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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 01-12-2014, 08:06 PM Thread Starter
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Minnow pond

We have a pond (only like 5 feet and 12 inches deep), and something I have wanted to do after winter is raise some minnows in it.
We have had a nice Kentucky bass and bluegill in it (1 bass, 3 bluegill), but there is currently no fish in the pond. I want to raise fathead minnows, and get enough to benefit my fishing trips and to sell minnows. I have had a batch of minnows before, but lots of them died. I had my setup in a Rubbermaid container, and I think I over stocked it. Or I could set up a kiddie pool (which would have bluegill in it too) in the basement. Is it possible to raise minnows for profit and my benefit in a small pond or a kiddie pool?Here in Iowa the weather gets kind of cold out , I could raise them in the pond and transfer them into the kiddie pool in winter?I am kind of puzzled about minnows
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 01-13-2014, 04:08 PM
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5' deep pond is shallow is it spring fed?
Can you aerate it to keep it from freezing that would be the issue I could see because once it freezes over O2 level would be depleted killing off the minnows they should withstand the cold just won't live without oxygen

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I think it would be very hard to make the pond profitable for minnow sales.
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post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old 01-14-2014, 06:36 AM
 
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at 5' with only 12" of water that's not a pond that's a large puddle. anything you put in there will struggle to live,
You'll need a lot larger and deeper if you want any chance at keeping minnows. Good Luck

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OOPs I misread that thought it was 5' deep

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Flathead minnows are not the top minnow for fishing, in fact, here in Ohio fishing Lake Erie, silver minnows are #1 and flatheads are a distant #2 preferred minnow. We have a nickname for flatheads, mud minnow.
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post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old 12-24-2014, 12:35 AM
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As far as for profit, I have no idea, but I do know you can keep minnows alive with a simple aerator (bubbles) in the tank/whatever your minnows are in. Keeping the water flowing is critical.
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