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Meet Our Aquatic Services Staff

You can rest assured that behind every LiveAquaria order, there is a team of aquatic specialists and experts in Rhinelander, Wisconsin whose first concern is the good health of your aquarium and the life within it. Our Aquatic Services staff receives continuing education in virtually all aspects of aquarium setup, equipment, maintenance, and care to help ensure your aquarium questions receive proper consideration, no matter how technical or species specific.

Kevin Kohen, BS Kevin Kohen, BS Director Kevin Kohen has extensive experience in the tropical fish industry, regarded by peers as being one of the leading industry authorities on marine fish husbandry, identification, handling, acclimation, and shipping. As a hobbyist/enthusiast, Kevin established his first aquarium when he was only six years old, which evolved to keeping more than 21 freshwater and marine aquariums by the age of 16. He launched his career working in a retail fish store for eight years before advancing to direct operations for over eight more at one of the Midwest' largest tropical fish wholesale and import/export businesses.

During that time, he gained considerable knowledge experimenting with various shipping techniques, medication protocols, and filtration technologies, striving to improve the well-being of aquarium animals while reducing mortality rates. For over 20 years, he has been a leading advocate for specialized shipping techniques that ensure the health of aquatic life during transit.

In 2004, Kevin proposed starting up an aquaculture coral facility at Drs. Foster and Smith's headquarters in Rhinelander, WI, designing and directing the initial construction of the Midwest's most state-of-the-art Aquaculture Coral & Aquatic Life Facility, which opened in July of 2005. In 2007, he designed Phase II of the facility, which more than doubled the size to over 20,000 gallons, adding more coral raceways and quarantine systems for corals and invertebrates, along with three dedicated fish systems to house rare and unusual saltwater fish from around the world.

Kevin has bred and reared nearly 100 species of fresh and saltwater fish and was one of the early pioneers in the U.S. to maintain live corals in captivity in the early 1980's. He has a special interest in Small Polyp Stony Corals (SPS), Non-Photosynthetic (NPS) corals, and filter feeding invertebrates. He currently maintains a thriving Acropora dominated SPS reef aquarium, as well as a beautiful and very successful NPS aquarium in his office here at Drs. Foster and Smith.

Most recently, Kevin successfully paired, and spawned, several batches of eggs from the rare McCulloch's clownfish (Amphiprion mccullochi) at the facility in Rhinelander, WI! Kevin is the first person in the U.S to accomplish this feat, and one of only two expert aquarists in the world to successfully breed McCulloch's clownfish.

Kevin earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Wright State University, and is a member of the Marine Aquarium Societies of North America (MASNA), and participates in the local reef aquarium club, Northern Wisconsin Reef Society. He has received the Saltwater Aquarium of the Year and Reef Aquarium of the Year awards from the Greater Dayton Aquarium Society.

Steve Krogh Steve Krogh
Drs. Foster and Smith Aquaculture and Aquatic Life Facility Operations Manager Steve Krogh has an extensive background in aquarium keeping as a retailer, professional technician, and member of the Greater Minnesota Reef Society/Duluth, Twin Cities Marine Aquarium Society, and the Northern Wisconsin Reef Society. Steve has maintained a variety of freshwater aquariums since the age of 12, from goldfish to planted community aquariums, discus and a variety of African and South American cichlid biotopes. He has also maintained numerous marine FOWLR and marine reef aquariums for over 18 years, having propagated a diversity of corals, including soft, LPS, and SPS. Steve oversees the day-to-day operations, husbandry, and maintenance in our Aquaculture Coral and Aquatic Life Facility, and facilitates the continuing education of customer service representatives and the technical support team.

Chris Mueller Chris Mueller
Inventory Analyst and reef hobbyist Chris Mueller holds a degree in Accounting from Nicolet College. She has been a vital member of the staff for over 11 years, beginning as an aquarium expert for Drs. Foster and Smith's call center, assisting customers with technical questions and order fulfillment. Chris keeps in close contact with all of the vendors and is responsible for the logistics and coordination of all new livestock additions to the website. Chris is also responsible for helping attendees schedule tour times for the Aquaculture Coral & Aquatic Life Centers Open House tours. Chris also oversees inventory of both livestock and all the supplies needed to maintain's SigNature® Shipping System. SigNature® Shipping System.

Kelvin Fujikawa, BA, MSE Kelvin Fujikawa, BA, MSE
Born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii, Aquatic Specialist and Lead Educational Staff writer Kelvin Fujikawa has a lifetime of experience in tropical reef ecology and water gardening. Having maintained numerous aquarium setups at Drs. Foster and Smith - including FOWLR, Reef, African Cichlid, and Freshwater Planted systems - Kelvin has assisted customers both as a technical support agent and through the numerous articles he writes for the Aquarium Outfitters and Pond catalogs. He holds degrees in English and Anthropology from Ripon College and a Masters of Science & Engineering in technical writing and translation from the University of Wisconsin - Madison.

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