Stock Tank Pool FAQ’s
What is your lead time?
Our current (3/3/23) lead time for Texas is 3-5 weeks. Florida installations begin early May.
What all is included?
Your pool comes with a Hastings black label stock tank. We will fully install a Intex or Waterway sand filter. This will include full inlet/outlet assemblies, plunger valves, garden hose filter, high quality pool net, thermometer, chlorine treatment kit, and an external pool timer for the waterway. We fill the sand reservoir with antimicrobial recycled glass media. If your set up requires a GFCI adapter, we will include one. You will also get a digital owners manual with information and video tutorials!
Is ground prep included?
Your spot needs to be leveled and ready before your install day. Most folks use compacted, decomposed granite to create a smooth and level pad. We have also set the tanks are concrete pads, grass, pavers, and reinforced decks. It’s important that your pad is level and smooth. If you’re wanting someone to do this service for you, we may be able to get you connected with a landscaper in your area. If we arrive and the area is not level or smooth enough, we can partially fill enough to test the equipment. Then you can adjust the leveling material, refill, and enjoy!
Do you deliver to my area?
We’ll deliver all over the beautiful state of Texas! We include free delivery for up to 50 miles from Jonestown, TX & Melbourne FL. Areas beyond 50 miles are $1.75-$2.75 per additional mile.
Averages by city for a 10′ pool delivery:
San Antonio ~$110
Dallas & Fort Worth ~$275
How deep are they?
All galvanized stock tanks are about 2 ft deep. The poly tanks are a bit deeper 28 inches deep. Many people wonder if the stock tank will be deep enough, but we have found they are the perfect depth for adults to sit or float in.
How do I keep the water clean?
Your sand filter works to keep your water as clean as possible. We fill the sand filter with recycled glass media. This media is cleaned by performing a backwash function. This is a 1 minute process that will keep your filter media nice and clean. We backwash our pool once every 2-4 weeks or as needed.
You’ll also want to choose a treatment chemical. A lot of stock tank pool owners use 1” chlorine tablets and a floating dispenser. We choose to treat our stock tank pool with concentrated Hydrogen Peroxide. It’s gentle on our son’s sensitive skin, and we can reuse it on our plants.
In addition to treating your water, we recommend you purchase a cover for your stock tank pool. This will keep leaves and sediment from falling into your pool. A leaf net can also be very useful for scooping out debris.
Can you turn it into a hot tub?
We can! We offer the Camplux outdoor propane water heater as a heating solution. We usually say that if a hot tub during the cold months is your priority, consider going with a 6, 7, or 8 foot tank. The 9 and 10 foot tanks can get up to hot tub temperatures, but it will take a considerable amount time and propane – especially when its cold outside.
Doesn’t the tank/water get hot?
The key to keeping your stock tank pool cool in the summer is SHADE. In fact, many customers report that their pool stays quite chilly in the shade, even when its scorching outside. We suggest choosing a sunny spot and using an umbrella or shade sail to shade the area if needed.
How far can my pump be from my pool?
We prefer that the pump is near the pool with less hosing but do understand some setups are best with the pump set farther away. Both of our pumps include 6’ hosing which allows the pump to be about 5 ft from the tank. We can extend the waterway hoses in 6’ increments and have 10’ and 15’ intex options available for sale if needed. Another option is trenching and burying 1.5” PVC. If you want to go this route, reach out and we will send you some more info.
Will the tank rust?
Galvanized metal does eventually rust, but it usually takes years for this to occur. The number one cause of early rust in a stock tank pool is over treating the water. Chlorine and other pool chemicals tend to eat away at the galvanized coating which leads to rust. It’s important to keep any pool chemical at minimal concentration so that galvanized coating stays intact. If you’re feeling super concerned about possible rust, the poly tank is a great alternative!
Do you paint them?
We do not offer any painting services at this time, but you can do it! Just know that galvanized metal can be tricky to paint. If you plan to paint your tank, reach out and we’ll share some tips and tricks that we’ve learned.
Should I paint the inside?
We suggest enjoying the galvanized metal for as long as possible. Galvanized coatings make it very hard for any paint to adhere, and chipping paint in the pool is a nightmare. Most people agree that an epoxy coating is needed to paint the inside of the stock tank. We have experimented with Pond Armor epoxy liner, and we’re happy to share all of the application tips and tricks that we learned. We think it can extend the life of a corroded tank, but we don’t suggest applying epoxy to a new tank.
Do you sell covers?
We don’t sell covers, but we have some great options to suggest! Once we receive your order, we’ll send you a document that goes over how to prepare for install day. We link several cover options in that document. All sizes of stock tanks come in nests of 3 (except the polys that are all the same size), making any size vary by up to 6″. Let us know if you already have a cover or plan to order a customized one and we will do our best to find the closest size.
Do you build decks?
We don’t build any decks, but we have some amazing builder contacts that we love to share. If you know of an amazing deck builder in your area, we’d love to add their contact information to our list!
Do I have to be home for the installation?
Thanks to the fact that we started this business in 2020, we are very used to doing contactless deliveries! If you can’t be available for your install, let us know. We’ll have you send us pictures and/or videos to show exactly where you want everything.
Do I need a permit?
Because of the ~2ft depth, you will not need a permit in most cases. Be sure to check with your HOA if you are concerned. Please note that the 10 ft poly tanks are 28 inches deep and may not qualify as a “temporary/moveable” pool.
What are the electrical requirements?
You will need one 110V, 15 amp outlet for your filter pump. If you are planning to order a 20L heater, you will need another outlet available within 5′ of its mounting location. If the outlet is not within 4-5ft of your pump, you will also need a heavy duty outdoor extension cord (14 gauge up to 50’ and 12 gauge beyond 50’ – get one with three outlets if you are also plugging in a 20l heater).
Can I get a tank without a logo?
All Hastings tanks come with a Hastings Equity logo sticker. This sticker can be removed completely with orange oil or goo gone!
What accessories will we need?
The beauty of a stock tank pool is that it can be kept super simple! We got by for several years with just a cover and a skimmer net. Our top favorite luxury STP items now are our vacuum, underwater pool lights, and our cantilever umbrella. You can see more fun and useful accessories in our Amazon storefront.
Can I use a salt water system?
We don’t suggest or have any experience using salt water systems for stock tank pools. Salt water is corrosive to the metal and could lead to quick rust.