Why I Need a Surface Skimmer in my Pond

Pond surface skimmers can make a huge impact on the amount of maintenance required for your pond, as well as its overall health. A small initial investment, surface skimmers pay for themselves in the time and energy you save, as well as the beauty of your pond.

Read on to see why a surface skimmer is the right choice for your pond – whether you are starting from scratch or have an existing pond system.  

What is a Pond Surface Skimmer?

Simply put, a pond surface skimmer is a box, containing a screen or net, that is built into the side of your pond. The skimmer continuously sucks the surface water layer through the net or catch. The debris-free water then re-circulates up to a waterfall, stream, or other point of entry on the other side of your pond.

Benefits of Pond Surface Skimmers

  • Accumulated protein, dust, and leaves are pulled off the surface of the water before the debris can sink to the bottom and decay.
  • Build-up of organic material in your pond, such as leaves, decay and cause an abundance of nutrients, which in turn cause algae to flourish. Surface skimmers stop this process before it starts.
  • Skimmers constantly agitate the surface of the water, increasing oxygenation. More oxygen in your water means less algae and healthier fish.
  • More agitation means your water is constantly moving, so you can avoid unpleasant odours and sludge associated with stagnation.
  • Surface protein skimmers reduce your pond maintenance work dramatically. You can virtually eliminate the need for skimmer nets and manual debris removal.
  • Skimmers work with every kind of filter – box filters, pressure filters, and bio filters – which makes them a flexible support for every filter system.  
  • Pond skimmers give you a hidden and convenient place to stash your pond pump.
  • The skimmer net is easy to clean and you can do so without interrupting or stopping the system.

do it yourself pond skimmer

Signs Your Pond Needs a Surface Skimmer

  • When you look at your pond, you can see an oily, shimmery film on the top of the water or in the corners. This is dust and protein accumulation and means your pond surface is not getting enough agitation.
  • You have a large pond.
  • Your pond includes a waterfall or stream.
  • You live in an area with lots of trees or wind.
  • Your pump is constantly getting clogged.
  • You want to reduce manual pond cleaning and labour on your pond.
  • You have little time to spend on pond maintenance.
  • You’re building a pond from scratch and want to save your time and energy in the long run for a small initial investment.