Planted Tank Enthusiast
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Northern Michigan
100 gallon stock tank pond in progress
I have wanted to build a pond for a long time. I bought a 100 (actually 103) galvanized stock tank pond from Tractor Supply. It measures 4 x 2 x 2 feet. It cost $75. The pond is going to sit on the deck in my backyard. I didn't like the galvanized steel look, so I decided to paint the tank copper colored.
First I thoroughly degreased and sanded the tank. You can use any good degreaser, but I just used Dawn dish soap (it's used to clean animals that are caught in an oil apill). Then I sanded the outside and bottom of the tank with 220 grit sandpaper. I then wiped the tank down with a tack cloth and washed it again.
I applied two coats of Rustoleum primer for galvanized steel with a roller brush. Paint doesn't stick to galvanized steel so you have to use this special primer.
I have been working on this project with one hand since I broke two fingers 3 weeks ago. They weren't healing well so I had surgery on my hand 3 days ago. Lucky for me it wasn't my dominant hand that was hurt. I painted the tank with Rustoleum Hammered Copper spray paint. It took 1.5 cans for a nice coat. I'm going to let the paint dry for a few days and then I'll get someone to move the tank for me (it only weighs about 40 pounds).
My future plans for this tank are to stock it with goldfish and minnows (already have the goldfish in a holding tank), some marginal plants like water lilies and black gamecock, and add some nice manzanita driftwood to the pond. I also have a fountain pump that will be placed in the pond.
Here's he tank after painting it in my garage. Thanks for reading.