Established in 2011, we originally started fragging corals as a hobby and to meet people locally who kept marine aquariums.
This soon expanded and took over the garage, having over 24 sq.ft of growing space, mainly focusing on soft and LPS corals. Knowing every frag grown, sold and swapped, was saving corals from being taken from the reefs around the world.
In November 2018, we moved to a small unit and very quickly, we've identified the need to expand our operation as we move to farming and focusing on sustainable UK grown corals.
Our systems are expanding on a regular basis, we are currently running at over 460sq.ft of coral trays. thats the same as 51 x 3ft x 3ft coral trays you'd find in your LFS!
This makes us arguably the largest professional coral farm in the UK, if not Europe and it doesn't stop there.... that's just a splash in the ocean!!!
The research system is still maturing 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, guiding 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 35 years of marine keeping, we will offer help and advice too.
Our focus is corals and for this reason, we currently DO NOT sell dry goods or Marine Fish, but we can recommend local shops who have the items in stock.
Our corals are fragged and grown here in the UK. We understand the importance of quality for both you and your customer. Below demonstrates our commitment to quality and sustainability:
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 these 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, maybe longer.
These corals we will keep for approx 5 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 with all our corals, we see growth. 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 know the quality of our livestock is at the highest quality.
Animal Welfare licence
It is worth noting, we do not qualify for an Animal Welfare licence (Pet Shop Licence), only selling vertebrates eg fish is covered by legislation... its a bit like going for your car driving test on a bicycle!
Our practices of coral care and water quality are above and beyond what is required to hold a licence if we sold Fish.
Here at Coral HQ, we come under Winchester City Council and we have had various conversations with the Environmental health team (who issue the licences) about our project, you can contact them on 01962 848097 (or email firstname.lastname@example.org) if you have any queries.