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The CEO; person behind this

The CEO; person behind it!

Tropical ornamental marine fish supply is a delicate field. It entails dealing with live fish which can be vulnerable to various strains like effects of transport on fish stress and seasons of the sun.

But when you study and research well on the correct procedures and requirements for your fish as well as the market then you engage yourself in a routine for such a long time, you gain the experience.

To begin with, experience in business comes in various forms which include building a rapport for oneself and the company.  Also indulging and connecting to the right people and associates is also part of experience. With this in mind, KMC is continuously taking part in international trade shows and fairs, actively involving in social media networks which give us open forum to get ideas and critics from all traders worldwide. Also being member of international organizations dealing in fish and aquatic industry like OFI, OATA has made us develop a worldwide supply network for the last 10 years.

The specific knowledge of the market and our products has led to being the best supplier of healthy and active fish as well as invertebrates which has given us a continuous growth over a long period of time. With this knowledge in place, we can positively say that we connect to more than 300 destinations in the world.  And this is such a big step for us.

What we also did was maintaining our high level of standards and quality by sticking to the code of ethics as well

Foundation and start of our journey.

Foundation and start of our journey.

as working in line with the authorities. This is both locally and abroad especially the import and exporting permits required for trading and dealing in live aquatic animals.

Similarly standards and quality can be felt and the holding with our newly installed high performance protein skimmer so that the quality of water is maintained and fish are quarantined and acclimatized properly. The replacement of old skimmer came in just after we had installed a super UV sterilizer which keeps all bacteria in the water at bay. So the two working together is just a perfect match!

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assembling going on

Assembling going on

We also talk about quality at KMC in reference to the dedication we have been putting in to ensure that customers are all satisfied at all levels. Dedication is put in place at all steps of chain of operation. In that,

  1. Our trained fishermen fish sustainably only selecting fish that are on customer orders hence avoiding by-catches,
  2. Aquarium staff ensuring that the fish are well taken care as they are at the holding tanks awaiting for packing,
  3. The packing department which is always ready to do their part in the chain,
  4. Administration works on the paperwork required by shipment,
  5. Transport who ensures fish are carried from ocean to holding station timely so they are not stressed and also carries the packed fish to airport for shipping to final destination, being the customers airport,
  6. Booking office ensures the flight is booked and scheduled for the specific time and date of shipment,
  7. And not forgetting the management who takes care of all necessary requirements and logistics both on the ground from back office to front for the sufficient flow of this chain until the customer receives the shipment.

This is realized since we have experienced long serving staff who are trained and always ensures high standards of sustainability and quality are maintained by being involved in only accredited methods of fishing and on-the order only, bring the caught12208689_634548483351538_5197947389968917389_n fish to holding station where fish are well selected then quarantined and observed at our tanks before they are separated for packing. And then, they are transported to their final destination by air.

More so, it has helped us to meet our customer expectations, who expect us to deliver quality products. And we have managed to retain their loyalty for now and future. Quality products make an important contribution to long-term revenue and profitability. They also enable you to charge and maintain pricing, in which the ability of having huge supply power in the industry has given us opportunity to bargain for competitive prices in the market hence the reason why we sell in wholesale prices.

Lastly, a major step is that, due to huge freight volumes that we ship out regularly we now have cheaper freight rates with established quality airlines as well as spot rates to major DSCF2695destinations among our supply networks. This means that our clients are in better position to order big and pay low freight rates for their shipments.

Why you need a Good Protein Skimmer in an Export Quarantine Holding Facility

What is the most important aspect in the ornamental fish business? There are a myriad of things to consider for the success of any business not just the ornamental fish business. Yet, when talking to retailers, wholesalers and even hobbyist all mention fish quality as the most critical aspect in the trade.

For the hobbyist all they want is to receive the livestock in good condition and for the livestock to survive. They are also interested in keeping their cost down. The retailers need good quality fish to cut shipping costs.

Exporters however, want to increase profitability by shipping out high quality tropical saltwater fish. This is because customers expect nothing less. The higher the quality of fish the higher the customer loyalty rate which directly leads to better profits.

Each aspect of the commercial tropical saltwater fish and invertebrate enterprise is critical in ensuring high quality fish. Fish quality begins in the capture of fish, hence the need to know how the fish you buy is caught. Does your supplier use chemical fishing or hand and net fishing techniques? This is a question you need to ask before taking in a new supplier.

The Importance of a Protein Skimmer in an Export Holding Facility

It is often said that maintaining good water quality is the single most important thing an aquarium owner can do to ensure the health of fish. The better the water quality the stronger the health status of the fish.

The same is also true in holding facilities for exporters. Protein skimmers remove protein and other organic waste maintaining a healthy environment for the fish.

 

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The newly installed Protein skimmer at Kenya marine center

How Protein Skimmers Work

Protein skimmers use the process of chemical absorption to remove organic waste materials from the water column. By adhering to the surface of water bubbles, waste materials are removed out of the water. The water bubbles are formed from the vigorous mixture of air and aquarium water within the protein skimmer reaction chamber.

The created micro-bubbles travel through the skimmer, waste clinging to them are condensed and transported into the protein skimmer collection cup. Protein skimmers allows for efficient mechanical, chemical and biological filtration.

The best exporters have invested heavily in good protein skimmers to make sure and keep up the supply of high quality fish. It is common practice to replace old protein skimmers with high modern ones for better efficiency.

A case study is Kenya Marine Center which has recently invested several thousand dollars into a new state of the art protein skimmer and has just completed the upgrade. This is a clear indication of its commitment in the health and quality of fish.

My 101 list- The Most Preferred Tropical Saltwater Sea Fishes for Aquariums in 2017

Tropical seas and oceans of the world are home to fish, myriad invertebrates, and mammals. The warm waters and the coral reefs provide the perfect environment for many beautiful fish and inverts to survive. The reefs provide natural protection for the tropical saltwater fish. Many adoptions have led to the most bizarre and beautiful creatures making them suitable for your tropical saltwater aquarium.

An example is the Stonefish which has evolved to look the way it does. Looking like stone helping it avoid being another animal’s prey.

Marine tropical fish are loved for their beautiful colors. The full spectrum of colors and intricate of patterns make them perfect for any aquarium display.

The Kenya marine ecosystem is home to more than a thousand tropical saltwater fishes and invertebrates. You can request for a list of fish and inverts at Kenya Marine

Below is my 101 list. It consists of fish found on the tropical marine coastline of East Africa.

 

New Animals

  1. Snubnose Pompano
  2. Long-finned Rock Cod
  3. Yellowtail Fusilier

Surgeon Fishes

 

  1. Powder blue tang
  2. Clown SurgeonFish
  3. Spot-Cheeked Surgeonfish
  4. Lavender tang
  5. Convict Surgeonfish
  6. Eyestripe surgeonfish
  7. Epaulette surgeonfish
  8. Desjardin`s Sailfin Tang
  9. Spotted Unicornfish
  10. Orange-spine Unicornfish
  11. Blue Tang – Yellowbelly
  12. Gold eye doctor
  13. Blue-Eye Bristletooth
  14. Lieutenant Surgeonfish

 

Perch, Snapper

  1. Lyretail Coralfish
  2. Redbar Anthias
  3. Velvet Fish
  4. Threadfin Goldie
  5. Blue Spotted Peacock
  6. Bluestripe snapper
  7. Honeycomb grouper

 Anemone Fishes

  1. Allard´s clownfish
  2. Yellow-bellied Anemonefish
  3. Skunk clownfish

 

Damsel Fishes

  1. Stripetail Damsel
  2. Chromis half half
  3. Green Chromis Damsel
  4. Whitetail dascyllus
  5. Cloudy dascyllus
  6. Threespot damsel
  7. Gold tail Cromis
  8. Blue Damsel

Hawk Fishes 

  1. Lined Chromis
  2. Arc-eye hawkfish
  3. Black-sided hawkfish 

File Fishes

  1. Alutera red tail filefish
  2. longnose filefish
  3. Blacksaddle filefish 

Blennius, Gobius, Goat Fishes 

  1. Jewelled Rock skipper
  2. Golden-headed Sleeper Goby
  3. Pretty Prawn Goby
  4. Twostripe goby
  5. Leopard blenny
  6. Golden blenny
  7. Radium Goby
  8. Yellow saddle Goatfish
  9. Brownsaddle Goatfish
  10. Blue-dorsal Mudskipper
  11. Cleaner Mimic Blenny
  12. Golden Mimic Blenny
  13. Coral gobies
  14. Mossambicus Blenny
  15. Firefish
  16. Ord.Red yellow stone fish
  17. Pink flasher
  18. Pinkbar goby 

Wrasses

  1. Bicolor Cleaner Wrasse
  2. Bluestreak cleaner wrasse
  3. Yellow-tail Tamarin
  4. Yellow-breasted wrasse
  5. Lined wrasse
  6. Queen Coris
  7. African Clown Wrasse
  8. Queen Coris
  9. African Clown Wrasse
  10. Clown Coris
  11. East African Wrasse
  12. Exquisite Wrasse
  13. Two spot Wrasse
  14. Social Fairy Wrasse
  15. Radiant Wrasse
  16. Adorned Wrasse
  17. Orange-tipped Rainbow Wrasse
  18. Dragon Wrasse
  19. Six line Wrasse
  20. Mystery Wrasse
  21. Carpenter´Wrasse
  22. Sixline Wrasse
  23. Lyretail Wrasse
  24. Brown Bird Wrasse
  25. lyretail Hogfish
  26. Diana´s Hogfish
  27. Bluelined Wrasse
  28. Messmate PipeFish

Pipe Fishes

  1. Blue striped Pipe Fish
  2. Leaf ghost pipe
  3. Star and stripes Puffer
  4. White Spot Puffer
  5. Scribbled Toadfish
  6. Golden Puffer
  7. Golden Stellate puffer
  8. Balloonfish
  9. Yellow Boxfish
  10. Black Boxfish
  11. Black-saddled toby
  12. Peacock Puffer

Angel Fishes

  1. Gold tail angelfish
  2. African pygmy Angelfish

If you are interested in importing fish or inverts from the Kenya marine or the East African coastal region you need to talk to the experts of tropical saltwater fish in the region. Professionals with in-depth knowledge of the fish and inverts in the region and adhere to international best practices in fish handling and packaging. Contact one of the largest marine tropical fish exporters and you will be happy that you did.