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DIY deconstructed: Water Feature

A bubble rock is an entry-level water feature that is fast and easy to install, and low maintenance. Bubble rocks are so versatile, they can fit into any landscape – from contemporary to naturalistic!

A Bubble Rock can be made from:

  • A cored-out natural stone, or grouping of stones
  • Basalt column(s)
  • Universal rock (artificial stone cored out)
  • A fibreglass decorative fountain
  • A concrete urn planter

Components of a bubble rock feature:

  • Bubble Rock Basin – A bubble rock basin is a heavy duty plastic liner with a support system and lid that is able to withstand heavy material. It allows easy access to the pump and valve(s), and retains large volumes of water compared to an aggregate filled basin.
  • Must be installed during construction process.
  • Submersible Pump – A submersible pump is used within the basin to recycle the water from the basin back to the bubbling feature. Must be installed during construction process.
  • Bubble Rock – Any stone or port with a hole down the center that allows for water to bubble over itself. Can be natural stone, artificial stone or any planter. Must be installed during construction process.
  • Non-Kink Hose – Non-kink hosing is the best option for a bubble rock, as it has high flexibility and is not exposed to the elements. Only a small amount is needed for most applications. Must be installed during construction process
  • Valve(s) – A valve is used on a bubble rock feature to adjust the amount of water bubbling from the rock. Some like a heavy flow, while others prefer just enough to wet the stone. Optional – but commonly used.
  • Decorative Aggregate – Decorative aggregate is used to cover the basin lid. Generally, any stone an inch or larger can be used. River rock or polished stone are common choices. Must be installed during construction process – but done at the end

Step 1

Trace the outline of the basin on the ground. Dig a hole the size of your basin. Ensure the ground is level and firm.

Step 2

Place basin in the hole and back fill. Basin should be level and sturdy. Additional block

Step 3

Place bubble rock(s) in the center of the basin in a sturdy position.

Step 4

Connect pump, tubing and valve to the bubble rock(s) using the access hole in the basin. Test pump pressure and adjust valve accordingly.

Step 5

Lighting can be added within the drilled hole, or as spot lighting placed beside the bubbling rock (uplighting).

Step 6

Cover the basin using pre-washed decorative stone. Plants can be added beside the rock feature for a natural touch.