Your fountain is installed and working, and it is beautiful. But you feel there is still something missing.

If this is the case, you are probably wondering if fountains and fish work together. The answer is yes, but that doesn’t mean you can rush out and buy the first fish you see!

So what do you need to know about putting fish in your fountain? Keep reading and we will give you the low down.

The Right Fountain

Not every fountain is designed to accommodate fish, unfortunately. If your water is too shallow or the fountain too narrow, then the fish will not survive.

Fish need to have 12 to 24 inches of water to keep them entertained. Deeper is fine, but much less than that and they will feel caged.

If you have a ground-level fountain you will need to gate your fish – yes you read that right. Some fish love to jump and splash and escape by accident. It is also an added safety feature to prevent guests, children or pets from falling in!

The Right Fish

With so many lovely colourful fish in the local pet shop, you may feel a little overwhelmed with your options. But not all fish are pond fish. The best thing to do is to chat to your local fish shop expert about what your options are but in the meantime, here are a few hardy species.


Goldfish are the perfect choice for fountains. They come in a variety of shapes, sizes and colours, and they are not bothered by being in smaller spaces. They are also easy to keep alive, which makes them ideal as outdoor fish.


When you think of fountains and fish, the brightly coloured koi are what come to mind first. While they are lovely to look at, they are on the pricier side of fish.


These little gems will help keep your fountain free of debris and algae. Because they are bottom feeders they help keep your fountain clean by munching on the water waste.

Mosquito Fish

Not the most exciting fish to look at, these scaly swimmers make up for it in pest control abilities. They eat mosquito and their larvae, which makes them a great addition to your fountain.

Fountains and Fish

Fish can be a wonderful addition to your fountain as long as you have the right fountain and fish to live there. Now that you have a place to start, off you go fish shopping! And if you have any questions about your fountain, contact the team at Pool Spa today and they will happily assist you.