Skimmer - the Fish Killer

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I have a pond side skimmer. I lost one goldfish several weeks ago to it. Rescued my favorite sarassa from it today, barely alive. How can I keep the fish out of it while allowing the skimmer to perform its intended purpose?
 
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Make sure the mesh is big enough to let small leaves in but not the fish. Another option is to tie wires/ropes far apart at the opening of the skimmer preventing medium sized fish from coming in.
 
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I use 1/4 inch PVC pipe, cut to fit snuggly between the weir opening . If you google DIY fish skimmer guards you'll see many ideas. So sorry you lost a goldfish :(
 
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I'll add to the mesh idea. Keep the mesh slightly below the water surface so leaves and such can still get sucked in. Maybe a plastic mesh or net would be safer for fish.
 
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I built a floating weir skimmer same idea as a Helix Skimmer. Never had a fish get stuck in it, have seen the fish swim in , around and back out. Depends on the skimmer but you could probably convert yours. The skimmer portion was around $35.00 if I remember. All it would need to convert would be remove the door, maybe add a plate with a hole in it to hold the basket and drop into the existing skimmer.
Here is a video of a Helix in operation.
 

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Did your skimmer come with a net? During spawning, some of my fish end up in the skimmer, but I have a net before the pump. Sometimes the fish have been in the skimmer a couple of days before I notice they are missing and they are fine.
 

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I cut a piece of plastic deer fencing and attached it to the front of mine with cable ties.
 
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Thanks for all the ideas. My skimmer does have a net in front of the pump. The first fish actually went over the top of the net during a heavy rain and got sucked to the bottom of the pump. The next fish must have died from exhaustion trying to escape the net.
 

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I used a pool skimmer, external pump with a ball valve. I can dial up or down the draw as needed per season. IE flowers , leaves, seeds falling. Most of the time I have it on low draw. Never see a fish in the skimmer.
 
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I used a pool skimmer, external pump with a ball valve. I can dial up or down the draw as needed per season. IE flowers , leaves, seeds falling. Most of the time I have it on low draw. Never see a fish in the skimmer.
^^^This....if the flow into the skimmer is too fast it will suck up fish. I found out the hard way too.

I did the same as addy, added a diversion with a valve. I can adjust the flow between a pickup on the bottom of the pond and the skimmer. I have as little flow as possible into the skimmer, just enough to draw in the floating leaves.
 
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