Originally Posted by Mondragon Lawn Serv
Thanks for the responses on here twin lakes found a few places kinda nearby that we'll be getting new cast iron kettles with an antique look to it. I'll post up some pics once it's done. I'm still talking with the office owner about the finishing product. I'm really leaning with a mini statue figure as the water feature with lilies and other water plants. I do have a question though, should I worry about the roots on the plants giving problems in the future to the pump. We've never have used water plants in our water features before would just like your intake.
That's great & your more than welcome!
I'm especially interested in learning more about the "new & antiqued" Kettles you've sourced. Are they significantly less expensive?
Regardless of your direction, I wanted to add that if you end up getting an original piece and spend good money-why not Liner the interior area. It's relatively easy if your lucky enough to find a relatively smooth piece(for sealing aspects). Not only will it help preserve the pieces $$$ value; it'll save it from getting eaten up by way of environmental causes(fertilizers, etc.). Fertilizer will be your main culprit. Adding fish to the equation only affects it more.
As far as the roots affecting the pump(say you found an original syrup kettle):
1.It being round will allow more freedom as you'll be able to "go deep with barrier"(if using a submersible with fabric).
2. If it's preserved("out of sight") the value will only increase over time. I say "out of sight" because it can be done & still retain it's appeal.
Even though it seems as though you've found a suitable alternative; I'd really appreciate some pictures of the final project.
Heck, why not take some along the way.
Sounds like it would be a fun project if...$$$ were right.