Above ground water garden

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    Terra

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    so Ive made an above ground water garden to cultivate plants for my pond. Should I put heavy soil in the bottom? Rocks? Anything? Does anyone have any ideas? I plan to order some parrot feather, anacharis, mosaic, iris water lettuce, hyacinth, etc type plants and as they over grow the small water garden seperate them and put some in the bigger pond. That way my fish don’t kill all my plants all at once but still get to nibble on stuff from time to time and it will hopefully work as a secondary water clearing filter system. I’ve attatched some pics. It’s about three feet wide and two and a half feet tall and I buried it in the ground about 8 inches to help insulate it a bit. Anyone have any advice?
     

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    I wouldn't put soil in. I don't think I would put gravel in either. Some of the plants you plan to grow are floaters (water hyacinth and lettuce) and others are underwater (anacharis) and parrots feather will grow floating on top of the water. If you have things that require anchoring (like the mosaic) I would just add a pot with some gravel or clay and grow that plant in the pot in the tank. Pond plants are easy to separate.

    The only thing I'm unclear about - does the water from this vessel flow into the pond? I'm assuming so since you are hoping to use it for additional filtration, but I only see one pipe leading into the pot.

    Your pond is really pretty by the way!
     
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    Oh! Never mind - I see the outflow now!
     
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    Thankyou for the input! And yes I think I’m going to go with the way you described. Just anchor things and go without soil and rocks. :)
     
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    Very Nice ..

    i wonder about the water flow in this system .
    most pleasant ..
    i would want some lilly and lotus ..

    i plant in planting fabric bags ,, ,,lava rock and kitty litter media ..works sometimes
     
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    I’m hoping it won’t be too fast flowing for the plants. I guess we will see! I just ordered a pond habitat package and a mosaic plant from azgardens. :)
     
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