List of Frag Swaps & Aquarium Expos 2016

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Below is list of the Frag Swaps and Aquarium Expos for 2016. 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 webpage or social media page. Below the list you will find a Frag Swap FAQ.


UPDATED 02/22/2016

1/16/2016 Madison Wisconsin MARS Frag Swap 2016
1/16/2016 Cincinnati Ohio Cincinnati Reefkeepers Society Frag Swap
1/30/2016 Lancaster Pennsylvania RCS Winter Frag Swap 2016
2/06/2016 Cincinnati Ohio Care4 Reefs
2/13/2016 Tampa Florida Florida Frag Swap 2016
2/13/2016 Bowling Green Ohio Buckeye Reef Frag Expo 2016
2/20/2016 Strongsville Ohio LEAR Lake Eerie Frag Fest 2016
2/20/2016 Green Bay Wisconsin GBAS
2/21/2016 Lansing Michigan Michigan Coral Expo & Swap 2016
2/27/2016 Denver Colorado Reefstock 2016
3/05/2016 Slidell Louisiana Fragniappe 2016
3/05/2016 Storrs Connecticut New England Frag Farmer's Market
3/12/2016 Jenks Oklahoma Corals For Charity
3/19/2016 Indianapolis Indiana INDMAS Frag Swap 2016
3/19/2016 Houston Texas MARSH Frag Swap 2016
3/16/2016 Tampa Florida Aquatic Explosion Coral Mania
3/26/2016 Janesville Wisconsin Janesville Frag Swap
4/02/2016 Costa Mesa California MAX Marine Aquarium Expo 2016
4/03/2016 Warwick Rhode Island OSRAS IV
4/09/2016 Phoenix Arizona Desert Frag Fest 2016
4/09/2016 Omaha Nebraska Great Plains Aquatic Convention 2016
4/16/2016 Nashville Tennessee MTRC
4/17/2016 Buffalo New York Queen City Frag Fest
4/23/2016 Orlando Florida Reef-A-Palooza 2016
4/23/2016 St.Paul Minneapolis Minnesota TCMAS Frag Swap 2016
4/30/2016 Chicago Illinois CMAS Coral Frag Swap 2016
5/07/2016 Raleigh North Carolina Reef Smart
5/07/2016 Sturgis Michigan Ladies Frag Swapping Club 2016
5/14/2016 Davenport Iowa GIRS Frag Swap 2016
6/25/2016 Seacaucus New Jersey Reef-A-Palooza
8/20/2016 Greenville South Carolina GCRS Frag Swap 2016
9/09/2016 San Diego California MACNA 2016
9/10/2016 Bloomington Illinois BNARC Frag Swap 2016
9/17/2016 Fredonia Wisconsin Fragstock Wisconsin 2016
10/01/2016 Chicago Illinois Harvest Expo Frag Fest (WCR) 2016
10/01/2016 Fargo North Dakota Red River Reef & Reptile Expo 2016
11/04/2016 Chicago Illinois Aquatic Experience 2016
11/19/2016 Costa Mesa California Reef-A-Palooza


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. Typically a local reef club secures a venue, solicits vendors to buy booth space, hires notable speakers, and holds a raffle where they typically 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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