• 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
    These are the items required for shipping coral frags. 
It includes, a cardboard box, watertight plastic tub for
coral to go in, 40 hour shipping heat pack and filter 
floss

    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.

    This is the watertight plastic tub that we use to place 
our coral frag inside. We have also padded the bottom 
out with filter floss and soaked this in tank water.
    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.
    This is the coral frag placed inside the watertight
plastic tub. The filter floss has already been soaked
in tank water.
    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.
    Here we have sealed the watertight plastic tub, with
the coral inside. More filter floss has been added to 
the top of the coral, and the tub has then been filled
with more tank water, to ensure the coral remains wet at all times.
    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.
    Here we have placed the coral inside the shipping box.We have packed this out with filter floss, to help with
insulation and also to prevent the coral moving around to much inside the package. It also helps to cushion
any impact upon the box.
    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.
    This is where we add the heat pack to the shipping
box. Once the coral(s) are inside and packaged safely we add the heat pack. Depending on how many corals are going into one box, we sometimes place the heatpack down once side. Its important to remember that the heat pack needs air to continue to work.
    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.
    Here we have sealed the box ready for shipment. Remember to use enough packaging tape required to keep the box sealed for the duration of its journey. Also its important to remember that air needs to be able to get inside the box to ensure that the heat packs continues to work.

    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.
    This article was originally published in forum thread: How To Ship Frags started by Matt View original post

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