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PostPosted: Sun Feb 07, 2010 10:13 pm    Post subject: americam pond skimmer Reply with quote

any body know anything about americam pond skimmers
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 07, 2010 10:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Are ya buyin or sellin ? Shocked Laughing Laughing
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 07, 2010 10:31 pm    Post subject: skimmers Reply with quote

just want to know what watergardening people know about skimmers
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 07, 2010 10:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Truth be told I thought it was an insect until I googled it Embarassed Sounds like a type of hoverfly Laughing
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 07, 2010 11:09 pm    Post subject: pond skimmer Reply with quote

pond skimmer are used on the outside of ponds to suck leaves and debri of the top of the pond
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 17, 2010 10:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I cant tell you much about American branded pond skimmers as I've only used them twice. Basic experience with the styles used in America is that they are awkward to clean.
In Europe there are several forms of pond skimmers, the most successful being "floating pond skimmers". As the name suggests these float on surface of water and suck in all surface debris that lands on surface of pond (before it settles at bottom of pond). There are several versions available for different size ponds, they can easily be retrofitted to any pond, and they also oxygenate water. These floating pond skimmers are excellent at removing leaves in Autumn (Fall for you American pond skimmer lovers
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 17, 2010 10:30 am    Post subject: pond skimmers Reply with quote

hi the american skimmers are easy to clean as they are outside the pond
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 17, 2010 11:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi ponddigger, not sure exactly which "american " pond skimmer you refer to in that case.
If you refer to a Side Mounted Surface Skimmer as often seen in swimming pools, yes these can be effecive provided they are sized correctly and more than one is installed with a minimum distance of 2 meters between each skimmer for safety. Fitting these type of skimmers to an existing pond is difficult (but achievable). Of concern is that the plastics/pvc used are designed for our climate.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 17, 2010 1:06 pm    Post subject: skimmers Reply with quote

fitting the skimmer to a extising pond is very easy.yes these skimmers will last in irish climate.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 17, 2010 7:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ponddigger
So exactly what type of skimmer are you talking about then, maybe a picture would help.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 17, 2010 9:50 pm    Post subject: Re: americam pond skimmer Reply with quote

I think that "American pond skimmer" is a brand of product ponddigger is "pushing", sorry "selling", oh, sorry "a brand he can get" (which presumably you get free, since he is not allowed to sell them on this website)

(I base my information on the other post poddigger made.)
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 17, 2010 10:04 pm    Post subject: pond skimmers Reply with quote

i am building a11by16 pond with a20ft stream in the next 2 weeks i will post photos of the pond skimmer at work in the pond
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 18, 2010 11:06 am    Post subject: leaves are sucked in by the pump Reply with quote

We have a pump in the pond to circulate water to the waterfall and the bottom leaves are sucked into the pump at the bottom. Algae and leaves stuff it up and you pull it up and hose it out. Trouble with putting netting over is that birds get stuck in it. So don't do it. Anything on the surface may suck in small fish, water life like tadpoles and beneficial water striders (spiders). What we have seems to work. And we change the water in and out only by bits to avoid tampering with the habitat the fish have aclimitized to.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 18, 2010 12:06 pm    Post subject: leaves in pump Reply with quote

to stop leaves in pump cover pump with plastic bucket with lots of holes in the bucket .that should stop leaves and alage getting in to pump yours ponddigger
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 18, 2010 6:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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To stop your pump getting blocked it is worth raising the base of pump of the bottom of pond with a flat ceramic dish (like the ones used for baking). The advantage of ceramic dish is that has smooth surfaces and is non toxic. Covering pump with a weighed plastic bucket with 10mm holes is also advisable. In reality though you should have a filtration pump which is capable of pulling through solids upto 10mm, this pump then feeds debris and algae into a filter box before discharging water into your stream. If you use this method your pump will constantly remove debris to your filter box (again choose one with ultra violet light for best effect) and you will have clear healthy water.
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