Complete DIY 30 Gal. Bait Tank Kit for $80!

Discussion in 'Livewell and Bait Tank Review' started by SWeiss, Sep 24, 2009.

  1. SWeiss

    SWeiss New Member

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    This isn't so much a "how-to" as it is a "what you need" to get started. If you want to start keeping live bait at home, the below parts list is the basics to get you started.

    I did all the leg work for you. All you have to do is go buy the stuff. You can buy the "tank" (tub) at WalMart. Everything else you probably need to get at a pet/fish store. The list below gives the item description, manufacturer's part #, and retail price.


    • 35 Gal. Blue Plastic Storage Tub 32.5''L x 19.75''W x 18.63''H
      • Sterlite #1945
        • $11.97

    • EX30 30 Gal. 160 GPH Whisper Aquarium Filter
      • Tetra #26311
        • $24.99

    • Whisper EX Large Carbon Filter (4-pk)
      • Tetra #26333
        • $12.99

    • Silent Air X3 30 Gal. Air Pump
      • Penn Plax #SA-X3
        • $15.99

    • Air Line Check Valve
      • Red Sea #51061
        • $3.99

    • Air Line Control Kit (4 Tees, 5 Two-Way Valves)
      • Lee's Aquarium & Pet #14103
        • $2.89

    • 8' Flexible Air Line Tubing
      • Penn Plax #ST-8
        • $1.49

    • Aqua Mist Air Stones (4-pk)
      • Penn Plax #AS-6Q
        • $1.99
    Total price with 6% sales tax is $80.88

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  2. SWeiss

    SWeiss New Member

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  4. bnt55

    bnt55 New Member

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    what kind of bait are you planning on keeping? how many will that tank hold effectively? Good info thanks
     
  5. T Man

    T Man New Member

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    Thanks for the post I have a bunch of this stuff left in the attic from when I had aquariums got a real big air pump
     
  6. SWeiss

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    I figure you should be able to keep at least a couple dozen gills in there no problem.
     
  7. SWeiss

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    I just bought everything, cost just under $80. I went with a Whisper 40i in-tank filter (on the advice from the aquarium guy), and bought a Fusion 400 air pump. I got a 32 gallon plastic tub on sale at K-Mart for $8.99. Everything is rated at 40 gallons, so if I want to go a little bit bigger in the future, I can.

    The filter will go at one end, and their will be an air stone in the middle and at the opposite end of the filter.

    All I need to do is fill it with water and make some sort of chicken wire screen for the top of it.
     
  8. SWeiss

    SWeiss New Member

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    If you go by the 1" per gallon rule for aquariums, then I could effectively only put 7-8 four-inch gills in the thing. I think that calculation is for long term holding of fish, because if it were true for fish that are going to be recycled often, the minnow tanks at a bait shop would be as big as a football field.
     
  9. kyleco55

    kyleco55 Well-Known Member

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    double post sorry
     
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  10. kyleco55

    kyleco55 Well-Known Member

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    man i wouldnt worry about that unless it were long term.. ive had 75 gills, shiners, and chubs in my tank for like a week and a half with only 1 fatality
     
  11. desertcatrat

    desertcatrat New Member

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    nic ebut i need 12 volt so it is mobile,i have a setup with bilge or bait system pumps that works well
    nice for a 110 volt system,can't beat the price
     
  12. brian88b

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    Great idea thanks for the good info and sharing:wink: I dont think you would have to worry about crowding short term either. I have had 25 gills about palm size in a 5 gal bucket with just a air stone and they were super lively for over 24 hr's several times.