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    Quote Originally Posted by MCA View Post
    If you look in the UK mags Koi or Koi Carp....you will see several folks selling stainless "cow catcher" bars to put on the front of skimmers.
    Yeah I've seen these ... I think they're ugly, tend to protrude and it feels like I can come up with a higher quality solution.

    Perhaps I'm kidding myself, but working on the pond is fun anyway

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    Quote Originally Posted by berkokid View Post
    except we had a HUGE rainstorm here the other day and the water level increases for 48 hours and, as you'd expect my horizontal rod that was 1/2" above water is now at water level and defeating the purpose.
    Hello bk . . .

    A pond with a built-in overflow (a standpipe on a swivel in the sump works well) won't exhibit this behavior. The water level will remain where you've set it, regardless of how much it rains. Combine it with a constant in-flow of fresh water and it won't drop, either.

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    Here's one of our No Niche Skimmers in operation. It skims the surface; floating debis is captured in its removable basket.

    No weirs, no bars, no grills, no matting, no brushes, no UV. Absolutely none of that clap-trap.

    Just plain old, highly efficient surface skimming. Period.

    Furthermore, it's very inexpensive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KoiCop View Post
    Here's one of our No Niche Skimmers in operation. It skims the surface; floating debis is captured in its removable basket.

    No weirs, no bars, no grills, no matting, no brushes, no UV. Absolutely none of that clap-trap.

    Just plain old, highly efficient surface skimming. Period.

    Furthermore, it's very inexpensive.
    Being the "equal opportunity critic" that I am, let me point out the "issues" with a no niche skimmer. First of all, an added obstruction in a pond is never a good thing. Second, I am lazy! I hate cleaning baskets. Couple that with those in colder weather areas (unlike Don), they become a real PITA in the winter. If something is a PITA (like a no niche skimmer in the winter) odds are that it will not get cleaned as regularly as it should. I rank no niche skimmers right up there with eductors (I've given all of mine of both away and opted for better alternatives).

    Sorry Don

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    Quote Originally Posted by KoiCop View Post
    Hello bk . . .

    A pond with a built-in overflow (a standpipe on a swivel in the sump works well) won't exhibit this behavior. The water level will remain where you've set it, regardless of how much it rains. Combine it with a constant in-flow of fresh water and it won't drop, either.

    Best wishes,
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    Don

    You're right ... and in fact, the pond does have an overflow ... so i wasn't thinking.

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    I don't recall seeing a problem with a no-nich skimmer but I prefer the other for asthetics as well as eliminating the obstruction.

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    Well, as the only REAL Larry around here I must say I had no idea I had been so damn busy on this thread...

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    Quote Originally Posted by PapaBear View Post
    Well, as the only REAL Larry around here I must say I had no idea I had been so damn busy on this thread...
    'Bout time you showed up -- you troublemaker, you!

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