I am a marine aquarium hobbyist like you.
For years I believe that in this hobby, captive-bred corals are the solution to the problems we suffer when buying wild corals, such as pests, color changes, lack of adaptation to the aquarium, etc.
And of course, we all know that the exploitation of coral reefs is unsustainable. Regressing ecosystems and to which the extraction of corals helps little.
Hence the idea of tropicalcorals was born. Being able to offer an assortment of 100% captive-bred, healthy, strong and sustainable corals.
If you are looking for quality and health in a coral, this is your place.
- 100% aquaculture
- 100 % sustainable
100% PEST FREE
My main concern is to be able to offer corals without pests. Unfortunately, most shops sell corals fresh from the sea, either wild or from mariculture.
In the whole process from when a coral is extracted from the sea until it reaches your aquarium, a quarantine is almost never done, and not even a deworming treatment.
Why? It is very simple, companies do not believe that it is profitable to keep a coral in their facilities for a long period of time and without being able to sell it. A quarantine requires a facility to do it, it is an expense in energy, water, products, labor, etc.
The company that collects or grows the coral in Indonesia or Australia wants to sell it as soon as possible. The European importer who buys them wants to sell them as soon as possible and the store, which buys them, wants to sell them as soon as possible. Everyone will surely be familiar with the famous slogan of "new arrival of corals already available", if they have just arrived and are sold, when is the quarantine done?
Everyone passes the problem of pests to the next link and in the end, the one who receives the problem is the customer who buys the coral.
We all know cases of Acropora Aquariums ruined by the AEFW, Acropora planarians. Cases of people who have to remove all the Montiporas from their aquarium because of the Nudibranchs, since it is practically impossible to eliminate them. Crowd of beautiful and expensive Euphyllia grabescens killed by planarians. Shattered corals and even fish, by worms Eunice. And of course, the famous Aiptasias, which cause so much headache to any aquarist.
All of this is eliminated with a proper quarantine process and it is not the hobbyist who has to do it. The fan, as a consumer, has the right to buy an animal with all the sanitary guarantees and only dedicate himself to taking care of it and enjoying it. It is the coral seller who has to guarantee that the coral he sells you is free of pests.
Tropicalcorals works with a strict and rigorous quarantine process to guarantee that the coral you buy is free of pests and will not ruin your aquarium.
Any new coral that arrives at my facilities, be it from other fans, other stores or an import, goes through the following process.
First, the bases, rock, remains of dead coral or any element other than the coral and that may be a carrier of pests are removed.
A deworming bath is done to the coral, using different products depending on the type of coral and the possible pests that they can carry out. In the case of Zoanthus, 2 baths are made with different, consecutive products.
After that, a new base is glued on them and they go to the quarantine aquarium, which is totally independent from the rest of the aquariums and there they spend between 6 and 8 weeks, in continuous observation.
Once the quarantine period has passed with guarantees that there are no pests. The corals are removed, the base that was put on them is removed again and a new one is put on. A deworming bath is done again and finally, the corals are transferred to a space where there are deworming prawns Rhynchocinetis durbanensis, which, in the unlikely event that something has escaped the quarantine process, would be in charge of destroying it.
After all this process, the corals go to the reproduction systems, where they grow as mother colonies and are later cut to produce the corals that you buy.
Thanks this I can guarantee that the coral you buy is 100% pest free.
All my facilities can be visited and I can show everything explained.
At the moment I have 8 tanks dedicated to the reproduction of corals, divided into 3 systems, one for SPS, one for LPS and softcorals and one for Zoanthus.
In addition to a completely independent quarantine system.
With your support, this project will grow and more corals will breed in captivity and fewer will be removed from the sea.
One of my main concerns is the shipments of corals. There is no point selling a perfect coral if your corals arrives in poor condition.
This is why all corals travel in a plastic container, which floats inside the transport bag. This way we avoid that the coral suffers blows against the bag.
All corals travel with a large amount of water in each bag, even if that means an increase in our shipping cost. With this we prevent the water from deteriorating rapidly. Coral well-being comes first.
Each coral bag contains an small amount of activated carbon, to eliminate the toxins for shipping stres.
All corals travel in a double bag, with insulating padding and shock absorber. Inside a standard or custom made polystyrene box and, at the same time, inside a cardboard box, to protect the polystyrene box.
Depending on the time of year and the destination, I use heatpaxx or coldpacks.
All shipments are made by urgent service to Spain and Portugal (not the Canary Islands, Balearic Islands and islands of Portugal) with MRW 14 hours. For the rest of the countries of the European Union, it is done through UPS express with arrival before 12:00 next day. Om places with no expres service, the shipment will be done with the expres saver service with arrival during the next day.
We are one of the few companies in Spain, certified by UPS Europe, to send corals. Corals travel to the rest of Europe by air. The international air transport association, IATA, requires special and very strict packaging conditions for these shipments to be made.
Non-certified companies cannot make these types of shipments, and if they attempt to do so, UPS can stop the shipment at any of its controls.
With me you have the peace of mind that these conditions are met.