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Eric_H

What do you feed shiner minnows?

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Hi, folks.

For the first time, my 55-gallon eel-tank is seeing some off-season usage this winter. I have finally reached the point with my fishing illness where I can no longer wait until spring to fish, so I have taken up ice fishing. It ain't like summer bass or striper fishing, but it's better than sitting inside.

I had a few minnows left over after the weekend, and decided to put them in the bait tank I keep in my basement. I will do so each time I have a few left over, and thereby build up a small stock of shiners for days when I don't have time to get to the bait shop. Plus I'm cheap -- at $0.42 each, I don't want to waste minnows.

So, what should I feed these little guys to keep them alive? Would regular tropical fish food flakes like you use for aquarium fish work?

Also, does anyone have any guidance on how fast I can cool the water the minnows are in before I take them fishing? The bait shop keeps them at 41 degrees, but since I don't have a water chiller on my bait tank, they're pretty much at (basement) room temp right now. I know you can shock them if you drop them right into ice-cold water, but would it be reasonable to take a bait bucket full of room temp water & minnows, and put it outside in the snow to let it cool down over the course of a few hours?

TIA,

--EH

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I don't feed mine anything, they'll just mess up the water with droppings. You lose a few but they can go quite a while without food.

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my best advice would be to ask a good pet shop/aquarium supply shop.Tropical Isle in Framingham is a good one but I'm sure there are others in the yellow pages.

I Imagen there are pet fish that are in the same family as shiners.

couldn't hurt ;)

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Go to a store with mart in the name and buy gold fish food but it will mess the tank you also need a neutralizer to take care of the acid form there urine.

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if ya keep'em alive long enough your eels'll have a meal

Yeah, I am definitely absent eels right now.

When I first started saving leftover eels, this tank was my family's aquarium. Didn't take long before there were just eels and algae-eaters left. Now the family has a crappy 10-gallon aquarium, and I use the good 55-gal tank for bait. It's not easy being such a good dad, but I try. . . ;)

Anyway, to those who replied, thanks for your advice. I have been to Tropical Isle, and you're right, Smokey, they are pretty knowledgeable. I already have all the stuff I need to keep the water clean and pH balanced from when we used to have "regular" fish, so hopefully I will be able to keep a good supply of minnows on hand through the rest of the winter.

Cheers,

--EH

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When I did alot of Large Mouth Bass fishing,

I trapped my own minnows and they were dirty

that tank would be crappy with in a day, We also

had a screened pen we kept in the pond that is the

best way to keep them

Bob

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lol...sorry i couldn't help ya but i think i only fished fresh water like once about 40yrs ago i was gonna suggest putting them on a pizza i hate to waist bait

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it's better than sitting inside

I'm not so sure.

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that reminds me of bass river a couple of days ago. hopefully the ice will clear out by next week. i realy need to get back to work. guess it's about time i dig the boat out

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We keep two tanks of shiners year round at Riverview B&T and never feed them. Food will only gunk up the water.

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i'm gettin so restless about fishin i'm ready to fish my 25 gal tank in the dining room for the guppies.hmmmmmmmmmmmm wonder if they will hit a fly?? ;)

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