Bilge pump or bubbler?

Discussion in 'All Catfishing' started by miichael, Jul 17, 2006.

  1. miichael

    miichael New Member

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    I have this aerator kit..
    http://www.basspro.com/servlet/catalog.TextId?hvarTextId=1293&hvarTarget=search&cmCat=SearchResults
    in a big cooler now but i cant seem to keep bream alive very long with it? or anything in that matter. If i keep my water changed every hour they live. If not they die. I dont think it puts air in the water like a bubbler does? Its suppose to filter and aerate the water but it dont seem to be working for me. Will a bubbler work better for keeping them alive long? maybe something like this?

    http://www.procats.com/article/81?PHPSESSID=9486f85f5a5f763d29a4fe50ddabf596
     
  2. gone_fishin

    gone_fishin New Member

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    I don't know what that thing you have is but I have a cheap areator from Walmart that works great I think it was $6. I've seen the same one I have keep 21 bluegill in a 5 gal bucket alive for about 8 hours.
     

  3. miichael

    miichael New Member

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    The thing i got dont really add air to the water it more less just circulates the water spraying it back down which adds some air but i think a bubbler would work better for adding air to the water. Which would work better the 2D bubbler or the 12V bubbler? Do they both produce same amount of air? The 2D would be better if it worked just as good as the 12V that way you could have no wires or big battery.

    This one?

    http://catalog.catfishconnection.com/itemdetail.php?itemnumber=MMPDB

    or this one?

    http://catalog.catfishconnection.com/itemdetail.php?itemnumber=MMPPB
     
  4. 1-flathunter

    1-flathunter New Member

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    Use both.If not set up so bilge pump sprays on top of water level.
     
  5. loki1982

    loki1982 New Member

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    I personally hate using batteries(a,aa,aaa,d etc). Ive just found that with nearly all products its better to go with a wall plug or a 12V. I dunno how long the "D" one last though.
     
  6. laidbck111

    laidbck111 New Member

    the bubbler from walmart that uses 2 D batteries will last about 20 hours per set if you use good batteries and keeps bait alive. I have one on a 5 gallon bucket and another I a 40 quart cooler and they both seem to work for me.
     
  7. AwShucks

    AwShucks New Member

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    Actually, neither item will put air into the water. They circulate the water which supposedly expells the carbon dioxide when it rolls to the surface and takes on oxygen in the process. The circulation is what does the job, not the bubbles.
     
  8. Gator

    Gator New Member

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    I have a set up almost like the first one there in a 96 qt cooler for a bait well. I have no probles keeping bulegill alive for days as long as my battery holds up that is.
     
  9. laidbck111

    laidbck111 New Member

    just to follow up the bubbler at walmart is 5.97 and comes with tubing and a stone. I had to replace mine this morning after 3 years.
     
  10. David Knotts

    David Knotts New Member

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    I got a bubbler from Acadamy, 19 bucks, hooks up to my boat batery, I put it on my 48 qt ice chest, it will keep all the gills I can fit in there alive. It just needs to be oild after each use.
     
  11. catchinghogs

    catchinghogs Well-Known Member

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    I have the set up you have to I have just used it this year its pretty reliable just try ro keep your water clean and cold.
     
  12. photocat

    photocat New Member

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    i like using a bubbler... kept bluegills and carp alive for hours on one... I buy the cheap $6 one from wallmart... supposedly 33 hrs on 2 D batteries... i think i've had mine last longer then that actually... All I know is it keeps the bait alive... I just set up a cooler with 2 attached to the side and a hole drilled through for each air hose to a 5 inch Air stone for keeping minnows alive for the camp i work at... So far so good... 3 chubs (about 14 inches in all) and there are no problems... i'll put an iced bottle in there in the morning to keep it cool and we'll see what my coworker brings to add to the collection...
     
  13. Larry

    Larry New Member

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    maintain the water temp.
    I use an aqarium pump(bubbler) with power inverter on my boat. IN a 32 gallon cooler. Keeps lots of big suckers alive really well. But key is keeping water temps cool, use frozen water bottles.
    Last note.
    Dont close up the container tight what ever system you use if it can be helped. The water needs to offgas or it can get toxic quick.
    good luck.
    Larry
     
  14. gone_fishin

    gone_fishin New Member

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    I have an American Angler aerator. It's yellow and comes with line and an airstone. It was about $6 at Walmart. It runs on 1 "D" battery but has a place to store a second one. I have ran it for a good 30 hours before on one D battery during a camping trip.
     
  15. Mark J

    Mark J New Member

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    Michael, Doc Lange I would say is the leading authority on the site as far as bait wells. He has some good information on keeping bait alive and has used several different commercially sold systems.
    Maybe he'll post here or PM him and get him to post under this topic for all of us to see and learn.
     
  16. jim

    jim New Member

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    Great tip Larry.I open my livewell up as soon as I shut the engine off.Obviously you dont want an open container while moving.BIGGEST point of aeration is that oxygen exchange happens at the surface so open the container to the air where the toxic gases can be passed off and new oxygen can enter.Temp is the other big factor and cooling the water with ice in whatever format will greatly increase its capability to absord and hold oxygen.:smile2:
     
  17. draghook

    draghook New Member

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    I also use the Walmart Special works good.