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Re: Home live bait tank project
« Reply #15 on: Sun 3 Mar 07:10 2019 »
Added a few more last night. Prawns,herring,a pike and a few better mullet. Since changing the water to creek water I havenít lost any (touch wood). The only losses have been a few herring that had lost too many scales or some softer shelled prawns that just the shock of the net hadnít traveled well home. I have also found that the larger herring just keep swimming into the sides of the tank and damage themselves.
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Re: Home live bait tank project
« Reply #16 on: Sun 3 Mar 07:41 2019 »
That's good progress,something I read the other day may interest you as well,instead of feeding them bread which I'm told can bloat them try feed them small amounts of finely crushed Weet Bix. 
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    Re: Home live bait tank project
    « Reply #17 on: Sun 3 Mar 08:55 2019 »
    can you get the water circulation going round and round, they will swim into the current then and stop bashing themselves,it does not have be much of current.
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    Re: Home live bait tank project
    « Reply #18 on: Sun 3 Mar 10:35 2019 »
    That's good progress,something I read the other day may interest you as well,instead of feeding them bread which I'm told can bloat them try feed them small amounts of finely crushed Weet Bix.

    I have been feeding every few days with plant based flake fish food from my local aquarium shop. But I will try the weet bix
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    Re: Home live bait tank project
    « Reply #19 on: Sun 3 Mar 10:43 2019 »
    can you get the water circulation going round and round, they will swim into the current then and stop bashing themselves,it does not have be much of current.

    I have a small amount of current and everything else is happy so Iím reluctant to change it.  itís just the larger ones I still call them herring but the mouth is a bit different shape and some people call them melon fish most Iíve had have been 6-8 inches long and just keep going into the wall till they run out of puff n go belly up. Iím sure if the tank was square they would just get stuck in the corners and die sooner.
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    Re: Home live bait tank project
    « Reply #20 on: Sun 3 Mar 16:20 2019 »
    Could they be panicked looking for some where to hide?
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    Re: Home live bait tank project
    « Reply #21 on: Sun 17 Mar 19:42 2019 »
    How are the fish doing mate?
    I would stick with the fish flake food and feed very little while itís warm.

    I reckon you are on a winner with the mullet, hardy compared to herring and you will convert them into a Jew for sure!
    Herring are just too fragile, you might get a few to live but chances are they will die transporting to your fishing destination or moments after the hook goes in.

    Iím planning a trip down south Ballina in the next few weeks to see if those early season tailor are around.
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    Re: Home live bait tank project
    « Reply #22 on: Mon 18 Mar 12:27 2019 »
    They are doing great. I seam to have about a 2/3 survival rate of new mullet going into the tank in their first 24 hours or so. Prawns (about a dozen at the moment) are doing good havenít lost one yet n although thereís been a few molt n I get a floating prawn shell surprise when I lift the lid to check. I have been feeding the prawns little chopped up bits of the mullet that donít make it and it is insane how quickly they will gobble it up. Mullet are getting fed about every three days some plant based flakes. Iím keen on getting some larger model mullet if anyone can pm me an area where I can go for something bigger than 6-8 inches that I can cast net would be awesome.
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    Re: Home live bait tank project
    « Reply #23 on: Mon 18 Mar 17:04 2019 »
    Must have jinxed it lost my first prawn when I got home today.
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    Re: Home live bait tank project
    « Reply #24 on: Mon 18 Mar 17:20 2019 »
    without extra calcium prawns will not survive a molt,even in my reef they dont survive it yet shrimp do no problems try cheribin cant kill them
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