Each person swapping corals needs to buy a wristband and bring three frags in separate clear plastic containers.
Spectators are welcome at no charge.
Styrofoam containers, Tupperware, and plastic bags will not be accepted. Appropriate containers will be available at the door for a small fee.
The minimum size for the frags is: (unless specified by the Ultra/LE list)
SPS 1" min
LPS/Chalices 2 polyps/heads/eyes
Zoas/Palys 3 polyps
Example of frags for basic participation: (1) Orange Setosa (1) Ponape Birdsnest (1) Eagle Eye Zoa
If you are new to the hobby or unable to supply 3 frags, you can visit our local sponsors.
There will also be two different bonus rounds: The Ultra Round (very unusual and not often available corals) and the Limited Edition Round (unusual and desirable, but more commonly available corals).
To participate in the Ultra round, a Swapper will need to bring 3 frags from the Ultra Frag list for each Ultra round ticket. Each ticket will allow the Swapper to pick one coral during the Ultra round. The Ultra round will be the first of the bonus rounds so this will allow the Swapper to get the first chance at picking.
To acquire a ticket for the Limited Edition round, a Swapper will need to bring 3 separate and distinct frags from the LE list. If a Swapper is unable to bring 3 corals from the LE list but still wants to participate in the LE bonus round, he can bring in 10 common frags to acquire 1 ticket. To keep things fair, only of two of each type of coral will be accepted towards the required 10 frags for each bonus round ticket
Example of frags for 1 LE bonus round ticket
3 polyps King Midas Zoas, 3/4" of Red Robin SPS, and 2 Eyes of Original Mummy Eye Chalice (all from the LE list)
"“ OR "“(2) Ponape Birdsnest, (2) Purple Monti Cap, (2) Red Digis, (2) Pink Birdsnest, (2) Yellow Zoa frags (10 common frags)
Ultra and LE frags will also be considered the required entrance frags. You do not need to bring the three entrance frags in addition to your LE or Ultra Frags
Additions to the Ultra and Limited Lists
Swapper may submit the name(s) of corals he feels should be considered for the LE or Ultra list. If accepted for a list, a minimum frag standard will be specified.
Corals that are excluded from the Swap entirely: Kenya Tree, Xenia, Purple Clove Polyps, Green or Yellow Star Polyps, Anthelia, brown button polyps. These may be brought for freebies, but they will not work towards the entrance requirements. Please ask prior to the Swap if there are questions about specific corals.
Please place the corals in individual, clear, water-tight containers. Appropriate containers and lids can be purchased at Smart & Final. Clear cups make it much easier for Swappers to see what coral is inside without having to remove the lid. Each container must be labeled with the Swapper's name and other information that clearly identifies the coral, lighting requirements as well as flow. If the given name for a frag is not known, a small description will work. Use labels, paper and tape, or a marker directly on the clear lid. Please make sure it is legible!
Clear containers and lids will be available for purchase at the check-in table. If corals are placed in non-clear containers, Swappers will be asked to purchase and transfer the corals into clear ones.
Check-in will start at 11 am and swapping will start at approximately 12:30 pm. Each person that meets the requirements to participate in the Swap will be issued a colored bracelet during check-in. The picking order will be announced 15 minutes prior to picking (estimated 12:15 pm). Please make sure to check-in to get a bracelet; the bracelet is required for entrance into the Swap Area.
Those that qualify for the Ultra round will receive a ticket for each qualifying 3 Ultra round frags. Those Swappers that qualify for the LE Round will receive a ticket for each qualifying 3 LE round frags or 10 common frags. All these tickets will be issued during check-in. There are no limits on how many bonus round tickets a Swapper may receive.
Picking will then take place in the following order:
Ultra Round: Swappers will have 5 minutes to choose a frag from the tables for each Ultra ticket they hold.
Limited Edition Round: Swappers will have 5 minutes to choose a frag from the tables for each LE ticket they hold.
Regular Swapping Rounds
After the bonus rounds are up, the general swap will then begin. Picking order will follow the standard up and back orientation (1-2-3-4-5-6) then back (6-5-4-3-2-1) then back (1-2-3-4-5-6) repeating until all frags are gone. The first round will be for 3 minutes; successive rounds will be shorter and shorter. This will continue until all frags are cleared from the tables.
No one will be allowed in the Swapping Area prior to the start of the event except for Swap Volunteers. The Swap Area will be emptied of individuals after each round and corals may be resorted on the tables in between rounds.
Food and soft drinks will be available for purchase from an outside vendor during the swap.
No outside alcohol allowed.
$10 admission fee + any of the following:
a) 3 common corals (if you want to do common swap)
b) 10 common corals (if you want 1 LE ticket + common swap)
c) 3 LE corals (if you want 1 LE ticket + common swap)
d) 3 Ultra corals (if you want 1 Ultra round ticket + common swap)