08-21-2005, 05:27 AM
Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: Elysburg, PA
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I believe TFH has a book on ponds in it's "Simple Guide to...." series. They're generally quite good and would recommend them. If you can get your hands on any book by Helen Nash give it a try. Your local library should have a couple, if not they can probably do an inter-library transfer.
What I would do with that ledge:
Get a bunch of Nelumbo species (true) Lotus and Nymphaea sp. Lilies. If you plan on having plants in the deeper area you'll need to put cinder blocks or bricks on the bottom to prop up the growing containers. 24" is as deep as I would put a mature Nymphaea. Raised pots 6" from the surface are a great way to grow many aquarium species and will provide cover for little fish.
Tall growing plants such as Cyperus species will do well in water up to 24" and will grow very tall. They make a striking centerpiece. One thing I wouldn't ever forget- Eichornia crassipes "Water Hyacinth". That stuff is your best anti-algae agent. Fork over the money as soon as it's warm enough to keep it and cover 1/3 of your pond. If you can, try to make some sort of arrangement with your store to bring in babies as the season progresses, it grows FAST!
Forget goldfish and Koi, go with colorful livebearers and Labyrinth fish.