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.
|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|
|2/13/2016||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|
|2/21/2016||Lansing||Michigan||Michigan Coral Expo & Swap 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|
|4/17/2016||Buffalo||New York||Queen City Frag Fest|
|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|
|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|
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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