Below is list of the Frag Swaps and Aquarium Expos for 2015. 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.
|1/17/2015||Madison||Wisconsin||MARS Frag Swap|
|1/31/2015||Spartanburg||South Carolina||SCAA Carolina Aquatics Trade Show|
|2/7/2015||Lancaster||Pennsylvania||RCS Winter Frag Swap|
|2/7/2015||Las Vegas||Nevada||LVMAS Coral Farmer's Market|
|2/7/2015||Tampa Bay||Florida||Florida Frag Swap|
|2/15/2015||Bloomington||Illinois||BNARC Frag Swap|
|2/21/2015||Denver||Colorado||Reef Builders Reef Stock|
|2/22/2015||Lansing||Michigan||Michigan Coral Expo & Frag Swap|
|2/28/2015||Houston||Texas||MARSH Reef Currents 2015|
|2/28/2015||Strongsville||Ohio||LEAR Lake Eerie Frag Fest 2015|
|2/28/2015||Placentia||California||So Cal Reefer's Market|
|3/7/2015||Marquette||Michigan||UPMMAS Frag Swap 2015|
|3/7/2015||Slidell||Louisiana||Bayou Reef Keeping Fragniappe 2015|
|3/7/2015||Storrs||Connecticut||New England Frag Farmer's Market|
|3/7/2015||Waterloo||Iowa||GIRS Spring Fest 2015|
|3/15/2015||St. Louis||Missouri||SLASH 2015 Frag Swap|
|3/21/2015||Dayton||Ohio||WORC 2015 Frag Swap|
|3/21/2015||Plover||Wisconsin||CWRS Frag Swap 2015|
|3/21/2015||Riverhead||New York||Long Island Aquarium NERAC IX|
|3/28/2015||Indianapolis||Indiana||INDMAS 2015 Frag Swap|
|3/28/2015||Janesville||Wisconsin||So. Wi. Frag Swap 2015|
|4/18/2015||Costa Mesa||California||MAX Marine Aquarium Expo 2015|
|4/18/2015||Twin Cities||Minnesota||TCMAS 2015 Frag Swap|
|4/19/2015||Costa Mesa||California||MAX Marine Aquarium Expo 2015|
|4/19/2015||Warwick||Rhode Island||OSRAS 2015 Frag Swap|
|4/25/2015||Nashville||Tennessee||MTRC 2015 Frag Swap|
|5/02/2015||Raleigh||North Carolina||Reef Smart 2015|
|6/7/2015||Chicago||Illinois||CMAS 2015 Frag Swap|
|6/7/2015||Dania||Florida||Florida Frag Swap|
|6/27/2015||Secaucus||New Jersey||New York Reef-a-Palooza|
|9/12/2015||Fredonia||Wisconsin||Wisconsin Fragstock 2015|
|9/26/2015||Columbus||Ohio||CORA 2015 Frag Swap|
|9/26/2015||Salt Lake City||Utah||Mountain West Reef Fest|
|10/03/2015||Fargo||North Dakota||Red River Reef & Reptile Expo 2015|
|10/03/2015||Columbia||South Carolina||CMAC Carolina Marine Aquarium Expo 2015|
|10/03/2015||Springfield||Missouri||Ozark Reef Fest 2015|
|10/17/2015||Lancaster||Pennsylvania||Fall Frag Swap|
|10/17/2015||Virginia Beach||Virginia||Mid-Atlantic Marine Aquarium Expo (MAMAX)|
|10/17/2015||Groten||Connecticut||CTARS Marine Aquarium Conference 2015|
|10/18/2015||Lexington||Kentucky||Coral & Frag Swap of the Bluegrass 2015|
|11/06/2015||Schaumberg||Illinois||Aquatic Experience Chicago|
|11/22/2015||Plymouth||Minnesota||TCMAS 2015 Fall Expo & Frag Swap|
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.