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Where to secure the high pressure oxygen cylinder on a boat safely? That’s clearly a very important safety question, definitely a safety issue. A safety issue just like where and how do you secure a high pressure SCUBA air cylinder on a boat.

Google – “Securing fishing oxygen cylinders on bass boats safely” I found plenty of information about oxygen safety and high pressure oxygen cylinder safety on boats with this little search.

Here’s an image of a bass boat manufacturer in the USA with a factory installed high pressure oxygen cylinder:

2017 Tiger Tank Oxygen System image – Bass Cat/Yar-Craft Boat Manufacturer 2017 boats
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This caught my eye - A closed boat compartment, high pressure oxygen cylinder, pure 100 % oxygen, gasoline, fuel oil and plenty of live electricity onside the closed compartment… think safety, never spill fuel oil on any O2 equipment, no O2 gas leaks and no electrical shorts in this boat compartment.
I found more searching Google...

Here’s an opinion from a TP&WD biologist. A promotional video about securing O2 tank on his bass boat.

Todd Driscoll, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department “Direct Livewell Oxygen Injection” video <!-- m --><a class="postlink" href="" onclick=";return false;"></a><!-- m -->
2014 Phoenix bass boat – he recommends using “medical oxygen regulators.”

In the US, medical O2 regulators require a doctor’s written prescription (to be legal). Black market medical O2 regulators are often sold illegally by Durable Medical Equipment dealers, bait shops, fishing guides and many others on the internet here. Medical O2 regulators are very cheap ($20 or so), they are not commercial oxygen regulators.

This video infomercial is about those bass boat livewell Oxygenators and livewell chemicals. Here’s Joe Balog with Millennium Promotions and Marketing Group… (Joe’s company promotes fishing products, he’s a salesman). <!-- m --><a class="postlink" href="" onclick=";return false;"></a><!-- m -->

It’s your money, your bass, real fishery science published… you decide. This is published science/research about those bass livewell chemicals, there’s no infomercial here, just facts:

Effectiveness of Livewell Additives on Largemouth Bass Survival <!-- m --><a class="postlink" href="" onclick=";return false;"></a><!-- m -->
Journal of Fish and Wildlife Management: June 2011, Vol 2. No 1. pp.22-28.Doi:10.3996/092010-JFWM-037:

Results show that the use of livewell water additives, such as salt and ice or their combination, does not significantly reduce tournament-related mortality. Largemouth bass may recover from capture, handling, and livewell confinement stress if water quality is goof (Furimsky et al. 2003: Suski et al. 2004), regardless of livewell additives.

Although we did not find significant differences in delayed mortality among the livewell Collectively, these results suggest that the addition of livewell additives does not enhance fish survival following competitive angling events. As a result, we encourage anglers to practice proper fish handling practices as well as maintain good water quality within livewells, as opposed to altering water quality with additives. [GOOD WATER QUALITY – back to Oxygenation of Livewells to Improve Survival of Tournament-Caught Bass by Fishery]

What do you think?
V-T2 Livewell Ventilation System.......such a great product


I don't care what the guys with thick glasses and white jackets say, the addition of non-iodized salt leads to happy healthy fish that one has to net out of the well because they don't want to leave the ICU.
I wonder who or what company paid for this research and publication in the fishery literature? Certainly not Bass Medics (Rejuvenade) or Sure-Life (Please Release Me) or The U2 bass saver company.

I believe plain ole non-iodized salt, non-caking cattle feed salt (NaCl) is essential for reducing the work of osmoregulation, restoring fluid/electrolyte imbalance of extremely stressed tournament caught bass and for transporting any freshwater fish. Cattle feed salt cheap too @ $5.00/50 lb. bag at any cattle feed store.

Fishery Biologist Adam Johnson explains osmoregulation and salt (NaCl)supplementation well - <!-- m --><a class="postlink" href="" onclick=";return false;"></a><!-- m -->

There is considerable material about osmoregulation and supplemental salt published in the B.A.S.S./ESPN fish care handbook - *Keeping Bass Alive A Guidebook for Anglers and Tournament Organizers
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