a way to meet people locally who kept marine aquariums and, through swapping, expand our coral collection.
In April 2019, we decided to turn a hobby into a business, renting a small unit in Hampshire. Here we started to design and build a dedicated corals facility... the size not seen before here in the UK. So far, we've built three systems, focusing on sustainable UK grown corals. One for soft corals, one for LPS, and one for SPS.
We know that every frag sold is potentially saving corals from being taken from the reefs around the world. You know that with every coral or dry goods product you buy from us, you are contributing to coral research.
This makes us arguably the largest professional coral provider in the UK, if not Europe and it doesn't stop there... that's just a splash in the ocean!
Your friendly neighbourhood coral experts
The research system was set up in July 2019 and will help us to look at how we can promote coral growth & feed back our findings to aid the repairing of coral reefs around the world.
This Autumn will see the launch of a series of YouTube videos 'how to set up and run a reef system for under £200’ and the 'you can frag it' program, which guides you though how to frag at home, is still in development and will be launched soon.
We are renowned for supplying quality corals at great prices, and with over 42 years of marine keeping experience, Rob and Emma, will offer help and advice too for all aspects of marine keeping.
We like to leave these corals growing for 10–12 weeks (3 months) before they are ready for sale. Some grow so quickly, we will be able to release them earlier, but we have to be happy the corals are ready for their new homes.
Our range of LPS is growing and some corals we will keep for up to 2 years before selling any frags, but most frags will be ready after being left to settle and grow for 5–6 months.
These corals we will keep for approx five months before becoming available for sale. We want to see the coral has had significant growth, this way, you'll know you're putting a healthy coral in your system.
It's important for us that we see growth with all our corals. This tells us the corals are healthy and ready for a new home.
Some corals grow so quickly, we can't keep them for these times, but you can be assured they have been given the chance to heal and grow.
We have recently teamed up with suppliers who adopt our same ethos around coral frags, to bring you a wider choice of corals. (If a coral frag has come from a supplier, we will tell you on the listing).
This has also seen us start to supply colonies. We have been asked so many times if we can get quality colonies to support customers who understand that our livestock is of the highest quality.
Here at The Coral Centre, we understand the importance of sustainability in all areas of the business. Any items we use on a day to day basis are recycled where possible. Anything that can't be recycled is incinerated to create electricity. This way, nothing goes to landfill.
Our corals are posted in pots that can be reused time and time again. To make it easier for you, in every shipment we supply a Royal Mail freepost label. This allows customers to ship the packaging back free of charge. We are the only retailer in our industry to do this worldwide.
We grow as many corals here at Coral HQ as possible, & only coral frags grown here in the UK are given the 'UK grown' badge. We source as many colonies from Indonesia, where the corals are maricultured for the aquarium trade.
Coral HQ operates under Winchester City Council. We are proud to display our first licence we gained in October 2021.
We are now able to sell marine fish and have a small selection available.
We also take orders for fish, so if you’re looking for something special, pop in or give us a call and we will source them for you.
Animal Welfare licence:
Licence No 21/03173/LIANWE with Winchester City Council.