List of Frag Swaps & Aquarium Expos 2017

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Below is list of the Frag Swaps and Aquarium Expos for 2017. Please book mark this page and check back regularly for show updates and new show additions. If you are hosting a frag swap or aquarium expo and would like to have it listed here, please email us your show information. Be sure to include the date, city and state, name of the show and a link to a web page or social media page. Below the list you will find a Frag Swap FAQ.

UPDATED 12/29/2016

1/14/2017 Madison Wisconsin MARS Frag Swap 2017
1/14/2017 Cincinnati Ohio Cincinnati Reefkeepers Society Frag Swap
1/22/2017 Ann Arbor Michigan A2 Frag Swap
1/28/2017 Lancaster Pennsylvania RCS Winter Frag Swap 2017
2/04/2017 Roanoke Virginia American Reef & Reptile 2017
2/05/2017 Spartanburg South Carolina SCAA Carolina Aquatics Trade Show 2017
2/11/2017 Green Bay Wisconsin GBAS Swap Meet 2017
2/11/2017 Sunnyvale California Bay Area Reefers Coral Farmers Market 2017
2/13/2017 Tampa Florida Florida Frag Swap 2017
2/19/2017 Lansing Michigan Michigan Coral Expo & Swap 2017
2/25/2017 Cleveland Ohio LEAR Lake Eerie Frag Fest 2017
2/25/2017 Denver Colorado Reef Builders Reefstock X
2/25/2017 Riverhead New York NERAC X
3/04/2017 Slidell Louisiana Fragniappe 2017
3/11/2017 Storrs Connecticut New England Frag Farmer's Market
3/11/2017 Plover Wisconsin CWRS Frag Swap 2017
3/11/2017 Des Moines Iowa GIRS Frag Swap 2017
3/11/2017 Perrysburg Ohio Buckeye Reef Expo 2017
3/18/2017 St. Louis Missouri SLASH Spring Swap 2017
3/18/2017 Edison New Jersey American Reef & Reptile 2017
3/25/2017 Indianapolis Indiana INDMAS Frag Swap 2017
3/25/2017 Omaha Nebraska NRS Frag Swap 2017
4/01/2017 Costa Mesa California MAX Marine Aquarium Expo 2017
4/01/2017 Houston Texas Reef Currents 2017
4/02/2017 Dallas Texas Texas Coral Fest 2017
4/08/2017 Phoenix Arizona Desert Frag Fest 2017
4/08/2017 Nashville Tennessee MTRC Frag Swap 2017
4/08/2017 Janesville Wisconsin Janesville Frag Swap 2017
4/15/2017 Hampton Virginia American Reef & Reptile 2017
4/22/2017 Raleigh North Carolina Reef Smart 2017
4/23/2017 Warwick Rhode Island OSRAS V
5/06/2017 Orlando Florida Reef-A-Palooza 2017
5/13/2017 New Castle Delaware Delaware Reef Club 2017 Frag Swap
6/24/2017 Seacaucus New Jersey Reef-A-Palooza 2017
7/29/2017 Edison New Jersey American Reef & Reptile 2017
8/12/2017 Hampton Virginia American Reef & Reptile 2017
8/25/2017 New Orleans Louisiana MACNA 2017
9/02/2017 Columbia South Carolina CMAC Frag Swap 2017
10/07/2017 Costa Mesa California Reef-A-Palooza 2017
10/07/2017 Fargo North Dakota Red River Reef & Reptile Expo 2017
10/28/2017 Cleveland Ohio Fraggentstein 2017
10/28/2017 Edison New Jersey American Reef & Reptile 2017
11/03/2017 Chicago Illinois Aquatic Experience 2017
12/09/2017 Hampton Virginia American Reef & Reptile 2017


Frag swap faq

How to prepare and what to expect at a frag swap.

What is a frag swap?

Frag swaps provide reefers an opportunity to buy, trade and sell captive grown coral to other hobbyists. A local reef club secures a venue, solicits vendors to buy booth space, hires notable speakers, and holds a raffle where they give away thousands of dollars worth of merchandise and livestock.

How do people transport coral?

Some people set up small frag tanks at the swap and then bag coral as it's sold. Other people prepackage coral in deli cups for easy "grab and go" purchasing.

Do I have to trade or can I sell coral?

Most vendors place a dollar value on coral and trade for cash. It's difficult sometimes to find someone who wants to make a direct swap.

If I rent a booth at a frag swap will I sell all the coral I bring?

You're likely to find someone who is willing to trade for coral or buy an item at a reduced price toward the end of the swap. You may not sell all of your coral. Some people donate leftover frags to local schools or educational outreach programs.

Is food available at the frag swap?

Typically there is food and beverages available for purchase at a frag swap venue, however you should check with the organizer of the frag swap to be sure.

How does the raffle work?

Manufacturers, hobbyists and stores donate product for the raffles. You buy raffle tickets when you arrive, and wait for the raffle prizes to be drawn. You can walk away with frags, product samples, pumps and even brand new aquariums.

What should I bring to a frag swap?

If you are attending as a buyer, you should bring cash (however most vendors do accept credit cards now), a stryofoam cooler (for your frag purchases), and a list of what you want to buy (both live stock and equipment / dry goods). Having a list pre-made can help you avoid making purchases for things you do not want or need, and can also help you remember what it is that you actually do need to buy.

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