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A Guide to Growing Plants In Your Bakki Shower

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Transforming Your Bakki Shower: A Guide to Growing Plants in UK Ponds

The gentle gurgle of a Bakki shower is a familiar sound to many UK pond owners. This innovative filtration system provides a haven for beneficial bacteria, keeping your pond water sparkling clean. But did you know your Bakki shower can be more than just a filter? With a little ingenuity, you can transform it into a vibrant underwater garden!

This guide delves into the fascinating world of growing plants directly in your pond's Bakki shower. We'll explore the benefits, challenges, plant selection, and maintenance techniques specific to the UK climate.

Why Grow Plants in Your Bakki Shower?

There are several compelling reasons to consider incorporating plants into your Bakki shower:

  • Enhanced Filtration: Plants act as natural filters, absorbing excess nutrients like nitrates and phosphates from the water. This reduces algae growth and promotes a healthier environment for your fish.
  • Improved Water Quality: Plant roots help to aerate the water, increasing oxygen levels and promoting beneficial bacteria growth.
  • Aesthetic Appeal: Lush greenery adds a beautiful natural touch to your pond, creating a more balanced and visually appealing ecosystem.
  • Habitat Creation: Plants provide hiding places for smaller fish and fry, offering them protection from predators.
  • Reduced Maintenance: A well-planted Bakki shower requires less cleaning compared to a media-only setup.
  • Elite Bakki Shower Trickle Filter 60cm Width - Apex Koi

Challenges and Considerations for the UK Climate

The UK's cool temperatures and shorter daylight hours can pose challenges for some aquatic plants. However, with careful selection and maintenance, you can create a thriving underwater haven.

Here are some key factors to consider:

  • Temperature: Opt for plants that tolerate cooler water temperatures, typically between 4°C and 20°C.
  • Light: Bakki showers are typically positioned in shaded areas. Choose plants that thrive in low-light conditions.
  • Flow Rate: The constant water flow in a Bakki shower can be strong. Select plants with strong root systems that can withstand the current.

Choosing the Right Plants for Your Bakki Shower

Now comes the fun part - choosing the perfect plants! Here's a list of UK-friendly options suitable for Bakki showers:

  • Oxygenators: These submerged plants are crucial for oxygen production and nutrient absorption. Popular options include Hornwort (Ceratophyllum demersum), Elodea (Elodea canadensis), and Water Milfoil (Myriophyllum aquaticum).

  • Marginal Plants: These plants thrive in shallow water or on shelves within the Bakki shower. Consider Bogbean (Menyanthes trifoliata), Water Forget-Me-Not (Myosotis scorpioides), and Water Iris (Iris pseudacorus).

  • Floating Plants: These provide shade for fish and help prevent algae growth. Excellent choices include Water Hyacinth (Eichhornia crassipes) - be aware this is an invasive species in some parts of the UK, Water Lettuce (Pistia stratiotes) - also invasive in some parts of the UK, and Frogbit (Hydrocharis morsus-ranae). Be sure to check local regulations on invasive species before planting.

Planting and Maintenance Tips

Once you've chosen your plants, it's time to create your underwater oasis:

  • Media Selection: For submerged plants, consider using a mesh bag filled with gravel to secure the roots within the Bakki shower media.
  • Marginal and Floating Plants: These can be planted directly in pots with aquatic soil or placed on shelves within the shower for easy maintenance.
  • Gradual Introduction: Introduce new plants gradually to avoid disrupting the existing ecosystem in your pond.
  • Monitoring and Trimming: Regularly monitor your plants for signs of stress or excess growth. Trim back overgrown foliage to maintain proper water flow and prevent shading of the media layers.
  • Seasonal Care: During the colder months, some plants may die back. Remove dead plant material to prevent organic matter build-up.
  • PlantersYou can even get purpose made planters that hang on the internal side of an Apex Koi Elite Bakki showers to grow in.
  • Bakki Shower Planters - Apex Koi

Additional Considerations

  • Fish Compatibility: Ensure the chosen plants are suitable for your fish species. Some fish may nibble on softer plants.
  • Overcrowding: Avoid overcrowding your Bakki shower. Leave enough space for the media to function effectively and for proper water flow.
  • Fertilization: Aquatic plants may require occasional fertilization, particularly during periods of rapid growth. Use a slow-release fertilizer specifically designed for aquatic plants.


Growing plants in your UK pond's Bakki shower is a rewarding experience that benefits both your fish and the aesthetics of your pond. By considering the unique challenges of the UK climate and selecting appropriate plant varieties, you can create a thriving underwater garden that enhances your pond's ecosystem and adds a touch of natural beauty.


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