Minnows in a bucket how long will they live?

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  1. LeStEr

    LeStEr Diamond Member

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    I just got in from fishing with my friends and for some reason I ended up taking the minnows home. I have them in decent sized bucket but there are alot of minnows in the bucket....probly somewhere in the 30-50 range. How often do I need to change the water to keep them alive?
     
  2. MichaelD

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    They are already dead. Go look. Really. The curse of the bucket is upon you. you're next......
     
  3. AnyMal

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    One word: tempura! :D
     
  4. LeStEr

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    Ok can anyone give me an acceptable answer so I can go to bed?
     
  5. Ronstang

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    They won't last long in a normal bucket.....now a minnow bucket submerged in the lake is a different story. At my lake house I have kept them all weekend in the minnow bucket, but an hour or two in a regular bucket would be doing good
     
  6. MichaelD

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    Like I said......:Q
     
  7. Ryan

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    Put an air pump in it and they shoudl live for a while.
     
  8. Dingleberries

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    Minnows can survive for a long time in sewer water. Just give them a flush.
     
  9. gururu

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    they'll suffocate between 6-10 hours without the air pump
     
  10. LeStEr

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    Hmmmm what to do. I have to go the bed soon but id hate to waste all these minnows.
     
  11. LeStEr

    LeStEr Diamond Member

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    Excuse my retardedness but what kind of pump do I need?

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    I just googled it and I see what you mean. Unfortunatly I don't think I have the supplies for a pump :(
     
  12. Zrom999

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    Need an aquarium pump. Run to the pet store and buy one. They aren't too expensive.
     
  13. Chaotic42

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    Yup. They don't last long in a bucket.
     
  14. LeStEr

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    I would but its 1:37am here.
     
  15. Zrom999

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    Get a larger container with fresh water and they might last until morning.
     
  16. Ronstang

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    WalMart baby..........open 24 hrs!!!!!!!!!!!!

    They are about $7

     
  17. ntsf

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    how fast can you eat them? That's how long they'll live :evil:
     
  18. LeStEr

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    Ok im still up changing the water for these stupid things should I be using warmer or colder water? Ive been using colder but Im not sure which is better.
     
  19. notfred

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    You want water that's exactly the same temperature that they're in now otherwise you run the risk of sending them into shock and killing them.

    No, I'm not kidding, part of the process of introducing a fish into a new aquarium is to SLOWLY acclimate it to the conditions and temperature of the water.
     
  20. Savarak

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    dump them into the bathtub!!
     
  21. Savarak

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    actually, the best thing is if you have a pasta strainer or something, put it on top of the bucket, and then stick it under the bathtub faucet, with a medium stream of appropriate temp. water... let the stream of water flow into the bucket and let it overflow, the strainer will keep the fish in, but let the exchange of water keeps them alive
     
  22. DivideBYZero

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    It is a misconception that air pumps oxegenate the water for aqariums. 90%+ is simply from the surface contact with the air, not from the air pumped in.

    Link for the Doubters
     
  23. Deuce24

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    I love those lil' guys :)
     
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    The minnows are probably cheaper than buying a pump anyway.
    If they die they die, get more next time you go fishing.
     
  25. LeStEr

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    Well ive been up all night changing the water for these fvckers! I think I did kill a few of them by putting them into shock....oh well. Id say over the night about 60% of them died. Probly wasnt worth my efforts but oh well.