World Wide Corals has not only established themselves as a leader in online live coral sales and especially frags, but they are among one of the first and biggest companies that has really invested in aquaculture. Like most stores and hobbyists their propagation efforts began in humble frag tanks and evolved in purpose built coral tables in a space next to their current retail store.
A few years ago World Wide Corals doubled down on culturing a significant amount of their coral frags with a purpose built facility specifically designed to be a bonafide coral farm. Even for a commercial retail operation like WWC, it takes a significant amount of time and resources to fill up the growout tanks with a diversity of coral broodstock, especially when you’re shipping hundreds of boxes each week.
We visited the WWC farm last year and shared a video a few months ago and at the time there was still a few tanks left to fill. One video was not nearly enough to capture the thousands of corals in a single video so earlier this year we went back to the farm to show you even more of the beating heart of WWC’s impressive operation.
With their new megastore and satellite store currently being built, it’s uncertain whether the coral farm will remain as it is or be moved to the new headquarters. Therefore we were keen to document this Noah’s Ark of the reef aquarium hobby’s most popular corals and unique strains at its peak.
Words cannot describe how many corals, how many colors and the huge range of shapes that are represented at the World Wide Corals farm but these two videos together get somewhat close. Even while editing the second video we spotted additional corals in the footage that we failed to really notice while we were there in real life.
Thankfully these high definition videos can be watched over and over again, forever showcasing the concentrated effort WWC has made in culturing their own corals. Big thanks to Bobby Melton for answering our questions and holding the camera a couple times, and to WWC for having us over for a visit.