Post by rossnetman on Sept 25, 2013 10:54:13 GMT -5
I've been doing a lot of reading of all the posts on this site....GREAT READING ! Especially like all the info about getting and keeping bait. Read the post where a couple of you mentioned the Dannco pump, filter, and the attachment on the output to infuse air into the water. I have tried for days to get in touch with someone at Dannco to order this pump. No answer and the message box is full. Also sent emails with no luck. Anybody know if they are still in business ? Any other place to buy a pump like this ? I have experimented with making one by attaching a small hose to the bottom of a bilge pump and I guess it works. Don't know for sure cause I've never seen the real thing. Any help would be greatly appreciated.....Thanks....
There is a "Danco aerator" that is not quite the right thing...
I have heard from time to time that folks have a problem getting a hold of him, but others that have had great response & service, with him calling you back and talking for a while on options. I'm wondering if he's just not real good about leaving an out of office message when on vacation or something - I'm not sure but I think he's a one-man shop or not much larger than that or it is a side business to his main one....
The hose to the bottom of a bilge pump is sort of how the Keep Alive system works - I did that once as well - basically it sucks air in, the pump "shreads" it some and injects it into the water. Not as efficient and I'm convinced it causes shorter life on the pump itself, but it does work.
Last Edit: Sept 25, 2013 11:10:09 GMT -5 by mwardncsu
Post by rossnetman on Sept 25, 2013 11:11:21 GMT -5
Yep, that's the place I've been chasing. I'm persistent and will keep trying if I know he is still in business. I also think the same about adding the hose to the bottom of the pump. Just doesn't look right. Bubbles look too large....The model I'm trying to buy is the "LELCZ-5". $113.95...
Post by mwardncsu on Sept 25, 2013 11:18:23 GMT -5
The bubbles will tend to be larger, though the other thing that makes a difference is to increase the salinity of the water (salt). That results in finer bubbles which do a better job of getting O2 and other into the water.
Post by mwardncsu on Sept 25, 2013 16:15:55 GMT -5
Most folks use water softener salt - not the type with the Iron Out or whatever, but the blue or yellow bags (one has some type of water softener treatment or something but seems to be OK). Usually what I get are the "pellets" but have also used the "rock salt" type.
I have heard of folks using granulated salt from the grocery story, but DO NOT USE Iodized Salt - you want good old NaCl - Sodium Chloride salt
Post by rossnetman on Sept 26, 2013 7:36:24 GMT -5
Last night I put in about 1 cup of "sea salt" in my cooler (10 gal) which I have in a spare refrigerator. That seem to do the trick. Very fine mist like bubbles. I don't have any bait in it yet. Just working on getting the water condition and temperature correct first before I add bait. I'm still chasing Dannco with the same results.