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Post Posted: 02:54pm - Mar 6,15 
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With the powerlining season coming up, I was thinking about buying my minnows in bulk and keeping them in a big plastic bin. Besides the air pump (already have one), would I need also a filtration system, or would they be ok to keep for 2 months and just change the water every few days ? What kind of food would be ok to feed them ?

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Post Posted: 03:07pm - Mar 6,15 
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I would go with a filtration system if you're going to keep them for a couple months. Aeration is fine in the winter for a couple weeks. Keep the water cool if possible.

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Post Posted: 03:11pm - Mar 6,15 
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You're best bet is to set up a tank, establish it, and then stock it.as far as food goes you can probably use frozen fish food like beefheart or something.

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Thanks guys.

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Post Posted: 03:38pm - Mar 6,15 
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In the cold weather, don't bother feeding them. Keep the water aerated, no need for a filter if you change ~50% of the water every couple days. Don't change all of it. Old coolers work very well for this. Keep them in the garage or basement on the concrete floor, they'll stay plenty cold that way. Get dead or dying ones out at least every day.

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Post Posted: 04:09pm - Mar 6,15 
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I'm pretty sure you feed them breadcrumbs if your'e gonna have them for awhile.

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Post Posted: 04:10pm - Mar 6,15 
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i think that clouds up the water pretty bad though

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Post Posted: 01:55pm - Mar 7,15 
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Feeding them only ends up killing more unless you have heavy duty filtration or change the water. Disease can spread pretty quickly as well. Even in cold weather it takes effort to keep a bulk amount of minnows alive and even then it seems at about two weeks they hit a wall and start dying off. Better off just going to a bait store that gives you scopes instead of counting and get an extra dozen or two to keep for next week and repeat after two weeks.

Also if a bait store is counting minnows it's probably not a good bait store to begin with

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Post Posted: 02:26pm - Mar 7,15 
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RiverRat wrote:
Also if a bait store is counting minnows it's probably not a good bait store to begin with


I usually have minnow left when I powerline, so I'd rather take them back and keep them for the next time than just give them away.
Not sure if the closest bait shop is open yet, the one that is kind of on my way there started counting the minnows last year, and the only other one I've been to is kind of far and out of my way, it will be an hour trip to buy the minnows. That is why I was thinking of getting like 20 dozens at a time, and since their dozen is closer to 20 fish rather than 12, they will last me a few trips.

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Post Posted: 02:49pm - Mar 7,15 
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Plenty of youtube videos to give you some ideas. Here's one using an old chest freezer. I like it because its insulated.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GkdD9_-bQ9I

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Post Posted: 03:41pm - Mar 7,15 
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Really like this one ... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ij8U90F7Ma4

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Post Posted: 05:03pm - Mar 7,15 
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Nice homemade filter


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SU8i9s4WmZk

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Post Posted: 08:59pm - Mar 7,15 
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Most fish, especially in cold water can live a very long time without food.

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Post Posted: 03:43am - Mar 8,15 
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Sailbad the Sinner wrote:
Most fish, especially in cold water can live a very long time without food.

Not baby perch, we all know that

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Post Posted: 08:46am - Mar 8,15 
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Yup, most fry ( not fish) need to eat often to live, develop and grow.

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Post Posted: 09:56am - Mar 9,15 
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Today I'll start gathering the supplies, depending on what I can get my hands on I will go with a design or another. Will probably used the Venturri effect for oxygenating the water, something like this:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WHTnIdWJSbo
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wbEYkKKxG1U

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Post Posted: 11:36am - Mar 9,15 
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Have you considered your simple air pump and either drop in sponge filter or internal media drop in filter?
Air pump also runs filter/s
Very simple, cheap and aerates while filtering. There will be much less need for water changes with a filter plus air.

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Post Posted: 11:41am - Mar 9,15 
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I would post pics of my set ups for you, but as hard as I try to follow the YouTube instructions and other cited instructions, there does not seem to be any instruction on how to post pics from an IPhone. I'm baffled. Insert frownie smiley here.

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Post Posted: 11:26pm - Mar 10,15 
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Sailbad the Sinner wrote:
I would post pics of my set ups for you, but as hard as I try to follow the YouTube instructions and other cited instructions, there does not seem to be any instruction on how to post pics from an IPhone. I'm baffled. Insert frownie smiley here.

Can't upload pictures from phone, must be a computer.

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Post Posted: 11:33pm - Mar 10,15 
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Thanks, as I assumed. Don't get it , in this age, but it is what it is...
Your thoughts on an air pump filter combo ?

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