Back in the “old” days when I purchased SPS, I did so at my Local Fish Store (LFS). It was great to swing by every so often, usually on a Saturday, pick up some corals and talk reef with the owner and fellow reef keepers. For the most part the selection consisted of wild colonies and some maricultured colonies. But things changed when hobbyists started selling and trading frags. Online forums such as Reefcentral.com became a popular place to sell and buy frags and eventually vendors got into the act on the interweb. A new virtual shopping experience was born.
Today I still like to visit fish stores, since there is no substitute for picking out corals in person. Frags swaps are also a great way MORE