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Question about live wells
« on: April 01, 2015, 03:03:05 PM »
So i made a live well last year for my boat and everything ran just fine on it. Never lost a fish using it. But i do notice that my battery drains at a decent rate when running it. I have noticed on livewells in actual bass boats that the pump is not always running. Im curious if i need to have my aerator on the all the time from the time i put my first fish in the well.

I have heard you can run it for 10-15 mins then give it a break for a bit, then run it again. This would definitely save my battery as i am slightly worried it wont last 8 hours constantly running.

If this is OK for the fish. What does everyone reccomend for running and off times?

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Re: Question about live wells
« Reply #1 on: April 01, 2015, 05:55:38 PM »
This depends on the water temperatures, how many fish you have in it and how big they are.

Warmer water will require running the pump more frequently. More fish will require running the pump more.  And bigger fish will require the pump to be run more.

Best bet is to get a timer that kicks the pump on every few minutes and then off again. The first tournament or two shouldn't be an issue for you. Just turn it on and run it for a few minutes every 20-30 minutes or so.

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Re: Question about live wells
« Reply #2 on: April 01, 2015, 06:05:30 PM »
Thanks Curt, I have 3 batteries in my boat so i would never actually not be able to run the pump. Would just prefer to use the 1 battery so i can power my TM and sonar without issue  ;D ;D
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Re: Question about live wells
« Reply #3 on: April 01, 2015, 08:08:31 PM »
No problem. By the way, what size is your livewell in terms of gallons?

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Re: Question about live wells
« Reply #4 on: April 01, 2015, 08:14:54 PM »
12 gallons i believe
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Re: Question about live wells
« Reply #5 on: April 01, 2015, 08:15:20 PM »
Its a coleman xtreme cooler. Very well insulated
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Re: Question about live wells
« Reply #6 on: April 02, 2015, 09:53:32 AM »
12 gallons i believe

That's fine. Especially since you'll be fishing solo in your boat  ;)

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Re: Question about live wells
« Reply #7 on: April 04, 2015, 07:30:40 PM »
Those coolers do really well regulating the temp. Sometimes better than a typical boat thin plastic livewell walls.


You could easily wire in a livewell timer switch. http://www.basspro.com/Livewell-Aerator-Timer/product/37908/


This would allow you to adjust as needed.


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