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Old 12-22-2006, 07:27 PM
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Ok Im getting ready to order the tank. It looks like I only have room for a 20 - 25 gallon size tank. Will this keep larger baits alive lets say if I take the boat down to the keys?
I will be using a 500gph rule pump. Are the high tech tanks with all the fancy baffles etc. realy better or will a basic tank work just as well? How important is an insulated tank if I have a constant flow of water/ What do you think of the self timing switches that cycle the tank on and off every 3 minutes. How important is a light? Should I have an aerator also or will the constant flow of water be suficient?
Thanx, Barrell
Old 12-22-2006, 07:35 PM
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Old 12-23-2006, 11:57 AM
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I have a 30 gallon tank with a 500gph pump, and keep blueback herring and smaller 8" trout at the same time with no problem. If you use larger bait you just can't put as many in. An insulated tank is important in the summer. I also have the timer switch that turns the circulating pump on and off. I added a bubbler that runs constantly to add air/oxygen. With the bubbler I don't need to run the circulating pump as much. If you don't want a bubbler then let the circ. pump run constantly.
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In the spring and fall when water temps are in the mid 50's to 60 degrees
I can usually put 1 bait fish per gallon(usually bunker so they are big)In the summer months I can only get away with 1 per 2or3 gallons .
I think there is less oxygen in water over 70 degrees .
Just my experience.Not sure if true all over the country.
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