bait minnows

Discussion in 'Aquarium Stocking Questions' started by allaboutfish, Apr 6, 2012.

  1. allaboutfishWell Known MemberMember

    im going fishing tomorrow and we never end up using all of the minnows we use for bait so how big of a tank would these need? i wanna keep a couple with my crayfish.
     




  2. Dlondon95Well Known MemberMember

    I have some Bluntnose minnows in a 20 long and they seem to be fine.
     




  3. ButterflyModeratorModerator Member

    I've kept them in a 55g :) Some of the are really pretty given clean water and good food.
    carol
     




  4. allaboutfishWell Known MemberMember

    ok cool, but ive heard some can get up to 12 inches. we are talking about the minnows from a bait shop that come in a bucket with blue water right? that blue water wouldnt stick on its scales and hurt my crayfish if it ate it would it? how many should i keep in a 29 gallon? do they like schools?
     
  5. Dlondon95Well Known MemberMember

    It all depends what species they are. There are hundreds of species of minnows.

    I do know that they like schools. How big are they now? I'd say you could probably keep between 6 and 10 depending on how big they are.

    I don't know about the whole blue water thing. I caught mine right out of my creek.
     
  6. ButterflyModeratorModerator Member

    The blue water doesn't stick to them like some thing thick. It is probably methylene blue. It's used to prevent disease.It's still not wise to put somebody elses water into your tank.I have a small bucket I use to acclimate fish to my water. I put the fish and water into the bucket then add a cup or two of my water into the bucket every 30 minutes for about two hours then pour the water and fish through a net and add the fish to my tank. Using this method you get next to none of the stores water in your tank.My minnows came from the bait shop and had a blue stripe down their side. After they got about 4 inches my husband used them for bait LOLCarol
     
  7. allaboutfishWell Known MemberMember

    ok awesome. those are the minnows i have i think. will they be ok in a 29 gallon? i ended up with 7. itd be those 7 with the crayfish and id have an aquaclear 70 on the tank.
     
  8. JayseeFishlore LegendMember

    What species?
     
  9. allaboutfishWell Known MemberMember

    i dont know the species.
     
  10. JayseeFishlore LegendMember

    ?
     
  11. allaboutfishWell Known MemberMember

    i dont know what they are i just know they look how she described.
     
  12. JayseeFishlore LegendMember

    Like a bluntnose minnow?
     
  13. allaboutfishWell Known MemberMember

    i dont think so. it might be. what other species are there?
     
  14. JayseeFishlore LegendMember

    LOTS :)

    Also, "minnow" as it pertains to fishing includes species outside the minnow family.
     
  15. allaboutfishWell Known MemberMember

    they look like this
    1397276.jpg
     
  16. JayseeFishlore LegendMember

    Looks like an emerald shiner.
     
  17. allaboutfishWell Known MemberMember

    will 7 be ok in a 29? assuming they all live.
     
  18. Akari_32Fishlore LegendMember

    The "minnows" I'm used to catching actually grow up into Tilapia LOL

    Those are cool :) Gotta love 'bait' fish ;)
     
  19. soltarianknightFishlore VIPMember

    Shiners, shad, glass minnows and so on. If you want to know what you got, look up the bait fish used in your area/state. The bait you buy should be local if your using it local.
     
  20. allaboutfishWell Known MemberMember

    i looked it up, but didnt find anything that listed what was used. i think they're emerald shiners though.
     
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