Professional-grade pond skimmer filter lets you create the water garden of your dreams. Heavy-duty, pond skimmer with large leaf net keeps pond surface free of grass, leaves, and other floating debris. Loaded with smart design features for installation flexibility - simplifies custom installation and maintenance. Corrugated high-density polyethylene skimmer body reinforces structural integrity and large pump chamber provides easy-access to your pump. Removable inlet screen protects fish, frogs, and other aquatic life from entering the skimmer chamber.
Includes: Skimmer vault, lid, fish inlet screen, weir plate, gate, foam float, seal, screws, net, biological brushes, 2" bulkhead fitting, and PVC support bar(s).
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You are now the owner of the finest fish-safe pond skimmer designed specifically for water gardens and koi ponds. Please follow the instructions to ensure a successful installation. The pond skimmer is an important element of your water garden pond. It establishes the water level, houses the pump and plumbing, and removes floating debris (and submerged debris when using the optional bottom drain). It serves as a small biological filter and circulates oxygenated water to additional filters and back to the pond. It also serves as a pump pre-filter to prevent the pump from clogging.
Locating the Skimmer
Excavating for the Skimmer
It would be recommended to cut the hole in the side of the skimmer for the plumbing of the Pump Discharge.
Note: If using a Bottom Drain, it is important to address the layout during this phase of the installation.
Optional Bottom Drain
Before pond excavation is finished, dig a trench for the Bottom Drain Tubing, especially through the outer shelves of the pond. When the liner is in place, it will fit in the trench and the pipe will sit on top of the liner. Rocks and River Stones will now fit flush over the top of the pipe to help hide it. It also helps to support the pipe with some additional rocks so that it does not put strain on the bulkhead fitting passing through the liner wall.
Installing and Backfilling the Skimmer
Installing Seal into Weir Cover Plate
Note: The Weir Gate should only be latched shut for temporary skimmer maintenance. It is not recommended to leave the Weir Gate latched for longer periods of time.
Attaching Liner and Weir
Note: Allow about 12" of slack in the liner (below the skimmer) to minimize strain. Having extra slack on the liner below the skimmer is recommended for two reasons: 1) It could be advantageous in the event that the liner should require being re-cut, 2) It reduces strain on the liner as the pond is being filled with water.
Before beginning this portion of installation, familiarize yourself with the Weir Cover Plate. The front portion of the Weir is flat. The reverse side of the Weir Cover Plate has a protruding feature that will be used to locate the liner.
Installing the Pump and Plumbing
External Pond Pumps (nonsubmersible pumps):
Note: If installing a waterfall with the Skimmer, it is always recommended to install a check valve somewhere in-line between the Skimmer and waterfall. This prevents the Waterfall Vault from drying out the filters and killing the beneficial bacteria when the pump is off due to servicing or during a power outage.
OPTIONAL - Sand-Fill Plug for Lid:
Cleaning the Skimmer:
After cleaning, replace the Net and Biological Brushes. The skimmer maintenance should only take a short amount of time every 1-2 weeks. It is recommended to keep the skimmer maintenance time at a minimum to keep the beneficial bacteria from being deprived of water for too long. If longer maintenance time is required, simply put the Biological Brushes in a 5-gallon bucket of pond water for temporary storage.
If the pump is left running during freezing weather, close the Bottom Drain Gate Valve to prevent mixing warm bottom water with colder surface water. Fish become dormant during the winter and if the Bottom Drain is open, it disrupts their ability to become less active. In the spring, do not open the Bottom Drain Gate Valve until the surface water temperature averages above 40°F for at least one week.