Backyard Ponds are likely to have cleaner water by having a mix of field of view, submerged and deep-sea fishing aquatic plants. All aquatic plants, with the exception of cloudy ones, should be housed. Since they are underwater, black plastic nursery pots work well. Use a good quality houseplant soil without fertilizer, peat or perlite, which can encourage algae and be harmful to fish and other pond creatures. There are water fertilizers available, which favor aquatic plants after they are established. After potting the plant, spread a layer of gravel or small stones over the top to keep the soil from flowing into the water.
Deep Water Plants
Water lilies and lotuses are deep-sea plants that sit in pots at the bottom of the pond. When they are small, using bricks or other supports raise their heights so that their leaves and flowers float on the surface. As the plant grows, remove some of the bricks to lower the pot in the water so that only their leaves and flowers float above the water surface. There are both hardy and tropical water lilies and lotuses. When purchasing Backyard Ponds plants, use the guidelines written on the plant’s tag to determine its hardy zone and needs.
Submerge plants grow in pots placed at the bottom of the pond, with their foliage remaining water. They are some of the most useful aquatic plants. Backyard Ponds can add small amounts of oxygen to the water and help sustain algae growth. They provide good coverage for fish to play, and some varieties also provide food for fish. They do not require water fertilizers because they get their nutrition from minerals that have dissolved in the pond. Mix varieties of underwater plants for best results.