BAR Regional Swap February 13th @ Chabot College

Discussion in 'Events & Announcements' started by tuberider, Jan 8, 2010.

  1. tuberider

    tuberider Guest

    Bay Area Reefers Summer Regional Swap

    The BAR regional frag swap is intended to promote the propagation, sharing and ‘backing up’ of corals within the reefing community. In this event, BAR values a spirit of generosity in support of the hobby and all its participants.
    This swap is open to everyone. Meet and hang out with your fellow hobbyists. Share and enjoy the diversity of corals grown by your fellow reefers. Learn more on how to care for the corals you pick and the corals you currently have.

    Never been to a swap before?

    No problem! We have a newbie welcoming committee that will be there to help. There will even be a newbie's corner with discussions designed to improve your reefing skills.

    How the swap will work

    • Corals will be placed on tables with a family of corals (I.E. Zoas, soft corals, LPS, SPS - sticks, SPS - plates, other)
    • You will receive a name tag with a group letter
    • letters will be called in this order: A;B:C:D;E;F;Z;Z;F;E;D;C;B;A;A...
    • When your group letter is called, in the first round, you will have a few minutes to select a coral
    • Successive rounds will be shorter and you will be able to grab more corals.

    “That sounds neat, how do I participate?”

    • Entry fee: Prepay $5 for 2010 registered BAR members and $10 for nonmembers, last minute registration (between Feb 9th and 5pm on Friday February 12th)
    $15, or $20 at the door, please use PayPal for payments by sending money to (or use the paypal button below) be sure to include your full name and as well your BAR forum handle if you are a 2011 BAR member in the box below before hitting the "pay now" button.


    BAR handle (if 2011 member) or participant name


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    Entry fee covers the cost for corals purchased from our sponsors to be added to the swap by BAR, along with advertising the swap outside of the regional club scene [the paid swap participant list is located here xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx ]

    •Show up for Registration 11:00-12:30
    •Bring three or more different strains of coral (BAR members are known for bringing dozens of corals, so don't feel like you only need to bring 3), also see below for corals that will not qualify you for the general swap*

    Important Information

    •The swap will be held on February 13th in the cafeteria bldg number 2300 at Chabot College map and campus map
    •Chabot College charges $2 for parking. you will need to purchase a daily permit at on of the machines in the parking lots.
    •Swap registration is 11:00-12:30, anyone coming late to check in automatically is placed into the last picking group
    •The swap starts at 1:00 hard
    •The raffle will be held during the swap, so keep your ears open, although winning numbers will remain posted after they’ve been called
    •We ask that you package your corals in deli containers similar to these, or these NO ZIPLOCK BAGS. Not only can you see the corals better, they do not leak all over the place so we can return to Chabot for future swaps. If you show up with substandard packing you will be asked to purchase deli containers and repackage and label your corals. There are some handy frag packing tips in this thread This Thread, feel free to add any suggestions.
    •All containers shall be labeled with the coral type, your name and internet handle and growing conditions if they are not labeled you will be required to label them on the spot, see This Thread for pre-made blank BAR Avery labels
    •There will be food and beverages available for purchase during the event
    • Any corals that are deemed unhealthy or freshly fragged will not qualify you for the swap, it is against our mission to reward poor propagation techniques.
    •There will be a raffle of items donated by our sponsors. Tickets will be on sale at the event. $20 buys you as many tickets as $20 buys you!

    Non-Qualifying Corals

    *these organisms have been deemed too common in the hobby. They will be placed on a separate table from other corals at the swap. If you only bring non-qualifying coral that are on this list you will be restricted to only picking from the common table for the first two rounds.

    Green Star Polyp (GSP)

    Brown Protopalythoa (sea mat)




    Encrusting Gorgonian (brown GSP)


    Kenya Tree


    Colt Coral


    Brown Toadstool Leather


    Macroalgae (California legal varieties)
  2. newhobby

    newhobby Guest

    Hi, You guys mentioned volunteering work.
    What skills does one need to have and what kind of schedule do you have in mind?
    I'd be up for volunteering.
    Send me a pm

  3. 99sf

    99sf Guest

    I can help with the post-swap cleanup, and will bring my small collection of rags.
  4. patrickb

    patrickb Supporting Member

    This will be the first swap where I won't be picking anything up because I have no more room. I'll be giving a ton of stuff away (Finally!).
  5. melly mel

    melly mel Supporting Member

    How long do the swaps usually last? I really want to make it but have to take off by 430 ish.
  6. patrickb

    patrickb Supporting Member

    It will almost certainly be over by then. Most of the really good stuff gets taken after 3 or 4 rounds so you won't be missing too much if you have to leave before the whole thing ends.
  7. melly mel

    melly mel Supporting Member

    Cool! Thanks Patrick.
  8. tuberider

    tuberider Guest

    I'll be posting u p a swap help thread ASAP, I need to do a badly needed water change first though or I won't have any corals for the swap :D
  9. melly mel

    melly mel Supporting Member

    Cool. I was about to pay but not sure if this is considered purchase or personal in paypal. I'll wait for your post Jeremy.
  10. Apon

    Apon Volunteer

    "No fresh cut frags", cool do you want all the frags need to be mounted on plugs this time?
  11. tuberider

    tuberider Guest

    No mounting necessary, I personally don't like plugs, but that's me and my paranoid about pest algae ass.
  12. Gomer

    Gomer Honorary Member

    jeremy, if you want to distribute a stick frag, after you cut it, how do you "store" it in your tank to allow healing without the aid of a frag plug?
  13. GreshamH

    GreshamH Guest

    Temp. glue it to your rack. I used to do that when I would run out of plugs and wouldn't have any for a week or two.
  14. tuberider

    tuberider Guest

    The temp glue works great, you can have a dedicated rock to do that as well, or I'll place a deli container at the bottom of the tank with a few small pieces of rubble and place a few frags in there. I cut the frags off the plugs most of the time before I add any corals to my tank.
  15. screebo

    screebo Supporting Member

    Entry fee paid, labels printed. Last fragging of donations to occur before Wednesday.
    Donations to include, ultra green candy cane, ultra green ultra hairy mushrooms, assorted special zoas (Armor of the Gods, ultra green/orange, steel blue center) and, of course, bright green bird's nest!

    Hot-cha-cha-cha-cha! :)
  16. melly mel

    melly mel Supporting Member

    Just paid as well. Will start fragging tonight or tommorow. Where do you guys buy these deli containers from?
  17. GreshamH

    GreshamH Guest

    There is a thread here on them as well as sources in the "Local Business" directory on the left side of the screen.

  18. GreshamH

    GreshamH Guest
  19. Gomer

    Gomer Honorary Member

    I haven't needed to yet, but will now that I am out, but I hear that Safeway is a good source for them. I'll head there tonight and can let you know (on the way home)
  20. screebo

    screebo Supporting Member

    I'll be checking out Smart and Final today for containers. Will report!

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