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what to feed minnows

I have trapped around 30 dozen 2-1/2" to 3"  long minnows this past weekend. Just wondering what to feed then to keep them healthy until the weather warms up and can get the boat out.

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Regular fish food flakes always worked for me when keeping minnows long term.

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Yep. Any dry dogfood should do.o

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It doesn't take hardly any food for fish that small, and not much at a time . If you put more in than what they eat it will sink to the bottom of the tank and ruin the water quality.

 

 

 

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Forgot to mention that it should be powder ,  Put a couple chunks in a ziplock bag and take the hammer to it .

 

 

 

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Is the tank old and established, does it have a constant supply and overflow of new water? 30 dozen is alot of minnows to just dump into a freshly set up tank.  Be ready for some serious ammonia spikes, funky smells, and massive die offs until the tank is cycled.  might be better off adding a dozen or so to the tank for the first few weeks and then gradually work up to a 30 dozen bio load after the initial ammonia levels have fallen.  If you have common brand filters on the tank a quick way to "boost" the nitrogen cycle is to take your new clean filter cartriges in to a local pet store that sells fish and exchange them for some dirty ones.  The dirty cartriges will be covered in bacteria that eat and break down the amonia (fish poop) and will help establish good bacteria colonies in your bait tank.

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Be sure to keep them at the proper temp to allow for proper mineral absorption.   Dump in 1/4 cup of antifreeze or brandy.

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biteison Said:
I have trapped around 30 dozen 2-1/2" to 3"  long minnows this past weekend. Just wondering what to feed then to keep them healthy until the weather warms up and can get the boat out.

Possession limit for legal live minnows is 150, unless you have a retail bait vendors license.

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Geothermal Said:
Forgot to mention that it should be powder ,  Put a couple chunks in a ziplock bag and take the hammer to it .

Dad used to take an old blender and grind up dog food for the worms he'd catch in his back yard.  I suspect it'd work for minnows.

Food for thought.  (grin)

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gator_getter Said:

biteison Said:
I have trapped around 30 dozen 2-1/2" to 3"  long minnows this past weekend. Just wondering what to feed then to keep them healthy until the weather warms up and can get the boat out.

Possession limit for legal live minnows is 150, unless you have a retail bait vendors license.

 
Thanks for the FYI.  What's next? 
 
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biteison Said:
I have trapped around 30 dozen 2-1/2" to 3"  long minnows this past weekend. Just wondering what to feed then to keep them healthy until the weather warms up and can get the boat out.

Possession limit for legal live minnows is 150, unless you have a retail bait vendors license.

I'm reminded of working @ Scheels and sending new folks back to count the minnows during inventory day.  Good stuff!

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I'm reminded of working @ Scheels and sending new folks back to count the minnows during inventory day.  Good stuff!

 Now that's funny. 


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We laughed like crazy one day when the local game warden thought we had too many minnows in our bucket.   Then he says the limit on frogs was 24 also.   more rules to enforce.

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last time a warden advised me of that, I reminded him that My wife has a liscense and my two kids also fish with the frogs, minnows and the creek chubs he told me I was over my limit on.

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The limit on frogs and sally's is a joke. Possession limit on minnows should be 500, minimum. Only reason they did that is to make people buy more vendor licenses.

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Also dog food will cloud your water, better off buying cheap fish food, like that used for ponds, and crushing it or using goldfish flakes.

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multi-species-angler Said:
last time a warden advised me of that, I reminded him that My wife has a liscense and my two kids also fish with the frogs, minnows and the creek chubs he told me I was over my limit on.

Yep, my wife and kids also have the ability to possess bait.  The limit on frogs is laughable at best.  When I was a kid, I was constantly over my limit.  I should have been locked up for the amount of frogs I caught.

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Dag food, even in small amounts clouds up the water.  I use tropical fish granules now, but the filter I have on my bait farm gets black in a hurry.    I've been usiing a big plastic Wal Mart storage container with aeration and a filter, but the minnows keep dying and the water keeps getting dark and grungy.    What am I doing wrong, multi? 

I'm wondering if there's something in the plastic container that is toxic to fish or something? 

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Dag food, even in small amounts clouds up the water.  I use tropical fish granules now, but the filter I have on my bait farm gets black in a hurry.    I've been usiing a big plastic Wal Mart storage container with aeration and a filter, but the minnows keep dying and the water keeps getting dark and grungy.    What am I doing wrong, multi? 

I'm wondering if there's something in the plastic container that is toxic to fish or something? 

Black water has me a little confused. Did you prewash your filters before running them to knock off the loose charcoal? Plastic shouldn't do anything, they are making tanks out of plastic. Overfeeding??? Might be a problem, I feed about every 4-5 days. Water change, the MOST important part of any tank, switch out 50% of the water every other day for a week and see if that clears it up, beyond that I normally switch 50% out once a week. If you are using tap water, get a water conditioner from a local pet store, it will remove all the stuff fish dont like, like chlorine. If you have access to well water, use it fish love it. 

 

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I also wish we could use more of a variety for fishing with live bait such as suckers.   The excuse they always give me is they dont want to infest the clean waters, but in most of the state the waters run to the rivers anyways.  Our neighboring states sure dont have a problem using other minnows for live bait.

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bobkat Said:
Dag food, even in small amounts clouds up the water.  I use tropical fish granules now, but the filter I have on my bait farm gets black in a hurry.    I've been usiing a big plastic Wal Mart storage container with aeration and a filter, but the minnows keep dying and the water keeps getting dark and grungy.    What am I doing wrong, multi? 

I'm wondering if there's something in the plastic container that is toxic to fish or something? 

show me a picture or two of your bait tank setup.  I doubt its a toxin in the plastic.

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Most likely you havent given your filter time to 'cycle' or your filter isnt up to the task. Most aquarium filters arent designed to cycle the waste a couple hundred fish produce. You need something super charged. I built my own filter out of 4" PVC and nylon dish scrubbers.

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Ha! I thought the same thing.

 

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Ha! I thought the same thing.

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Try this site:

http://www.drsfostersmith.com/pond-supplies/sale-center/ps/c/5163/20031?s=ts&r=625

You should find anything you need at this site.  I would expect you can get set up for $100.  Cheaper than most anywhere else. 

Set the filter up about three feet above the tank and let it plunge back into the tank through a 1 1/2 inch clear plastic pipe.  That way you will need little or no aerator.  I agree with using commercial fish food to keep your water clear.

With a 150 gallon stock tank I overwinter 50 Koi in my heated shop.  Some are 11 years old and they weigh from two pounds to 12 pounds (only two of them).  You can't see the tank bottom for fish. 

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Horsager Said:
  I'm reminded of working @ Scheels and sending new folks back to count the minnows during inventory day.  Good stuff!

Ha ha   That would be a good one for Candid Camera. 

Bobcat,  Try to Purge your baitfish for 4 or 5 days in well water before putting them in the tank . Get the crap out of them and let them get good and hungry before you try to feed them.  There is a lot of oil in dog food ,  Goldfish flakes like others have said might be your best bet.  The colder the water the better off you will be. We play with the other end of the spectrum, 70 degree water and shovel as much feed in them as they will eat , We use the nutrients in the water to grow produce in a green house. and the growing beds are the biofilters.  It's fun stuff but there are a lot of regulations and a lot of paperwork.

 

 

 

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