Adding Plants and Fish to Outdoor Fountains

fish and lotus in an outdoor fountain


Outdoor fountains are certainly stunning on their own. They add elegance and a modern element to your yard. However, there are a few ways that you can add to the appeal of your fountain. For example, some people choose to add things such as plants and fish to your fountain. Is it safe to do either of these things? Let’s take a closer look.


There are many benefits to having plants in your water fountain. First, they provide oxygen, making it easier for you to take a deep breath and enjoy the view. As well, if you have plants floating on top of the water, it is less likely that algae will be able to grow. This means that you do not have to clean your fountain as frequently as you otherwise would have. The roots of plants also have the ability to break down any old debris that has gotten into your fountain. Overall, your fountain will be a cleaner, healthier place if you incorporate the use of plants in the water.

The one thing that you will have to worry about if you have plants in the water is if the roots get too large. They could potentially break through the basin and cause a leak. You can solve this by either monitoring the plant growth, or keeping them in containers. If they continue growing in the containers, they will eventually need to be transplanted to a larger space.


Fish are handy to keep in your fountain. They are interesting to watch, and they can be very happy living in fountains. Fish are able to produce carbon dioxide, which the plants take and convert into oxygen. The fish will produce waste products, which will help the ‘good bacteria’ that lives at the bottom of the fountain. As well, if you add a type of fish that eats algae, it will keep your fountain clean for you. There will be less maintenance for you to worry about if all the algae is being taken care of. You will need to make sure that there is enough room in the fountain for an aquarium filter, so the fish will stay healthy and happy.

If you live in a place that has cold seasons, your fish will likely not be able to stay in the fountain during that time. Most fish will not thrive in cold temperatures, and will need to be brought inside the house for the winter months.

There are many things that you can do with your outdoor fountain. Fish and plants are two things in particular that can add to the overall look and appeal. There should not be any harm in adding these to your fountain, as long as you follow the proper precautions. Keep monitoring the fountain, to ensure that everything is working and thriving as it should be. If there is a sign of trouble, you may need to reconsider your approach to the situation.

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  • Cristhy Calague