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Old 12-17-2018, 07:54 AM
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I am upgrading live well pump running a 1600 GPH Rule 1" thru hull fitting and 1 1/8" outlet...instead of the standard crappy spray nozzle i currently have how would i go about getting a even flow to improve circulation? My cat head height is tall old 1100gph filled 40 gallon fairly quickly but bait suffered from lack of circulation. Currently all I can find is 3/4' not my size so any ideas or links greatly appreciated.
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Old 12-17-2018, 09:06 AM
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Old 12-17-2018, 12:11 PM
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Originally Posted by gordaskipper View Post
... how would i go about getting a even flow to improve circulation?
If you're asking about reconfiguring the tank, a picture would be helpful. 1100 GPH is plenty for a well designed 40 gallon tank, at least in my experience.
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Old 12-17-2018, 01:24 PM
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What tank is this for? How big? How far from the pump? How many bends in your input line to the bait tank? 1100 gph should be more than enough. Each of mine (40-52 gallons) filled up in well under 7 minutes with an 1100 gph Bait Sentry. I’m wondering if your problem is something other than the pump.
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I should have been clearer...I have a 40 gallon oval painted tank on my boat, it is a walk around so tank is elevated a foot, flush with helm deck not fish boxes...my issue is with 1100 GPH Sentry 1700-020-030 pump foregoes a 5' head rise given how my catamaran is built and only supports 30 gallons at height....Here is what I am doing for upgrade: Rule Tournament series 1600 GPH Livewell pump...Perko Intake strainer and ball valve all1" NPT...want to modify the spray nozzle or completely remove it because it will not circulate water. It seems to fill OK but my bait suffers on my overnight trips from banging around.
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Originally Posted by gordaskipper View Post
...want to modify the spray nozzle or completely remove it because it will not circulate water.
You've identified your problem, and I think the tank's design is the problem, not the pump or its plumbing. The best tanks have a baffled directional flow from the near the top of the tank to the bottom. Bait doesn't appreciate a rain shower or a washing machine.
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My last tank had the input running up from the bottom of the tank, nearly all the way to the top. So, the water was forced along maybe 30” up/down and pushed along the inside wall, creating a great oval flow throughout the tank height. Never had one “spray” water into the tank. I think that’d suck. More of a bass fishing livewell deal.
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Old 12-18-2018, 06:35 AM
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Originally Posted by Pez Vela View Post
You've identified your problem, and I think the tank's design is the problem, not the pump or its plumbing. The best tanks have a baffled directional flow from the near the top of the tank to the bottom. Bait doesn't appreciate a rain shower or a washing machine.
yes exactly what my post is about any ideas where to purchased such a design so I can make modifications?
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I don't know of any available kits which you can buy to reconfigure the water flow into a bait tank. DIY modifications have been attempted of course. One such effort is shown below. I don't know how effective it was, but it wouldn't be difficult to use a temporary adhesive to try it out, and then glass it in if you like it. I believe that the water flow should be directed counter-clockwise, so the bait may swim clockwise into the current. That would be the opposite of what is shown here. Perhaps that will engender a lively THT debate. That should be fun.
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Old 01-14-2019, 06:30 PM
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Reading this thread... I’m looking to add a 26 gal live well that I can take off the boat when not fishing. Is it a bad idea to get a raw water wash down pump kit and use that to feed to live well while fishing? Can those run continuously? Is it better to use a different type of pump?

Anyone have any ideas or pictures? Mine is a 26 gal oval mueller live well.
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Old 01-18-2019, 08:54 AM
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Anyone have pictures of how they set up those removable livewell tanks on the boat?
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