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Post by stomper » 04 Jul 2016, 12:55

I am building a cooler live well for the back of my pontoon boat. If I set it up to continually pump lake water into the bottom of the cooler and drain out of the overflow near the top of the cooler, will I need to have an aeration system also. The water supply pump will run constantly like the aerator pump would normally run. My thinking is there will be a steady supply of fresh cool lake water which the fish live in already so it should be fine for them. Is this correct.

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Post by onthewater102 » 05 Jul 2016, 09:00

I built my livewell to have the cool water spray against the inside top of the box & set the drain slightly below that level to get aeration of the incoming lake water. My thinking was we're pulling water off the top layer of the lake which will be the warmest water in the lake - so especially in the summer every little bit helps.
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Post by Johnny » 05 Jul 2016, 09:24

I second what O.T.W. says - simple and efficient....
in Florida, the top few inches of lake water can be
as warm as 83* - 86* F. where live bait can die quickly
without a LOT of fresh oxygen.
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Post by stomper » 05 Jul 2016, 12:16

Yeah good point. Thanks. I'll put a spray bar in.

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Post by onthewater102 » 05 Jul 2016, 13:00

OHHH - see if you can find a 1" drain fitting/plumbing if you're using a 3/4" intake - I found the hard way my pump brings in way more water than gravity will carry away through my 3/4" drain fitting. If I don't pay attention to the pump it will overflow the top of the livewell & spill out into the boat. Not necessarily a problem, but I try to keep the inside of the boat dry so I don't have my foam standing in water over time.
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