Ponds and Water Gardening forum: water feature, looking for a part/ideas please help!

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springfield MO area (Zone 6a)
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Frillylily
Apr 7, 2015 11:27 AM CST
I have a small round rubber sort of container about 1 ft deep and 2 ft wide. Burried it so that it is flush w the ground line. I would like to put a rigid wire mesh type of thing over the top of this and then cover that with a layer of 2" decorative pebbles. Adding a fountain thingy bubbler in the middle. So that the conatiner itself is filled only with water and the rocks are supported by a wire? over the top and it looks like the water is coming out of the rocks. Sorry I don't have a pic. Camera problems right now.
SO question is-- What do I need to put over the top and where can I get it? Something strong with small mesh like pattern?

I hope my rambling makes sense!
Wichita, Ks. (Zone 6a)
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rosesse
Apr 7, 2015 12:55 PM CST
You're building an in-ground disappearing fountain. If you do an internet search, you'll find lots of ideas and kits.

Instead of wire mesh, think about a round plastic bucket, 8-10" deep, inverted in your container. Much more stable than trying to balance or suspend a piece of mesh and easily covered with rocks. You can place a small pump on top of the bucket (actually the bucket bottom) or put a larger pump in the bottom of the container and cut a hole in the bucket for a fountain pipe.

The other reason to use the bucket arrangement is to protect birds and small animals. A critter trying to drink or wash in the fountain can get caught in wire or plastic mesh (even covered with rocks) or can tip a suspended piece of mesh and be trapped underneath.

When you place the rocks, build up one side level with the ground so anything that crawls in can get out. Also leave a bare spot where you can check the water level. Wind and evaporation will empty your container every few weeks and running a pump without water will burn it up.

springfield MO area (Zone 6a)
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Frillylily
Apr 7, 2015 12:58 PM CST
YES! You just fixed my problem!
I did a search on "in-ground disappearing fountain" and found JUST what I needed! I was searching bubble fountain, rock fountain, ect, I guess just not the right terms to get what I needed. Perfect now, thank you!

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