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lets see your bait tanks!

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heres mine.. im lookin for a few other idead for keeping them in the winter because the shed i have it in isnt insulated..

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That's pretty cool. I live in an Apt so my bait tank is my minnow bucket - LOL.

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I go through a lot of bait, so getting it in bulk is a better value. To do this you need a place to put them of course. I had a 20 gallon aquarium that I used for a couple of years but it just doesn't hold the bait I need. Fine for crappie minnows, but when you get to Red Tails and Shiners, you need to go big.

First thing I bought was a 32 gallon trash can (about $13 at Menards). I had the aquarim air pump already and got a filter at Wally World for $10. My total cost into it is under $30.

You first just fill it up with water. Make sure to get something to remove the chlorine from the water. I then punched a hole in the lid with a screwdriver to run the air hose through. Mounted the filter on the front, the cardboard in the front helps to hold the filter more verticle.

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This is what it looks like with the lid open. I have three milk jugs I keep in the deep freeze. I can rotate them around. I put one in the tank in the morning and one when I get home from work. Having three ensures they are frozen solid. This helps keep the water nice and cold and the minnows swimming strong.

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You can see I have some happy swimmers. They have been in there a week and I've lost two and that was in the first day or two.

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I think I actually stole this idea from Shack. He did it simular last year ad posted it. shocked

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these things are great, but what about winter? i use more minnows in winter than i do in summer, do you guys keep these things inside?

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my freezer stays out in the pig barn till i get sick of cutting holes in it then they go in a 50 gal stock tank in my garage but they seem to die there..

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I will need to snap a pic of my Bullhead tank. It's a 15 gallon Rubbermaid tote with an aerator and it holds plenty of Bullheads in it, probably maximum capacity of 3-4 dozen. I have only had one floater in there this summer. Just have to change the water often.

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these things are great, but what about winter? i use more minnows in winter than i do in summer, do you guys keep these things inside?

Mine's in the basement.

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Keep it in the garage in the winter. Doesn't freeze.

I've got a detached garage and am sure it would freeze. Main reason I keep mine in the basement is that my garage is like a sauna in the summer. Keeping bait with 100 degree water is tough. I would keep it in the garage if mine were attached and insulated.

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The bucket on top is a filter.

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Ralph...how did you set up your filter? Does it run constantly or is it on a timer?

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haha thanks i take pride im my tossed together stuff but it works and is simple to fix! as oh right now i have roughly the legal limit of minnows in there for 2 poeple how much is a lb of perfect fat heads worth??? my dad thinks like 20 or 30 bucks if that i have close to 150 bucks in there!

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Ralph...how did you set up your filter? Does it run constantly or is it on a timer?

It's running constantly. I've got a pond pump in the tank that pumps water up to the filter. It sprays through a piece of PVC drilled with a bunch of small holes onto a "drip plate" (I cut the bottom of a bucket off at about 2" and drilled lots and lots of holes into it). The water then drips through there and trickles through filter media (I used a bunch of plastic pot scrubbers from the dollar store). Then, it flows out the bottom of the bucket back into the tank.

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