This thread will serve to explain how BAR Frag Swaps and Bonus Rounds work in general and save space in the frag swap event threads. *Each frag swap event may have specific rules so read the frag swap thread too!* See any major errors or have concerns? PM me. What is a frag swap? A frag swap is essentially timed coral trading. Every year BAR hosts at least two frag swaps, a members swap and a regional swap. In short, people bring corals in plastic cups which are all placed on a table. Every person receives a "picking group" When your group is called you go up and look through all of the corals and choose the one you want. Usually will have about 3 minutes to pick. We welcome newbies and experienced reef keepers. Any questions just ask. We're all here to have a good fun event. This is not the place to trade unhealthy/ugly coral for nice corals. This behavior discourages people from bringing nice corals which will end up devaluing the frag swap. Tip: Bring the quality of coral you would like to receive. How to Prepare for the Frag Swap If cutting/fragging corals, do this well BEFORE the frag swap (usually at least 2 weeks before). Corals are sensitive after being cut, having to transfer to a new tank may result in coral death. Buying frags for use in the frag swap is acceptable. Our local fish store sponsors regularly sell premium coral frags. Put the coral in a CLEAR plastic container with a lid. The container must be labeled with: Your Forum Username or Name Coral Name (if no name, describe the best you can) Aquarium light You can add more information if you want. These are what my labels looks like (click picture to enlarge) If your tank has pest species, it helps to let people know. How Does the Frag Swap Usually Work? Bring at least 3 different coral species frags. Some people usually bring more. (I almost always bring 6 to 9 frags) Once you meet your minimum 3 species requirement, you can bring duplicates. Acceptable Example: Green/Purple Tipped Frogspawn, Yellow Frogspawn, Red Hornet Zoanthids Acceptable Example: Green Frogspawn, Yellow Frogspawn, Red Hornet Zoanthids, Green Frogspawn (frag from same coral) Unacceptable Example Red Hornet Zoanthids Red Hornet Zoanthids (REPEAT) Green Hornet Zoanthids 1) Sign in at the Registration table to receive a Picking Group You will receive one letter from the alphabet. Group A usually goes first and Z last, then it goes back towards A. This is also where you get your free raffle ticket for the "door prizes". 2) Bring your corals to the coral checkers The coral checker volunteers will make sure your corals are not in the banned coral list and that they are healthy. They will put your coral under Large Polyp Stony (LPS), Small Polyp Stony (SPS) or Soft Corals (No Skeleton) 3) After everyone's registered, the first group will have 3 minutes to pick ONE coral. The corals will be in plastic cups, so it helps to know coral names to know what the corals look like. 4) The second group will be "On Deck", meaning stand in the designated waiting area because your group will enter as soon as the timer is up. How many corals do I go home with? Each round you get to pick one coral. Because a lot of people bring more than 3 frags, we are able to have more picking rounds so you usually end up going home with more frags. The 2014 Regional Frag Swap I brought 6 frags and went home with 9. Members Frag Swap vs Regional Frag Swap Members Frag Swap is open to Supporting Members Only No cost to enter. Usually less people but it's our local members. So you'll see some friends and familiar faces. Regional Frag Swap is open to Supporting Members and Anyone Cost to enter will be higher for Non-members. Supporting Members May or May not have to pay depending on the event. If we require Members to pay for entrance, it's usually because the club has spend money on expensive raffle prizes to give away. We will usually have vendors at the swap for selling stuff. Bonus Rounds The bonus rounds have been designed to match neighboring reef club formats for their bonus rounds. BAR is one of the last regional reef clubs in California to finally include bonus rounds into their frag swaps. To summarize, the optional bonus round is a way to ensure people who bring quality corals are guaranteed to receive quality corals, but it benefits everyone else too. If you are familiar with bonus rounds from other reef clubs, ours will be very similar. The bonus round will be the first 2 rounds of frag swapping. To participate in the bonus round you must bring at least 3 different rare or "high-end" corals approved by the BOD. 3 Bonus Corals = 1 Bonus Round Ticket 1 Ultra Coral = 1 Bonus Round Ticket You can earn as many Bonus Round Tickets as you want. Coral strains can be repeated at the most one time . Acceptable Example: Red dragon acropora frag 1 Inch Minimum KH Sunburst Zoanthid 1P KH Sunburst Zoanthid 1P Acceptable Example: Pink Lemonade 1 inch Aqua Delight 1 inch Utter Chaos 1 P Unacceptable Example KH Sunburst Zoanthid 1P KH Sunburst Zoanthid 1P KH Sunburst Zoanthid 1P (Repeated 3 times already) Each 3 qualifying bonus round frags will get you 1 ticket. Example If you bring 9 qualifying bonus round frags you get 3 bonus round tickets. One bonus round ticket = One coral pick from the bonus round. You will get the chance to pick up leftover bonus round corals in the regular swap. (but so does everyone else ) Bonus Round Coral List Thread THIS IS IMPORTANT. Do not bring your corals to the swap and make us decide on the spot whether or not they qualify for the bonus round. This will slow everything down for everyone. There will be a list of Corals for the bonus round. Bringing these corals qualify you for the bonus round Have a nice coral that's not on the list? Post in the thread and we'll see if we can add it to the Bonus Coral List. I encourage you to post and see if your coral qualifies, that way other people can also bring qualifying corals to the bonus rounds. So how do Bonus Rounds work? 1) Ask if your coral qualifies for the bonus round in the Bonus Round Coral List Thread. Also look at the bonus round coral list to see if you already have those corals. 2) *At the registration table, let people know you are participating in the BONUS ROUND.* 3) The person will inspect your corals and give you 1 or more bonus round tickets. 4) All of the corals (bonus round and regular frag swap) are placed together on the appropriate group tables (LPS, SPS, SOFTIES) 5) The first 2 rounds will be Bonus Rounds. 6) For the first round all bonus round participants will use 1 ticket. You will have 4 minutes to pick 1 coral. Only 1 bonus round ticket may be redeemed for this round. 8) For the second round all bonus round participants will use the rest of their tickets. You will have 4 minutes to use all of your remaining bonus round tickets If you don't have any bonus round tickets left (because you only brought 3 bonus frags), you do not do the second round. If you have 2 tickets left (because you brought 9 qualifying bonus round frags), you grab 2 corals. 9) The regular frag swap begins as usual. NOTE: There are now leftover "bonus round corals" in the regular frag swap for everyone (including the bonus round participants) to pick up. 10) If you participate in the bonus round you also continue participating in the regular frag swap. Banned Corals These are corals that cannot be used for Frag Swapping. Reason: They grow like weeds and are not desired as a frag swap pick by most people. You can bring them to put in the Free Stuff Table (people do want them sometimes) At every frag swap there is a table of FREE aquarium stuff/corals that people bring. Bringing Corals Home and into your Aquarium There are a number of pest species that will either kill corals or grow out of control in your tank. Before putting any corals in your tank make sure you dip them to knock off any pest species. Common coral dips include: Revive, Coral RX, Lugol's Iodine. This is your chance to inspect your corals for any undesirable pest species. I usually recommend getting the frags off of the frag plug if possible. If this frag is covered in acropora eating flatworms, bryopsis, bubble algae, you have the option of throwing it in the trashcan. This is your reef aquarium, you decide if you want to put that frag in there. This is also true for any corals you buy from a store or website. Don't know what's bad and what's good? Here are some links. http://reefcentral.com/forums/showthread.php?t=2095557 http://www.liveaquaria.com/PIC/article.cfm?aid=120 Advice: Treat the frag as if it was covered with all of the worst pest species. Confused by all this? Ask questions and don't worry it's really not that hard once you do it.