** Bait Tank - Finally Done! **

Discussion in 'LOCAL MISSOURI TALK' started by SmokinBarrel, Aug 13, 2009.

  1. SmokinBarrel

    SmokinBarrel New Member

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    After approximately 2 months of working on my bait tank I finally finished. I have spent many hours, and trial and error making this tank. I think the pictures speak for themselves.

    A few facts:
    1. Rule 1000 gph pump
    2. 30 gallon barrel mounted inside 50 gallon
    3. 3/4" plywood for the top. All exposed edges sealed with epoxy.
    4. Hole w/ cork - for draining small amount of water left in tank (if needed)
    5. I used US Composites Foam (Qty 2) 4 lb kits. (2 or 3 LB Density)
    6. Switches for Light and Power to pump

    Remaining Items to add:
    1. Handle
    2. Extra filter matter for large filtering
     

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  2. SmokinBarrel

    SmokinBarrel New Member

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  3. SmokinBarrel

    SmokinBarrel New Member

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  4. SmokinBarrel

    SmokinBarrel New Member

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  6. SmokinBarrel

    SmokinBarrel New Member

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  7. Todd Strong

    Todd Strong Active Member

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    Now Just add Bait, turned out great. Looks like it should work well
     
  8. THE PAN MAN

    THE PAN MAN New Member

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    workn on a bait tank myself. im usin an old freezer with a pond arreator pump. good for bait and if i catch a good un late i can put it in the tank till the eve. still in progress tho.
     
  9. Blade4130

    Blade4130 Well-Known Member

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    Nice Job:big_smile:
     
  10. SGTREDNECK

    SGTREDNECK New Member

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    Looks great. Thanks for sharing.
     
  11. kvillcat

    kvillcat New Member

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    That look real good.

    John
     
  12. Bigbluefisherman

    Bigbluefisherman New Member

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    Looks good, what would you charge to build me one?
     
  13. SmokinBarrel

    SmokinBarrel New Member

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    Charge to build one? Actually, I don't think I'd want to build another. I calculated what I had in it and can provide an excel file. It'll roughly cost you $170 - $210 just for material. That is no joke. But, you could possibly cut that by $40 by using other alternate parts. Personally, I told myself if I did another, I'd purchase one out right. But, it would be insulated.

    Honestly, it wasn't worth the effort, a real pain in the arse! Here is the big trick, or what would make it worth to me to build another, or if I did it over...is to find an insulated round barrel (cooler) that's 30 - 40 gallon, that would be the trick! And it would save a lot of time and money. Personally, I won't make another.

    I have the know how to build one, and could possibly cut time off because I worked through the problems, but it's time consuming even at that. I think the worst was installing the drain! And pouring the insulation, which caused me a few problems. The trick with the insulation is to pour it in stages, evenly all the round around. For instance, first pour about 1/4 - 1/2" thick all the way around and let it set up. It only takes about 20 minutes. Then pour same all the way around again until you reach the top. This way, the foam expands evenly or at the same pressure or rate so it doesn't push the inside drum (30 gal) off center as mine did.

    If I lived closer, I'd be happy to stop by and walk you through the worst parts.
     
  14. plainsman

    plainsman New Member Supporting Member

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    Looks good, nice job/
     
  15. Scaley Cat

    Scaley Cat Member

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    Hey, you finally got it done! Looks awesome! Mine just broke. I had 100 bullhead in it I just set free
     
  16. 89Ricky89

    89Ricky89 New Member

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    Very nice! I usually just get what I need to fish the night before and keep them in a bucket with some air pumping in them. I obviously don't fish as often as you. LOL! That has to be one of the best I've ever seen, great job!
     
  17. goosed

    goosed Member

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    Nice tank, Thanks for pics.
     
  18. Mickey

    Mickey New Member Supporting Member

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    Great job on the tank. I can see you put a lot of thought into the planning. It looks good. Thanks for sharing.
     
  19. mulemann

    mulemann New Member

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    I bought one of those $15.00 bubble boxes from wal*mart, drilled a 1/4 hole in an old cooler lid. VOILA instant bait transport / keeper and works as a livewell too
     
  20. DWB

    DWB Member

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    Good job, Dennis. I'll bet it keeps your dip bait real fresh :wink:

    I have been contemplating a tank build of my own; however, I'll be keeping it in the basement so no need for insulation. I think I'll use a stock tank for mine. My only concern is a risk of condensation in the basement. I do have some small windows down there so I am thinking of rigging up some kind of ventelation system us to help out with that....