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    in reply to: distilled water. #1617477

    Distilled water has no buffering capacity due to it lacking in any ions meaning that the pH of the water can swing wildly depending on what is introducer to it. When water is distilled or ran through a reverse osmosis filter, it is pure or close to it and has a neutral pH of 7. But being that it is pure, it will immediately start dissolving anything right out of the air–primarily carbon dioxide. As the CO2 dissolves into the water it technically creates weak carbonic acid and drops the pH to about 5.5.

    Your minnows will do just fine with tapwater and a aquarium grade water conditioner. I prefer a conditioner that neutralizes chlorine, chloramine, ammonia, nitrite, and heavy metals such as Seachem Prime. You’ll only need a drop or 2 of Prime (my bottle has a dropper cap) for a gallon of water and you can always add another drop to put off changing the water another day. Make sure the new water is the same temp as the old as well. 1/2 teaspoons of noniodized salt per gallon will also help.

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    Ponds in Des Moines area have been fine for me. Just watch for thin spots as you should always do.
    I heard multiple people have gone throught Badger.
    They closed Dale Maffit and dropped the water level so stay off there.
    Praise the Lord for nights below 32°!

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    Thanks guys. I found them the other day and could call them back with a rattle spoon, but I couldn’t get any to commit. I tried everything mentioned above except I didn’t have any spikes. I feel like a single spike on a salmon egg hook dropping off a spoon might have been the ticket. I tried red plastics but no biters.

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    This snow is going to really mess up the ice development.

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    I caught a flathead on a jig that was hooked in the pectoral fin except that the line went in his mouth out his gill and then hooked his fin so he engulfed it, chomped it thus expelling it out his gill and then hooked his fin.

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    For homemade lactofermented hot sauce, pack the fresh peppers tightly into a quart jar, add a tablespoon of non iodized salt and fill the rest of the way with water and let pickle for 1-3 months. The wild lactobacillus bacteria on the peppers digest the sugars in the peppers and produce lactic acid inhibiting dangerous bacteria. After they have fermented, run the whole thing through the blender and you have a delicious and probiotic rich hot sauce that keeps for over a year in the fridge. You can do it with the big cayannes for really spicy or jalepenos for a milder sauce. I make tons of it and give it away.

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    Thanks for your response. I have an old portable eagle fish finder that I use now and it sucks so I was hoping to have something with the precision of a flasher.
    Anybody own a flasher and then went with the Lowrance and still use the flasher mode?

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    Thanks. Has anyone seen a display of different flashers in the DM area? Doesn’t Scheels do that every winter?

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    I’m torn between the Hummingbird ICE 35, Marcum VX-1, and Vex FL-8. They are all pretty much the same price and since I’ve never use a flasher at all I don’t have any opinions about them. I looked at instructional videos on how to use them and the Marcum seemed the least complicated and comes with the softcase, but the ICE 35 has a couple extra features and fits in a bucket. I was surprised I liked the Vexilar the least.
    Anyone got any more input that might help?

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    I’ve caught 3 eyes all fall putting in more time than ever.

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    Thank you. I will find the schematic later. I did find a thread in a another forum with a tutorial on rebuilding a 209 so if the new and old are the same that should be helpful.
    Is there any part that I should avoid opening up? I’d hate to take it apart just to not be able to put it back together.

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    Way to go, Willy!

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    You do this every year, Will. 😆

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    If you are in Ames go to the Towers dorms. The big lawn north of the common area in between them Wallace and Wilson used to yield pounds of crawlers every rain storm. I picked up some huge 18″ers there when I lived in Wallace.

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    in reply to: crickets !!! #1632104

    Armyworms, nematodes, and slugs have been a pain in my organic garden this year. Luckily I have a 3 year old boy that is eager to catch bugs so he takes care of the caterpillars on the leaves but not the ones hollowing out the tomatoes. The nematodes have devastated my carrots. I put mantis eggs sacks in my garden, but they didn’t even hatch. Didn’t have any parasitoid wasps this year either.

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