To feed minnows the kind of food they'd eat in the wild then you need to give them food like small bugs (like flies and mosquitoes), as well as pieces of dead plants and even animal matter. This is the kind of things that minnows eat in the wild and this is what they thrive on, food-wise. In the saltwater regions, however, the minnow fish will eat a better diet of shrimp. These are generally not things that those who have minnows want to feed to their fish, and hence aquariums can sell freeze dried food and blood worms that you can feed to your minnows to make the whole process much easier.
One other option for minnow owners is to simply feed the minnows tropical fish flakes. Goldfish flake food works, too! Some minnows are pickier than other minnows, however, and will sometimes turn their nose up at flake food. You can try feeding the minnows, in this case, on 50% brine shrimp and 50% flake food until they eventually become accustomed to it.
No matter how long you are keeping your minnows for, you must remember that the most common cause of death for the fish is actually overeating. This means that at all times you should be feeding them the right amount of food every single day. Whenever you feed the minnows, you need to ensure that the pieces are relatively small. You can start off by feeding them a small amount of food. Then, after around five minutes, all the food should have disappeared from the top of the tank and there should not be any of the food resting at the bottom of the tank. If after five minutes, however, there is food at the bottom of the tank then you need to reduce the amount that you are giving your fish.
They should have no probs with flake fish food... You're right, I believe, they don't seem to make a specific "minnow food". So, goldfish flakes or whatever will be fine.
It's more likely that they're not eating because minnows really need so little food to keep them going. Apparently, feeding them too much leads to more waste in the water, which leads to an increased level of ammonia in the water as well, so, if the Betta fish food is a flake one, I'd say they're probably fine, they're just not that hungry atm!
We have minnows for pets and we feed them tetramin tropical flakes from wallmart. I saw them eat it so that mite be good for you.
Minnows are not likely to eat regular fish food. They are wild, fresh water little fish, and respond well to live small insects, mosquito larvae, etc. Minnows can survive a few days without food. But anything small, live and wiggling will get their attention and make them eat.
I feed mine blood worms they kinda eat it,real worms nah just nibble at em look cruel too.. So I'm using tropical fish flakes best!I used bread to catch them!
I just keep renewing their water with fresh lake water and they eat the parasites in the water they have been alive for three weeks
If you have no luck try some blood worms they are usually fed to beta fish. I have some minnows in a tank just for looks and they seem to take them well or you can get a bucket of small works at the bait store for them to eat.
I just tried bread and it does not like it. I just looked at him and he's eating the lettuce.
When I owned some minnows I feed them with some normal fish pellets. If you go into any fish pet store they will show you to the best product.
I feed my shiners finely-crushed, dried-out bread. 2-3 pinches a couple of times a day seems to keep them happy.
My minnows have been eating bread and I'm going to get blood worms from my friend
I have seen minnows eat algae tabs and tropical flakes I'm a fisherman and I hold three dozen at a time
Minnows eat goldfish food. Just sprinkle it so the flakes are small enough for their littles mouths to handle!
Sophia, 10 yr
If you can buy minnows you will be able to get a food for them. You can can get frozen shrimp from your pet shop, and you should be able to get something they will eat. I guess it is like gold fish and tropical fish they eat different types of food. Then you get an oscar and they like raw meat. So there has to be some food for them, if you ask your pet supplier they should give you the right food for them.
If you are talkin about a wild minnow they will eat a brims flesh if cut up. I know you wonder how do they swallow a peice of brim but they take small nibbles.this will sond gross but it works if you slice a brims stomache a blackish gut will com out minnows also eat that I hope that helps.
Dog food works well, any kind of generic dry chunk ,especially when trapping them little suckers...
Well minnows should have LAKE WATER and they eat FISH BATE trust me I know I have minnows
I have 13 minnows and I gave they goldfish food and they ate it all so you could get that hope you try it thanks.
Minnows will eat bread but it does not provide enough nutrition. Best to feed them a good quality tropical flake food from your local petstore. They also like brine shrimp for a meaty snack about once a week.
They sh ound just eat any nay fish food cause I have them and they ate what ever I put in the tank and I have like 20 of them in a tiny fish bowl as well so...
I feed mine mosquito larvae, found in my tiny house pond. But my question is how many times should I feed them? ( this is for my mini ecosystem science project) Can I really feed them bread? Goldfish flakes don't really seem to work. If I feed too much, will they die? (one died already)
You can feed them bread and any kind of worms
I got about 12 dozen minnows what should I use to feed them? And what should I do to keep them alive?
I am trying bread right now I don't have a fish bowl in sight right now so mines in a bottle I had a fish bowl for my goldfish with the flakes in it but I can't find anything for it so he's probably not gunna live so I suggest bread
A couple of pinches of corn meal works for me
What do minnows eat I mean I am doing food chains and I am just wondering that what do they eat and what eat the minnows