Create A Backyard Oasis With a Simple Stock Tank Pool

DIY Stock Tank Pool-Backyard Living
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Backyard Stock Tank Pool Oasis

The kids have been wanting a pool for literally, EVER. With our small sized backyard this was never going to happen…until I discovered the stock tank pool!

In early June while scrolling Instagram and moping about how depressing this Covid quarantine social distancing Summer would be, I came across maple.and.dickerson and Blair’s incredible gorgeous 8′ round (what I now know to be a stock tank) pool. No joke, I got giddy! I immediately commented on her post (thank you, Blair!) and needed to know what this incredible round tank of beauty was! I literally had no idea about the world of stock tank pools! We NEEDED one of these and I was determined!

Quickly I began my search to find one and discovered they are available at the Tractor Supply Co. which conveniently is located a few towns over. Sadly, I discovered after speaking to the very nice people at my local shop, that the 8′ round tanks were basically sold out across the country! Apparently everyone had the same idea! However, they did have the 8x3x2′ oval in stock and available for curbside pick up that day! SOLD! I’m not going to lie, my heart was a little crushed that we wouldn’t be able to have the magical round pool of my dreams that I was now seeing EVERYWHERE on Instagram, but I was still very psyched to jazz up this oval beauty!

The Process

I decided to spray paint the tank white using Rustoleum paint. I clearly wanted the tank to be cute, but also had read that painting the outside of the tank could possible help the tank from not becoming too hot. Our tank is not hot to the touch at all, which could be from the paint OR that it is in a mostly shaded area in our yard.


-Fill the tank with a garden hose.

-Add chlorine floater & chlorine tablets to the pool. We started with one 1″ tablet and through trial and error discovered that two 1″ tablets were ideal. *We also remove the floater from the pool when we’re in it.

-Create/Attach DIY Pool filter. In many of the articles I read, the Intex pool filter and pump was suggested. They were sold out everywhere! Home pools during quarantine Summer are VERY popular! Also, this type of pump would require us to cut holes into the pool. We were not opposed to it, but there is no room for error! Since the pool pump wasn’t available anyway, we had to get creative. It is a good idea to keep your water moving; standing water breeds bacteria. We used a transfer pump, garden hoses, PVC pipes & filter pads to create ours. It does a good job with the small sand and grass pieces, but we offset it with a pool skimmer and our DIY sump pump vacuum. *Video of the DIY pump/filter & DIY vacuum can be found in a Highlight reel on my MeetingMary Instagram account.


-Run the pump when you plan to use the pool.

-Use a PH test kit to check the balance of the water.

-Skim pool before/after swimming.

-COVER the pool when not in use, but especially at night. We use a tarp and bungie cord. This will prevent bugs, small animals and excess debris from getting in your pool.



The tank has a built in spigot on the side which is perfect for draining the tank. You can also hook a hose up to the spigot so that you can direct the drainage into the street or another area of your yard that you’d prefer 400ish gallons of water to be disbursed.


This pool was intended to be the perfect “pool fix” for our kids in our small backyard. BUT, truth be told, my husband and I have seriously loved soaking in it as well! Beverage under the twinkle lights makes it all worth it! And for those of you who don’t know my husband, he is 6’1″ and when we sit opposite ends we can both comfortably stretch out our legs! We love it so much we’re considering a heating element for the Winter! Stay tuned!


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