The first step in building a pond is ensuring that waste products are efficiently removed from the system. The application of skimmers and bottom drains is essential in this regard.
Pond Skimmers can remove as much as 85% of debris before it settles to the pond bottom and are the most effective way of reducing maintenance and increasing the quality of water in your backyard pond.

The addition of a pond skimmer will greatly reduce the maintenance and increase the enjoyment of your pond.

Pond skimmers are designed to work with other types of filters, as a sort of pre-filter that removes the larger elements such as floating leaves and other debris, which would clog other types of biological or chemical filters. The same deris would also clog the pump.

Many pond skimmers are designed to blend in with your pond’s design. Some may have an artificial rock or natural-looking cover over the top. Some pond skimmers sit outside of the pond, and can even be covered up by garden plants or bushes.

Pond skimmers are an important part of ponds, since they help keep them clean, and works hand-in-hand with filtration and pumping systems. Pond skimmers are easy to install, and can easily be hidden from view.

Pond skimmers should be positioned at the opposite end of a waterfall, if you have one; this will help provide for proper circulation throughout your pond.

A surface skimmer can be used independently from the main filtration system - but it will still require that the water be passed through a filter of some sort.