DIY Your Own Backyard Oasis with a Stock Tank Pool for Less Than $600

With the summer heat already calling you toward any body of water, wouldn’t it be great to have a swimming pool to splash into? That’s the theory behind the creation of Stock Tank Pools. These stock tank swimming pools, which are exactly what you’d think -— a tank that’s generally used to feed and give water to livestock on farms —- have become all the rage, and for good reason.

Instead of shelling out the high cost of over $30,000 and three months of your time installing a pool, or messing with the hassles of an above ground pool, just make your own simple pool. Yes, the idea may seem bold, ambitious and daunting all at once, but it’s much easier than it looks, and more cost effective, too.

To make your own galvanized stock tank swimming pool, you need a stock tank, a filter, one small pump and several feet of tubing, all which can be found at your local Tractor Supply. With these four items and roughly $500, you can make yourself a galvanized steel stock tank pool worth floating in, while also making the kiddos jealous of your adult replication of their plastic kiddy pool.

If you’re a crafty person who loves hands-on projects, you can even take it a step further. Rather than simply setting an area in the yard for your stock tank pool to live, you can add decks, stones, and other decorative aspects to the mix. In the photos below, you’ll find everything from a simple waterfall to a wooden deck to flagstone pavers around the private pool.

This is an incredibly easy way to spruce up your new outdoor swimming pool in a simple way. Here’s some inspiration you need to help guide you towards Tractor Supply to make your very own. The sky is the limit when it comes to this nifty country pool.

1. Pebble Beach

Taking a break before life gets extra crazy next week. 9 days before we leave for @fireflymusicfestival ?

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Create your own pebbled-out dessert oasis with stepping stones, cacti and of course, palm trees. An outdoor swimming pool has never looked more appealing.

Yes, that’s a donut float in the stock pool, proving that they really are big enough for comfortable and Instagram-worthy lounging

2. Light It Up

To amp up the space you have, try adding some string lights over the tank pool for added pizazz.

Again, you should always have a float in the pool, y’all.

3. Shady Times

@rnc0911 how bout this

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Sometimes, it’s not so much about being in the sun as it is enjoying the day the sunshine has to offer.

By that we mean sitting in a shaded pool with crisp, fresh air surrounding us. This is also the only foolproof way to prevent sunburn while still enjoying the water.

4. Waterfalls

Pool is finished #craftsmantools #homedepot #lowes #tractorsupply

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Who says you have to have an in-ground pool to have fountains or waterfalls?

This constructive masterpiece showcases just what you can do with your own stock tank pool.

5. Tropical Escape

Escape to your own tropical island, all within your backyard.

Hang up a canopy around your tank pool for added privacy and protection for pesky mosquitos.

6. Covered Up

#stocktankpool #californialiving #missioncanyon #santabarbarastyle #funinthesun

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If you live in a place that’s notorious for unreasonably high temperatures, creating a cover for your stock tank pool isn’t a bad idea. The galvanized metal surely gets warm around the edges, but a cover is an innovative solution to the problem.

This keeps the bugs out, the water cool, and gives you an enjoyable first-dip experience.

7. Country Castle

I'm dreaming and of a #redneck #swimmingpool #stocktank #stocktankpool

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No matter where you live, there’s no reason you shouldn’t create an oasis for yourself. If that means going all in and building a deck and stone accents around your pool, then so be it!

8. Pup-Friendly

| ? keeping cool | #horseshoeranch #hatchetpup #stocktankpool

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You don’t have to take the pup to the public pool at the end of the summer or even leave your backyard to cool Fido down in stock tank pools.

The best part is that their nails don’t bother the lining because there isn’t any!

9. Mom-Tested and Kid-Approved

Watching the little ones in a stock tank pool is a piece of cake since they’re probably as tall as the water level!

This is a great place to teach them how to swim when they’re just starting out.

10. Always a beautiful view

Raise your hand if you love summer. ✋ #chasingsunsets #summernights #stocktankpool

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No need to worry about where in the yard you can actually place a pool since the stock tank sets up anywhere.

Angle it just right to catch a beautiful sunset every night.

11. The ‘Hillbilly’ Swimming Pool

If that’s what a hillbilly swimming pool looks like, then we’re all hillbillies because dang if that doesn’t look so serene.

12. Comfortable Seating

Stock tanks are just the right size to comfortably sit down and enjoy the water in the privacy of your own gorgeous backyard.

Build a deck around it and you’ve got a serious backyard spot that the whole block will beg to visit.

13. Rocky Top

Yep… I can fit a raft ? #summer #swimming #stocktank #stocktankpool

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How gorgeous is this rock layout? No one said stock tank pools had to be boring, did they?

14. Lawn Chairs for Life

Probably the most underrated swimming pool move of all time, setting up camp chairs and putting your feet up is required in a stock tank pool, y’all.

If going above and beyond the necessary is wrong, we don’t want to be right. So how about these stock pools? Talk about country ingenuity, y’all!