The growing capacity of your garden does not have to be limited to what can be grown in the soil. Plants that grow in water not only add to the aesthetic appeal, but they also aid the overall functionality of the water tank. Advantages of Water Plants include:
The advantage of investing in water plants is that you are able to further enjoy and reap the rewards of your hard work. Keep in mind that 60% water surface coverage is ideal for these plants. There is an array of different plants that grow in the water and that suit different environments.
Fairy Moss (Azolla) and Duckweed are types of highly invasive floaters. They tend to quickly take over the water surface and may end up competing with other plants for essential nutrients. When these floaters start to take over, they can be added to greenhouse bedding, a compost pile, or act as food for fish and chickens.
these are the plants that grow in water and that we plant in our Floating Islands
Floating plants in the pond rely on the fish for their nutrients. The freshwater species of fish listed below are the most common types of fish raised in the Growing Dome pond. Local pet stores or fisheries are the best place to get freshwater fish, but they may also be purchased online and shipped to your door overnight.
We recommend waiting a few weeks after adding your water plants before introducing fish into your pond. This lets the environment adjust and be more stable for your fish. It is also important to treat tap water and test well water before adding fish to your pond. Water softeners are not recommended for your above ground pond because they replace electrolytes necessary to your fish (calcium and magnesium) with sodium, resulting in death of the fish.
Edible fish can also be harvested in the Growing Dome, whether you have Aquaponics in your greenhouse or not. Tilapia is probably the most common and will require more oxygenation than just goldfish. You must also keep your tank above 50 degrees or they may die, but they will add a sustainable source of protein to your diet, while also giving your plants additional nutrients! Please do your own research on food safety, when consuming fish from your Growing Dome.