Aqua Art Retro Drains

Aqua Art Retro Drains

At last pond professionals and hobbyists have a practical solution for renovating pond filter systems that don't have a bottom drain.

  • Easy Installation/Minimum maintenance
  • Handles high volumes of water, easily
  • For Ponds 1400 to 10,000 gallons Multiple option pipe sizes - 1 1/2, 2, 3, or 4"
  • Low profile vortex design, 15" diam x 6" h
  • Balanced water velocity entrance rate
  • Durable ABS plastic construction
  • Compatible with Matala™ filter media Ideal for gravity fed filter systems
  • Extended feet for unsurpassed stability

Illustration above: Water is drawn from the bottom of a pond without existing bottom
plumbing through the Aqua Art Retro-Drain and delivers it through your pump.

Illustration above of a settling chamber or other gravity fed filter systems such as niche skimmers

When plumbing a retro drain to a niche skimmer, it is not recommended that you use the "alternate feed pipe route" shown above, rather use the below surface water level route shown. For this application you would need two bulkhead fittings. One to pass through the pond liner wall and one to pass through the skimmer wall into the "dirty side" of the niche skimmer. You should also provide an isolation knife valve and swing check valve as shown.

When plumbing a settling chamber or a niche skimmer, always use large pipe. General sizing guidelines are:

2" pipe from drain into gravity feed unit for ponds up to 750 gallons

3" pipe for ponds up to 3000 gallons with pipe lengh no greater than 15'

4" pipe for ponds larger than 3000 gallons.

AquaArt Retro Bottom Drain Small
$ 99.95
Aqua Art Retro Drain Large
$ 109.95