Kevin Kohen


  • In the hobby for more than 30+ years
  • Director of
  • Author of numerous fish articles

Kevin Kohen earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Wright State University, and is an avid marine life photographer, lifelong aquarist and marine fish enthusiast. He was one of the early pioneers maintaining live corals in captivity back in the early 80′s. He began his professional career in the marine fish industry working in a retail fish store, and then moved on to manage the operations of one of the largest freshwater and marine fish wholesale and import/export businesses in the Midwest for over nine years.

From there, he ventured on to launch the web site, and designed and oversaw the installation of the Drs. Foster & Smith Aquaculture Coral & Marine Life Facility. He currently oversees the operations of the facility, and is responsible for the acquisition of the animals, as well as their husbandry. Kevin writes articles for various aquarium publications and speaks to reef clubs throughout the country.


Establishing and Maintaining a Thriving Non-Photosynthetic (NPS) Reef Aquarium

Having established and maintained successful reef aquariums since 1985, ranging from Polyp, Mushroom and Soft Coral displays to full blown SPS dominated reef aquaria, the time was right four years ago to venture into the relatively uncharted territory of NPS (Non-Photosynthetic) coral and invertebrate keeping.

Kevin’s presentation will detail his successes, failures, and how he overcame obstacles in setting up, establishing, and maintaining a thriving NPS coral and invertebrate aquarium.  If you have ever dreamed of setting up an NPS reef aquarium, or are ready for the next challenge in reef keeping, this presentation is packed with tips on animal selection, husbandry, feeding techniques, and maintenance protocols.