Disclaimer: I am a complete newbie, so please keep that in mind with terminology and give as much general overview info as possible as I learn. I have a friend who has a koi pond, stream, bog filter. So I am slightly familiar with these things. Of course, now I am wanting to delve into ponding. I want to start with a simple bog. I do know that there are stagnant bogs and active bogs. The bog I am thinking of building would be mostly for growing plants. I also think I may be picturing a bog that is slightly on the large size? 8-10 feet square? Can I do an active bog with a solar pump of some kind? Some of the things I think I'd like to grow in the bog, include elephant ears, different kinds of iris, daylillies, cattails, anything else that might be good here in south/central IL. What kind of container can I use? depth recommendations? dirt/gravel in the bottom? Do you put the plants in those water pond baskets I see at the store? Pictures would do a great deal for me as I just have trouble visualizing projects. Is it possible to have an active bog with just like two or three goldfish or koi in it? I have the approximately 300 gallon water totes I can use for this project (have the aluminum frame around them) and can get all the 55 gallon plastic food grade barrels I want. I'm not wanting to put much money into this project. The area I am wanting to put this bog is at the head of a drainage ditch that is about 8 feet wide but maybe only 2 feet deep at the deepest. It never has standing water. I can run gutters off the lean-to it is next to and into the pond to help keep it full or into rain barrels. I have a one month old and 16 month old babies so anything to decrease maintenance is a plus. I added a photo of the area. The shallow drainage ditch begins at the corner of that lean-to on the right. I took this from the "foot" of the ditch out at the road. We build my chicken coop run just there on the right where the bare dirt starts (not built yet in this pic). I plan on building a mostly decorative bridge across this low ditch and would like some of the taller plants in the bog behind to frame it a bit if that makes sense.