The POND Trade Magazine 2012 Product of the Year, the Helix Pond Skimmer is our favorite choice in pond skimmer filters. Why? The Helix Pond Skimmer is rugged, compact, effective, fish-friendly, and versatile. This type of mechanical filter helps prevent leaves and other debris from decomposing and contributing to sludge, cloudy water, poor water quality or murky water.
The first thing you notice looking at the Helix Skimmer is its strong and extremely durable construction. Made in the USA from heavy-duty Rotational Molded HDPE, it holds up better than any other skimmer we have tried. Especially in regions with compacted soil and heavy freeze-thaw cycles, weaker skimmers can easily be crushed.
The Helix Pond Skimmer is tall but not wide, giving it a very low profile around the pond and making it easier to hide with rocks around the edge of the pond. The Helix Skimmer also has an optimum fill height that is just 2" from the top of the skimmer, allowing you to have a clean pond edge and a fuller-looking pond. Since it doesn't require a lid, it can also be easily covered with a large stone or faux stone (such as the Atlantic Water Gardens RL30).
The Helix Pond Skimmer has a round strainer basket that is modeled after swimming pool skimmer baskets. This time-tested, familiar technology creates a helical (spiral-shaped) flow that effectively traps debris. The rigid basket is tight-fitting, so that debris cannot bypass the basket. The basket is 8" in diameter and 8" tall, but the helical flow compresses debris into the basket, giving it higher capacity. The weir opening of the skimmer is 15", allowing for flow rates from 1500-8000gph.
Most skimmers have a weir door at the entrance to the skimmer chamber. Once they slip past this skimmer door, fish can become trapped inside. The Helix Pond Skimmer does not have a weir door, making it safer for fish. The floating weir inside the leaf basket sits right at the top of the water level, helping prevent fish from getting inside.
The Helix Pond Skimmer is 35” Tall x 19” Wide x 18” Long, so it can fit vertically-oriented submersible pumps as well as external pumps. It comes with a 2” bulkhead and all stainless steel hardware. Its large, flat side panels can easily support an autofill valve and/or an overflow pipe. Because of the design of the skimmer, neither the autofill valve or overflow pipe is likely to become encumbered with debris.
The Helix Skimmer can also come with a bulkhead included (but not drilled), to allow you to locate the 2" hole at the optimum spot for your installation. We also offer it with a pre-drilled 2" hole. The skimmer plate can be pre-notched (to run a cord out from a submersible pump) or without notch (for external pump applications).