Keep em Alive! Water Quality, Temperature ,Oxygen and Keeping Live Bait Alive
The Texas coast line when visited by strangers from the Atlantic and Pacific coastal areas always draws comments like "You can't see the bottom, I wouldn't swim here for anything!" or How come the water looks so dirty?" We that have grown up in this area naturally accept what we have. Lets look at the facts.
Fortunately, industry restrictions has made considerable improvements to the polution and suspended solids problems that were making our bay basically inhabitable to our favorite aquatic species. We are at the top of a 20 year improvement trend and still gaining.
What level of water do we draw from when we circulate that live well in the boat? What water does that floating bait bucket provide to our live bait when we're wade fishing? How about that 5 gl bucket on the shoreline or on the floor of the boat?
Oxygen ? Temperature Relationship
Simply stated: Higher temperature, lower oxygen
Lower temperature, higher oxygen
The natural level of dissolved oxygen in water without any other forces is
called the saturation point. We can temporarily increase this level of
dissolved oxygen with aeration but when the aeration process is removed the
water will again return to the natural saturation point based on the water
temperature. The process of adding dissolved oxygen to water can be greatly
enhanced by the use of pure oxygen with aeration. For detailed information
on this go to:
The Secret of Putting it all Together
Lowering water temperature reduces stress on the bait but more importantly enables the water to maintain the dissolved oxygen.
Continuous aeration replaces the consumed dissolved oxygen and the oxygen that leaves the water as nature seeks the normal saturation level.
It's the Water!
Mother Nature will do the rest!
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