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    Post How To Ship Frags

    This how to guide is here to help you when sending out frags in the post and has been done by ourselves. This is the method we use at coralswap.

    You will need the following:
    • Cardboard box, we use a 6x5x4inch box for sending up to 2 frags at a time
    • 120ml Screw top plastic container
    • 40 hour heat pack
    • Filter floss
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    First of all take some filter floss and put it into the bottom of the 120ml container, this will help to cushion the frag during transit. Put a small amount of water into the container to dampen down the filter floss.

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    The next step is to add more tank water to the container so that the frag is completely submerged. After doing this, add more filter floss to the container to pack the frag in. This prevents it from bouncing around during transit and prevents damage. After adding more filter floss you will need to add more water to the container as the floss soaks this up. Remember to add enough water so that the frag will always be submerged.
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    After sealing the container it is now time to pack it into a box ready for shipping. Again we use filter floss to pack around the box. We have found this is very effective as it still allows air to flow relatively easy so the heat pack can work. Popcorn or paper can also be used as alternatives to filter floss.
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    Now remove the heat pack from the outer packaging, they will take approximately 30 minutes to warm up. Place this on the top of the coral and then put more filter floss on top. The heat pack needs air to work and we have found both filter floss and paper to effectively allow this.
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    Now, seal the box using packaging tape and add postal labels etc to complete the packed frag ready for sending. We have found that taping around all the corners is a bad idea, this limits the amount of air in the box and as the heat pack requires air to work, this is an important factor to be considered.
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    Last edited by Josh; 13-01-2012 at 00:12. Reason: Repetition of paragraphs

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    Can I add that there should be something between the heat pack and the coral container/bag as some heat packs can reach up to 50c and can cook the corals
    I do my coral shipping the same way except I use tesco freezer bags ,double or triple bagging making sure each bag is tied on its own using double rubber bands.

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    Thanks for that chopchop, generally there is plenty of room between the frag in the container, but it is certainly something that needs to be taken into consideration when using bags or other types of containers as well as different packing materials.

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