View Full Version : scrubber for live bait tank?

01-17-2011, 12:37 PM
I want to build a scrubber for a 145 gallon shiner tank the tank would have at least 200 3" shiners in it at times,,sometimes more sometimes less. I would like to use household things to build it,,,,things like : 55 gallon plastic drums,shop lights,pvc,buckets,ect. any ideas would be great!

01-17-2011, 09:35 PM
Use the feeding guideline:

Each cube of frozen food you feed per day needs 12 square inches of screen, with a light on both sides totaling 12 watts. Thus a nano that is fed one cube a day would need a screen 3 X 4 inches with a 6 watt bulb on each side. A larger tank that is fed 10 cubes a day would need a screen 10 X 12 inches with 60 watts of light on each side. If you feed flake, feeder fish, or anything else, you will need to blend it up super thick, strain out the excess water, pour it into a cube, and see how many cubes it is.

01-18-2011, 06:04 AM
ok thanks . I am building this for a friend I have no idea how much he will feed because the amount of fish will differ drastically from month to month. Do you think just a standard 8.5" x 11" sheet of plastic canvas lit with 2 x 43 watt cfl would be a safe bet for now?

01-18-2011, 08:12 AM

01-18-2011, 12:11 PM
"no" meaning that it HAS to be based on food fed????

01-18-2011, 01:54 PM

Rumpy Pumpy
01-19-2011, 11:12 AM
I suspect that the screen size and amount of lighting & flow required for that will make it impractical.

200 x 3 inch fish are going to produce a lot of waste.