How to acclimate your new salt water aquarium tank arrivals –Floating Method

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  1. Turn off aquarium lights.
  2. Dim the lights in the room where the shipping box will be opened. Never open the box in bright light - severe stress or trauma may result from sudden exposure to bright light.
  3. Float the sealed bag in the aquarium for 15 minutes (Fig. A). Never open the shipping bag at this time. This step allows the water in the shipping bag to adjust slowly to the temperature in the aquarium, while maintaining a high level of dissolved oxygen.DC
  4. After floating the sealed shipping bag for 15 minutes, cut open the bag just under the metal clip (Fig. B) and roll the top edge of the bag down one inch to create an air pocket within the lip of the bag. This will enable the bag to float on the surface of the water (Fig. C). For heavy pieces of live coral that will submerge the shipping bag, place the bag containing the coral in a plastic bowl or specimen container.
  5. Add 1/2 cup of aquarium water to the shipping bag (Fig. D).FE
  6. Repeat step 5 every four minute... Read More

    How to acclimate your new salt water aquarium tank arrivals – Drip method

    kenya marine center acclimation
    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:
    1. A clean 3 or 5-gallon bucket designated for aquarium use only. If acclimating both fish and invertebrates, use a separate bucket for each.
    2. Air pump tubing long enough to reach from tank to bucket
    The process
    1. Turn off aquarium lights.
    2. Dim the lights in the room where the shipping box will be opened. Never open the box in bright light - severe stress or trauma may result from sudden exposure to bright light
    3. Float the sealed bag in the aquarium for 15 minutes (Fig. A). Never open the shipping bag at this time. This step allows the water in the shipping bag to adjust slowly to the temperature in t...
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    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 the stresses in the above list, from water pollution to oxygen depletion to harassment. If you want to stress your fish, put too many in the tank and it will happen every time. 3. Keeping lone schooling fish If you do not have a large enough tank to keep an entire school of fish, stick to fish that do fine as solitary fish or in pairs or trios. Keeping a schooling fish alone is not a good idea. These fish will tend to develop depression and may stop eating and swimming enough to ...
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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 again, and so on through the collector, exporter, importer, wholesaler, and retailer to your tank. Throughout this process the livestock have undergone drastic changes in temperature, ammonia, pH, salinity, diet, medications etc. and arrive at your tank completely stressed. What some hobbyists do not realize is that if the fish are not handled very carefully and placed in an optimum environment, their stress levels will increase making them sick and they will eventually die. You first need to understand the stress factors and how ...
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    5 key reasons why some fishes are rare for trade

    As a trader in the export of live marine fish and invertebrates I often meet clients with outrageous demands for rare fishes. I owe it to my clients to provide them with their choice of fish but I also owe them an explanation why I consider some demands beyond limits.
    1. Complex to keep
    The business of ornamental fish goes well beyond beauty and attraction. It includes some in depth knowledge of the fish to keep, how to keep and the tank mates to keep it with. Some pose more challenges than others while others are a stroll in the park. To this point a few fish are considered to be rare in terms of demand as few people can undertake the challenge of keeping them.
    1. Re population
    Most aquarium fish can only re populate in the wild. There are some which take longer than others and therefore difficult to find. This makes them rare only during a particular time. Re population is affected by the nature of fish and different weather patterns. The faster a fish re populates th...
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    Do clown fish really need Sea anemones? (Symbiotic analysis)

    Sea-anemone-clownfish Introduction The amazing thing about the ecosystem is the interdependence between species and their adaptations to the surrounding nature. It is a clear perspective of life. Symbiosis can be easily defined as a relationship of mutual benefit. In ecology however, it is used to define a state of close and prolonged association between two or more organisms of different species that normally benefits both members. This definition drives me to my next point. Classification of symbiotic relationships There are three major classifications of symbiosis: Mutualism- Occurs when both species benefit from the interaction. Commensalism- Occurs when only one species benefits and the other do not gain or lose anything. Parasitism- Takes place when only one species nourishes itself to the disadvantage of the other. In respect to the above definitions, the symbiotic relationship between the sea anemone and the clown fish (Pomacentridae allardi) can therefore be classified under ...
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    The Salarias fasciatus (Red-fin, Lawn Mower blenny)

    Salarias-fasciatus There are numerous functional fish that I can share with you and in time I will. As for today I will lay focus on the Salarias fasciatus or the Lawn mower blenny as it is commonly referred to. All their adaptation in nature makes them worthy occupants of aquarium tanks as cleaners. They are indeed known to have great appetite for filamentous algae. To begin with, Blennies are generally small fish, with elongated bodies and relatively large eyes and mouths. In nature, they spend much of their time as bottom dwellers and are quite isolated. From time to time they burrow in sandy substrates or inhabit cracks and crevices in reefs. In an aquarium set up the Salarius is considered an algivore (feeding on algae) but in the real sense it is a detrivore with plants only making 15% of its diet.
    Note: Detrivores are detritus feeders/eaters. They obtain nutrients by consuming detritus (decomposing plant and animal parts as well as feces).
    Salarias fasciatus An average Lawn mower bl...
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    How a Cleaner Can Eliminate Aggression

    There is no doubt that a clean environment leads to a relaxed mood and the same case is true in the ocean as it is in real life. The perfect cleaner in this case is Labroides dimidiatus commonly referred to as the blue streak wrasse which specializes in keeping the aquarium free from parasites and extends its services to cleaning other fish too. If you have a keen eye you will realize that in tanks occupied by the blue streak wrasse the fish are usually less aggressive. This is because it offers the kind of service we humans call therapeutic. They nibble parasites from the body, mouth and gills of other fish. How they operate They form a kind of a station and attract larger fish to their stations by making strange, oscillatory swimming movements, and the fish then stops to get cleaned. Wrasses enter the mouth and gill openings and remove any ectoparasites and diseased tissue. Cleaner Wrasse - gills The larger fish not only refrain from devouring these small cleaner fish, but actually read...
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    So you want to have better shipments?

    If you are reading this it means you have experienced the worst moments as an exporter or an importer when products or services fail to meet delivery standards. As an experienced exporter of ornamental live fish, part of the job requirement is to meet industry standards of quality, and the best way to be sure of this is through customer feedback. Below are # five shipping problems exporters of live fish experience and their solutions #1 Arrival Time Shipping goods across an international platform requires attention and knowledge of different time zones in the world. The best time in this case is the time the client is comfortable with receiving his shipment. However, the burden on the exporter is not only limited to finding a good flight solution but also finding the flight in itself can be a challenge. Most freight companies avoid shipping out live animals and these results to a limited option to choose from. How do you overcome this? Plan with the client and with the freigh...
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    Kenya Marine center takes pride in all its fish more so, all functional fish in the aquarium industry. Last week we featured the Cerithium Caeruleum (black snails) Today we will feature Zebrasoma Veliferum. Notice the algae? round2.jpeg   This is exactly why you need Zebrasoma Veliferum from Kenya Marine Center. This fish feeds on all filamentous algae (This is a generic term for a host of algae common in all types of set-up. Common species include Cladophora, Oedogonium, Rhizoclonium, Spirogrya and Staghorn.) The sail fin tang as it is commonly known is one of the most adaptable fish in a tank. It plays well with other tank mates and usually demands less from its owner. This fish is also bold in nature; resistant to diseases and responds well to treatment should they fall ill. It is a fish that can undergo periods of non -feeding as it stores fats in its body. did u no  
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