Skimmer
Plant filter works better than a skimmer

Our natural alternative to a skimmer: plant filter

Buying a skimmer? Don't!

A Skimmer catches dirt that ends up in the pond so it doesn't sink to the bottom. But is this really the only way to keep your pond clean? We suggest a natural solution!

What is a skimmer?

A skimmer is a device that captures debris before it sinks to the bottom of the pond, the skimmer prevents bottom silt from forming. Did you know there is a natural alternative that eliminates the need for a skimmer?

Plants can do this too!

In a properly designed pond, snails and mussels can replace a skimmer. Snails clear debris from the bottom and clams filter the water, as much as 10 gallons per hour per clam. Also, a bottle of pond bacteria from Bacta Clear helps prevent and clean up algae. This natural way keeps your pond clean and healthy without machines.

Simon van der Velde

My vision is to let nature do its work in your pond. You don't need to buy all kinds of measuring equipment and water improvers. If the fish are swimming nicely and the plants are growing well, you know the water is of good quality.

Simon van der VeldePond specialist and aquatic plant breeder

Skimmer vs pond bacteria

A skimmer is unnecessary provided the pond is set up correctly. A correctly designed pond includes pond bacteria, but also pond plants and pond substrate. A naturally arranged pond with pond bacteria offers numerous advantages over a pond arranged with mechanical aids such as a skimmer. Below is a skimmer and pond bacteria balanced against each other.

Skimmer

Pond Bacteria

❌ Regularly ✅ Minimum
❌ 5 years ✅ Long-term
❌ No ✅ Yes
❌ Minimum ✅ Promotes the
❌ Higher (energy consumption) ✅ Low to no cost
✅ Yes ✅ Yes, effectively
❌ Limited ✅ Effective
❌ Energy consumption ✅ Environmentally friendly
✅ Yes ❌ No

Algae Eater Natural Pond Vacuum Kit

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Algae Eater Natural Pond Vacuum Cleaner Package - S

- For 100 - 500 liters
- Bottom and wall cleaner
- Does not attack pond plants

Original price was: 50.00.Current price is: 44.95.

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Algae Eater Natural Pond Vacuum Cleaner Package - M

- For 750 - 1,500 L
- Bottom and wall cleaner
- Does not attack pond plants

Original price was: 100.00.Current price is: 89.95.

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Algae Eater Natural Pond Vacuum Pack - L

- For 2,000 - 3,000 L
- Soil and wall cleaner
- Does not attack pond plants

Original price was: 195.00.Current price is: 179.95.

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Algae Eater Natural Pond Vacuum Pack - XL

- For 4.000- 6.000 L
- Soil and wall cleaner
- Does not attack pond plants

Original price was: 360.00.Current price is: 329.95.

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Algae Eater Natural Pond Vacuum Pack - XXL

- For 12,500 - 15,000 L
- Soil and wall cleaner
- Does not attack pond plants

Original price was: 855.00.Current price is: 799.95.

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Simon van der Velde

Pond specialist & aquatic plant breeder

Tip from Simon: More plants in your pond is always better.

Too few plants increases the risk of algae and plant death. If necessary, choose additional plants you like in addition to the package.

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Where do you connect the skimmer?

The skimmer in a pond must be connected correctly to function optimally. First, choose the right location for your skimmer. Ideally, you should place the skimmer on the side of the pond where the most common wind direction blows. That way, floating debris will be pushed to the skimmer by the wind. Dig a hole at the desired location, keeping in mind the size and depth of the skimmer. The skimmer should be flush with the surface of the water for best performance. If your pond has pond liner, make an opening for the skimmer and attach it securely to the skimmer using special glue or other suitable method to prevent leaks. Connect the skimmer to the pond pump. Water is drawn from the pond through the skimmer and then pumped through the pump. Generally, a flexible hose is used for this purpose. This hose runs from the skimmer to the inlet of the pump.

Why a skimmer?

People who do not want to add plants to the pond opt for mechanical equipment such as skimmers, pumps and filters. A skimmer has several functions.

  • Removal of floating debris: The primary function of a skimmer is to automatically collect and remove floating debris such as leaves, branches, blossoms and other organic material before they sink to the bottom.
  • Improved water quality: Removing organic waste can improve water quality in the pond. This waste, when it breaks down, can release nutrients into the water that promote algae blooms.
  • Reduced maintenance needs: With a skimmer, you need to manually scoop floating debris out of your pond less often, reducing maintenance.
  • Prevention of pond bottom saturation: By removing floating debris before it sinks to the bottom, a skimmer prevents the bottom of the pond from becoming saturated with organic material, which can lead to a buildup of silt and potentially water quality problems.

Do you need a skimmer?

People often have the general idea that ponds always need a skimmer or other mechanical means to balance the water values, but this is not the case, when the pond is set up according to our step-by-step plan, use of mechanical or chemical means is not necessary. Skimmers can be just like a properly decorated pond with: substrate, pond bacteria and different types of aquatic plants to keep the pond in balance, only this is not in a natural way.



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I would like to share my experience with you, and advise you to solve any pond problems and reduce pond maintenance. As a result, you can easily save hundreds of dollars.
Tips, advice and substantial savings
I would like to share my experience with you, and advise you to solve any pond problems and reduce pond maintenance. As a result, you can easily save hundreds of dollars.
Tips, advice and substantial savings
I would like to share my experience with you, and advise you to solve any pond problems and reduce pond maintenance. As a result, you can easily save hundreds of dollars.