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Fat Heads-how to keep them alive?


bassman21

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OK, Not sure if I am doing something wrong. Get a scoop of fat heads. Put them in the minnow bucket. Give some areation and they just seem to still die so quickly. Some hang on for a while, but after a couple of hours they start floating. Is this normal? what is better to keep them alive? Thanks!

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Where are you getting your minnows from confused.gif I just use the old foam bucket and hardley ever have a problem. I still have some from sunday and most are still alive. Best thing is to keep them cool and change the water every day or so. When you get some floaters make sure to pull them out. You would hate to discourage the other little guys grin.gif Sorry that may not help much but it might just be the place your buying them from.

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I keep mine in a medium size cooler...i fill empty pop bottles with water and freeze them...just toss a frozen bottle in every now and that helps keep the minnows going for a long time. Then I put the used thawed ice bottle back in the freezer.

Changing the water needs to be done every few days. This method works good for me all year long except the couple weeks the minnows are spawning...not much seems to work then. Another problem I've had before is an unclean bait bucket. Hope this helps.

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2 things:

Gotta keep the water cold - ice cold, if possible.

Gotta keep fishing out the dead ones or the water goes bad too fast and more die.

The pop bottle method mentioned works great, as well as any refreezable block.

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I like the cooloer idea! Also, the bait bucket may be an issue since I have had bait from different places. I will try the cooler methed with the frozen bottles. Thanks for the info!

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The cooler I use is not one of those "playmate" style ones. It looks more like two cases of beer side by side and then it has a top on it that locks in place by the handle. I think I got it at Target or Kmart. I like it because it's indestructible...and it works very well winter or summer. Some times in the winter you got to bang on the top of it with your hand to unfreeze the cover (can't do that with a foam bucket). But once in the fish house...it thaws out nicely. Try it out.

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Anything that resembles a case (or two) of beer has got to be good. I will stop by target this weekend. I am going to go out tonight a try some crawlers and see what happens

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just checked with the wifey....got the cooler at KMart...not target....definitely Kmart.

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  • 3 weeks later...

And don't use city tap water! It has chlorine, which kills 'em good! Use river or lake water to keep the minnies fresh. If you must use tap water, get a bottle of chlorine neutralizer from an aquarium shop...couple drops per gallon takes out the chlorine.

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