Having spent the last few years in the world of dwarf cichlids, I felt I needed a new area to focus on.
Whilst in conversation, someone mentioned to me about discus, a species that had historically scared me away - partly because of the perception that they are difficult to keep and need near perfect water conditions.
Spending many evening over many weeks on the internet, various forums and Facebook, 2 suppliers names kept coming up - alongside with "if you want quality there is only 2 places to go". 1 of those suppliers would supply Asian Discus, and 1 of those would supply German Stendker discus - which in my view looked a slightly more hardier and forgiving species, and certainly more suited to my water.
So having read many wonderful recommendations I rang Mark at Devotedly Discus who answered many of my questions, and frankly made it sound simple. A week or so later my first shipment arrived, never before have I been so pleasantly surprised, you put a lot of faith in somebody when you order over the phone and I wasn't disappointed.
Fast forward 5 months and those 6.5cm Discus had grown huge, I needed a bigger tank so I could house more Discus, so I moved the lot on, including a breeding pair, so I could go again with a bigger tank, and ultimately house more Discus.
The pictures linked to this "blurb" are my latest batch after 12 weeks of growth, all of these were purchased at 6.5cm, it's fascinating to see them develop over the weeks, especially the colours they morph through. If I had to pick 1 favourite at present it would either be Solid X Snakeskin or the Solid Turq. Your notice there are plants and a sand substrate in my tank, which if you believe everything you read online "shouldn't be done!".
So thanks to Mark Evendon at Devotedly Discus, and Stendker, for supplying me some top quality Discus, and doing something I never believed possible.