Skip the pricey installation and go straight to fun in the sun with a stock tank pool. These pools are budget-friendly, versatile, and can be installed with just a few tools. We found the most beautiful stock tank pools around so you can steal inspiration and start planning your own backyard paradise.

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Say goodbye to overpriced pool passes and slippery sprinklers—your own backyard swimming pool is finally within reach. Get started with a stock tank, filter, and a few additional supplies, then enjoy soaking in the sun all summer long. We have the inspiration you need to make the most of your stock tank pool, as well as some essential how-to tips.

Super Simple

Stock tank tubs originate from farms where they're used to hold water for livestock. They come in many different sizes and most are dressed in a pretty metallic sheen. Although some homeowners may choose to dress up their tank or install it below the surface, this stock tank tub is as simple as it gets. Just place the tub on a flat surface, attach a pump, and add water.

Garden Charm

Depending on your landscape and taste, an above-ground stock tank tub might be an eyesore. Tuck the tank under the surface of your yard by digging a large hole and leveling the bottom. A skirt of rustic pavers coupled with an enchanting garden of wildflowers helps hide this pool's filtration system.

Copper Chic

Cash in on the copper craze by outfitting the exterior of your tank with spray paint. Just be sure to find a primer and paint that is made for galvanized steel—or whatever material your tank is made from. Stick to metallic paint colors, or opt for a funky bold hue to add brightness to your backyard.

Throwing Shade

Stay shady in an otherwise sunny spot by positioning a patio umbrella over your stock tank pool. With an umbrella, you get the best of both worlds—put it down when you want to catch some rays, or roll it up to beat the heat.

Into the Woods

Retreat into the wilderness with a stock tank pool nestled in the woods. The perfect complement to a cabin, these pools provide relaxation when the lake is just a little too far away. Be sure to have a filter, pump, or other mechanism attached to keep the water moving—still water invites mosquitoes and other bugs to breed.

Canopy Oasis

Dress up a typical stock tank with a pretty gauze canopy. The net serves double duty—it looks pretty but also keeps bugs at bay. Surrounded by potted plants and hanging baskets, you'll feel like you're on a tropical getaway instead of lounging in your yard.

Nice and Private

Positioning your stock tank next to a hedge or fence ensures that you can enjoy your pool in private. This trick works especially well for small backyards without a ton of natural privacy from trees. To complete the look, large pavers make a clean pathway to the pool, while potted plants add a tropical touch.