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Homemade DIY fishing oxygen systems for livewells and bait tanks are often made with oxygen regulators, air tubing and other components that have not been cleaned or Certified for Pure Oxygen Service @ 50 PSI-2200 PSI. Homemade oxygen systems are often made with components that are neither safe nor compatible for use with pure oxygen or oxygen-enriched service.
DIY O2 systems are built and used irresponsibly by children and adults having no knowledge about oxygen fire hazards, fire safety, pure oxygen and oxygen equipment near live electricity, oxygen enrichment or oxygen-rich environments, high pressure pure oxygen gas and oxygen equipment instillation and fire safety on boats.
DIY oxygen system components are often NOT Cleaned and Certified for 100% pure oxygen service operating at 50 psi – 2200 PSI. oxygen fire safety when used on boats, live electricity hazards, use around electrical motors, safe and unsafe oxygen equipment securing locations on boats.
Most fishermen that use DIY homemade O2 systems have no idea how to extinguish an”oxygen-enriched” or “oxygen-rich” fire on a boat or on land.
*** An oxygen-enriched fire (>23% to 100% oxygen concentration) is very different than an ambient (19-21% oxygen concentration) air fire at sea level barometric pressure (14.7 PSI).
This DIY HOMEMADE OXYGEN SYSTEM UTUBE VIDEO IS INSTALLED IN A BASS BOAT BY CHILDREN, PROMOTED BY CHILDREN IS DANGEROUS, WHERE ARE THE IRRESPONSIBLE PARENTS – THE CHILD VIDEO DEMONSTRATION IS PROMOTING A SERIOUS INSTILLATION FIRE HAZARDS ON A BASS BOAT. THERE IS CLEARLY NO RESPONSIBLE PARENT OR ADULT SUPERVISION OR DIRECTING THIS SHOWBOAT.
VISIT: “Fishing Oxygen System Safety” – https://www.oxyedge-chum.com/oxygen-safety/
VISIT: “Fishing Oxygen Systems Rules of the Oxygen Road” – https://www.oxyedge-chum.com/oxygen-safety/rules-of-the-road
MANY FISHERMEN THINK AND BELIEVE THAT OXYGEN IS AIR, THAT AIR IS OXYGEN, THAT BOTH GASES ARE THE SAME GAS! MANY FISHERMEN ALSO BELIEVE THE WORDS “PLENTY AIR MEANS PLENTY OXYGEN.”
MANY FISHERMEN AND FISHING ARTICLE WRITERS CONSISTANTELY DISCOUNT OXYGEN FIRE SAFETY ON BOATS, OXYGEN-RICH AND OXYGEN-ENRICHED FIRE SAFETY ON BOATS.
OXYGEN REGULATOR PROBLEMS
GOOGLE “SACRIFICIAL METAL” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sacrificial_metal
GOOGLE “DIFFERENCE BETWEEN ELECTROLYSIS AND GALVANIC CORROSION” – https://www.boataccessoriesaustralia.com.au/blog/our-blog/difference-between-electrolysis-and-galvanic-corro/
These are commercial, adjustable fish oxygen regulators:
Oxygen Edge™ www.oxyedge-chum.com
Southern Aquaculture Supply, Inc. http://southernaquaculturesupply.com/store/regulators.shtml
Aquamerik commercial adjustable oxygen regulators http://www.aquamerik.com/catalogue/produits.cgi?category=oxygenation_regulateuroxygene&lg=eng
This homemade fishing oxygen system entrains pure oxygen into a Rule, Inc. electric water pump through a venturi device on the inlet side of this Rule water pump to make “millions of micro-fine pure oxygen bubbles.” *IMPORTANT – See Rule, Inc. opinion https://www.oxyedge-chum.com/oxygen-electricity-bait-pumps/
Air tubing and aquarium tubing that is not cleaned or certified for pure oxygen service contains residual petroleum. Oil, petroleum, pure 100% oxygen @ 50 PSI service pressure is a potential fire hazard. Air tubing is cheap/inexpensive and often threaded through wiring chases’ adjacent to live electrical wires (a serious fire hazard).
Oxygen equipment is often stored in a boat compartment with batteries, live electricity and oil products. Some homemade oxygen system builds are not concerned about oxygen enrichment (24% oxygen environments) with electric water pumps, in boat bilges or live electricity inside any oxygen enriched livewells gas spaces. Lubricating oxygen equipment with petroleum products, oil, WD-40, Salt Away to prevent, reduce corrosion is a popular – FIRE SAFETY HAZARD.
Some fishermen and salesmen believe that high pressure oxygen cylinders strapped on a thin plastic ice chest lid with a couple screws and straps is Safe and Secured. Never believe this myth – EXPLOSION AND FIRE SAFETY HAZARD.
Some fishermen that build and use homemade fishing oxygen systems are neither concerned nor aware of “Rules of the Oxygen Road” nor any general safety requirements when using pure oxygen, securing high pressure oxygen equipment on boats, oxygen enriched gas spaces (>24% O2 concentration – 100% O2 concentration), transporting oxygen and using oxygen equipment on boats, highways or storing oxygen at home.
Doctors, nurses, RN, LPN, Nurse aides, dentist, auto mechanics, auto body shops, welders, plumbers, SCUBA divers, air pilots, mountain climbers, football and basketball players on the sidelines, DVM, vet techs, firemen, EMT’s…. THEY ALL KNOW and PRACTICE OXYGEN SAFETY RULES EVERY DAY WHEN THEY USE PURE COMPRESSED OXYGEN.
Oxygen is not Air, fishing oxygen systems are not livewell aeration systems or livewell water pumps.
LIVEWELL PUMPS, AIR STONES, BUBBLERS & AIR TUBING
CAUTION: ALL OXYGEN EQUIPMENT MUST BE CHEMICALLY CLEANED for PURE OXYGEN SERVICE BEFORE USE.
Many fishermen promote entraining pure oxygen into livewell pumps and bilge pumps through a venturi device – FIRE HAZARD.
Oxygen equipment not CLEANED and CERTIFIED OIL FREE” for pure oxygen service is A SERIOUS FIRE SAFETY ISSUE.
AIR TUBING (plastic and rubber purchased online, at hardware stores and aquarium shops is not Cleaned or Certified for pure oxygen service @ 50 PSI (3.4 ATM) – FIRE HAZARD.
AIR STONES: Air stones and bubblers are not chemically cleaned or Certified for Pure Oxygen Service – FIRE HAZARD.
Air stones, air tubing and aeration diffusers are inexpensive, make air bubbles and plastic tubing is cheap and easy to obtain at all big box stores. Air components are often used with homemade oxygen systems because they are cheap, inexpensive and may be purchased at any hardware store, bait shop, tackle store or aquarium stores. Oxygen system components that are not chemically cleaned for pure oxygen service should never be used with pure oxygen, especially @ 50 PSI service pressures – FIRE HAZARD.
Air stones and air bubblers are cheap, prices range from $1 to $5 online and at aquarium shops. Plastic air tubing costs about $0.10 per foot at hardware stores and aquarium shops. Cleanrd and Certified oxygen tubing cost $1.00/ft.
DISADVANTAGES: Plastic air tubing and air bubblers that are NOT CERTIFIED OIL FREE should never be used with any pure oxygen service or oxygen equipment. Plastic air tubing is great for air, air pumps, air compressors, bait tank aerators and aquariums – FIRE HAZARD used with pure oxygen.
Air is not oxygen-enriched, contains less <21% oxygen and does not present any special fire hazard like pure oxygen-enrichment/oxygen-rich atmosphers. Livewell oxygen system that can easily enrich livewell environments to 24% oxygen concentration and greater, generate or deliver pure oxygen – always know and follow the “Rules of the Oxygen Road” using livewell oxygen system capable of delivering 90% to 100% oxygen. d – FIRE SAFETY.
COMMERCIAL INDUSTRIAL OXYGEN REGULATORS
Advantages: Commercial welding oxygen regulators are solid brass, minimizing the negative effects of electrolysis, maximizing fire safety. Some are adjustable and others are fixed flow pressure valves. The delivery dose of oxygen is calibrated in psi, cfm, scft, etc. Price range $35-$200.
Solid brass adjustable regulators score high for fire safety and durability. Brass requires temperatures in excess of 10,000 F. to burn. There are many choices and many brands of commercial oxygen regulators available.
Disadvantages: Expect excessive oxygen waste, additional refills, more cost and more trips to the oxygen supplier for more gas. The correct dose of oxygen is impossible to control, resulting in wasted oxygen or worse yet, an insufficient dose of oxygen and livewell suffocation like aeration systems. Regulator/tank connections are CGA 540 nut-stem and wrenches are usually necessary to connect and disconnect the regulator nut from the oxygen cylinder valve.
Most homemade systems utilize inexpensive hardware or aquarium air tubing that has not been cleaned for pure oxygen service – FIRE HAZARD.
Oxygen Edge™ precision dose adjustable regulators are commercial oxygen regulators, not repackaged medical oxygen regulators.
HIGH-PRESSURE O2 CYLINDERS and CGA 540 VALVES
Advantages: Steel welding cylinders fitted with brass CGA 540 cylinder valves come in many sizes. Steel cylinders are heavier than aluminum cylinders, durable and usually painted green. Price range $50-$130… rentals $5 / month.
Welding shops usually exchange large welding oxygen cylinders instead of refilling them on the spot. Larger cylinders hold more oxygen and operate longer between refills, Steel O2 cylinders require hydrostatic testing and stamping every 10 years. Aluminum high pressure O2 cylinders require hydro-testing and stamping every 5 years. The oxygen supplier who exchanges large 250 cu. ft. cylinders with you maintains these cylinders.
Disadvantages: You must take the empty cylinder to your oxygen supplier for refills and a refill charge of $15 to $20 per tank is common. Exposure to water spray causes green paint to liquefy and run affecting your boat and steel cylinders can rust, staining your boats’ finish. All brass cylinder valves tarnish.
The Oxygen Edge™ has been the top-of-the-line COMMERCIAL LIVEWELL OXYGEN-INJECTION SYSTEM the past 30 years. OE system components are designed and manufactured specifically for use in saltwater and freshwater environments to transport live bait and live tournament fish.
We stock “Generic” adjustable high-pressure aluminum O2 regulators at less tha 1/2 the cost of our custom OE regulators. These Generic aluminum adjustable O2 regulators are MADE in CHINA.
Oxygen Edge™ systems ensure minimal safe oxygen levels in livewell water and supercharge live bait fish when the dose of oxygen is adjusted correctly by the fisherman as per instructions. All OE regulator components are solid brass and nickel plated inside and outside. OE regulators are designed and made specifically for enduring harsh marine environmental conditions. Special considerations address equipment safety, durability, oxygen efficiency, flexibility and appearance. Nickel plating has a dull tarnished appearance, looks like an old, tarnished buffalo nickel. If an oxygen regulator looks shinny like chrome plating, it is chrome plated with many alloys.
OE oxygen cylinders may be refilled at home in 5 minutes at your convenience with the refilling adaptor. Refills cost $0.15 to $0.75 per cylinder. Full O2 cylinders contain 2200 PSI. Any filling pressure less that 2200 PSI is a partial fill, not a full-fill.
The Oxygen Edge™ brand is “Top of the Line”
Advantages: The OE is an aquatic life support oxygen-injection systems and components are engineered with safety, efficiency, high quality materials resistant to electrolysis, corrosion and abuse. The OE is a turn-on-and-forget, fail-safe system oxygen-injection life support system. Hallmarks of OE systems are totally quiet, cheap operational cost, dependability, durability, easy operation and a great appearance. OE systems are specifically designed, engineered and manufactured for sport fishermen, used in marine and freshwater livewells, offshore, near shore and freshwater lakes, rivers.
All OE system components are chemically Cleaned and Certified for Pure Oxygen Service @ 50 PSI. – FIRE SAFETY.
Refilling your OE cylinders at home with welding oxygen is convenient, quick and inexpensive. The refilling process takes 10-minutes or less and costs $0.15 to $0.75 per refill depending upon portable cylinder size. Refilling instructions, safety instructions included with product.
The OE precision dose adjustable, solid brass-nickel plated regulators minimize gas waste and dose adjustment eliminating guesswork. Just dial in the pounds of bait or fish being transported on the regulator and forget it. Refer to the “tank time chart” that comes with the instructions for hours of use at different dose setting on the regulator. The correct supercharging dose of oxygen is always delivered without oxygen waste.
OE regulators are back-pressure compensated. This design feature ensures precision dose accuracy that is dispensed through the oxygen diffuser regardless of back pressure and height of water column.
OE systems cost as much as a good rod, reel and terminal tackle or tournament jersey.
Disadvantages: Supercharging can make live bait too aggressive (bait eats gamefish).
Outlaws can keep tournament fish alive and healthy a week or more before tournament weigh-in.