Read more about bog filters here – Build a Gravel Bog Filter
A series of excellent videos by The Pond Digger – Patio Pond with Bog Filter
A massive compendium of ‘tub pond’ information here – Robyn’s Pond Page
We moved the fish to their new home last night and they were still alive this morning! Not bad for pet store feeder fish. As we add appropriate water plants and the bog filter plants start working, the pond should provide a nice home for the fish, fertilizer (pond water)for the garden, refreshment for hummingbirds and other critters, and a pleasant spot in our hard-working garden for us.
Eventually there will be a sunken tub for plants like like their feet wet, and critters (like our tree frogs and Western toads) that prefer calmer water with no hungry goldfish. The over flow for that bog will create a third habitat for plants that prefer intermittent soaking. Once we get the water plants situated we’ll start hardscaping around the trough, making cool nooks in stacked mossy stones for resident amphibians to enjoy, plus adding some taller plants to help shade the water surface during summer.
Now we need to figure out how to get our new baby toad to make the move 🙂
P.s. Here is the high-tech artist’s rendition of the concept-pond.