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David Waters
05-03-2007, 07:29 AM
cleaned out my livewell last night. Put in a half gallon of bleach, then closed off the livewell. I ran water into it contious for roughly 15 minutes. I let excess just run out the port hole. She looks pretty good right now. Thinking about doing it one more time tonight just to feel even better about it.

Anyone clean there's out differently?

kc outdoorsman
05-03-2007, 02:21 PM
I would be careful about using bleach if you ever catch and release. I don't know if you can ever get all the residue out and that will definitely kill fish. Use just a mild soap and water next time. Maybe mix a solution of "catch & release" checimals into soem lake water and leave it in the livewell for a few days to ensure the bleach gets out properly. Just my 2 cents

Treefish
05-03-2007, 05:11 PM
I'm also afraid of bleach, I just run mine down to the car wash, take the screens apart and shoot high power water in both livewells. If there is a better way I'd like to know too. :)

J White
05-03-2007, 05:35 PM
Oooooh, I'd be afraid about this wkends tournament -
worry, worry, will they stay alive :eek:

:D :D :D

I think you'll be alright. I've used baking soda and a brush before,
but don't know why, just seemed like the thing to do :p

krappiekrazy
05-03-2007, 05:51 PM
That`s the way to go Jeff. Start with his head:D . All day Saturday he will be thinking while you are fishing.

NIMROD
05-03-2007, 06:12 PM
CLEAN A LIVE WELL ?:confused: Mine never stays empty more than a few days and only flushing it gets is lake water.:D

David Waters
05-03-2007, 07:38 PM
Don't worry Jeff, I have one livewell I didn't clean. Just replaced the pump tonight and upgraded from a 500 to a 750. Hopefully it will keep even more fresh water int he livewell.

But, bleach always did bother me a little, but I just know too many people who use bleach to not make me worry too much.

Ken Kinser
05-03-2007, 07:44 PM
I use Baking Soda Arm&hammer, afraid of bleach my live well is a 48Qt cooler witha areiator pump in it.

toothpick
05-03-2007, 07:45 PM
I use Baking Soda and water to clean my livewell. It rinses easy and leaves it without smell. I overlooked a fish in mine a while back. It really got ripe in my basement before I discovered the source. After getting the residue of the fish out YUK!, I cleaned it with baking soda and water and let it set full for several hours then rinsed, no problem.

Crappie George
05-03-2007, 07:56 PM
I have used bleach at 2 cup for about 10 gallons and let er run and then run er with clean water then flush again with clean never any problems with fish

creekslick
05-03-2007, 08:01 PM
If you every need to just get the smell out of something use fresh ground coffee. We use it in refer trailer to kill the smell in trailer that have been washed but still smell.

DENNIS WILLIS
05-03-2007, 08:24 PM
I allways put a limit of slabs in mine and l the next time i go try to do it again never had any trouble (but getting that next limit don`t allways turn out so easy LOL). Going to try to get out this weekend will post if they bite.Good Luck...Dennis

sccamper
05-03-2007, 08:24 PM
Mine just gets rinsed every once in a while. Bakeing soda would probally be the safest way, but; I use 1:10 bleach/water mix to disinfect/clean canteens, water bottles and job site drinking coolers. I then rinse a couple times and its clean and ready to go when needed. Dont know if it would harm a fish.

skleppe
05-03-2007, 09:51 PM
cleaned out my livewell last night. Put in a half gallon of bleach, then closed off the livewell. I ran water into it contious for roughly 15 minutes. I let excess just run out the port hole. She looks pretty good right now. Thinking about doing it one more time tonight just to feel even better about it.

Anyone clean there's out differently?


I wouldn't worry about it. The chlorine in bleach will disipate on its own just from the air and warm temp. Then if you flush it out a couple times what ever minute bit that left is dilluted from the water and will quickly be disipated on its own. Another thing that does real good for removing muddy water residue is toilet bowl cleaner. I would make sure you thoroughly flush everything out before filling it up with fish. Works great on the outside of the boat and those white water marks on the engine.

scalebait
05-04-2007, 04:33 AM
i think i found my problem. maybe if i caught enough fish i might would have to clean it!!!!!!!!!!!

backtocrappie
05-04-2007, 05:10 AM
Rinse rinse rinse.

Rowdy
05-04-2007, 06:48 AM
Quit putting those stinking fish in it!!!!!!!;)
Rowdy

joejv4
05-04-2007, 06:52 AM
You mean to tell me that you're supposed to clean them??!!!

For crying out loud, I thought that smell was a fish attractant.

:)