UK Grown Coral Frags.... Look out for the logo!
Why is it important to buy UK Grown coral frags?
Lower Carbon Footprint
UK Grown coral frags have a lower carbon footprint per coral...
For each box of up to 20 corals imported from reefs around the world creates between 820Kg.Co2 and 2,000Kg.Co2 of emissions*. That's approx. 41 - 100kg.Co2 per coral. It's been widely reported that the oceans are absorbing Co2, this in turn is a direct result in coral bleaching.
Each of our UK Grown frags use up less than 1kg.Co2 to be shipped to anywhere in the country. (Based on Flights to Glasgow from Southampton, shipping by road from Southampton to Manchester uses up only 0.055Kg.Co2)*
Help Save The Reefs Around The World
Buying a coral frag, you are directly reducing the requirement for corals to be taken from the reefs around the world. It's estimated, every 3 frags sold, you are saving a coral being taken from the reef.(it is hard to qualify this number as it varies between types of corals)
Captive Coral Frags Are Hardier
It is widely believed captive aquacultured corals are hardier, all they have known is captivity and aquarium conditions and stability (water, lighting, temperature, flow etc). This means the stresses they go through from fragmentation to arriving in your tank is much lower.
A lot of coral frags available on the market are first generation coral frags. What we mean by that is the frag has been taken from the wild caught mother colony. Over time, these corals will heal and start to grow. It's only when captive coral growth is harvest that the coral becomes a captive coral frag and in turn carry the title UK Grown.
When buying first generation coral frags, make sure you ask the seller how old the frag is. It is widely banded about within the hobby, that a coral that's been rested for 2 weeks is healed. Whilst some corals like plating Montipora and Zoas can heal in this time, the majority are still at high risk of not surviving. We keep all our corals here for a minimum of 10 weeks, but rather than worrying about time, we look for coral growth too. Coral growth shows the coral is happy and starting to adapt to captive life.
Our UK Grown promise
All our corals that carry the UK grown title and logo have been fragged from captive grown mother colonies. These colonies have either been grown by us or hobbyist who have grown the coral from a frag into a mother colony and it's become too big for their system, or they're closing down their systems. (it takes a trained eye see when a coral has grown from a frag v's a coral that was imported as a mother colony).
Only when the captive growth has been fragged and left long enough for it to heal and show signs of growth, do we put the coral up for sale and give it the title of 'UK Grown'.
We do also sell first generation coral frags and mother colonies. These corals go though the same process as a captive grown coral and won't be ready for sale until we know the coral has healed and showing signs of growth.
Reducing stress on corals helps increase the corals chances of survival. A newly fragged coral that's then shipped would be under so much stress, it's survival rate becomes very low. You wouldn't expect to be sent home from Hospital the day after open heart surgery and you know the chances of survival at home would be a lot slimmer.... corals are the same.
*Data suppled from DHL & Based on 1 box = 25kg, 1m3 on 12.10.20