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aerator problems/questions

Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by Flathead King 06, May 26, 2007.

  1. Flathead King 06

    Flathead King 06 click...click...click

    just bought a 12 volt marine specialists 1.5 amp pump the other day and it is recommended for a 12volt battery but for it to be used in a pinch, i have a 6 volt lawn mower battery that i recharged and tested it on and it works but i was wondering if anyone knew about how long it would last me...round about guess with straight usage of it...or how long one will run on a fully charged 12 volt... but also i am having problems with the water becoming frothy and having alkaline (i think) thats what i have been told makes the foamy bubble on top is alkaline in the water from the aerator "charging" the water...well it is starting to kill my bait, and my uncle told me (he owned a charter over in SC) he had the same problmes with his large baitwells and it killing his herring so he asked around how to solve it and the guys over there said to ad a cap full of coffee creamer to the water which neutralizes the charge of the water but doesnt harm the fish...
     
  2. H2O Mellon

    H2O Mellon Hangin' With My Gnomies

    Never heard of the coffee creamer thing, but those pumps are not meant for prolonger use. I've ran mine for as long as 4 or 5 hours and never had a problem when using a trolling motor battery. I used to use the lawn tracor battery & seemed to get 3 hours or so use of it if I recall correctly. I could usually make it to Flathunters place & back but not much more. I have found what works great is the plugs that go from your cig lighter in your vehicle to the pump. I'll take some pics of the system I use, or your more than welcome to stop by my house & I'll show you some of the many ways I've had things hooked up. The backend of my Jeep is basically a bait transportation area! :)
     

  3. Flathead King 06

    Flathead King 06 click...click...click

    well what i finally i did was take a 20 gal "tub" my dad brought from work and just filed it with water and hooked the pump up to the lawn mower battery and velcroed it to the side of the tub...we had close to 10 doz gills and chubs which lived without a problem the enitre trip...we left my house at 3 pm yesterday and at 10 last night we gave our bait away, what was left of it, to a guy on the bank with nothing dead or any probmlems from the aerator...so it lasted 7 hours with no problem and still had enough "juice" in it to go to KY if needed...so
     
  4. H2O Mellon

    H2O Mellon Hangin' With My Gnomies

    That's prob about right, I go to thinking I usually had two 12 volt systems going, so I'm sure that drained down my batteries at least twice as fast.