Adding 5,000 Prawns to Our New Pond!

BamaBass
5 May 202424:17

Summary

TLDRIn this engaging video, the host shares an update on the Crimson Oak Pond, where they are restocking 5,000 freshwater prawns, known as jumbo shrimp, to provide a high-protein snack for bass. The prawns, which have significantly contributed to the bass's growth, are introduced to a new Wetland filter, a predator-free sanctuary. The video also covers the installation of a volcano pump for aeration and improved water quality, the benefits of which include preventing fish kills, reducing algae growth, and minimizing mosquito breeding. Additionally, the host discusses the use of Sunday lawn care products, the construction of a squirrel house for wildlife observation, and the tracking of bass activity using antennas. The video concludes with a look at the pond's wildlife, including eagles, toads, and an invasive grass issue, and ends with a fishing session, highlighting the catch and release of a fish named Lily.

Takeaways

  • 🦐 The pond is being stocked with 5,000 freshwater prawns, known as jumbo shrimp, which serve as a high-protein snack for bass and contribute to their growth from 2 to 5 lbs in about 18 months.
  • 🌡️ Prawn larvae are sensitive to water temperature and require it to stay above the mid-50s to survive, hence they are initially placed in a controlled environment.
  • 🌳 A wetland filter is created as a sanctuary for the prawns, providing a predator-free environment rich in nutrients and algae for feeding.
  • 🏡 A new squirrel house is being installed in the Big Oak Tree to observe and possibly attract fox squirrels, known as Foxy, to the area.
  • 🌟 A volcano pump is installed to provide aeration for the pond, which is crucial for maintaining water quality, reducing algae growth, and preventing fish kills due to low oxygen levels.
  • 💡 The volcano pump features LED lights that can display different color patterns for various holidays, adding an aesthetic touch to the pond environment.
  • 🌿 The use of a product called Sunday is mentioned for improving the lawn around the backyard pond and the farm, which is a subscription service that provides customized fertilizer based on soil and climate conditions.
  • 📈 Data from tracking antennas is being collected to analyze the activity patterns of bass, particularly their feeding times, which can offer insights to improve fishing strategies.
  • 🍲 The video also discusses a crawfish cooking event for around 70 to 100 people, highlighting a preferred seasoning mix of Swamp Fire and Louisiana seasoning for a successful crawfish boil.
  • 🌱 An invasive grass species, Coan grass, is identified on the farm, which is a concern due to its difficulty to eradicate and the potential impact on the pond ecosystem.
  • 🎣 The video concludes with a fishing session where fish are caught, weighed, and released, showcasing the health and size of the bass in the pond.

Q & A

  • What is the main purpose of stocking jumbo shrimp, also known as freshwater prawns, into the pond?

    -The main purpose of stocking jumbo shrimp into the pond is to provide a high-protein snack for the bass, which has led to an increase in their size from 2 to 5 lbs in about 18 months.

  • Why can't crawfish be added to the pond?

    -Crawfish cannot be added to the pond because they could burrow a hole through the clay liner, which would compromise the pond's structure.

  • What is the average size of an adult prawn in the pond and how long does it take to reach that size?

    -The average size of an adult prawn in the pond is not explicitly mentioned, but it is stated that they can reach adult size in about 5 months when fed a heavy protein diet.

  • What is the issue with the water temperature for raising prawns?

    -The issue with raising prawns is ensuring that their water temperature does not get too low, as they cannot survive in temperatures below the mid-50s.

  • How does the wetland filter benefit the prawns?

    -The wetland filter benefits the prawns by providing a sanctuary with no predators and a rich environment full of nutrients and algae for them to feed on.

  • What is the name of the baby Tiger Bass that was caught and released into the wetland filter?

    -The baby Tiger Bass that was caught and released into the wetland filter was named Truman.

  • What are the benefits of installing a volcano pump in the pond?

    -The benefits of installing a volcano pump include increased aeration, prevention of fish kills due to rapid vegetation or plankton die-off, improved water quality, reduction in algae growth, decrease in mosquitoes, and reduced accumulation of bottom sediment.

  • How does the Sunday product help improve the lawn around the backyard pond?

    -The Sunday product helps improve the lawn by providing a subscription service that analyzes soil samples and sends back the exact mix of fertilizer needed for the yard, making it easy to use and maintain a great looking lawn.

  • What is the challenge in installing the squirrel house in the Big Oak Tree?

    -The challenge in installing the squirrel house in the Big Oak Tree is figuring out how to get power and ethernet down to the location, as it is 1,500 ft away from the closest power source.

  • What is the name of the fish that the bald eagles are seen feeding on?

    -The bald eagles are seen feeding on small fish, but the specific species of the fish is not mentioned in the script.

  • How does the presence of toads and their tadpoles benefit the pond?

    -The presence of toads and their tadpoles benefits the pond by eating the algae off the rocks, which helps clean the pond, and once the tadpoles grow larger, they become an easy meal for the bluegills.

Outlines

00:00

🦐 Introducing Freshwater Prawns and Pond Upgrades

The video begins with the host welcoming viewers back to the Crimson Oak Pond, where they are set to stock 5,000 freshwater prawns, also known as jumbo shrimp. The host explains that prawns were chosen over crawfish to avoid damage to the pond's clay liner. The prawns serve as a protein source for bass, which have seen significant growth as a result. The pond has been upgraded, and the prawns will be raised in three separate bodies of water. The host discusses the new shipment of post-larva prawns and the importance of maintaining their water temperature above 50s to ensure their survival. They also highlight the installation of a volcano pump to benefit the fish and a new squirrel house in the Big Oak Tree.

05:01

🌱 Wetland Filter and Aeration with the Volcano Pump

The host talks about stocking prawns in the wetland filter, a predator-free sanctuary with abundant nutrients and algae. They mention a young Tiger Bass named Truman living in the wetland filter. The host then transitions to discussing the installation of a powerful volcano pump with LED lights, emphasizing its role in aeration and preventing fish kills due to rapid vegetation or plankton die-off. The pump also supports the increasing fish population by providing necessary dissolved oxygen, improves water quality, reduces algae growth, and decreases mosquito larvae and bottom sediment accumulation. The host also covers the use of Sunday lawn care products to improve the yard around the pond and the construction of a squirrel house for a fox squirrel named Foxy.

10:02

🔌 Installing Power and Ethernet for the Squirrel House Cam

The host describes the challenges of installing power and ethernet 1,500 ft away from the power source to a new location for a squirrel house. They introduce a product called the Power Box by Dakota lithium, which is a lithium battery with a built-in waterproof inverter and storage, ideal for the remote location. The host also addresses the need to extend Wi-Fi signal to the tree-mounted squirrel house camera to enable live streaming. They proceed to set up the squirrel house with a mahogany front door, wood floor, and various rooms, including a kitchen, living room, and bedroom. The house is equipped with a camera for viewers to watch the squirrels' activities.

15:10

🎣 Fish Interactions and Tracking Data Analysis

The host shares their enjoyment of the fish, particularly Johnny and June, the bass, and the bluegills that have become accustomed to human presence. They discuss the pond's design, which includes shallow shelves for bait fish to hide from predators. The host talks about hand-feeding the bass and their progress in getting the fish to eat from their hand. They also mention the use of antennas to track fish activity, with data suggesting that the fish are most active between 4 and 7 p.m., and less so at daylight. The host presents graphs showing fish activity around different areas of the pond and invites viewers to suggest what data to track next.

20:10

🌧️ Weathering the Storm and Pond Management

The host talks about the recent extreme weather, mentioning that their area has experienced flooding rather than tornadoes. They show how the heavy rains have affected the clarity of Cedar Falls pond. The host also discusses the presence of invasive Cogon grass on the farm and seeks advice on how to eliminate it without harming the pond ecosystem. They then go fishing and catch several fish, including a rainbow trout and a large bass named Lily. The host debates whether to move a tiger bass named Moby to a different pond and asks for viewer input. The video concludes with a reminder to subscribe for updates on the pond and its inhabitants.

Mindmap

Keywords

💡Freshwater Prawn

Freshwater prawns, also known as jumbo shrimp, are large aquatic crustaceans that are being stocked into the pond. They are significant as they serve as a high-protein snack for the bass, contributing to their growth. In the video, it is mentioned that the prawns are a suitable alternative to crawfish, which could damage the pond's clay liner.

💡Volcano Pump

The volcano pump is a type of aeration device being installed in the pond. It is crucial for maintaining water quality and preventing fish kills due to low oxygen levels, especially during hot summer days or rapid vegetation die-off. The pump also has LED lights, which add an aesthetic element and can create a light show at night.

💡Wetland Filter

A wetland filter is a part of the pond ecosystem designed to improve water quality by providing a sanctuary for prawns and a habitat with no predators. It is filled with nutrients and algae, making it an ideal environment for prawns to grow and hide. The wetland filter is also beneficial for water purification and contributes to the overall health of the pond.

💡Post Larva Prawns

Post larva prawns are juvenile freshwater prawns that are about an eighth of an inch long when born. They are fed a heavy protein diet to reach adult size in just four months. In the video, the prawns are being introduced to different bodies of water within the pond to increase their chances of survival and growth.

💡Surface Aerator

A surface aerator, like the volcano pump, is used to increase the oxygen levels in the pond. It is often referred to as an 'insurance policy for fish' because it prevents fish kills due to depleted oxygen. The aerator also improves water quality and reduces algae growth by promoting the conversion of phosphorus and churning water to limit algae spore sunlight exposure.

💡Diffusers

Diffusers are devices installed in the pond to improve oxygenation. They work in conjunction with the volcano pump to increase dissolved oxygen levels in the water. This is essential for supporting a higher number of fish and maintaining a healthy aquatic environment, especially as more fish are added to the pond each spring.

💡LED Lights

LED lights are a feature of the volcano pump, providing both functionality and aesthetics. They have built-in color patterns for various holidays, enhancing the visual appeal of the pond at night. The lights also serve a practical purpose by potentially attracting insects and other food sources for the pond's inhabitants.

💡Squirrel House

The squirrel house is a structure being built for a fox squirrel named Foxy. It is part of a project to observe and encourage wildlife activity around the pond and farm. The squirrel house is equipped with amenities like a kitchen, living room, and even a camera to monitor the squirrels, making it a fun and educational addition to the property.

💡Prawn Pond

The prawn pond is a specific area of the pond ecosystem designed for raising freshwater prawns. Last year, it was a successful project that contributed to the overall health and protein availability in the pond. The prawn pond is upgraded this year to accommodate the increased number of prawns and to improve their growth conditions.

💡Bass Growth

The growth of bass in the pond is a significant theme in the video. The introduction of prawns has had a positive impact on the bass, with their weight increasing from 2 lbs to 5 lbs in about 18 months. The bass also exhibit unique behavior, such as not being scared of people and actively seeking out the presence of humans for feeding opportunities.

💡Toad and Tadpole

Toad and tadpole activity is a natural part of the pond's ecosystem, especially during the time when aquatic plants are blooming. Tadpoles are beneficial as they eat algae off the rocks, helping to clean the pond. Once they grow, they become a food source for bluegill fish, contributing to the pond's balanced food chain.

Highlights

Stocking 5,000 jumbo freshwater prawns into the pond to provide a protein source for bass and avoid the issue of crawfish burrowing through the clay liner.

Installing a volcano pump to benefit fish by aerating the pond and preventing potential fish kills due to rapid vegetation or plankton die-off.

Building a new squirrel house in the Big Oak Tree to increase the habitat for local wildlife, particularly fox squirrels.

The prawns are raised in a controlled environment before being released into the pond, ensuring they are acclimated and can survive in the pond's conditions.

Using a wetland filter as a sanctuary for prawns, providing a predator-free environment rich in nutrients and hiding spots.

The introduction of a Tiger Bass named Truman into the wetland filter, which is expected to grow rapidly due to the abundance of prawns.

Overstocking shallow areas of the pond with prawns to ensure a survival rate that can impact the bass population, even with predation from bluegills.

The volcano pump not only aerates the pond but also features LED lights for nighttime illumination and aesthetic appeal.

The installation of the volcano pump is facilitated by Southeastern Pond, showcasing their expertise in pond management.

Using Sunday lawn care products to improve the lawn around the backyard pond and farm, with a subscription service tailored to soil and climate conditions.

Nate makes builds a detailed squirrel house with amenities like a front lawn, kitchen, living room, and even a fireplace to attract squirrels.

The use of a Dakota lithium power box, nicknamed the 'juice box,' to provide power and internet connectivity to the squirrel house camera system.

Observing the behavior of bass and bluegills in Cedar Falls, noting that the fish are not scared of people and actively approach when fed.

Tracking fish activity with antennas to gather data on the most active feeding times, which can benefit fishermen's understanding of bass behavior.

The discovery of a mystery fish in the pond, believed to be an invasive species, which was found dead after choking on another fish.

The annual crawfish cooking event, sharing a recipe for a successful crawfish boil using swamp fire and Louisiana seasoning.

The impact of heavy rains and flooding on Cedar Falls, highlighting the importance of the pond's drainage system in managing water flow.

The sighting of various wildlife around the pond, including a friendly duck that returned despite the presence of eagles, and an owl named Hooter.

The challenge of dealing with invasive Coan grass on the farm, seeking advice on safe methods to eradicate it without harming the pond ecosystem.

The decision to move a tiger bass named Mr. Tiger to a new location, considering whether to place him in a 5-acre pond or Cedar Falls for closer monitoring.

Transcripts

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Folks at home welcome back to the

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Crimson Oak Pond and today we're going

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to be stocking 5,000 of these jumbo

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shrimp known as freshwater prawns into

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our pond we're also going to be

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installing a volcano pump that'll

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benefit all of the fish in the pond as

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well as installing a new Squirrel House

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in the Big Oak Tree so one of our most

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successful projects last year was

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building this prawn Pond and the reason

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we decided to add prawns into the 5 acre

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Pond is because we can't add crawfish

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because they could burrow a hole through

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our clay liner and as you can see these

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jumbo prawns are a huge protein snack

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for the bass and also another reason

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that the bass went from 2 in to 5 lb in

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about 18 months so what you see here is

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the average size adult prawn that we

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grew and it took about 5 months and we

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would release some of them right here on

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the Pond's Edge but a lot of them got

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put in at night and were an easy meal

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for the bass under the green lights so

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it's time to restock the prawns this

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year we have one slight problem the

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prawn Pond got a big upgrade and now

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looks like this so this year going to be

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raising them in three different bodies

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of water and our shipment just came in

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of 5,000 post larva prongs and you can

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see these are juveniles and when they're

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first born they're about an eighth of an

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inch long but we feed them a heavy

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protein diet and they'll reach adult

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size in only 4 months so the first thing

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we're going to do is start out by

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putting them in a holding tank so we can

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control the temperature the only

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difficulty with Raisin prawns is making

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sure their water temperature doesn't get

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too low because they can't survive in

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anything below the mid-50s so we're

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releasing the first bag pch in here and

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just like last year they immediately go

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to the side of the containers and start

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feeding on any type of algae that's in

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the tank and now let's talk about the

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second body of water we're going to be

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adding the prawns to if you guys recall

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when we were building this Pond right at

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the top of the waterfalls we dug out a

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wetland filter all right beautiful

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afternoon out here with the sun setting

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now we're about to stock some prawns and

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we're going to put some in the Wetland

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filter and down there in the main Pond

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but the prawns down there may get eaten

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by the Blu gills or Bass But the perfect

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thing about having this Wetland filter

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is you got this nice little Sanctuary so

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this entire area has no predators in it

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plus it's a wetland filter so it's full

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of nutrients you can see algae down

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there on the bottom well I have to take

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that last statement back I said there

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wasn't any predators in there but if you

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recall last week's video The Tiger Bass

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spawned and I made an attempt to catch

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some of those baby bass fry and I was

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only successful in Catching one of them

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but this little guy now lives in the

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Wetland filter that's going to get

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stocked full of prawns he may grow at a

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record rate and by the way I asked you

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all to help me name him and by far the

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most popular name was Truman so

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congratulations Richard you are the

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winner so we're at that time a year

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where we shouldn't have any more cold

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nights so we're going to go ahead and

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put some right here in the Wetland

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filter and this top layer is only about

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a foot and a half deep but the gravel

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goes down 6 ft deep so while these

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prawns are at the post larva stage they

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could get down there in that gravel and

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we couldn't see them for weeks or maybe

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even up to a month until they get big

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enough for their Force to come out and

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there's the perch right there that the

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Eagle's been landing on there's a cool

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shot of them hanging out all right so

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now these guys have acclimated to the

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holding tank which we filled with pond

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water out of Cedar Falls so we're going

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to transport some of them into the

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Wetland filter and the prawn should

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Thrive here fresh water

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algae and plenty of places to

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hide all right there's two things the

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prawns need in their holding tank one is

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warm water so we got this thermometer

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set to about 80° to offset any nighttime

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temperatures out here the second thing

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they need is a lot of oxygen so we're

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going to drop some of these pucks down

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to the bottom there now second

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one so I've been feeding these guys a

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heavy dose of protein pellets and it is

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amazing to see how quickly they grow

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each day I come out here they're

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noticeably bigger now it's time to move

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some to the 5 acre Pond all right we're

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in the shallow corner pocket of Bonnie's

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Bayou and we're going to release some

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prawns right here in this area you can

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see this is extremely shallow right here

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and and there's a lot of algae for the

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prawns to feed off of you can see it's a

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perfect safe haven for all those fish

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that just hatched and if there's any of

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you out there that want to stock prawns

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but don't have a good setup like a

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holding tank or a prawn Pond the best

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thing to do is just Overstock the

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shallow areas of your pond especially

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the areas that have the vegetation

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because While most of them will get

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eaten up by the bluegills and other

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small fish still roughly 10% of them are

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going to make it to that adult size and

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if you stock enough numbers in the

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beginning that 10% could be enough to

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have an impact on your bass so now it's

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time to install the volcano pump into

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the pond and there's several benefits to

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this that we're going to be talking

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about here in just a moment but its

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basic job is to act as a huge airation

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pump it's 5 1/2 horsepower but the other

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cool feature about this model is it has

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these big canister LED lights so you can

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pretty much put on a light show at night

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and we're using some 5 gallon buckets

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filled with cement as anchor points and

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we've got 200 ft of power and lighting

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cable that are going to connect back to

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our control panel and it floats which is

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a good

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thing we got the control box mounted

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some conduit leading down into the

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water and I had the guys from

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Southeastern Pond come out to help me

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install this these guys are very

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knowledgeable and made it look like an

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easy job so we wanted to get it out in

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at least that 6ft depth range so we

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chose right out to the left of Alcatraz

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Island out in the center of the pond and

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once the guys got everything anchored

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down there's only one thing left to do

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and that's power it

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on and I'll have to say guys this video

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does not do it justice the volume of

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water this thing moves is incredible

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people install Pond airators or

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fountains for the Aesthetics look but

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the volcano style is completely opposite

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it has one major job and that surface

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Iration and a lot of L of people call

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surface aerators an insurance policy for

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your fish so anytime you have a lot of

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vegetation or in our case Plank and

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Bloom from the fertilizer and you get

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these real hot summer days sometimes

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either a thunderstorm can trigger it by

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dumping a lot of cold rain water in the

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pond or even those very hot temperatures

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can cause that Plankton Bloom to die off

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rapidly and when vegetation or Plankton

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dies at a rapid rate it depletes all of

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the dissolved oxygen which can lead to a

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fish kill and you lose every fish in the

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pond so for starters this pump's going

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to prevent that and the second benefit

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is that as we add more and more fish to

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the pond each spring when we have new

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spawns and introduce more Blu Gill small

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bass and even tilapia the increase in

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number of fish is going to require more

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dissolved oxygen which this pump is

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going to provide more than they could

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ever need but this airator is going to

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improve the water quality and will also

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reduce algae growth because by producing

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more oxygen in the water it converts

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things like phosphorus which algae

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typically uses for food and not to

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mention by churning up the water a lot

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of those algae spores get pushed down

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deeper and die off because they don't

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have access to the sunlight another

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added benefit is a reduction in

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mosquitoes because they require still

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calm water for their eggs to develop and

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it's also going to reduce the

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accumulation of bottom sediment so the

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organic matter in the pond decomposes

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much slower under low oxygen conditions

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so as you can see by adding more

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dissolved oxygen there are numerous

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benefits and this system works great in

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conjunction

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with our diffusers and we installed

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three diffusers just after we built the

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pond and the diffuser is really good at

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last but not least we had to check out

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the LED lights at night the really cool

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thing about this is they have built-in

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color patterns for holidays throughout

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the year so like red white and blue

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during fourth of July green and red

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during Christmas so now our fish are

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going to know what holiday it is they

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should be

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celebrating now today we're going to be

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working with a product called Sunday to

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help improve the lawn around our

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backyard pond as well as out at the farm

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and we started the first application of

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the Sunday product about 6 weeks ago and

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this is what our long looked like it was

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in pretty good shape but you could see

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there were a couple of bad spots and

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this is a quick look at what the lawn

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looks like 6 weeks after applying the

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Sunday

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product and just in case you didn't see

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that video Sunday's products are

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extremely easy to use you basically just

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hook them up to a water hose there you

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go it's got pretty good range on it

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Sunday works as a subscription service

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and you start out by using the tools

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they give you to take a soul sample of

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the backyard and you send that off to

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their experts and based on your so and

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climate they'll send you back the exact

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mix of fertilizer you need to keep your

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yard looking great throughout the year

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so Sunday takes all the guest work out

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of it and make it extremely easy to use

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with these pouches that attach to your

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water hose so if you're interested in

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checking them out head over to gets

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bamabass and for a limited time they're

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checkout so Nate makes has been building

09:24

a squirrel house for the fox squirrel we

09:26

call Foxy and we put out a few feeder

09:28

stations to see which area had the most

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squirrel activity and that turned out to

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be highly entertaining in itself because

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as always you never know what you're

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going to get with the wildlife we saw

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Flying Squirrels George Jones The posum

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and even clever raccoons figuring out

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ways to open the feeding stations and

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access the peanuts all right out of all

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the squirrel feeder stations we put out

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the nut bar did the best it's pretty

09:52

self-explanatory it's in this giant oak

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tree lot of animals living and using

09:58

this tree each day so we're probably

10:00

going to mount the squirrel house right

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here on this big Branch but the tough

10:04

part is figuring out how to get power

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and ethernet down here to this location

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because we're literally 1,500 ft away

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from the closest power source but I'm

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always up for a challenge so let me just

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show you guys this cool little package

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here by Dakota lithium called the power

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box I call it the juice box there's a

10:21

lot of these type deals out on the

10:23

market but this one is by far the best

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trust me I've tried a bunch of them so

10:27

to start off with it has a lithium

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battery this one is the 135 amp hour

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which will give you juice for quite a

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while well the best part about this is

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they've made a waterproof device that

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has a multi-function inverter built into

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it but not only that it has built-in

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storage for things like this switch I

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can mount it right there the 120 volt

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plugs are right there everything get

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stored away nicely so I like this

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product so much I'm even going to put a

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link down in the video description so

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you can check it out now the second part

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of this deal is getting the Wi-Fi signal

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down here so we're going to mount this

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up high in the tree and it's going to

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send the video signal from the squirrel

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box camera 1,500 ft away to the cabin

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without any day loss we're even going to

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be able to live stream it so time to get

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everything set up and installed all

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right Nate out here delivering the

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Squirrel House what we got Nate we got

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the beautiful mahogany front door set

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wood floor

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inside come around back you got

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waterproof hinges up top way you can

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open her up let's see the inside of the

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Squirrel House got the full housing

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Suite in there got the kitchen got the

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living room with the TV over here got

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the bedroom set down here got the

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squirrel bed right there even built in a

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camera so all you guys can

11:43

[Laughter]

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watch Candle on the

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table so the first thing we had to do

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was set the table with some almonds and

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a variety of nuts to hopefully lure the

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squirrels into their new home we also

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put some bonus items in in the

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refrigerator it's going to be

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interesting to see if they can figure

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out how to open it and Nate was even

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thoughtful enough to build them their

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own front lawn he's got little hidden

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gems everywhere you can see they even

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have a

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fireplace I like the front lawn dude

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nice good

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cut yeah I wonder who's going to get up

12:15

here and cut the

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grass so big shout out to Nate makes an

12:20

incredible job the animals are always

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happy when you show

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up and we may have had to do one or two

12:26

sketchy things that wouldn't be approved

12:28

by OSHA but hey if we're ever going to

12:30

live stream all these cameras these

12:32

things are necessary so one last look at

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the inside of the house unfortunately we

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installed this so late in the week

12:37

you're going to have to wait until the

12:38

next episode to see the squirrels enter

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their new home so now let's go check in

12:42

on our little buddies and Cedar Falls

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and I'll have to say I'm starting to

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love the bass we call Johnny and June

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and the Blu gills there's something

12:49

special about having fish that aren't

12:51

scared of people and now every time I

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come up to the pond they swim over and

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greet me and a lot of this began when we

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started feeding the bluegills the

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protein pellets but the bass Started

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enjoying us coming by for a different

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reason so this Pond was built with

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shallow shelves so that the bait fish

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like the golden shiners we stock in here

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have a way to hide and get away from the

13:10

bass well every time we walk up we scare

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those shiners out of the shallow pockets

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and that's when Johnny and June get

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aggressive so pretty much every time we

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come up to the pond the fish get a full

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belly so now they look forward to us

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stopping

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by and it's that time of year where all

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the lies are blooming which also means

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that it's toad time so if you're around

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any body of water this time of year

13:37

there's a very good chance you're going

13:38

to hear that mating call from the frogs

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and toads and this is nothing new to us

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we've been seeing it the past few years

13:44

in the backyard pond so when you hear

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these little guys around the edge of the

13:48

pond if you look closely you'll start

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seeing these strings of eggs and then

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when you come back a couple days later

13:54

those eggs become tadpoles and you may

13:57

see thousands of them but they're very

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beneficial because those Tad poles eat

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the algae off the rocks and basically

14:03

help give your pond a good cleaning and

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once they fatten up they also become an

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easy meal for the blue gills but there's

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one guy out there that's not too happy

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with the invasion of the toads and

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that's

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Moby he said not in my house so next

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week I promise we're going to give you a

14:19

full update on the backyard pond and

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Moby they're all doing great and have

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gained a lot of weight over the winter

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