Reef keeping is a great hobby and one big key to success is knowledge. When I started I picked up a couple of books on the topic and perused online discussion boards to gather insights from folks who had success.

 

A local frag swap is another great way to become knowledgable and meet like-minded folks. This type of venue provides a unique opportunity to do some reef keeping speed dating and connect with vendors, fellow hobbyists and industry experts to learn and share experiences. The key is to become a sponge and soak up as much as possible.

 

Manhattan Reefs Frag Swap

 

I have visited many swaps and this past Sunday I attended one of my favorites, the Manhattan Reefs 2016 Fall Frag Swap in downtown New York City. Manhattan Reefs has been doing frag swaps for 17 years and puts on quite a show.  Of course there are a lot of coral vendors but at this particular show there is much more, including hands-on demonstrations, well-known guest speakers, raffles and free give aways (like, free frags for all!).


 

Manhattan Reefs Frag Swap

 

Manhattan Reefs Frag Swap

 

If you have never attended a frag swap then you are missing out on a pretty cool event. The education you can get is invaluable, whether you are a newbie or a veteran reef keeper such as myself. A swap also provides a great opportunity to bond with fellow reef keepers and to be part of a community. Oh, and it is also a great place to buy and trade for some really cool frags!  I know my wallet has taken a hit at these types of events 🙂

 

 

 

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. And you can see all of my reef tank videos online now as well as my Live HD Webcam.

 

Happy reef keeping!