In the water feature world there are several different types of pond filters to choose from. You determine the type of filter you will need by looking at the size of your pond, where it is located, price cost, and if you are going to add any fish. Below we will look at the 3 main types.
External Pond Filter-If you have a larger pond with koi fish you might want to consider a external filtration system. These filters can handle a larger flow rate of water for more "demanding" ponds. The setup up includes a pump and a skimmer that receives the water from the pond and then to a filter where the water can flow through once cleaned. The filtered water can flow over a waterfall or stream. To install this filter involves some basic plumbing skills and you might want to landscape around the filter to hide it. The filter is generally easy to clean but the make and model will determine the amount of time it will take to clean.
Waterfall Skimmer Filter- This filter works best for medium to larger ponds with fish. The waterfall filter works by skimming debris from the top of the water as the pond moves water into a skimmer basket. The pond water is then filtered and pumped to the other end of the pond where it pours back into your pond over a waterfall filter. You will also want to landscape around the filter in order to keep aesthetics in check. The main benefit of this filter is the low maintenance and easy debris removal. Installation is moderate.
Submersible Pond Filters- This type filter is submerged and sits at the bottom of the pond where a pump creates suction to pull the water through the filter. The filtered water is then "pushed" to a waterfall or fountain where it re-circulates the water back into the pond.This system works best for small to medium ponds with small amounts of fish or no fish at all. Installation is easy and maintenance is usually hassle free.
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