20 Gallon Bait Tank for My Boat -REDESIGNED!

Discussion in 'All Catfishing' started by SubnetZero, Jun 14, 2007.

  1. SubnetZero

    SubnetZero New Member

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    I did a bit of a redesign to my 20 Gallon Tank.

    Having used my tank for little over a year, changed a couple things. After fishing for 4-5 hours, the water splashing from the Aerator head become annoying (and made me wanna pee all the time :embarassed:).. Also, Im not sure how much Air was actually making it into the water.

    First I added A Venturi for Air infusion.

    I took a threaded 1/2" plug and noticed it fit perfectly into a 3/4" pipe. I then drilled out the middle with a 3/8 spade bit..
     

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  2. SubnetZero

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    I then took two 3/4" to 1/2" and a 1/2" sleeve. Cemented the adapters to each end.. I then drilled a hole, cut some threads and took a threaded 1/4" hose nipple and screwed it in.. Took some clear tubing and ran it up out of the top of the tank and down under the "lip"...
     

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  3. SubnetZero

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    The venturi infuses nice little bubbles. I took a 3/4" plug, drilled some holes in it, plugged it into an elbow on the bottom of the output.. Makes a nice current with tiny bubble getting shot into the tank.. Hard to get good pics of it..
     
  4. SubnetZero

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    Doh, forgot the pics...
     

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  5. SubnetZero

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    Here is a Filter idea I'm playing around with.. Think its a tad big for my tank.. Need to get some polyfill and try it out...
     

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  6. mongesf

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    that looks pretty slick. nice job!!:cool2:
     
  7. SubnetZero

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    Here some various other pics of the tank
     

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  8. jason454ci

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    I would suggest that you put some ammo carb in your filter along with the poly fill to cut down the ammonia level if using it for extended periods of time. You can find it anywhere that sells aquarium filters.
     
  9. SubnetZero

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    Last Three.. Any Questions, let me know... Should have a live test this weekend :big_smile:
     

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  10. blackhorse83

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    Looks good I would like to know how it works.
     
  11. CJ21

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    Tim u is a very smart man!
     
  12. cleon

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    thanks for your help! that tank is awesome!
     
  13. tikiman

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    that does look nice, nice handy work on it
    hope to see it work let us know
     
  14. SubnetZero

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    Ran up and Got some PolyFill and Some Ammo-Carb (Charcoal)..
    I was thinking the pump may suck up the polyfill or charcoal, so I made an intake cage to help prevent that..

    I started out with a Basket I picked up at the Dollar G a while back. Came in a bundle of 3 baskets for $1

    I cut it down, Tried pvc cementing it together without much luck.. Finally just put some pan screws through it heh.. Cut a hole for the pump intake pipe
     

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  15. SubnetZero

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    This filter "tank" will use gravity feed. The water will feed in through the front, up the short pipe and flow out into the media..

    I have a layer of Polyfill, then a "layer" of charcoal, and another layer of polyfill
     

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    All set to go mount it back in the Tank..

    I'm going Flatheading tomorrow, so Ill probably just have gills. Blue Gills are very easy to keep and really wont "test" this new system out, least not like Shad would... Should give me an idea on well the new venturi and filter work with bait in it though...
     

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  17. jason454ci

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    Looks good. Waiting to hear the report on how it works out for you.
     
  18. Clovis

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    You may also want a cage over the intake to the filter, so it doesn't suck a fish up on it.
     
  19. smhmc6

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    I see you have a switch... but what are you using for a power source? It may be a dumb question, but i've been thinking about making something similar for some time and have been debating what to use for power. Not really sure if the pumps use those D batteries or whatever, but I was also thinking about using a 12 v lawn mower battery or something. But I don't know much about electrical stuff and that might be too much voltage. Then again, a battery might be heavy and inconvenient to carry around with the tank. What have you been using, and are you happy with it?
     
  20. Clovis

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    Mine is for use in my truck, so I powered it of the trailer power plug.
    For boat use Personally I would wire it to a lighter adapter or something and power it off an existing battery, or if you don't have a battery, a lwnmower, motorcycle, or such would work. as long as it is 12v. Just will run for longer off bigger batteries.