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Acclimation Series: How to acclimate – Drip method

There are varied ways of acclimating saltwater fish & inverts. On this series we will start with the most intricate; the drip method. Always remember acclimation process should never be rushed. Also, remember to keep your aquarium lights off for at least four hours after the specimens are introduced into the aquarium to help them further adjust. Things you will need: A clean 3 or 5-gallon bucket designated for aquarium use only. If acclimating both fish and invertebrates, use a separate bucket Read More...

Acclimation Series: 6 Things you are probably doing that stress your fish in the tank

1.Bullying from other fish and lack of hiding spaces: Create suitable hiding spaces for every fish in the tank, otherwise, there are going to be fish that are stressed and bullied. Unlike their wild environment, these fish are confined and cannot get away from aggressors. Aggression is a very real problem in many tanks that leads to many injuries, infections, and death. 2. Overstocking Do not overstock your tanks. Overstocking of the tank is a common problem that contributes to almost all of Read More...
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Acclimation Series: What is acclimation? why should you acclimate?

So you are pretty excited about your new arrivals, can’t wait to get them into your tank. But a short while after you get them into their new home, your new fellows just lies there, dead. What could be the problem? There is probably nothing more stressful to fish & inverts than bringing them from the wild through the wholesaler to your home. Within a short period of time, the fish was captured, held, packaged, shipped, sorted, handled, and packaged Read More...

Fish Spotlight: The beautiful yet very elusive, Diamond Tail Flasher Wrasse (Paracheilinus attenuatus)

The Diamond Tail Flasher wrasse, Paracheilinus attenuatus, is one of the most attractive yet lesser known species of Fairy Wrasses /Fairy Flasher from the Indian Ocean. This fish is very much sought after and why not, with all its vibrancy and stunning hypnotic colors, rendering it the most photogenic of the flasher wrasses. The Paracheilinus genus are known as flasher wrasses because males put on an extraordinary display of exaggerated movements and intensifying “flashing” colors when courting and mating.  Aside from Read More...
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Freight delays and postponement as a result of bad weather  

We would like to inform our clients’ of the disappointing start to 2018 in some parts of the world where bad weather conditions are causing delays and cancellation of shipments thereby resulting in operational challenges, inefficiencies and increased cost. Heavy snowfall and below-freezing temperatures have highly affected our trade due to flight re-routing and cancellation of many carriers. Temperatures in affected countries are sinking below -20 degrees Celsius and forecasters predict they would continue to sink. To our beloved clients who Read More...

From Reef to Aquarium: How Kenya Marine Center delivers quality healthy fish to your aquariums

Before your fish finds itself in your top of the art aquarium, do you ever wonder where in the world it must have come from? How does it get from fishing point to you? Despite how fascinating the aquarium might make your space look, mimicking the tropical ocean in one little breathing space, many hobbyists/enthusiasts know little about where their fish come from, and/or what methods are employed to catch, maintain and import for long term sustainability. No doubt that fixating Read More...
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New stock arrival!! Heat Packs

To combat cold temperatures and avoid stressful conditions for fish during shipping over the cold season, Kenya Marine Center has brought in new stock of Heat Packs. These will help the fish maintain a standard temperature of 24 degrees Celsius for up to 40 hours and KMC can guarantee quality shipment to all our existing and potential clients. These packs help control the temperature of the fish during shipping in case there is a layover at an airport as well as Read More...
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Live Fish delivery delays due to unpredictable air freight space over the festive season

December brings a lot of pomp and color all over the world. For Kenya Marine Center however, this means unpredictability of air freight space. The festive season is very commercial which results to increase in shipping of goodsacross the world as people rush to ensure that their Christmas gifts arrive in time. Furthermore, passengers also tend to carry more baggage than on other occasions –and passenger baggage always has priority - which unfortunately results to commercial cargo being cancelled Read More...

Preparation for Shipping: Live Fish packing process at Kenya Marine Center

Increase in aquaculture has made shipping of live fish a very important activity in the fish industry. The success of shipping however depends on the methods of packing and careful handling.  Exporters take care of a number of factors to ensure that only quality fish is shipped to customers. First off is ensuring that only quality water is used. Secondly, they also have to ensure that temperatures are controlled when transporting the fish and last but not least, exporters make Read More...

Fishes out of Africa by Michael J. Tuccinardi a CORAL Magazine excerpt from the May/June 2017 issue

by Michael J. Tuccinardi Despite being the second-largest landmass on Earth, bounded by two oceans and two seas and having tens of thousands of miles of coastline, the African continent does not tend to be thought of in terms of its marine life. Africa’s east coast, however, boasts vast stretches of tropical coral reefs in the Western Indian Ocean, many of them teeming with reef fishes. And although relatively few aquarists know it, Kenya has been the site of a Read More...