Tip of the Day – 1/18/2012


Want to ship corals to a friend a few states over but hate getting hit with those outrageous overnight shipping fees? Why not ship the corals without water? Wait…what did I just say? Doesn’t seem to make any sense does it? Well, surprisingly, many hobbyists have been successfully dry shipping corals for years. Just toss a coral in a bag, tie it up, and ship it off. The corals usually make the trip just fine, and some coral keepers have reported that, with the exception of floating the bag for a few minutes, they don’t even have to acclimate them. How is all of this possible? The coral’s naturally occurring mucous protects it against temperature issues and keeps the important portions moist during the trip. Additionally, water from the shipping container usually gets fouled up pretty quickly, which only causes more problems for the coral, so dry shipping keeps the toxins from building up and harming the coral.



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  • Maxwell Chiareli

    how long coral will survive in this kind of shipping? It usually take me 2 days to have a coral after is sent to me.

    • i would say that this type of shipping isn’t good for anything more than a day. some have had a lot of success with it overnight or taking it home with them from an aquarium show. two day shipping would probably be very tough…though you could probably try it out on some inexpensive aquacultured frags.