My primary fishing lake is Buggs. My partner and I want to construct a large bait tank inside his building to hold live shad. Bait is much harder on Buggs than SML. We are thinking in terms of a 500 gallon round tank. Plan is to add a pond pump (475 GPH) in the center for circulation, and install 2 or 3 Dannco Venturies for circulation and oxygen. The pond pump salesman told me to install a biological filter system (300 GPH) to filtrate the water. Other filtration method I have thought about is to set up a gravity system using fiber fill. We want to do everything we can to extend the bait life in the tank. I have talked to many people who have made crude systems that would not work. I would appreciate any info on type of tank, pumps, oxygen input, and filtration that you would highly recommend. The water in the tank I am looking at is 2 feet deep. Is that enough? Any input would be greatly appreciated. I am going to fish SML again this spring. I find this board to be the most useful and helpful of any site related to stripers. Thanks to all.
Sounds like a great plan. My only question would be how long are you guys planning on keeping shad alive?. I would think after filtering the water so many times you're going to remove necessary food and nutrients from the shad and thus they won't survive.I'm not sure if there's a solution as to keeping them fed
A round 500gal tank will keep a lot of bait. My suggestion would be to get a good pool filter and fill it with pea gravel. Put your filter intake in the center of the tank bc that's where all of the crap will end up at. It'll take a few weeks to get a good bio filter built up so add bait slowly. You'll probably need to backwash the filter every week or so. Then you'll need just a small pond pump with one Dannco for aeration. You don't need three. Most of your O2 will come from the surface transfer. You should get some current from the dannco pump as well.
I want a pool filter for mine but haven't been able to drop $150-200 on one yet.
Mytoyzfishing is working on this system now....I looked for his post here but can't find it.....must have been on Facebook ......or I overlooked it here on the forum
It was on face book. I haven't had the time to do a video on it yet but its done and up and running. Its had shad in it now for over a week and so far no problems.
birddog54 I had a 300gal round tank I ran ran last year that I made out of a tank and this winter I started a different route. I wanted something I could keep in my garage and needed a smaller footprint than what the stock tank had so I went and got a 300gal tote tank off of craigslist. Its not a round tank which would be ideal but the foot print is ideal for where I have it. For a 500gal tank a 300pgh filter is undersized. If you do a google search on aquarium filters you will find different filters with flow rates and their recomended tank size. So for instance a 400pgh filter is rater for MAX 80 gallons. Right now on my 300 gal tank I am running a 750gph pump for my filter and a 500gph pump with a home made danco style on the outlet for just pure circulation. The filter consits of a the 750gph pump with 1" pvc run diaganel across the bottom of the tank with holes drilled in the bottom for pickup. 1" pvc to the filter itself which is a tuperware tote filled half way with pea gravel for biological filtration and ontop of that 2" sheet of fiberfil material. The water coming into the filter does so via a spray bar and the outlet is 2" pvc through a bulkhead with a drain screen to keep the gravel in the filter and the 2" pvc coming out is done so at a 45 degree angle and off to the side so it creats a current and is also not glued in place so i can move it as i see fit. I will do a full write up on it in the next couple of days this week has just been slamed and I haven't had the time.
Heres the one I did last year in this video there is gravel on the bottom of the stock tank which got spilled thanks to the local wildlife:
Here is a cell phone video of the one I am using now will try to get a better quality one later this week: