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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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dogfood

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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.

 
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