How to Maintain a Stock Tank Pool

Stock tank pools have gained popularity as an affordable and stylish alternative to traditional in-ground pools. These galvanized steel tanks can be easily transformed into refreshing backyard oases right here in Las Vegas. However, like any pool, stock tank pools require regular maintenance to ensure optimal water quality and longevity. In this guide, your friends at Vegas Stock Tank Pools will outline essential tips and guidelines for maintaining your stock tank pool.

Follow these tips and please call us if you have any questions! We test our methods first hand, being stock tank owners ourselves.

1. Water Circulation and Filtration

Adequate water circulation and filtration are crucial for keeping your stock tank pool clean and clear. Here are a few recommendations:

  • Pump and Filter System: Install a pump and filter system specifically designed for stock tank pools. This will help remove debris and maintain proper water circulation. When you purchase a stock tank pool from us, we install a great one for you. It’ll run during scheduled hours so you don’t have to worry about turning it off and on.
  • Skimmer: Consider adding a skimmer to your stock tank pool. Skimmers can help collect leaves, insects, and other floating debris, making it easier for your filtration system to handle the water. Handheld ones are cheap and available online, plus they can easily be stored.
  • Brushing and Vacuuming: Regularly brush the sides and bottom of your pool to prevent algae buildup. Additionally, you could use the above mentioned skimmer or a a pool vacuum.

2. Water Chemistry

Maintaining proper water chemistry is essential for a safe and enjoyable swimming experience. Regularly test and balance the following parameters:

  • pH Level: Test the pH level of your pool water regularly. The ideal range is between 7.4 and 7.6. Use pH increasers or decreasers as needed to adjust the pH level.
  • Chlorine or Alternative Sanitizers: Stock tank pools can be sanitized using chlorine tablets, granules, or alternative sanitizers such as bromine or mineral-based systems. We recommend a floating chlorine tablet holder LINK WITH AFFILIATE TRACKING
  • Alkalinity and Calcium Hardness: Test and adjust alkalinity and calcium hardness levels to prevent corrosion or scaling. Ideal ranges are typically 80-120 ppm for alkalinity and 150-250 ppm for calcium hardness.
  • Water Testing Kits: Use a reliable water testing kit to measure and monitor the chemical levels accurately. Test the water at least once a week, or as recommended by the manufacturer.
  • Shocking the Pool: Regularly shock your stock tank pool to eliminate contaminants and maintain water clarity. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for the recommended shock treatment and dosage.

3. Cleaning and Maintenance

Proper cleaning and maintenance are vital for the longevity and aesthetics of your stock tank pool. Here are some key maintenance tasks:

  • Regular Skimming: Use a pool skimmer net or handheld skimmer to remove leaves, bugs, and other debris from the water surface.
  • Emptying and Refilling: Depending on usage and environmental factors, you may need to empty and refill your stock tank pool periodically. This allows for a fresh start and prevents excessive chemical buildup. With the Vegas sun causing evaporation, you will occasionally need to top the pool off with additional water.
  • Filter Cleaning: Clean or replace the filter cartridge regularly, as recommended by the manufacturer. A dirty filter can hinder the effectiveness of your filtration system. The filter is located within the pool pump.
  • Winterizing: During the cold months here in Vegas, we recommend emptying the pool and scrubbing it down. Leave it empty (and covered) until you’re ready to begin using it again in spring or summer!


By following these tips and guidelines, you can enjoy a clean, inviting, and well-maintained stock tank pool throughout the Vegas summer. Regular maintenance and care will help extend the lifespan of your pool and ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for everyone.

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