Post by drag4striper on May 3, 2018 13:57:53 GMT -5
My home bait tank has gotten a pretty green colored water now, the gizzards seem to like it ok. But I can't see the dang baits anymore. I am down to about 35-40 baits and plan on using them tomorrow, I hope.
Several questions I have are :
What time of the year do you guys with outside home tanks shut them down for the season? (This is my first year having one.)
I plan on painting the outside of the tank to help keep light penetration down for next year or possibly moving it into the garage.
What you are seeing is typical. I have fought the algae this time of year as well but have found the following.
1. A good algae doesn't hurt the gizzards, they seem pick at it for some nourishment. I found that green algae that attaches to the sides of the tank is OK. Brown in the water is bad and usually leads to death or ineffective baits within 72 hours. 2. Shade your tank as much as possible. 3. You may need a slower pump for your UV light to be effective. I have either a 15 or 18 watt UV light that was less effective until I incorporated a much slower pump specifically for the UV light. The output from the light also provides circulation for floating media help in a separate tank. 4. Regardless of what you do, I find as the temperature in the tank gets into the upper 60s or lower 70s the chemistry of the tank becomes too challenging to manage effectively.
Post by steviejayvaughan on May 4, 2018 18:30:56 GMT -5
I have had brown algae in my tank since August when I turned it on. Also have had gizzards in it since October with no loss. This past week since we’ve had warner weather its pretty well covered the sides. Same gizzards still pretty happy.
Post by drag4striper on May 6, 2018 6:38:44 GMT -5
Thanks you guys for sharing this valuable information that you have learned from your own experience of having a home bait tank. It's been very helpful and definitely will save me time in the trail and error department.
The fact that folks are willing to share is only one of the many things that makes this site such a great place to hang out and use as a learning tool.
I have been able to improve my skills as a fisherman, bait catcher and keeper a great deal because of it. And I've only really scratched the surface.