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Most Frequently Asked Questions!

Frequently Ask Questions

After you submit a live coral order, you will get an order confirmation email. In addition, after the coral package has shipped from our Carolina headquarters, you will receive another notification through email. You can also always check the status of your order through 'My Account' Page.  Just click on 'Orders'.

*Occasionally our emails can end up in your SPAM folder, so please check that!

Our Water Parameters: 

Salinity: 1.025 or 35 ppt

Alkalinity: 8-8.5 dKH or 140-150 ppm

Calcium: 400-450 ppm

Magnesium: 1350-1400 ppm

pH: 8.3-8.4

  1. Float all live corals for 15-20 minutes (To get the temperature of bag water the same as your aquarium water)
  2. After 15-20 minutes, remove the corals from the bag and place inside a container with enough space so that the corals are not touching.
  3. Drip acclimate for 10-15 minutes doing a fast drip (2-3 drips per second) or every few minutes scoop out your aquarium water into the container with the corals.
  4. After this, lightly shake off any detritus that may be on your corals and remove them from the water and place them into your tank

Important: We want to make the transition of your new live corals into your tank as smooth as possible. One important thing to remember is that if your corals are too stressed out (extremely shrunken in or water is heavily discolored) from their journey, acclimation may not be a good idea as it may just cause additional stress. It may be best to float them in your tank for 10-15 minutes and then remove them from the bag and place the live coral without any of our water into your tank. 

*Make sure you have mixed saltwater on hand in order to top off your tank to replace the water removed while acclimating. 

Orders are shipped through UPS Next Day Air Monday-Thursday, and during checkout you will be able to choose an arrival date

*Orders placed before 10AM can be shipped out the same day.

✔️ $34.99-39.99  Out of State Shipping

✔️ $24.99 NC/SC Shipping

✔️ $299.99 Free Shipping

✔️ All packages are shipped UPS Next Day Air Monday-Thursday.

*Local pick up and delivery available.

Our website is 99% "What You See is What You Get". We pride ourselves on accurately portraying the corals in our Carolina store through the photographs on our website, in order to do this we use an industry-standard macro lens that takes a close-up picture of the coral to show the detail and coloration of the piece. 

*Photos are taken under Radion Gen 5 Pro's using the AB+ Program.

During checkout, please choose "Add to Existing Order" or Local Pickup and you will not be charged again for shipping. The team will manually combine your order, there is no need to contact us about it!

Please create an account with us and then  email us your username at or message us on our Facebook page at Queen City Corals. We will manually input your points. For future reference, please be signed in when placing your coral order and you will automatically be rewarded your points!

Yes, we guarantee all corals will arrive to you safely and alive. Under the unfortunate and unlikely event that it arrives dead, we do have a Two Hour DOA policy. Which means you have two hours from the time of arrival to send us pictures of the dead specimen inside the sealed bag. Please email photos to

If corals are dead after this period of time, QCC reserves the right to decline DOA coverage. Such cases will be reviewed at management’s discretion. BUYER MUST BE AT LOCATION TO RECEIVE DELIVERY, NOT DOING SO VOIDS ALL DOA COVERAGE. Queen City Corals is not responsible for carrier delays, lost packages or other acts beyond our control.

Yes! We understand that live is not always predictable and schedules can change.  In order to ensure you are available to receive your live coral, please email us at or call us at 980-533-1037 to change your delivery time.

Please email us at least 24 hours prior to the delivery date to ensure that your shipment date is changed.

Yes, we are a Charlotte coral company and have a storefront located at 8029 Fairview Road Suite D, Mint Hill, North Carolina 28227.  You can order and opt to pickup your local coral.

During checkout please select Local Pick Up as your shipping option.

We update our site every Tuesday and Friday at 6PM EST Time. If you don't see what you're looking for please feel free to reach out and we can special order it for you! Newsletter subscribers always get the first notice and sneak peeks of new shipments.  Be sure to subscribe by filling out the very short form at the bottom of our homepage.

Our Water Parameters: 

pH: 8.3-8.4

Calcium: 400-450 ppm

Alkalinity: 8-8.5 dKH or 140-150 ppm

Magnesium: 1350-1400 ppm

Salinity: 1.025 or 35 ppt

The Par Level

80-120 for LPS and Softies.

150-250 for SPS

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