Minnow cooler storage

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  1. Zkovach1175

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    So been looking at these now I’m on a lake. Just gonna buy one. I’m curious how long minnows last in these? Days, weeks? Any brands I should get? Any other tips or tricks? Any info is appreciated!
     
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    This is what I did. Iuse to pike fish a lot so I build a round container out of 1/4 mesh hardware cloth and put in the irrigation pond. I kept minnows alive all year in it and I even used it for fish when I did not get enough to clean. First one did not have a top on it but that was change fast as snappers like to get in it. After I added the top I sunk it in deeper water and had no more problems
     
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    not sure why I didn’t think of this first but what about just trying the minnow bucket off the pier in the lake?
     
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    That would work but if you have holes in one it will let fresh water into it. A 5 gal pail drilled withsmall hole would work great and is cheap. Should be turtleproof to
     
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    Yeah I forgot I have that frabill trolling minnow bucket. I have too much equipment to ever remember what I have. We just moved so finding it will be the toughest part
     
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    They still will not last long in the summer with the warm lake water and no aeration. If you have a basement that stays cool all summer, a large fish tank with an aerator or even a big cooler works well. I like the cooler so I can take outside and switch out the water every few days.
     
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    ever gotta feed them or anything?
     
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    No. But never had them longer then a couple weeks.
     
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    I have aquariums in the house but I use the cooler/bubbler system. I feed them some tropical fish flakes if they're around for a while. If you have an aquarium thermometer you can check the temp everyday and add some ice to keep them cooler and keep them in the garage or in my case, a storage building.

    Just some more tips...
     
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    I do this every spring works well so long as you can keep them cold. Add water to a bottle then freeze or the cholorine in the ice will kill em
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    Add some ammonia remover to the filter. Keeps minnows for about 3 weeks



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    Good point I didn't mention. I treat the water before I freeze it too. If anyone's interested in what I use I could post it. Just basic aquarium stuff...
     
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    Me too just basic aquarium stuff from local Walmart. Total cost about $25.00
    It helps if you clean out the dead ones every day to keep form fouling the water. They keep Longer if you don't overcrowd the cooler too.
     
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