Stock Tank Pool

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I asked my husband to help me come up with a solution so we could stay cool in the Texas heat. It can hover around 100 degrees during July and August which make summer no fun. I wanted to be able to garden and have a way to cool down. We got a 6ft. by 2 ft. stock tank from Tractor Supply.
I started by looking at images of small pools and hot tubs. The stock tank caught my eye.
We had to level an area of the yard, make a platform with landscape timbers and decomposed granite.
We purchased a small pool pump from Leslie's Pool Supply. The hoses drape over the side and were threaded through a cinder block to keep them in the pool.[]We can get our water tested monthly. We didn't need to add chlorine because there was so much in our water already.
We added some flower pots.
The temperature of the water usually stays in a range between 75 -85 degrees. It is one of my favorite projects. If I were doing this for small children, I would add plastic mats in the bottom to prevent slipping.

Suggested materials:

  • Decomposed granite, landscape timbers, pool pump   (Home Depot)

Katie Lloyd Mansfield
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  • Dor28400690 Dor28400690 on Jul 26, 2017
    Can you add choline to the water or will it damage the finish of the tub?

  • Rosie Rosie on Aug 21, 2017
    We live in southern California, how do you keep the water cool. ? Great idea for cooling off (if it stays cool)

  • Debbie Debbie on Nov 16, 2019

    Love this idea. How much did the trough cost.?


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  • Suzie 50 Suzie 50 on Aug 31, 2020

    Looks wonderfully cool on a day like today!😥😫great idea!

  • Daisy@TX Daisy@TX on Jun 25, 2021

    Love love this idea. I will have to show hubby since we are in Texas a great way to cool off. Thank you!!

    • Lisa Graham Lisa Graham on Jun 29, 2021

      We grew up in Alvin Texas and had one in the 60's, it was a blast ! I don't remember a pump.