Foam in livewells and tanks :a previous post that was maligned, and it needs to be validated Foam in livewells and tanks :a previous post that was maligned, and it needs to be validated
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    Foam in livewells and tanks :a previous post that was maligned, and it needs to be validated
from Buzz  
8/10/2006 4:51:00 PM


 I had the opportunity to spend a day with some of the top fish biologists in the U.S. and Canada and I discussed this topic with them. The information posted below is very accurate. When fish are contained and stressed it is common to see foam forming. Most Fish Hatcheries use an anti-foaming chemical just to deal with this.

This was posted by 8/7/2006 8:43:00 AM Submitted by Suds in livewells ( from AL says Livewell suds, another fine example of very poor bass care There's that attitude again and no concern that millions of people are actually see this livewell mess on TV? Poor livewell water quality (very common in bass boat livewells) can cause lots of suds as many saw on TV. The inability or more common angler's poor choice not to provide minimal livewell water quality standards causes fish stress in bass boat livewells... fish's natural reaction to stress is an increase in mucus (slime) production... mucus is made of protein... when water containing excessive amounts of protein is agitated/aerated the results is suds. Greater stress makes more suds.

If stress activates LMBV, high livewell water temperatures combined with low oxygen concentrations stress captive bass.

Livewell suds isn't cryptic, the causes are not hidden and ambiguous, there are real reasons that cause suds in bass boat livewell water other than soap or detergent contamination.

Bet that cameraman didn't have a clew about the poor bass care he was documenting and then having the audacity to televise this mess to millions of people.

I certainly see why there's such a big political stink about tournament bass kills after seeing all those suds in bass boat livewells.

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   I doubt that. from Greg (  8/10/2006 5:09:00 PM
 If as you say the camera man (probably not his first tournament) had no clue as to what he was filming, then I doubt millions of viewers noticed or questioned it either.

   Or from Dolomite  8/10/2006 5:15:00 PM
 maybe he cleaned his livewell out or was cleaning his boat out and some of the soap got in there resulting in just plain old suds when the aerators are turned on....


   Or maybe.... from ButchT  8/10/2006 5:22:00 PM
 Buzz is just trying to stir the pot once

   Suds from Big E (  8/10/2006 5:59:00 PM
 It's not real hard to get rid of the suds. Just crumble 5 or 6 saltine crackers in your hand and throw them in the livewell and the suds will disappear. We did this when I operated a live release boat for Shimano.

   Buzz is absolutely correct from Tim Cook (  8/10/2006 10:02:00 PM
  Visit Sure Life. Thispany produces over 30 products tailored to the livebait industry. In addition, they also make Please Release Me and Catch and Release for your livewell and is owned and operated by two microbiologists. They know their stuff. Their information regarding their product Foam Off is exactly what Buzz said. You should consider the fact that Buzz actually knows what he is talking about.

Removes Harmful Surface Foam From: Bait Tanks. Transport Trucks. Vats And Livewells. FOAM-OFFä Allows More Oxygen To Enter The Water-Stop Suffocating Your Fish!

Foam on the surface of any water that is holding bait is harmful. This includes fish farm raceways, hauling truck tanks, holding vats, minnow tanks, live bait wells, and minnow buckets. Surface foam is created from any protein content in the water. Sources of protein may be fish slime, uneaten food, fecal matter, or decaying fish. Most waters holding bait tend to have foam problems at one time or another. It is vitally important that you remove this foam whenever present, to alleviate the possibility of large losses.

FOAM-OFFä is a thick, white, totally safe liquid useful for removing and retarding the reformation of surface foam. You want to remove foam because surface foam interferes with oxygen transfer from air to water. Ninety percent of the transfer of oxygen occurs at the water's surface.

This product is very easy and economical to use and is extremely safe and non-toxic. One teaspoon treats 15 square feet of surface water area. Increase dosage if problem persists. Multiply the width of the tank times the length (all in feet) to determine square feet of a square or rectangular tank. The square feet of a circular tank is determined by multiplying 3.14 times the radius squared (radius is 1/2 the width across the top of the container).

   another solution... from holeshot (  8/11/2006 7:46:00 AM
 we always put an envelope of coffee creamer powder in the bait tank or live well if it started foaming and it stopped the foaming right just pick up an extra pack when you stop for coffee...



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