If you fish tournaments, especially during summer, you should have the V-T2 ventilation system on your livewells. I’ve been endorsing it since last summer, and here’s an example of why, provided by Judy Tipton, founder of New Pro Products and inventor of the inexpensive and easily installed V-T2:
“At BASSfest, Gene Gilliland (B.A.S.S. National Conservation Director) came by our booth to inform us that when he checked all the Elite Series pros’ livewell temperatures, our pros’ boats with the V-T2 installed had water termperatures 4 degrees cooler than everyone else’s.”
Tipton added that an angler with the V-T2 told her that he had “catastrophic aerator failure” and yet all of his fish were healthy and alive when he weighed them in.
The easily installed V-T2, with no moving parts, creates an open air exchange when installed in the center of a livewell lid. A three-inch sleeve protrudes into the water, directing air into, through, and out of the livewell, to cool, oxygenate, and remove harmful gases.
“Aerators are great and needed,” Tipton said. “But to save on battery power, they usually run on a timer. Fish need continuous oxygen flow the entire time they are in the livewell.
“Interval aeration creates a roller coaster of oxygen levels and a very unstable and more stressful environment.”
By opening up the livewell to the atmosphere, the V-T2 utilizes natural processes to cool, oxygenate, and remove harmful gases. Wind and boat movement enhance the benefits.