Recently bought a house with a fountain. Interested in setting a few aquatic plants but don't know where to start. I know I'll need aquatic compost and oxygenators but any tips would be great. Should I add gravel/rocks? Would gold fish survive?
Welcome to APC! To give you good advice, we need to know some things.
1. Where do you live? Your climate, especially your winters, control much of what you can do.
2. I assume this is outdoors. Is it in full sun, part shade, or shade?
3. How big is the basin at the bottom? Diameter and depth.
4. Does the basin rest on the ground, or is it elevated?
Thanks for the reply!
1. Ireland so fairly mild. Rarely goes below 0C but winter mornings can be cold
2. Full sun mostly...its in the shade of the house in the evenings
3. 9.5inches/24cm deep and about 1.5m /60inches wide.
4. It's like a concrete basin dug into the ground. Painted white.
Thanks for the information. With your mild winters and that the basin is in/on the ground, goldfish are possible. The only negative thing is the shallow depth. Goldfish would prefer a depth twice that. This is especially important if there are any potential fish predators in your area. If you do decide on goldfish, be sure they have secure places to hide. Some flagstone stacked to form caves, or even pieces of plumbing pipe will work.
Most people find it easier to grow aquatic pond plants in containers so that they can be removed for maintenance. Any pot of suitable size will work, but the best containers are "pond baskets", plastic pots with many fine holes in the sides. The holes allow good gas exchange for whatever planting medium you use. And roots grow through the holes and absorb nutrients directly from the water.
The pond hobby is very popular in Great Britain, you should be able to find local resources.