Building the Ultimate Stock Tank Pool

Jul 03, 2024

The summer heat and humidity have already been relentless this year. Without a source of water to cool off in, spending time outside can feel unbearable. For those without access to lakes, rivers, or public pools, there’s good news: standard farm fixtures can be repurposed for more than just livestock.
One current trend is transforming galvanized stock tanks into miniature backyard pools. This cost-effective solution offers a fun alternative to pricey inground pools or beach vacations. Here’s how you can get started:
Choose the best size
         Stock tanks come in two main shapes — round and oval — and a variety of sizes. The best shape and size for your pool depends on your needs.
  • Round tanks: Ideal for multiple people and children, these tanks provide more space to spread out. Most round tanks come in 6- or 8-foot diameters. A 6-foot tank works well for couples and small families, while an 8-foot tank, the most popular choice, can accommodate up to four adults or five kids.
  • Oval tanks: This shape is often better for individuals wanting to stretch out. The 3-x-8-foot tank is particularly popular, fitting up to two adults with space for a float.
Consider the location
         When filled, an 8-foot tank can hold over 700 gallons of water and weigh as much as a large SUV, so it’s crucial to place it on firm, level ground. Here are some additional tips:
  • Ground inspection: Check for rocks, roots, and other obstacles before filling your tank with water. Level the area with a shovel and several bags of sand if needed.
  • Deck placement: Due to its weight, it’s best to avoid placing the pool on a deck. Instead, place the tank on the ground and consider building a deck around it.
  • Proximity to power: Ensure the location is close to an exterior outlet for the pool pump. You may also need space for steps, a small ladder, or other landscaping features.
Keep it clean
         Maintaining cleanliness in your stock tank pool is essential. Here’s how:
  • Install a filter pump: Above-ground pool pumps are easy to install and will keep the water circulating, preventing mosquitoes and bacteria. You’ll also need a separate inlet strainer and a couple of plunger valves. After drilling holes for the pump, apply a generous coat of waterproof silicone around the inlet and outlet to prevent leaks.
  • Add chlorine: Chlorine keeps the water free of harmful bacteria; however, too much chlorine can cause rusting. Use test strips to check chlorine levels every few days, adjusting as necessary. Typically, one or two 1-inch chlorinating tabs per week will suffice.
For the best deals on stock tanks for your backyard pool, visit your local Co-op. We offer a variety of sizes and shapes to fit your needs and give you the ultimate summer oasis. Find the nearest location here.
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