Many bottom drains can be plumbed directly to the skimmer as well. A valve must be placed on the inside of the skimmer in order to control the flow rate. However, it is recommended to attach these to a pre-filter to allow for proper filtration and to maximize bottom drain efficiency. One of the most important things to remember when installing a bottom drain is that it is best to partner with pond aeration as well as a sloped bottom (bowl-shaped) to force pond muck to the drain. In closing, pond bottom drains can be a great tool if partnered with the correct pond aeration kit, pond design, and pond filtration.
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