About Us

DocAquarium was established in 1995. Created by Kevin Phoenix, a hobbyist, and who has been working in aquariology for over 30 years.

Based in Malibu, DocAquarium is currently designing and servicing aquariums, sculpting live reefs and ponds in Malibu, Santa Monica, Westlake Village, Camarillo, Simi Valley, Calabasas, Agoura Hills Pacific Palisades, Beverly Hills, Pasedena, Arcadia, Bradbury all of Los Angeles, San Gabriel Valley, San Fernando Valley, and Ventura counties. Our clientele includes high profile celebrities, business professionals and firms, restaurants, and small scale hobbyists. From Monster showroom Aquariums to sophisticated living reef systems and simple freshwater fish tanks, we believe no job is too big or small!

We now have a full online retail store! Our main goal is to provide customers with anything they could possibly need for their aquarium.
We have a full functioning greenhouse in our Malibu location where it is facilitated to house fish and propagate coral. By doing so, not only do we reduce our use of electricity but are able to harvest natural sunlight to help corals grow fast, strong and with vibrant colors. DocAquarium provides corals to clients that are zero impact, and farm raised! This ensures the safety of natural living reefs out in the ocean. According to recent studies, the worlds largest reef (The Great Barrier Reef) has lost over half of its coral cover in the last 27 years. The loss is due to Crown of Thorns starfish (42%), storm damage (48%) , and bleaching (10%) which are both caused by ocean warming and is one of the critical impacts of global climate change. -Australian Institute of Marine Science.

If you would like to come visit our greenhouse, simply fill out an appointment form and we’ll be happy to have you come purchase corals directly from us!

DocAquarium studying reef ecology in Maui

Kevin Phoenix has been practicing aquariology for over 30 years. Kevin has been diving into the deep depths of the aquarium hobby since the first encounter at the local aquarium shop, Jim’s Exotic Fish (now located in El Segundo, Ca) at age 11. After two years and many hours at the store asking questions and reading books, Kevin Phoenix  started working in the industry at age 13. At age 16 Kevin got his drivers license and a bought a truck with the money saved from working at the fish store. Now he was able to venture off and start servicing tanks on his own.
Decades later and Kevin has built some of the most sophisticated beautifully designed and crafted aquariums. Working with architects, designers and creators he has the ability to build anything the mind can create. Based on his experience and knowledge, Kevin has built a clientele and developed a business called Doc Aquarium.
Born and raised in Southern California, he is a world traveler in his spare time, an avid surfer and scuba diver. A walking text book of Aquatic life knowledge or better known to friends and the community as “The Fish Guy!”

Meet the Team:

We are proud to have David Leon on staff part time as a service technician. David has been in the business since 1988. For twelve years David worked at Quality Marine. It was there he was in charge of shipping, Import/Export and Domestic documentation, and fish Husbandry. Since 1996 he has been working for a leading supplier in the fish importing business Sea Dwelling Creatures. For thirteen years David has been the Local customer manager, Husbandry/curator assistant, Cites Documentation specialist, and shipping supervisor. Now on staff with DocAquarium for over six years, David has not only been able to execute his twenty one years of experience on the technical side but also has found a place to express his artistic side. DocAquarium has enabled him to express his work, and knowledge enabling our clients tanks to flourish. Being on staff at Sea Dwelling Creatures he is one of our “In Men” on the latest technologies, products and aquatic species available on the market today.


AJ Working in the greehouse

AJ Working in the greehouse


Alex “AJ” Yu Jr  is one of our hardworking full time service technicians. His passion for fish and coral goes back to when he was 12 and was given his first fish tank. Since then he has immersed himself in the world of saltwater fish tanks, and hasn’t looked back. He’s been with us at Doc Aquarium for over a year, and is doing amazing work with our reef tanks, and ponds. He enjoys working at Doc Aquarium because it empowers him to discern misconceptions and improve his husbandry skills as a hobbyist and aquarium technician. He’s an important addition to our team!



Poncho hard at work servicing the Malibu Lumber Yard tanks.



Ponciano Lopez, is another one of our full time, loyal, hardworking service technicians. He’s been with us at Doc Aquarium for over 7 years. Ponciano started out in the field concentrating mostly on our pond accounts. Today he is well developed and skilled in ponds and aquarium husbandry. He has been working side by side with our Master Aquarist in all installations since 2007 including our Green House.


Whats Up Doc? What is new these Days?

We now have a full online store! Starting out with providing customers with corals directly from our greenhouse! These corals are zero impact, and farm raised! This ensures the safety of natural living reefs out in the ocean.

Currently we have a few supplies up for sale and we’ll be adding more and more everyday! Stay tuned!

Check out our current products, and explore some of our coral!

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