Pond Floating SkimmerPond surface skimmers are a must since it's an unwritten rule than any debris blowing within a mile of your pond will end up in it. Be it leaves, seeds, blossoms bits of paper etc. Pond surface skimmers really do keep the pond surface clean.
On the downside, aesthetically, it's harder to hide an edge mounted skimmer.
Plus skimmers typically work at an optimum depth. Being fixed you have to watch the water level more closely.
pond floating skimmerAn alternate is a skimmer that floats. Meaning it's always at the right level for maximum filtering.
Design wise there is nothing to hide and it is hard to detect. Unless someone is specifically looking for your floating pond skimmer perhaps.
Being smaller it may not be up to the task of skimmer all the leaves that fall in the fall.
All surface skimmers make growing floating plants problematic however. Still pond surface skimmers will substantially reduce the maintenance required
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