How to Build a Minnow Tank For Live Fish Bait

At the end of a fishing trip, you may be left with live fish bait such as minnows. If you are wise enough, you would try and keep the minnows alive so that they can be used as bait for your next fishing trip. This will help save a fair amount of money which you would have otherwise spent at buying more minnows. Using a minnow tank is the best way to keep live bait alive. Here is what you will need to make a minnow tank.

Things Required:

– Small Horse Trough
– Small Aerator Pump
– Concrete Block


  • 1

    You will need a container in which live fish bait can be kept. Even though you can use any container, yet one of the best options is to use a small horse trough. However, you will have to ensure that the trough you use is free from chemicals and is fully clean. If the trough is dirty or has chemicals in it, your live fish bait may end up dead in a few hours at the most after it was placed in the trough. You will not have to worry about this part if you are using a new horse trough.

  • 2

    You will have to create a natural environment for the baitfish to easily survive in the tank. For this reason, you will have to install a small aerator pump inside the trough that you will be using. Remember that you will be filling the trough with water which may result in the pump floating on the water surface. To prevent this from happening, place the aerator pump on a concrete block and turn the pump upside down on its end.

  • 3

    Fill the trough with water. If it is tap water you are using, you will have to wait at least a week before putting baitfish in the tank. During this time, chlorine present in tap water will dissipate, making the water safe for the live fish bait. Alternatively, you can also fill the tank with rainwater as well.

  • 4

    Turn on the aerator pump and make sure that enough bubbles are being created. You may have to adjust the aerator pump’s height if required. Attach a small water hose to the aerator pump if you want to put the pump deeper in water.

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