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It’s the 4th of July week end, tournament fishermen and live bait fishermen know exactly what that means. Live bait is dying and the cost of live bait is increasing. Tournament fishermen spend a lot more time now looking in the livewell to see what’s floating, dead or dying … and thinking about that dead fish punishment all day. That punishment can be really expensive turning winners into losers in the blink of an eye. All summer tournament fishermen that are seriously fish to win the money know this routine well. This is of less concern in the fall and spring and absolutely a non-issue in the winter like when B.A.S.S./ESPN puts on the BassMaster Classic tournament.

We fish the CCA tournaments and we do keep the fish alive all day to the scales. Dead fish lose fluids, water and weight, live fish do not lose weight as long as they are alive. Ounces and fractions of ounces are a our "tournament edge" and we are fishing to win; trucks, boats and especially college scholarship for our kids. We are not fishing for fun and entertainment and an outing on the water. At the scales, the weigh master can do what he wants with the fish as soon as he takes responsibility for the fish… that live fish is his problem then.

Question: If any of you are using a compressed oxygen injection livewell system… where do you get your O2 tanks refilled and how much do your refills cost?

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I've seen some use the oxygen tanks sold at lowes and home dept for their soldering torches. If it's a refillable tank then any welding supply house can refill them, you don't need medical grade.
 

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A firefighter friend of mine refills mine at no cost, most I know get their tanks transfilled by welding supply companies OR if you find one willing and capable a medical supply company. Good luck finding a supply can be tricky. I have yet to loose a fish while running O2, that includes gut hooked fish I didn't think would make it. Frozen water bottles keep the livewell water temps in check, just don't cool the livewell down to much or it will shock the fish a kill them.
 

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Any welding supply place can get your O2 filled or you can rent a big bottle and fill your current ones as needed. then when big one is empty, they come and exchange.
Hope this help?
 

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This guy posts the same BS EVERY YEAR. Click his name read his posts. (All mine have been deleted by the mods). He got me pontificating ONCE about oxygenation systems regarding home brewing. He basically wants an O2 system equipped on your skiff like a 34ft Seavee. He's trying to be a shill for a commercial O2 system.

Benney you can go to ANY welding supply store in AMERICA to get you O2 filled. Your tank has a date stamp on it, if it's out of date they either retest it or you exchange and buy a new one! Shit.
 
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A firefighter friend of mine refills mine at no cost, most I know get their tanks transfilled by welding supply companies OR if you find one willing and capable a medical supply company. Good luck finding a supply can be tricky. I have yet to loose a fish while running O2, that includes gut hooked fish I didn't think would make it. Frozen water bottles keep the livewell water temps in check, just don't cool the livewell down to much or it will shock the fish a kill them.
Stopped by a local fire house today. This is cheapest way to get free O2. Fire fighters will fill the little tanks free after you tell them it for keeping fish alive in the livewell. They ask if it works as well for fish as it works for people... yep, sure does.
Thanks for your suggestions.
 

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Stopped by a local fire house today. This is cheapest way to get free O2. Fire fighters will fill the little tanks free after you tell them it for keeping fish alive in the livewell. They ask if it works as well for fish as it works for people... yep, sure does.
Thanks for your suggestions.
Ok, I'm on megalops side and think you guys are full of it. I am a career Firefighter/Paramedic and I've never heard of a firehouse being able to fill medical grade oxygen tanks. And even if they had the ability, and we're willing to do so, they don't use the same connection as their welding counterparts.
 
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Ok, I'm on megalops side and think you guys are full of it. I am a career Firefighter/Paramedic and I've never heard of a firehouse being able to fill medical grade oxygen tanks. And even if they had the ability, and we're willing to do so, they don't use the same connection as their welding counterparts.
Mr. Fireman, thanks for responding.
The Fire House I went to yesterday (Sunday) had 2-3 full H-tanks of medical O2 at the station. These big O2 tanks had 540 CGA valves, none had 870 CGA Post valves. Their little portable medical O2 tanks all had 870 CGA Post valves.

I have a small aluminum compressed O2 tank with a 540 CGA tank valve. I also have an refill device with a 540 CGA nut connector on both ends of the device. They did not have a device with 540 CGA connectors on both ends.

This Fire House refills their small portable medical O2 tanks at their station. But, they use a device with a 540 CGA on 1 end and 870 CGA Post Valve connection on the opposite end that connects to the Post Valve on their portable medical tanks. They mix commercial and medical connections, no problem.

Do you use compressed O2 tanks or an Oxygenator in your livewell/bait tank on your skiff or no?
 
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No… this is about where to get compressed oxygen tanks refilled and how much the refills cost, that all. Didn’t mean to confuse you, thanks anyway.

Do you use compressed O2 tanks or an Oxygenator in your livewell/bait tank on your skiff or no?
 

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Benney, I sure don't. I know a lot of folks tourney fish but I despise it. I only fish charity tournaments but that's just me. Sounds like you've found an inexpensive source for O2 refills. Best of luck.
 

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Congrats Benney, you learned how to Google an answer for a question you were clueless about when you started the post. You are full of it. Good day Sir!
 
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