Minnows

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Minnows

Post by piratetoothgir » Sun May 06, 2018 7:53 pm

How would I go about feeding freshly killed minnows?
I would suppose that you cannot get them from a pet store, as they are unhealthy, and possible factors affect their health depending on water quality.

I would like to try little tiny fish, easy enough for them to "find" somewhere in the tank, and eat it.
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Post by aussieJJDude » Sun May 06, 2018 7:57 pm

Maybe consider sardines? A lot easier to find, and a lot less likely to carry diseases.

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Re: Minnows

Post by piratetoothgir » Sun May 06, 2018 7:59 pm

aussieJJDude wrote:Maybe consider sardines? A lot easier to find, and a lot less likely to carry diseases.

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Could they be fresh from a lake, or even sold live?
I will take a trip to my local seafood store, maybe they'll have goodies! :)
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Re: Minnows

Post by aussieJJDude » Sun May 06, 2018 8:42 pm

StellaCrab wrote:
aussieJJDude wrote:Maybe consider sardines? A lot easier to find, and a lot less likely to carry diseases.

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Could they be fresh from a lake, or even sold live?
I will take a trip to my local seafood store, maybe they'll have goodies! :)
Sardines are marine, and normally found near the tinned tuna and whatnot....

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Re: Minnows

Post by piratetoothgir » Sun May 06, 2018 8:43 pm

aussieJJDude wrote:
StellaCrab wrote:
aussieJJDude wrote:Maybe consider sardines? A lot easier to find, and a lot less likely to carry diseases.

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Could they be fresh from a lake, or even sold live?
I will take a trip to my local seafood store, maybe they'll have goodies! :)
Sardines are marine, and normally found near the tinned tuna and whatnot....

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Whoops, wrong fish :lol:
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Re: Minnows

Post by LadyJinglyJones » Tue May 08, 2018 9:54 pm

Some petstores/fish pet stores have a fridge with frozen goodies. I've often seen frozen packs of little minnow-y type fish. (You can also get frozen bloodworms, mysis shrimp, daphnia... lots of crab friendly foods.)

Just check the ingredients list, as always when buying fish food for any invertebrate pets, because quality can vary from brand to brand. (Hikari frozen foods tends to be a brand I'd trust.)
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Re: Minnows

Post by piratetoothgir » Wed May 09, 2018 8:57 am

Would there be any way of getting a live minnow, and allow it to die by sitting out in the air?
I would like to feed my crabs a freshly caught minnow that would be safe for them.
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Re: Minnows

Post by LadyJinglyJones » Wed May 09, 2018 9:10 am

Fish should be killed humanely, not left to slowly suffocate. Suffocation is slow and painful. You can use a knife to cut its head off, I suppose.

Pet fish should be euthanized using clove oil added to the water (not in the main tank, obviously! - use a container with tank water in it) but I assume clove oil has the potential to harm crabs if ingested.
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Re: Minnows

Post by piratetoothgir » Wed May 09, 2018 1:26 pm

LadyJinglyJones wrote:Fish should be killed humanely, not left to slowly suffocate. Suffocation is slow and painful. You can use a knife to cut its head off, I suppose.

Pet fish should be euthanized using clove oil added to the water (not in the main tank, obviously! - use a container with tank water in it) but I assume clove oil has the potential to harm crabs if ingested.
I am referring to how the fishermen do it and harvest their fish that way.
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Re: Minnows

Post by LadyJinglyJones » Wed May 09, 2018 8:46 pm

I would guess that the volume of a commercial catch precludes best practice in terms of humane euthanasia. They don't allow fish to suffocate because it's kinder, rather because the longer the fish is alive, the fresher it will be at market.

I'd personally choose a method that was quick in order to be humane - there's no reason not to if you aren't operating on a commercial scale. You're handling a small number of fish in your kitchen, at your leisure, after all. If you want to preserve freshness just put the fish on ice once you've dispatched it. (Your crabs won't mind - I promise! :wink: )
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Re: Minnows

Post by piratetoothgir » Thu May 10, 2018 6:43 am

Alright! Thanks :)
I will be checking to see if there’s a place where I can get fish for this specific reason.
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Re: Minnows

Post by Hermiesguardian » Thu May 10, 2018 10:27 am

StellaCrab wrote:Alright! Thanks :)
I will be checking to see if there’s a place where I can get fish for this specific reason.
How about feeder goldfish? They're used to feed bigger fish and such. Although the humanely killing part still applies.
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Re: Minnows

Post by piratetoothgir » Thu May 10, 2018 10:51 am

Hermiesguardian wrote:
StellaCrab wrote:Alright! Thanks :)
I will be checking to see if there’s a place where I can get fish for this specific reason.
How about feeder goldfish? They're used to feed bigger fish and such. Although the humanely killing part still applies.
I am just not sure if that's safe, many of them have illnesses from the store.
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Re: Minnows

Post by LadyJinglyJones » Thu May 10, 2018 11:02 am

Really, any fresh fish from the grocery store or even thawed from frozen will provide the exact same nutritional value as a fish you kill. There isn't any added value to this way of feeding that I can think of.
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Re: Minnows

Post by soilentgringa » Thu May 10, 2018 11:25 am

I agree, @ladyjinglyjones

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