pond skimmer

Pond Skimmers

The quality and beauty of your ponds water will greatly improve with the correct pond skimmer setup.  Pond skimmers play an important role by removing floating debris.  Which would otherwise sink to the bottom and strain the pond filter system (causing excess nutrients and algae blooms), or damage or clog your pond pump.   Garden pond skimmers also provide a wonderful place to hide your submersible pump.

Below you’ll find a wide range of pond skimmers in a variety of prices and sizes.  From the large professional heavy-duty skimmers, to a small diy water garden skimmer.  We have you covered.

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~ Floating Pond Skimmers
DIY Pond Skimmers
Commercial/Professional Pond Skimmers
Pond Skimmer Replacement Parts
Resources & FAQs

Floating Pond Skimmers

A floating pond skimmer is one of the easiest skimmers to install.  You just hookup your plumbing, or power and place into the pond.  The great thing about floating pond skimmers is that unlike a traditional garden pond skimmer located in one spot outside of the pond.  A floating pond skimmer… like that name says… floats around and can skim areas others can’t.

OASE SwimSkim SkimmersView Product Page

Oase Floating pond skimmer

OASE (companies website) SwimSkim floating pond skimmer will continuously and quickly skim large debris and leaves from your pond.  Adapts to any water level unlike other skimmers that can run dry when water levels get low.  The SwimSkim is designed with a built-in pond aerator that uses a 800 GPH pump.  Adding oxygen and cleaning at the same time.  Simple installation by just placing it inside the pond and powering it up.

Normally retails from $99.99.

OASE AquaSkim SkimmersView Product Page

oase aquaskim in pond skimmer

The AquaSkim OASE Pond skimmer is kinda a mix between a in pond skimmer, and a floating pond skimmer.  Giving you the best of both worlds.

AquaSkim is a great choice for retrofitting ponds due to the ease of installation.

The floating weir provides up to 6″ of water level changes.  Works in ponds up to 270 square feet and 8-22″ deep.

Normally retails from $99.99.

 

DIY Pond Skimmers

Listed here are diy pond skimmer boxes that are geared towards easy installation and affordability..

PS-Series SkimmersView Product Page

atlantic pond skimmer

These Atlantic pond skimmers are where affordability meets quality.  Featuring a removable lid, debris basket, filter mat, silicone, and a weir door with maximum flow for superior surface cleaning.  The polyethylene pond skimmer box shell comes with a lifetime warranty.  Models PS4000 and PS4500 available.

Normally retails from $254.55 to $283.64.

Pondmaster Mini SkimmerView Product Page

Danner Pondmaster Mini Pond Skimmer for 700 - 1800 GPH Pumps

Mini Pondmaster “in pond skimmer” is a small version of Pondmaster’s Pro5000.  Engineered for smaller ponds 1,000 gallons and less.  Works with pumps in the ranges of 700-1800 GPH.  Complete with debris basket, all needed fittings, and filter material.

Normally retails for $186.05.

Eco-Series SkimmersView Product Page

Eco-Series EasyPro Pond Skimmers

Eco-Series Easy Pro pond skimmer series are patented skimmers that get installed inside your pond liner.  Making them the industries first “in pond skimmer”.  No chance for leaks since there is no attachment with silicone like other skimmers.  Providing a secure and easy install. Available in four different sizes (Tempo, Melody, Prelude, and Ovation).

Normally retails from $87.99 to $309.99.

Skimmer & Filter Combo PackageView Product Page

pond skimmer filter combo atlantic

These Atlantic pond skimmer filter combo packages are the perfect match for pond project.  Comes with a FilterFalls waterfall filter and skimmer complete with all the parts you need in one kit.  The shells come with a lifetime warranty.  Available in three different sizes.

Normally retails from $409.70 to $470.30.

 

Commercial / Professional Pond Skimmers

When the professional installers go to select a pond skimmer box, they usually select one of the models below.  These skimmers are great if you need high performance, durability, or need a really large pond skimmer.

Atlantic Heavy-Duty SkimmersView Product Page

atlantic professional pond skimmer

Atlantic pond skimmers built with the professional in mind.  Featuring mechanical filtration using a brush panel, stainless steel debris trap, super-flow weir, and a rolled upper rim for super strength.  The shells come with a lifetime warranty.  Available in four different sizes.

Normally retails from $406.05 to $752.91.

Atlantic Oasis SkimmersView Product Page

atlantic ps3900 pond skimmer

This Atlantic pond skimmer balances features and benefits for the advanced diy homeowners and professional contractors.  It is sized small enough for small installations, but durable and strong enough for contractors to use.  Similar to the above heavy-duty skimmers with the addition of labeled drill locations for installing a overflow and auto-fill.

Normally retails for $281.12.

Helix SkimmerView Product Page

helix pond skimmer

In all styles of pond construction, you can’t go wrong with the helix pond skimmer.  It’s a mix between a floating pond skimmer with the floating weir (self-leveling and keeps fish safe), and a traditional pond skimmer box (allows for different configurations like air-lift).  Featuring stainless steel hardware, optional auto-fill valve, no pre-drilled holes for maximum customization,  durable HDPE construction, and more.   Helix pond skimmers are not cheap, but they’re high quality.

Normally retails for $499.99.

Axiom SkimmersView Product Page

axiom pond skimmers

This is one versatile Easy Pro pond skimmer! The Axiom skimmers combine mechanical and biological filtration in one unit.  Featuring options for an integrated UV option, adjustable overflow, flange to extend inlet, secure and fast liner attachment, and can be used on external or submersible pumps.

Normally retails from $389.79 to $529.99.

Pro-Series SkimmersView Product Page

pro series easy pro pond skimmer

Pro-Series Easy Pro pond skimmers featuring separate pump chamber for easy inspection and filter pad installation, one piece heavy-duty debris basket,  easy to hide weir opening, and the choice between filter brushes or a vertical filter mat.

Normally retails from $299.99 to $799.99.

Savio SkimmerFilterView Product Page

savio skimmerfilter pond skimmer

The SkimmerFilter Savio pond skimmer combines four types of filtration into one!  Providing mechanical, biological, skimming, and UV filtration (sold separately).  All wrapped in a durable housing with a cylindrical shape to resist compaction and warping.  For ponds up to 1000 gallons.  Comes with a 5 year warranty.

Normally retails from $640.00 to $732.00.

External Pump SkimmersView Product Page

external pump easy pro pond skimmer

Easy Pro pond skimmer designed for external pumps.  Featuring the same components as the Pro-Series Easy Pro skimmers, but  pre-plumbed for simple bottom drain installation (comes with plug).  Where multiple skimmers are needed, you can connect multiple units together and use a single external pump.  Max flow 4500 GPH each.

Normally retails for $259.99.

External Pump SkimmersView Product Page

easy pro extension tube

EasyPro skimmer extension tubes are great for improving the looks of your installation.  The patented designs allow you to place your Easy Pro pond skimmer further away from the pond edge.  Allowing for rocks, or plantings to places where a normal pond leaf skimmer would sit.  Works great with concrete walls.

Normally retails from $99.89 to $124.99.

Satellite SkimmerView Product Page

ps3000 skimmer

This Atlantic pond skimmer is perfect for areas that are hard to reach. Unlike other koi pond skimmers, this satellite model can go outside or inside of your liner.  Also can be used as a single small pond skimmer, or pre-filter bottom drain.

Normally retails for $229.53.

 

Pond Skimmer Replacement Parts & Accessories

We strive to stock all the parts and accessories needed for every koi pond skimmer on the market.  If you need something that you don’t see below please contact us.

pond leaf skimmer debris net

Danner pond leaf skimmer debris net.  Featuring heavy-duty aluminum, sure-grip handle, padded rims to protect from damage and fish, string loop for easy storage, and fish-safe soft nylon netting.  A great small pond skimmer net.

Normally retails for $19.99.

 

 

Frequently Asked Questions

What does a pond skimmer do?
Well there are many different pond skimmers for sale today.  Each of them have their strengths and weaknesses.  In general a good skimmer for koi ponds will:

  • Hide a submersible pump or hookup to an external pump
  • Suck in floating debris and allow you to easily dispose of waste
  • Provide mechanical and/or biological, UV filtration
  • Allow other plumbing options like a bottom drain
  • Keep fish safe from being sucked into a pump
Do you have any tips for how I can make a diy floating pond skimmer?
First off, it’s awesome that you’re trying to learn how to build a pond skimmer.   While we do not have any specific set of plans currently we’re working on it.  In the meantime checkout this diy floating pond skimmer tutorial on Youtube by David Butler.  It’s labeled as a natural pool skimmer, but works for ponds just the same.

Where should I place my fish pond skimmer?
Your pond skimmer installation will be highly dependent on your overall pond design.  In general it is always recommended to place the skimmer on the opposite end of your waterfall (if you have one).  That way the water enters the pond and then travels across the entire surface to the opposite end.  Creating an endless loop.

If you have some hard to reach areas in the pond you may consider adding an additional skimmer, or a floating pond skimmer / in pond skimmer.

More Resources:

A great article in Pond Trade by Kent Wallace all about koi pond skimmer installation.  Which require a different setup than a garden pond skimmer.

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