JBL TopClean II
Surface skimmer for fresh and saltwater aquariums

  • Removes coatings and foreign particles from the water surface: accessory for external filter - skimmer for aquariums 60 – 600 litres (from 35 cm height upwards)
  • Place skimmer in the aquarium, connect to suction hose of the external filter (replaces existing suction pipe), regulate surface water/deep water suction with adjustment spindle
  • Universal: for hoses of 9/12 to 16/22 mm diameter. Infinitely adjustable suction capacity: surface water and deep water suction. Semi-circular shape for corner attachment
  • 2nd generation: optimised floating body – more buoyancy and adaption to the water level, stronger comb, removable adjustment spindle
  • Package contents: surface skimmer Top Clean II
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Price: 35,40 €
Recommended retail price incl. VAT
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Product information

Removes scum formations
Infrequent water changes and overfeeding can cause a biofilm (scum) to form on the water surface of the aquarium. This is because the surface water is not drawn into the filter circulation by the normal suction pipe of the external filter. The scum formation is a whitish “skin” comprised of bacteria and fungi. It hinders the oxygen enrichment of the water.

Siphen off surface water and water from deeper levels
The JBL Surface skimmer effectively removes scum formations or prevents them from forming. With its deep water intake the skimmer can be used to replace the conventional suction pipe. The skimmer comb automatically adapts to a changing water surface (as when water evaporates).

Easy to install
Connect the JBL Surface skimmer instead of the conventional suction pipe to the external filter. Attach the suction chamber with suction cups to the rear corner of your aquarium. Using the regulating pin select the surface water suction/ deep water suction ratio.

Elegant design
The adjustment spindle can be removed from the device. The JBL Surface skimmer has a stylish semi-circular shape and is suitable for hoses with 9/12 to 16/22 mm diameter.


JBL TopClean II

Art. no.:
EAN Code:
60-600 l
Volume packaging:
3.05 l
Gross weight:
455 g
Net weight:
360 g
Weight factor:
Packaging dimensions (l/h/w):
80/332/115 mm


Animal species: Arowana, Axolotl, Barbels, Bettas, Bichirs/reedfish, Blowfish, Catfish, Cichlids (South America), Corals, Crayfish, Danions, Discus, Dwarf shrimps, Flowerhorn, Gobies, Goldfish, Gouramis, Guppy, Juvenile fish, Killifish, Livebearers, Loaches, Mussels, Newts, Panchaxes, Rainbowfish, Snails, Spiny eels, Terrapins, Tetra, Tropical terrapins, Veiltails, freshwater butterflyfish, turtle
Animal size: For all animal sizes
Animal age group: All aquarium fish
Volume habitat: 60 - 600 (60 - 150 cm)
Material: plastic (ABS)
Colour: green / black / red

Electronic label / illuminant

Mercury: No
Dimmable: No

Technical Data

Can you install the TopClean with a filter with more than a nominal capacity of 1500 litres per hour?

Yes, this is quite possible. Please note that when using filters with more than a nominal capacity of 1500 litres per hour (which is approx. 800 l in practical operation) the water suction needs to be drawn into the upper and lower area (approx. 1:3). A suction into the upper part alone would lead to a sucking in of air and the raising of the floating body.

Blog (opinions & experiences)

JBL TV #26: The right internal and external filter for the aquarium

What’s a filter really for? How does an external filter work and what are the advantages and disadvantages of external filters?

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Video: Skimmer - for more oxygen and a clean water surface

Simply connect it to the external filter and watch it clean the water surface of the aquarium.

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Misunderstandings – typical beginner mistakes

Based on our own experience in customer service and the many messages and questions we receive, we have put together the typical mistakes beginners may make. The experienced aquarist might well smile, but if they are honest, these are mistakes we all made at the start, aren’t they?

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Outline: Fertilisation in the Aquarium

The JBL plant care concept leads to vigorous and healthy growth even with the most demanding aquatic plants. JBL has all the components you need, whether it’s a fertiliser, a bottom substrate or a fully automatic CO2 fertiliser system.

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A surface skimmer is a really useful addition to any external filter

A surface skimmer (JBL TopClean II) is a really useful addition to any external filter, as it keeps the water surface clean and ensures the water above the surface is ideally enriched with oxygen.

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Laboratories and calculators

Water Analysis Online Laboratory

Enter your water parameters and get an in-depth analysis of your values in a matter of seconds. You enter your water values – and we analyse! Here you have the opportunity to enter the measured water values directly into the JBL Online Laboratory. This will analyse your values and explain and submit corrective measures.
Reference guide (Themeworld)

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Additional product information and downloads

safety instructions

  • safety instruction for accessories
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spare parts
Customer reviews


Overall rating: 4.7
6 public review(s) for this product.

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6 Reviews in other languages

G.E.P.P. - French

Pratique et discret, il aspire l'eau à la surface et en profondeur.

Je vote pour que cet article soit compris d'origine avec la prochaine gamme de filtres externes JBL Cristal Profi eX03 greenline !

JBL, entendez-moi ! ^^

_mister_krabss_ - German

Einfach installiert und erklärt, jedoch bilde ich mir ein das es meine Filter Leistung vom e1502 Greenline reduziert. Die Funktion mit dem Skimmer erfüllt aber zu 100% seine Aufgabe.

Im Gesamtpaket 5/5 Sterne, mich störte nur der Leistungsverlust der bei dem oben genannten Filter auf 240L aber keine negativen Ausmaße hat.

_aqua4you_ - German

Ich benutze ihn in meinem 500l Becken und bin über die einfache Installation begeistert. Durch die 4 Saugnäpfe hält das ganze sehr gut und stabil in der Ecke. Einzig der Skimmeraufsatz kann sich bei größerer Erhöhung des Wasserspiegels verharken und nicht mehr richtig arbeiten. Da muss man das ganze dann den Wasserstand anpassen. Das passiert aber im normalen Betrieb nicht und deswegen gibt es trotzdem die 5 Sterne.

aquaristik_influencer - German

100 Punkte!

Wirklich tolles Produkt als Optimierung für den aussenfilter!

In wenigen Stunden ist die kahmkaut an der Wasseroberfläche weg und bleibt auch wirklich weg! Was bedeutet das? Besserer Wasserqualität 😁👍🏽

aquarium.meer91 - German

Ein super Oberflächen Absauger der sind gut mit den jbl Cristal Profi Außenfilter installieren lässt

https://www.flickr.com/photos/philipptauchmann - German

Sehr guter Oberflächenskimmer, zieht zuverlässig und langfristig ohne ständiges Nachjustieren die Oberfläche ab. Lässt sich einfach einstellen, schluckt keine Fische und der Schwimmer bleibt auch nicht hängen. Einziger Nachteil ist die Größe, bei einer schwarzen Rückwand lässt er sich aber gut in die Aquarienlandschaft integrieren und verstecken.

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