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Old 08-29-2020, 08:07 AM
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I am building a live well from a 40 gallon Mueller bait tank. Just have a couple of questions on the set up. Should the intake be on the bottom or some other location. The one I have now the water goes in on the bottom and out on the top. I also plan on adding a directional head to create some circulation. Looking to keep blue fish alive for tuna fishing. Any help or suggestions on how to set the tank up properly for that based on experience would be appreciated. Thanks
Old 08-29-2020, 09:59 AM
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All the livgewells I've ever constructed have water flow in from the bottom and out the top. Never had any problems.
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The idea with a directional inlet on the bottom is the water will circulate through the well providing clean water throughout the water column and dirty water exciting the top. Just remember if the fill is on the bottom you have to run the pump at all times as the water can back out if not.

I personally have zero experience keeping blue fish alive and tuna fishing.
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you're going to have a tough time keeping blues bigger than 2 or 3lb in that well. You might want to think about some tuna tubes.

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On bass boats, where dead fish cost you weight, water flows in and drains from the top. Water flowing in from the top, causes the water to become aerated. When the live well is full it has an overflow that comes out the top.
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Thanks for all the info. Appreciate it
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Originally Posted by howieha View Post
I am building a live well from a 40 gallon Mueller bait tank. Just have a couple of questions on the set up. Should the intake be on the bottom or some other location. The one I have now the water goes in on the bottom and out on the top. I also plan on adding a directional head to create some circulation. Looking to keep blue fish alive for tuna fishing. Any help or suggestions on how to set the tank up properly for that based on experience would be appreciated. Thanks
40 gal flow thru is fine for blues. mine is a 40 gal kodiak w/ a 1000 gph dedicated rule in at the bottom (directional to create that circular current) and a 2” hose overboard out just below the top. be sure to put a screen on the inside of the overflow for those days you have macs or pogies in there or they will get out or get stuck. keeps a couple bluefish happy and swimming all day.
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Default Excellent ivewell water quality is the real magic

Originally Posted by howieha View Post
I am building a live well from a 40 gallon Mueller bait tank. Just have a couple of questions on the set up. Should the intake be on the bottom or some other location. The one I have now the water goes in on the bottom and out on the top. I also plan on adding a directional head to create some circulation. Looking to keep blue fish alive for tuna fishing. Any help or suggestions on how to set the tank up properly for that based on experience would be appreciated. Thanks
helphowieha – if you can insure excellent livewell water quality continuously in your livewell, you can be very successful keeping any baitfish not only alive but healthy in excellent condition for extended periods of time and transport. But, if you can’t or fail to insure excellent water quality, you will be unsuccessful and fail again and again, Managing livewell water quality is a real simple deal if you know how to do that. In the summer you will know real quickly if you can or you cannot do that.

Your water quality management ability the magic that keeps bait alive and healthy or results in failure and dead bait.


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