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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. :)

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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.

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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.

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That project I've been wanting to do for six months? Done!

When I built my sump way back in 2010 for this 400g reef, I made a bigger bubble tower for the three drains.  That seemed rather simple.  Then later I added the 60g anemone cube that had to drain into the same spot. And I also added the biopellet reactor's output into that spot.

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Xport Nitrate Brick has been added

Recently I received a shipment of products from Brightwell Aquatics. I wanted to try out their Xport NO3 Brick and see if it can remove nitrate as advertised. My reef has plenty, so this is a good test. I tested nitrate last night.

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Icecap ATO

$125.00

The IceCap ATO is a reliable dual optical sensor Auto Top Off management system that monitors and automates refilling evaporated water. Includes everything needed to install and operate.

Price: $125.00
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Water Flow Accelerator

$23.50

Increase the water flow in your tank with this penductor. Screws right into 1/2", 3/4" or 1" PVC fittings.

The inner cone has twisted fins to help randomize the flow as it shoots into the display tank. 

This kit comes with a fixed length of locline segments. You can't add more or even buy more to increase the length. The flow accellerator will not fit onto other locline pieces. It's all or nothing, basically.

Price: $23.50
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Microbacter 7

$16.00

Bacteria in a bottle. This product helps establish biological filtration for a saltwater tank, and is a great choice when running biopellets.

500ml bottle

Price: $16.00
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Reef Code B

$16.00

This is the Calcium portion of 2-part dosing.

500ml bottle

Price: $16.00
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Reef Code A

$16.00

This is the Alkalinity portion of 2-part dosing

500ml bottle

Price: $16.00