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By Mark Morris - Posted on 16 August 2010

RAY, I SAW LAST WEEK ON CRAPPIE 101 WAYS TO KEEP FISH ALIVE DURING HOT WEATHER. THERE WAS HYDROGEN PEROXIDE (NEVER HEARD THAT BEFORE). YESTERDAY IN OUR LOCAL PAPER THERE WAS A SECTION ON THE SAME THING BUT THEY USED NON-IODIZED SALT. CAN SOMEBODY TELL ME HOW MUCH IS ENOUGH OR TOO MUCH TO ADD TO THE LIVEWELL TO MAKE IT WORK RIGHT. WE FREEZE CREEK WATER IN 1 GALLON TUBS TO LOWER THE TEMP. THE CREEK WATER DOESN'T ADD CLORINE TO THE WATER..I'M SURE THERE ARE OTHER HOMEMADE IDEAS OUT THERE. LOVE TO HEAR SOME OF THEM. MIGHT COME IN HANDY FOR A LITTLE TOUNAMENT WE ARE GOING TO FISH IN OCTOBER.. THANKS AND HAPPY FISHING MARK.

Beau Butler's picture

I have a guy that works for me that has a catfish farm. Whenever they harvest fish for shipment, they hook up the oxygen the same way Ray is talking about, then they add rock salt to the tanks, it looked to me to be quite a bit. He says the salt keeps the fish from dehydrating, which they will do when they become stressed, such as when you catch and ship them. his son-n-law is a fisheries biologist for the state here.
He says they rarely lose a fish, even when they ship several hundred miles. He claims that oxygen and salt are the key.

KidCrappie's picture

2 capfulls of peroxide will help saturate the water with oxygen.......Peroxide is an oxydizer.

Kid Crappie

Ray's picture

Hey Mark. Charlie and I have struggled with keeping the crappiei alive in the past but I think we finally solved the puzzle. First we do keep several frozen 20 ounce bottles in a cooler and add one every 2 hours and we started freezing the bottles with Tournament Ice which adds the salt needed a t same time. The key though is oxygen. Since we set up with oxygen no more problems. The fish are more lively than when we caught them. Great for your minnows also. Them jokers will jump out of the bucket when you lift the lid. Here is my set up. It was cheap and very effective. http://www.crappie101.com/crappie-forums/oxygen-live-well-crappie-fishing

Ray

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