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I built an aquarium cabinet for a frag tank

After the customer told me he wanted me to build his frag tank, he asked if I'd build the stand as well. I said yes. This is the project I undertook, using cabinet-grade plywood. I did use a lesser quality sheet for the top piece since it would never be seen, as well as the inner bottom panel which also is out of sight. The lumber was purchased at Home Depot, and each sheet was cut up on a CNC machine. The final cuts were cut on a compound miter saw, and then everything was glued and nailed together.

Yes, I'm still dosing Prodibio

Every few weeks, I get a message asking me if I'm dosing Prodibio and what specifically am I dosing.  My preference has always been the big four: Biodigest, Bioptim, Stronti+, and Iodi+ which are all dosed back to back during the same session twice a month, on the 5th and on the 20th.

The above picture was taken with the iPhone X in Portrait Mode. I'm very impressed with the camera in my phone. :)

How do Hippo tangs get to us?

I found this video to be quite interesting. It's 33 minutes long, showcasing how fish are captured in Indonesia, how they are quarantined, measured, and prepared for travel. One moment that caught my eye was how they added air to the bags initially using a hose from an inflated inner tube.  The fisherman are creative, and of course want their efforts to result in success rather than death. Overall, this video gives hobbyists a realistic overview of how fish come from there to our homes. Hopefully you have the time to watch the entire thing.

Clean glass results in a few new pictures

For the past few days, I've been watching the film algae grow on the glass of all my tanks and just wasn't motivated to clean it off.  My guilt grew worse as I imagined the fish were disgusted with these conditions and I swiped all the panes clean today. Within a couple of hours, my beautiful corals were visible again and of course the urge to take some pictures struck again.

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I'm at the gate now...

I got through the international security here at LAX three hours before my flight, and was able to do a short livestream from the Fiji Airways gate. I posed the question: What's the furthest you've traveled to see a natural reef.  As you can see above, this one was significant. My furthest, in fact. And in Kilometers, it's 10600.75 km.  That sounds even more impressive.

It's my hope that by 8:30 am Sunday morning, I'll be on Suvasuva, heading to join my group of friends to go diving immediately.  It's been too long since I 'blew some bubbles' as the divers like to say. :)

I'm supposed to be flying toward Fiji...

Last February, I booked my trip from Dallas to Suvasuva, Fiji... and the entire time all was well.  Until this morning, that is. I got an email mere hours before I'm about to depart, learning that the first leg of my trip has been pushed three hours later than my itinerary listed. That delay meant I would miss the second flight, which is the big one over the Pacific Ocean. Immediately I called the airlines to figure out what was going on, and was referred to the original company that provided this offer. The conversation was naturally frustrating, and took over an hour.

I warned you that I was going to do it... and I did it.

In my live stream on Saturday, I announced to the world that I was going to hook up an ATO to my christmas tree. Why? Because I'm crazy.  No seriously, once I tried to water the tree on the first day I knew that was going to be such a pain.  The tree hasn't even had ornaments hung upon it yet, and I had to stick my head into the branches and using a flashlight see how much water I needed to add. No way I was going to do that for the next five to six weeks.