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Minnows are also an important food source for larger game fish prized by fishermen.
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For many years, fathead minnows have been used largely as bait or as food for other aquarium fish. Recently, they are beginning to be regarded as aquarium pets themselves. They also go by the name rosy-red minnow (admittedly a nicer name than fathead). Because they are growing in popularity, it is important to know how to feed a pet fathead minnow.
Minnows are high in ecological importance because they are a great food source for other fish, birds and species that engage in eating fish
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Making a wide, though general, survey of what game-fish consume as food, it is certain the varied members of the trout, bass, and pike families subsist almost entirely on a fish diet, principally on the large family of minnows, the young of their own kind, and other species of fish. Were it possible that every species of these three game-fish families could be restrained from cannibalism, they would soon multiply so rapidly as to glut the waters in which they abide and utterly destroy all fish life that nature provides as food for them. Cannibalism induces that trait we call "gamy" by necessitating a lifelong battle of existence, both among their own and other species. In the restricted space of a pond or lake, bullheads increase so rapidly that they soon devour every vestige of food where they abide, and then at once proceed to devour each other. This same condition prevails with the muskellunge, pike, and pickerel families. If a plentiful supply of fish food is not available, the bass and trout families also feed on the very young of their own kind. It is claimed by some that the brook-trout is an exception, but I have had several proofs that, after it attains a weight of over two pounds, it makes no distinction between the young of its own kind and the young of perch or sucker. We find this cannibalistic trait even among some species of minnows where the adult fish measures no more than two inches long. Thus it is, from the minnow to the salmon, fresh-water fishes prey unceasingly upon each other just as salt-water fishes do in the ocean. Jun 27, 2009 - Minnow Food in Captivity. A great food choice for minnows in an aquarium is freeze dried blood worms. Another option is to simply feed your minnows tropical fish flakes or even goldfish flake food. Some minnows are pickier than others, choosing not to eat the flake food.
Photo provided by FlickrSmallest of the pond fish family. These pond minnows are colorful and very entertaining as they dart around in search for food and retreating from predators.
Photo provided by FlickrHas anyone bred fish (minnows or guppies, something that reproduces fairly quickly/easily) and used them as treats or to supplement food for their chickens?
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Sorry to ramble on! I just love the sport. But anyway to get back to the original post by mwalleye. I don't think you have to worry much about feeding them. The minnows will live for along time with no food. But if you want feeding them sprinkles of gold fish food once in a while can't hurt. A good thing to remember is water at 39 deg. is at it's maximum density, and will hold the most oxygen for minnow species that need it, like silver Shiners. Good luck!!!Finding the right food for minnows can be easy. A local pet store would have the blood worms and goldfish flakes, while a household kitchen will have the crumbs, plants and vegetables that are needed to make a quality diet for your minnow. Another option for finding food would be online at specialty retailers. These items are not hard to find and make caring for and feeding a minnow much easier.Before your start, get yourself a food processor. Then you can make any one of the various recipes that are kicking around. Most of these recipes have several things in common; namely they are bound together by unflavored gelatin and contain whole fish, vegetable matter, and beef heart. This is my recipe. I food-process several multivitamin tables (with vitamin C) to dust, then process about 1/2 kilo of the red meat portion of a beef heart (cut away from all the fat and connective tissue). Then goes in a good handful of spinach leaves (no stems), one young whole zucchini, and a few raw carrots. Then the bulk of the food is added, which is whole fish. The fish I originally used were those minnows sold as bait, but I have since discovered Shun Fat, an Oriental supermarket in Forest Lawn (at 3215 17th Ave, SE). Here you can get a wide assortment of frozen sea foods. Nowadays I buy a kilo of frozen capelin since they are full of nutritious roe. I also get a frozen 1/2 kilo bag of something called "shrimp fry". I am not sure exactly what this is (some form of krill I think) but it's a lot cheaper than buying real shrimp, which I would have to do if this wonderful stuff weren't available. I also add 1/2 kilo of mosquito larvae and Daphnia that I had collected myself and froze previously (see below for a discussion on live food collecting). All the ingredients are processed to a thick paste. Then a liter of water is added and the mixture is brought to a low boil to congeal the blood. I then dissolve three large boxes (36 packets) of Knox unflavored gelatin in a liter of cool water. I mix this liquid into the food (after it's cooled a bit) and let the mixture set overnight in the refrigerator. The next day I split the jelly into two or three-day feeding portions and freeze them separately in sandwich-sized freezer bags. I keep one freezer bag defrosted in the refrigerator at all times. My cichlids and turtles love this stuff. It sinks and doesn't cloud the water (too much).Despite the name, these fish aren’t actually crappie pets to have. They can serve as great friends and aren’t too picky. Some of their favorite foods are old cereal and bread. For the best results, you can feed your crappie minnows fish flakes.