Back in the “old” days when I purchased SPS I did so at my Local Fish Store (LFS). It was great to swing by every so often, usually on a Saturday, pick up some corals and talk reef with the owner and fellow reef keepers. For the most part the selection consisted of wild colonies and some maricultured colonies. But things changed when hobbyists started selling and trading frags. Online forums such as became a popular place to sell and buy frags and eventually vendors got into the act on the interweb. A new virtual shopping experience was born.


Today I still like to visit fish stores since there is no substitute for picking out corals in person. Frags swaps are also a great way to shop. Nonetheless, many folks do shop online since it is more convenient to shop from home and peruse thousands of corals.

Given the popularity of shopping for frags online, it is very important they are packed properly to insure they arrive happy and healthy. I ship SPS frags so I wanted to pass along my method to those who are considering shipping or seeking a better mouse trap. There are many ways to ship frags but the method I am passing along has certainly worked well.

How to Ship SPS Frags – My Method

The tools and materials I use include a poly bag sealer4 millimeter poly bags and 2 ounce dixie cups. Check out the video below to see my methodology 🙂



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If you are looking for additional insights and information, please explore my many other reef tank and SPS related articles as well as my book, A ReefBum’s Guide To Keeping an SPS Reef Tank: A Blueprint For Success. Additionally, you can see all of my reef tank videos online now as well as my Live HD Webcam. And if you are interested in purchasing affordable SPS frags that are pest-free and homegrown, you can visit my SPS Frag store.


Happy reef keeping!