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I have this basin here and i want to fill it with water.
As you can see i went around the edges and putt water on it. So i used single-player commands [//fixwater 20], but it just remained in the same state. Nothing changed. Thanks for any help!
First off, any water there is going to freeze and ruin the whole thing. Secondly, your best bet would be to fill the pool with blocks, leaving a 1 block border around it. Then plant water on the 1 deep ground. Once its all still water, dig the blocks that you filled the pool with away.
at creative, you can place blocks (better ice blocks or glass as you can check water from above) and place water under the blocks so water will fall and everything will be filled with water. (I did it once at a 20x10 area and some 3 to 10 height hole once and filled it with water. even without the glass or ice blocks the water remain flat filling it all with water, it dont fall to the ground as the water source is already at some height, like what happen at minecraft game generated seas, lakes and some rivers that have some deep height.
other thing you can do is to place blocks under the water height you want to fill with, place water over it then destroy the blocks and let water go down. it will also keep water at the same height as it will be water source blocks and will fill the whole hole with water, what is also not hard, just tiresome depending on the area to be covered with water.
with spc, I dont know but with mcedit you can use the fill command to fill the air blocks with water at a selected area, what also would fill the area with water without problem and with it you can fill a large area in just some seconds.
Easiest way to fill a basin without using mods is to put a layer of dirt one block below the water level and then place buckets of water in a diagonal across the basin. After the water spreads and goes still, dig out the dirt and you are good to go.
A simple rule to keep in mind when working with water is that two source blocks (still water blocks) that are adjacent to an air block will create a new source block where the air block was, provided there is a solid block underneath the air block.
Finally, I believe that water only freezes if it is exposed to the sky, so, if you want to prevent the pool from freezing, you could try building a roof over it.
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I don't take credit for this method, but I've found that it works wonderfully if you want the entire basin to be filled with water source blocks. Using creative mode, fill the entire area that you want to be filled with water using ice. Next, give yourself a diamond pickaxe and switch the game to survival mode using /gamemode 00. Then break the ice blocks, turning them into water. Afterwards set the game back to creative when you're done using /gamemode 01 if you wish.