A lot of digging, a 100-gallon Rubbermaid stock tank, and one of those toilet flush-float thingies: boom, self-filling aquaponic pond.

A lot of digging, a 100-gallon Rubbermaid stock tank, and one of those toilet flush-float thingies: boom, self-filling aquaponic pond.

The idea of using a stock-watering tank for a DIY hot tub project has been around for a long time, but all of the ones I’d seen were pretty unattractive. I wanted a setup that was nice-looking, easy to use and economical. My hot tub dreams came together when I discovered a wood-fired spa stove made in Japan by a company called Chofu and imported by Island Hot Tub Co. Depending on how the soaking area is customized, the setup I’ve designed can cost less than $1,000.

The idea of using a stock-watering tank for a DIY hot tub project has been around for a long time, but all of the ones I’d seen were pretty unattractive. I wanted a setup that was nice-looking, easy to use and economical. My hot tub dreams came together when I discovered a wood-fired spa stove made in Japan by a company called Chofu and imported by Island Hot Tub Co. Depending on how the soaking area is customized, the setup I’ve designed can cost less than $1,000.

Rubbermaid stock tank as duck "pond." Use a 1-1/4" male threaded adapter on the 1-1/4" threaded drain, along with a length of 1-1/4" PVC pipe and a 1-1/4" ball valve to drain.

Rubbermaid stock tank as duck "pond." Use a 1-1/4" male threaded adapter on the 1-1/4" threaded drain, along with a length of 1-1/4" PVC pipe and a 1-1/4" ball valve to drain.

Rubbermaid Stock Tank, Black Weather & Crack-Resistant Structural Foam Plastic, 100-Gals.: Model# 4242-88-BLA | True Value

Rubbermaid Stock Tank, Black Weather & Crack-Resistant Structural Foam Plastic, 100-Gals.: Model# 4242-88-BLA | True Value

Murdoch's – Rubbermaid - Stock Tank - 100 Gallon 2 for $100 on sale

Murdoch's – Rubbermaid - Stock Tank - 100 Gallon 2 for $100 on sale

300g Rubbermaid stock tank made into raised fish and Koi pond. Framed with 2x12's, walls insulated, filled with dirt and planted.

300g Rubbermaid stock tank made into raised fish and Koi pond. Framed with 2x12's, walls insulated, filled with dirt and planted.

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