What you need to know about breeding minnow

Minnows are an amazing little creature that gets lots of attention from anglers all over. This is a small silvery baitfish that is the favorite of many different species of fish. They grow to approximately six inches in length and they can be found most anywhere you live. Most all anglers have fished with minnows at some point, since there are so many species attracted to them.

Minnows are very resilient creatures that can survive in small areas where the food is scarce and they can still manage to continue to multiply even under these conditions. Serious anglers can greatly benefit from breeding their own minnows to use when fishing. It’s not a difficult task but it does take some planning and preparation in order to be successful.

How to Get Started
Once you make the decision to breed minnows the first thing you need to do is set up two holding tanks. When determining size, take into consideration how many minnows you plan to raise and make the area large enough to accommodate for this need. After setting up the tanks make sure they’re clean and free of any chemicals. When choosing your spot for setting up the tanks, make sure they’re not too close to the home because the smell from these fish can be very overwhelming.

The next step is to hook up the filter system and place an air stone in each tank. Now, scatter some driftwood around and place a few artificial caves throughout the tank. Once the holding tank is prepared, you’re ready for the starter minnows to be placed inside one of tanks.

How to Care for the Minnows
Taking care of the minnows is not difficult but it is time consuming. The temperature of the water should be between seventy and seventy-five degrees to encourage the breeding process and speed up things a bit.
They can survive in colder water but they won’t be as productive. You can feed the minnows regular fish food such as flakes and pellets. You can also feed minnows shrimp, bloodworms, small insects and they will feed off of algae.

After you have the minnows in place and get the temperature in the right range, it’s time to start the photo-period. This is the length of time the minnows are espoused light and darkness. Begin with sixteen hours of light followed by eight hours of darkness and then repeat the process. Doing this will kick-off the breeding process and get it started faster.

Before the eggs hatch, take them out of the tank and place them in the second tank to prevent the adult fish from eating the fry once the eggs hatch. They seem to do better when placed near an air stone. It normally takes between four to eight hours for the eggs to hatch.

Things to Consider
If you breed minnows you need to be prepared to clean the tank on a regular basis. This is necessary to keep the smell down and to keep the minnows healthy.

If any minnows get sick or die you’ll need to remove them from the tank and clean it to keep the rest of them healthy. Otherwise, the minnows won’t breed very well or they’ll become sick.

You’ll need to be careful not to over-breed the minnows or you’ll end up with more of them than you can care for. The best way to control the breeding process is by leaving the eggs in the tank with the adults when you see they’re becoming overpopulated and the adult minnows will eat most of the fry when the eggs hatch. This is the natural way of keeping the population of minnows under control.

You must also have the time to monitor the minnows in order to keep up with your progress. This means that you’ll need to be willing to dig right in there and get dirty taking care of everything that needs to be done. Nevertheless, you’ll have a good supply of minnows on hand each time you’re ready to go fishing.

If you have enough room on your land to build a small pond you can also breed minnows in this. It doesn’t have to be too large and the minnows can breed naturally although, you’ll need to provide some type of food source.
You’ll also need to take precautions to keep the pond clean from debris such as limbs and
leaves. This will help the minnows to thrive.

It may sound like a lot of work taking care of minnows but it’s worth it if you love reeling in those fish. When you’re ready to go fishing, all you need to do is use your net to scope up a bucketful of minnows. Place them in your bait bucket and you’re ready to go fishing with one of the best baits used throughout history.

One Response to “What you need to know about breeding minnow”

  1. Kevin Arrouzet says:

    How do you tell a female minnow from a male?

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