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Marine Metal Power Bubbles Aerator increase the capacity of up to 2 livewells by saturating the water with oxygen from this quiet, powerful 12V air pump. Operates on only 1/4 amp. Can be easily wired directly to boat panel. Most effective when used with a water renewal system. Complete kit includes pump with 6' power cord and copper battery clips, 10' airline tubing, anti-siphon valves, and large air stones. Made in USA.
Wish I'd bought this years ago. Haven't lost a fish in the 2 months since I've bought it. I 've been attatching it to an extra trolling motor battery in the bottom of my boat but plan to mount it permanently. No dead fish in June and July in Alabama heat. Only wish it had an on/off switch.
July 14, 2010
Keep Big Bass Alive In Your Live Well
My 2008 Boston Whaler Montauk does not have a re-circulating function on the live well since it was originally intended to be a bait well.. I purchased the power bubbles to improve aeration for largemouth bass while I'm fishing and to keep them alive on occasions when I want to leave them in the live well while trailering my boat. The space in my console is limited and I did not want to run anything else off of my trolling motor or start batteries so I decided to try running the unit off of a lawnmower battery. The battery and Power Bubbles fit nicely in a standard marine battery box with a few minor modifications. The whole setup is light, easy to move and virtually waterproof. The battery, that I can easily pick up with one hand, runs the pump for over twenty four hours.
I tested the Power Bubbles for the first time with a seven pound bass. I caught the fish at 7:00 p.m. and released it in a private lake at 11:00 p.m. The temperatures in Louisiana are above 90 degrees right now and surface water temperatures in both lakes are around 90 degrees. The fish was going to be in the live well for over two hours while trailering the boat so I placed two one quart, plastic, bottles in the well that were filled with water and frozen earlier in the week. When I got to the second lake I removed the bottles and slowly changed out the water in the well with water from the new lake over a thirty minute period. Just like acclimating a new fish that you would add to your aquarium. The fish was in good condition and swam away eagerly when released.
My second test was with a six pound bass a few days later. I caught the fish at 9:00 p.m. and did not want to disturb the friends who own the private lake so I decided to try leaving the fish in the live well until the next morning. The fish was in the boat, on the trailer, for over six hours. I was pleased to find the fish frisky and in good condition at 6:30 a.m. on the following morning so I released it as planned.
I'm convinced of the Power Bubbles functionality and I hear that these units last for years. I'll comment further on that matter in the future and I did not give the unit a five star rating because I don't know how long it will actually last
July 10, 2010
WOW lots of air moved
I use this for my portable live well (made from a large cooler). My previous airstone pump and standard pump/sprayer unit were not keeping a filled with limit cooler alive for very long. I was going to try this as a last resort before going to Oxygen infusion from oxygen bottle. This worked! Nothing like the taste of FRESH fish.
April 20, 2010
This is a fine product. It works very well at keeping your catch alive and also works very well at keeping your live bait alive, such as wild shiners.
One improvement I would make is a on an off switch with the product. That would allow you to hook it to the battery at all times and just turn it on an off with a switch.
April 6, 2010
Just a guess but I'd say it depends how often you run it. My experience I'd bet it would do 50 gallons easy with only one of the bubble stones if you were running it continuously. 20gal on one of of those 30sec/5min livewell timers should be more than fine. It works great.
There may be two theories to this. Lake water will work fine with this areator. This is really meant to be used with a bait tank (a lot of individuals will use them in conjunction with a 5 gallon bucket for minnows or crawfish). If you are using this to create a large livewell for your catch, you may want to look at larger air sources. Also, colder wtaer does tend to carry more dissolved oxygen than warmer water, so the use of ice in conjuction should help in improving oxygen levels. Just be sure not to use so much that you stun your bait or catch.
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