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    Atlantic Reef Aquaculture’s Reusable Shipping Containers

    Just last week I had a chat with a few friends about cleaner, reusable ways to ship and transport corals. Much like we use reusable bags for grocery shopping, reusable containers for aquacultured corals (at a retail & hobbyist level) will eventually happen. Specimen containers have recently rose in popularity to transport frags, but check […]

    coral shipping containersJust last week I had a chat with a few friends about cleaner, reusable ways to ship and transport corals. Much like we use reusable bags for grocery shopping, reusable containers for aquacultured corals (at a retail & hobbyist level) will eventually happen. Specimen containers have recently rose in popularity to transport frags, but check out these reusable containers from Dave Lackland at Atlantic Reef Aquaculture.

    With Dave being a big staghorn fan, I can see why he is using these–the corals are mounted upside down and attached via rubber bands and zip ties to a piece of styrofoam that floats. This prevents any delicate branches from crushing against the sides and means less accidental frags during shipping.

    These branded containers will also help business advertise, as hobbyists bring their corals in these containers to various frag swaps around the county. A cool concept that will certainly grow in popularity.

    6 Comments

    1. btaylor66
      April 26, 2010 at 10:41 AM | Permalink

      I really like the concept. I can see the usefulness for small frags, but I wonder at what point does it not make sense when shipping larger acro colonies, LPS colonies, etc.

    2. nicholassadaka
      April 27, 2010 at 10:29 AM | Permalink

      That's a fantastic idea. It looks great and definitely looks sturdy and re-usable. As someone who just received a broken frag in a bag, I can definitely appreciate this concept. Great idea!

    3. Justin
      April 27, 2010 at 8:21 PM | Permalink

      Good concept until someone flips the package and the styrofoam floats back to the top.

    4. April 27, 2010 at 10:19 PM | Permalink

      Justin, the foam inserts are pressure fit and keep the coral stationary— it is safe right side up or upside down. Up side down is safer to ship IMO, but also allows easy removal of the coral once it arrives. Perhaps Dave can chime in more.

    5. Dave
      May 6, 2010 at 11:28 AM | Permalink

      Yes They are held firm tightly in place within the tubes ..the water is slightly super-saturated with pure H2O and the small gas area within the tube is pure Oxygen.

      We have NEVER had a coral break in the tube (Justin)..don’t assume..you come across as an *******.

    6. Dave
      May 6, 2010 at 6:28 AM | Permalink

      Yes They are held firm tightly in place within the tubes ..the water is slightly super-saturated with pure H2O and the small gas area within the tube is pure Oxygen.

      We have NEVER had a coral break in the tube (Justin)..don't assume..you come across as an *******.

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