BAR Regional Frag Swap - March 9th @ Chabot College

Discussion in 'Events & Announcements' started by lattehiatus, Feb 5, 2013.

  1. [strong]Bay Area Reefers 2013 Regional Frag Swap[/strong]
    We are pleased to announce the return of the BAR regional frag swap! This event is intended to encourage the propagation, sharing, and 'backing up' of corals throughout the reefing community. The frag swap is a great way to promote the spirit of generosity in support of the hobby and all its participants.

    The swap is open to everyone. Meet and hang out with your fellow hobbyists. Share and enjoy the diversity of corals being successfully grown by your fellow reefers. Learn more about how to care for the corals you pick and the corals you currently have.

    [strong]Never been to a swap before or don't have frags to swap yet?[/strong]

    No problem! We have a welcoming committee that will be on site to help, and a newbie table where you can select a few organisms to populate your tank and ease your way into the hobby. Come see how the frag swap works and be ready for the next swap!

    [strong]How the swap works[/strong]

    • Corals entered into the swap will be placed on tables within a family of corals.
    Categories: Zoas, Soft corals, LPS, & SPS (sub-divided into Sticks, Plates, Others)

    • You will receive a name tag and draw a pick group letter

    • Pick group letters are called in this order: A, B, C, D, ..., Z, Z, ..., D, C, B, A, A, ...
• During the first round of picking you will have a few minutes to select one coral

    • As the swap progresses through the pick groups, successive rounds will be shorter and you will be able to select multiple corals

    [strong]"How do I participate?"[/strong]

    Entry fees:
    $10 - BAR Members
    $15 - Member of an eligible reef club (CRC, CVR, FRAG, NVR, MARS, & WCR)
    $20 - Non-members
    $25 - Late registration (beginning March 6th)
    $30 - On-site door registration


    [strong]Important Information[/strong]

    • The swap will be held on Saturday March 9th, Chabot College, room 722.
    • Chabot College charges $2 for parking. Please support our venue and purchase a daily parking permit from one of the machines in the parking lots.
• Swap registration is 11:00-12:30, late arrivals are automatically placed into the final pick group
    • The swap begins at 1:00pm firm.
    • We ask that you package your corals in deli containers similar to these, or other sealable containers. Corals in ziplock bags are not allowed.
    Typically a good place to find deli containers is your local Smart & Final. Not only do the containers allow you to see the corals better, they reduce the risk of leaks and spills that can potentially irritate our hosts at Chabot. If you show up with substandard packing you will be required to purchase deli containers and repackage and label your corals. There are some handy frag packing tips in this thread, please feel free to add any suggestions or ask questions in advance of the swap.

    • All containers shall be labeled with the coral type, your name/internet handle, and growing conditions (height in tank, flow, lighting, etc.). This is to allow the recipient of your frag to reproduce your growing conditions as much as possible. If the containers are not labeled you will be required to label them on the spot. Please see this thread (post #23) for convenient pre-made Avery labels
    • Any corals determined to be in poor condition or freshly fragged will not qualify you for the swap, it is against our mission to reward poor propagation techniques.
    • A raffle will be held with prizes from various BAR sponsors. Raffle tickets will be on sale at the event.
• Raffle numbers will be posted as they are called, please keep an eye on the projector to ensure you claim your prizes.
    • Ineligible corals, invertebrates, macroalgaes, equipment, supplies, etc., will be placed at the newbie table and made available to all swap attendees.

    [strong]Important Note[/strong]

    Please treat all corals that you pick at the swap as if they are infected with the worst pests known to man. Dip your corals with the coral dip provided for free at the swap or your own preferred coral dip. Not only does dipping help to prevent pests from making their way into your tank, it could potentially prevent the spread of nuisance algae as well as keeping the instances of necrosis to a minimum.

    [strong]Ineligible Corals[/strong]

    These organisms do not qualify for entrance into the swap.


    Directions to Chabot College
    Google Map of Chabot College Location

    Chabot Campus Map with Building Numbers

  2. Update: PayPal registration is live!

    PayPal registration will be available shortly - please bear with us!
  3. sfsuphysics

    sfsuphysics Supporting Member

    oh wow so soon? Oh boy :D
  4. Apon

    Apon Volunteer

    I thought the fee included lunch? Is this not true?
  5. iCon

    iCon Supporting Member

    I think that's the members only swap (Aug?)
  6. sfsuphysics

    sfsuphysics Supporting Member

    Well things have changed over various "regional" frag swaps. At last years members only affair, I think that's the one where they ponied up and bought a few of the subway 6 foot long subs, but there was no fee to go to that one. At regional affairs I've had events where we were given a food coupon that got us a hot-dog from Frank's, and other cases where no food was provided with admission but food was available. I'm guessing no food here.. but who knows.

    I have to say I miss some of those non-qualifying corals... granted not for the swap but I do miss having a 2 foot tall, 1 foot wide swaying mass of colt coral in my tank ... I don't miss the intense slime it emits when you touch it or frag it though :D

    BTW, a request to David (or anyone else editing the post) I noticed the other day it said this thread was "updated" if it was a change to the original post could you also add a post that mentions what that change is or bold-face the change in the original post? I didn't have the first one so memorized that I know what may have been changed. Now if the message board is just acting screwy and posting "updated" for no reason then nevermind (but don't ignore this request if you do change it down the road :D)
  7. denzil

    denzil Webmaster

    I just updated the PayPal button, Mike. :p
  8. gimmito

    gimmito Guest

    BYODS=Bring Your Own Dim Sum :bigsmile:
  9. Apon

    Apon Volunteer

    That is the backup plan.
  10. gimmito

    gimmito Guest

    Some har gow, sui mai, & chow fun with xo sauce and I'm good to go. :D
  11. aqua-nut

    aqua-nut Supporting Member

    These kind of posts should NOT be allowed! I'm eating breakfast and getting hungry!! :)
  12. The luncheon at the previous members' frag swap was a blast! I am pretty sure I spent more time at the buffet table than in the coral corral. :D

    For this regional swap the plan is to have a lunch provider on-site, but the cost of entry into the swap does not include a lunch.
  13. Like Denzil mentioned, the PayPal form needed to be updated a few times - sorry for any confusion if you were sent subscription notices! We will note if there are material updates/revisions. :hat:
  14. This will be my first frag swap ever. I'm new to the hobby and have some Z&Ps. Can I use them to enter? I definitely don't want to be assigned to the newbie table since I've been successfully with LPS and Z&Ps .
  15. Absolutely! Just bring at least 3 different types of zoas or palys to enter into the swap. It can be a little daunting to go to your first swap, so don't hesitate to ask any questions here.
  16. maksimsf

    maksimsf Guest

    This is going to be my first swap :) I got only 5 frags of some purple acro that is healed and encrusted.
  17. Cool. Im going to be like a kid in a candy store.
  18. Gomer

    Gomer Honorary Member

    You'll have a good time :)
    Keep in mind that you need 3 different qualifying species. If you only bring in 5 frags of the same coral, that counts as 1 of 3 types/species for the entry requirement.
  19. mediumrare

    mediumrare Guest

    how late do these frag swaps typiclly go untill?
  20. Gomer

    Gomer Honorary Member

    The actual swap I believe lasts around 1.5hrs, however the time people start to show up and check in corals, till when all the schmoozing is over, might double that time. least that is what my memory tells me :)

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