HOW WE PACK LIVE FISH FOR SHIPPING

Hey aquarists and hobbyists alike, hope November is treating you well so far? We bring you into our world with an insight of how the packing process is at Kenya Marine Center in the video below. Our packing is done under strict supervision to ensure everything is done efficiently and the entire process is seamless. [embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0me8Mx-KUa8[/embed]
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Consider These 6 Points Before Buying a Marine Aquarium Cleanup Crew

Marine aquarium cleanup crews (CUC)—those combo packs of various snails, crabs, and echinoderms sold for the purpose of algae control and detritus elimination—can serve an excellent utilitarian function in a saltwater system. What’s more, in addition to the janitorial duties they perform, many of these invertebrates are fascinating to observe in their own right and add yet another layer of enjoyment to the hobby.

Hermits crabs are a common saltwater aquarium cleanup crew member. Pictured is an Electric Blue Hermit (Calcinus elegans).

Hermits crabs are a common saltwater aquarium cleanup crew member. Pictured is an Electric Blue Hermit (Calcinus elegans).

However, any time you introduce livestock to an aquarium, there are compatibility issues, long-term care requirements, and other factors to think about. So, before investing your hard-earned dollars in any combination of critters to clean your aquarium, consider the following six points:

#1 Cleanup crews are just part of the solution

Cleaner organisms can certainly do their part to help keep irksome algae under control and scavenge u...
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Five Surprising Facts about Your New Saltwater Fish

Everyone loves the rich, brilliant colors of saltwater fish, and it goes without saying that their presence in an aquarium adds a vivid boost to any pet parent’s life. But there are some things that you probably did not know about saltwater aquarium fish. Read on for five fun facts that just might surprise you.   Did you know…
  • Not all saltwater fish are the same. You’re probably already familiar with the wide range of colors, shapes and sizes of saltwater fish, but did you also know that some saltwater fish are herbivores, some are carnivores, and some are omnivores? It’s wise to keep these differences in mind when selecting fish for your aquarium, so you can provide the correct diet for each inhabitant.
  • Saltwater fish drink water. Unlike their freshwater counterparts, saltwater fish drink water. Thanks to the effects of osmosis, they must drink water in order to compensate for the water that is being drawn out of their bodies. In the case of freshwater fish,...
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Working towards a cleaner, healthier marine ecosystem: International Coastal cleanup

This past weekend, Kenya Marine Center helped coordinate and took part in the International Coastal cleanup that is held on the 15th of September anually. The Kenyan chapter which was divided into different cleanup sites along our entire coastline, recorded a large turn up and amazing team work to help make our environment cleaner and safer for our marine wildlife. The International Coastal Cleanup which saw its inception in 1986 catalyzed by the passion of two individuals; Kathy O'Hara and Linda Marannis, has since grown from just a small cleanup exercise in a small town in Texas to having over 100 countries participate yearly.   Unknown to some, the amount of pollution in our coastal lines especially plastic, has immense effect to our marine wildlife who end up dying as a result of chocking from plastic bags and straws or inhaling harsh chemicals dumped in our oceans. The coastal clean up saw people collect trash, and record data to help track and assist in the elimination o...
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AQUARAMA 2018 | KENYA MARINE CENTER

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Aquarama: the ultimate marketplace for aquarium and fish-keeping industries 

Launched in 1989 in Singapore, Aquarama is an international exhibition for aquarium and terrarium supplies, ornamental fish and reptiles, garden and pond products. It covers most of the aquarium supply chain and applications (private home aquariums, public aquariums & zoo, etc.). The show is co-located with high level conferences (Aquarama Forum, public seminars), fish competitions, aquascaping masterclass, etc.
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Director’s Statement – Succeeding through the seasonal changes

Dear Esteemed customers,  
From where from you may be, I am certain that you are observing the seasonal changes. Spring has steadily given way to summer and fall will soon follow thereafter. Aquarium industry wise, you may/or not be aware of the ebb and flow that in most cases tend to correspond with the above mentioned seasons. This ebb and flow also tend to affect your purchasing decisions; if it’s not breeding season then the species are transitioning from pre-maturity to adulthood and so on.   Seemingly, when it comes to fish collection, there are often situations beyond our control that causes fish supply to fluctuate wildly each year, with almost no way to predict what will happen in any given year.   One year, can for instance see so many Zebrasoma desjardinii; so much so that we are pushed to halt its collection, while the next can see almost none of these species. This odd phenomenon can be as a result of the shift in weather patterns during breeding se...
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World Oceans Day 2018 | Beat Plastic Pollution

This year's world oceans day was marked with call to action for ocean protection especially against the threat of plastics. Guided by the theme, “Preventing Plastic Pollution and encouraging solutions for a Healthy Ocean,” we took to our shoreline along Kanamai-kikambala for a beach clean up exercise.   Being exporters of ornamental tropical marine fish & invertebrates, we are highly dependent on the Indian Ocean as our fish source and therefore it is vital that we help conserve it and the entire ecosystem. Our oceans increasingly face numerous threats such as climate change, ocean acidification, pollution, unsustainable and destructive fishing practices and the lack of capacities to address these threats. Aside from depending on it for or livelihood, we are committed to helping implement the Sustainable Development Goal 14: conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development.   [caption id="attachment_5160" align="a...
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Bi-weekly special offer: Cleaner wrasses

The five species of cleaner wrasses of the genus Labroides are truly an interesting group of fish. While not a unique behavior in the underwater world, their pathogenic cleaning service is quite remarkable.     The typical cleaner wrasse makes its living by nibbling parasites off other fish. A wrasse hangs out at an established “station” on a reef that other fish visit for cleaning. By eating the parasites, the wrasse gets a meal and the client gets a clean bill of health. Everyone leaves happy!     The wrasses in their ‘stations’ clean parasites, dead and damaged scales, and mucus from bony fishes, sharks, and sea turtles that present themselves for cleaning. A number of scientific studies and research attest to the important role these fish play in the health of the reefs. The overall health, size, and even diversity of fishes is greater in the reefs where cleaner wrasses are found versus those without their services.     Where cl...
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Focus on Interzoo: Why we attend

Undoubtedly the world’s largest pet trade fair is underway in Nuremberg, Germany hosting thousands upon thousands of stakeholders in the pet industry. We are not missing out on the action either because we believe trade fairs offer us an incredible advantage of being able to connect in person with our customers as well suppliers of products and services valuable to us. But just how is Interzoo valuable?!   [embed]https://www.facebook.com/KenyaMarineCenter/videos/1159567330849648/[/embed]   Diversifying into new markets Interzoo thrusts you into a world filled with producers of products, suppliers, distributors, pet enthusiasts; name it! You want it; Interzoo trade fair has got it. The diversity with which this trade fair brings provides many an opportunity to explore and gather knowledge on new fields and markets they would probably be considering delving in. You also get on-ground information and statistics from people; let’s say you want to delve into a new coun...
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