleaner model works with the Octopus 150 Elite Internal Super Space Saver?
The 150 neck will work with the 150 elite. Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions!
Will this work with any reef octopus and especially mine model : NW-200-6540B
The SKU: 207869 ANC with 200 Lid should be the proper fit for your skimmer. :-)
What should I order to fit my RO Regal 150SSS?
ANC with 110 lid work with REEF OCTOPUS CLASSIC 110SSS 5" INTERNAL SPACE SAVING PROTEIN SKIMMER
The ANC with 110 lid will work with the RO Classic 110SSS skimmer. If you have any other questions just let us know.
Which model works with classic 152-S 6"?
For the reef octopus(anc) automatic neck cleaner, do you reuse your current collection cup or not?
You use the existing collection cup but the lid is replaced.