The best approach to get rid of minnows is to bury them or throw them away. "They should not be returned to a lake or stream." Just as minnows should be properly disposed of, night crawlers and other earthworms should be discarded rather than released. These organisms can become entangled in feet and legs while walking on the ground.
Some people keep minnows as pets. They are usually sold in pairs in small plastic containers with water and food added. The fish must be kept in an aquarium with an air pump for oxygenation. Minnows will swim into any open space within the tank looking for an escape route if the water level drops too low. This behavior should be expected when keeping minnows as pets and they must never be allowed out of the aquarium at any time.
Minnows play an important role in the ecosystem because they eat algae and other plants that would otherwise provide a habitat for pests. They also act as prey for larger animals such as frogs, birds, and fish. In addition, humans use minnows as fishing bait because they contain high concentrations of protein.
Minnows belong to the family Cyprinidae, which includes goldfish, carp, and koi. Carp include black bass, freshwater drum, and buffalo fish while koi include mbuna, torafish, and zakurus.
Because the Cyprinidae family is so diverse, minnows' natural eating patterns differ greatly. Minnows consume insects, insect larvae, even smaller fish, crawfish, brine shrimp, algae, phytoplankton, zooplankton, fish eggs (their own and those of other fish), and even dead animal waste in the wild. In the aquarium, minnows will eat flake food, daphnia, mosquito larvae, wax worms, and other small invertebrates.
However, not all minnows are meant to be fed in the same way as freshwater fish. Some species may even cause problems if given access to a tank's plants or animals - for example, if they cannibalize each other's offspring or eat other fish. These issues can be avoided by only offering minnows with similar traits in the same enclosure. It's also important to note that some species of minnow are invasive in certain parts of the world and should not be introduced into new environments without careful consideration of how they interact with native fauna.
In the aquarium, minnows can make excellent companions for larger fish if you offer a variety of foods. They will eat almost anything you give them and will help cleanse the water of any harmful organisms that may be present. Although not typically used for fishing purposes, minnows can be kept in large numbers in the aquarium and made to mimic natural populations by using several different species in one tank.
Hook the minnow upside down in the same water where it was caught. Don't pierce the minnow's spinal cord to allow it to move on its own while it's on your hook. St. Johns River freshwater clams and mussels make excellent live bait. The meat of these bivalves is white when fresh, but darkens with age. They need to be cleaned before using as bait.
The best bait for catching fish is whatever will attract a lot of them to you. If you're trying to catch bass, then dead bass are the best baits. If you're trying to catch black flies, then black fly products are the way to go. If you want to catch sunfish, then use shrimp or other small fish.
Fish are very sensitive to changes in their environment. If they don't feel safe, then they won't come near your bait. So, give them something familiar to eat by using a product that has been proven to work for others before trying it yourself.