Guests - If You want access to member only forums on HSO. You will gain access only when you Sign-in or Sign-Up on HotSpotOutdoors.

It's easy - LOOK UPPER right menu.

Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0
Rip_Some_Lip

Keeping leeches alive...

16 posts in this topic

I have about a 1/2 lb. of leeches left over from a recent trip. I was wondering if there is something to feed them. I have them in a container in the fridge. I was thinking of throwing some red meat in there. Any thoughts? Thanks.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Dont feed them. After they eat it they give off some kind of chemical and if they are all giving off that chemical it will kill them just change the water every 3rd or 4th day with fresh cold water. and they should last awhile.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Yea, I have a leech container that I put them in and keep them in a fridge. I also have a 20 gallon tank I setup for bait and if I have a lot will throw them in there. I just keep the water down a little so they don't get out. I've never fed them and always had them used up before they die.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

If you do end up feeding them they will really dirty up the tank. I did feed mine and liver worked very well.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Dont feed them. After they eat it they give off some kind of chemical and if they are all giving off that chemical it will kill them just change the water every 3rd or 4th day with fresh cold water. and they should last awhile.

Keep them cool. If the water gets to a certain temperature, they will spawn and die.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Just change the water every couple of days and keep them in the fridge and they will live for quit awhile.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I heard of someone who kept them in a mesh bag hung somehow in the tank of the toilet. Fresh water often and out of sight laugh

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

COOL water, keep the water changed and keep them cool they;ll last quite a while with out feeding them.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
I heard of someone who kept them in a mesh bag hung somehow in the tank of the toilet. Fresh water often and out of sight laugh
Thats a great idea. Funny images do come to mind though. Talk about stage fright

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I heard of someone who kept them in a mesh bag hung somehow in the tank of the toilet. Fresh water often and out of sight laugh

LOL, my wife would LOVE that!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I live up here in northern MN and this spring{may} I bought a dozen leeches and used maybe 5 of them and then put the rest in the shed. Well, I forgot about them and found them in the shed 1.5-2 weeks later and I fully expected them to be a rotten mess. they were alive! and I ended up catching 2 nice bass on them that evening. anyways... either the cold temps we had up here kept them alive or Frontier sports just has some kick*** leeches.

Keep em as cool as possible and they should stay alive.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

5 Gal pail in bait fridge with aquarium air stone. I change the water every couple of days(well water run thru the water softener to remove rust). They will shrink but I have kept them for a month as lively as the day I bought them.

eyewarrior

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Thanks for the replies. I wasn't sure if just a water change was enough. Hopefully I can get out soon and drown a few.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Yeah, i left mine in the fridge and in the same water and they all lasted for 2 weeks.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I've still got leeches from the opener. Keep them in the fridge and have changed the water once! They are pretty durable...

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I have been able to keep some leeches alive for almost 2 and a half months.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Guest
This topic is now closed to further replies.
Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0



  • Posts

    • Glad to hear you're back up and running again.          
    • I got my boat back today and it runs great now but the mechanic said I had too many idling hours on it and it had a lot of carbon build up. I have trolled a lot with this motor . It has ran great but I did have  this recent issue with it where I had to bring it in and it runs good now. Mechanic recommended run it more often at higher rpm's.  For those that troll with their main engine,  how often do you run in a higher rpm's? I  use carbon guard  and thought that that would prevent the carbon buildup.  If I trolled for three or four hours at a higher RPM would that be too much ?          
    • Saw some reports from Algoma that looks like fishing has picked up some out there and some bigger fish being caught. I'm not ready for snow yet but I hope we actually get some this year. 
    • Well I got it done. I got some bolts washers and rubber grommets. I drilled holes in the counter top. then brought the bolt up through it put a 1/2in rubber spacer then a washer and bolted right into the bolt holes where the leg levels went. It looks nice and will be nice not having to put the fridge up and down every time a guy moves the ice castle and should hold fine driving down the road.         Nice exactly what I need to finish the project, so the fridge door doesn't fly open when driving down the road.
    •     https://www.amazon.com/Safety-1st-Multi-Purpose-Appliance-2-Count/dp/B00AS693R2/ref=sr_1_2_s_it?s=baby-products&ie=UTF8&qid=1500560852&sr=1-2&keywords=appliance%2Block&th=1
    •   And it has some sort of virus.
    • The boat is getting lots of use,,,, Heading to Algoma july 29th and back to Isle Royale later in august 
    • You're bolting a mini fridge to a countertop but worried that a tie down strap will make it look trashy? OK then.
    • The strong rainfall of the last few weeks was compounded this week with more rain accompanied by high winds, thunder and lightning, as well as several tornado watches across the state. Downed trees and branches and flooding was reported at numerous state properties throughout south western and south central Wisconsin. State park crews were actively clearing roads and trails, and we're expected to have additional updates before the weekend. Anyone planning on visiting a property in these areas is urged to contact the property directly for the latest conditions.Water levels across the state are still elevated and this week's rains means sand bars will likely be in short supply again on the lower Wisconsin River. With the high fast moving water many kayakers and tubers are taking advantage of the situation. A group of kayakers on the Peshtigo River said with the fast water they shaved an hour off the time it normally would take them for a river trip.Wild weather has put a damper on fishing pressure across the state and there are isolated reports of partially submerged fishing piers. Anglers have reported some success for catfish on the St. Croix River and anglers have been having success fishing the Flambeau River for musky, walleye, northern pike and bass. Largemouth bass fishing has picked up with high waters in Dane County rivers and there were reports of an uptick in walleye and perch are coming in from Lake Winnebago. .
  • Our Sponsors