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Offline Papa Sly

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Bait tank procedure
« on: Nov 23, 2021, 09:34 PM »
OK guys here goes nothing. I have read meny articles on bait tanks. What I use now is a 140 gallon cooler kept outside. I live on a lake and do a 50% water change weekly with lake water. I use a 540 gallom per hour pond pump/filter combo with bio balls and 2 filters in it and it pumps the water after filtered through plastic pipe with a couple hundred holes in it to airate. two main questions:
1- Since I live on a lake and change out 50% of water with fresh water wekly do I even need to filter or would just a good quality airator be enough.
2-Second should I use finer shiner to prevent any infections and streangthen the shiners scales.

 I should say at this time I am keeping wild caught shiners and not store bought.
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Re: Bait tank procedure
« Reply #1 on: Nov 23, 2021, 09:44 PM »
Shiners are pretty sensitive when compared to other minnows. A quality airator may be enough depending on how many shiners. That being said if things head south you'll lose shiners quick, the filter would be a good insurance policy imo

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Re: Bait tank procedure
« Reply #2 on: Nov 23, 2021, 10:57 PM »
I know my question doesn't answer yours but can you somehow keep your minnows in the lake? I live on a river and had tried all kinds of different minnow tank setups before I finally decided to just go put them in the river. I use a compost tumbler barrel. Works a lot better for minnows than it did for compost. Anyway I have never had a less maintenance minnow system. The only time I do anything to it is when I take some out or put more in.

Offline Papa Sly

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Re: Bait tank procedure
« Reply #3 on: Nov 24, 2021, 11:33 AM »
I thought about that with an old washing machine tub but dont know how to keep it from freezing over. In a stream its moving so that wouldnt be an issue.
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Re: Bait tank procedure
« Reply #4 on: Nov 24, 2021, 02:51 PM »
OK guys here goes nothing. I have read meny articles on bait tanks. What I use now is a 140 gallon cooler kept outside. I live on a lake and do a 50% water change weekly with lake water. I use a 540 gallom per hour pond pump/filter combo with bio balls and 2 filters in it and it pumps the water after filtered through plastic pipe with a couple hundred holes in it to airate. two main questions:
1- Since I live on a lake and change out 50% of water with fresh water wekly do I even need to filter or would just a good quality airator be enough.
2-Second should I use finer shiner to prevent any infections and streangthen the shiners scales.

 I should say at this time I am keeping wild caught shiners and not store bought.

Pump and water changes are good Mike, finer shiner wouldn't hurt especially if your storing pounds of bait.. I would check the conditions of the shiners after a close to a week to see how they are doing and see how the water looks, the bio balls will help a lot, sounds like you get enough air, as long as the shiners are not gulping air at the surface, they are ok.

Maybe add in a bubbler to provide more saturated oxygen and to help minimize it freezing over.

I have had my air stone form ice so be mindful of that.

metabolisms are going to slow to a crawl in the cold temps so the water will stay fresher a lot longer
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Re: Bait tank procedure
« Reply #5 on: Nov 24, 2021, 07:36 PM »
Had a guy that lived on a lake around here and kept minnows in the lake but he built a 4x4x8 foot box that he sunk in the lake by a dock and covered it with ply wood and when he opened the lid might have to chip some ice but the top might have had some insulation do not remember that well if you have power and could run aerators there that would help keep the opening to get minnows out, just a thought I keep them in dryer drums and taped the center up so no holes for them to escape.

 



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