Meet Tom Fowler
In 1971 my wife bought the children a gold fish two days later it
started to get pretty white spots and we thought how nice, but later when
it had got a lot more we realized there was something wrong. We took it
back to the shop and the man said it was white spot, use this med, it will
put things right. So I used it, it was cured and I was hooked.
Two years later I had a fish house and forty large tanks all with gro
lux lights and carpet on the floor. We spent more time in there than we
did in the house. We were breeding Angels, Kribs, Barbs, Emperor Tetras,
Harlequins, Dwarf Gouramis, etc, sometime in 1975 I bought my first two
Discus they cost a weeks wages and I was very worried about keeping them
as I knew nothing about them. A chap came to see them and begged me to
sell them to him so I did, for a small profit, much to my wife's dismay. I
will get you some more I promised, but shortly after that my business
started to get really busy and it was getting too hard to keep the fish
house going and one day in 1977 a man phoned me about making some racks
for fish tanks and when he gave me the sizes I said I can sell you the
racks, the tanks and the fish so a deal was struck and he took the lot
When it was all gone there was a great feeling of loss; I said to my
wife, "when we are old and gray we will come back to it", she
never let me forget. In 1992 she said: "when are you going to get me
those discus?" "I will get you some for Christmas" I said.
So I made a three foot tank, bought a book, "Discus as a Hobby"
by Jim E. Quarles, read it from cover to cover, read it again, then I
bought two discus; "there" I said "that should keep you
quiet" and it did, but I was hooked again! Mr. Jack Wattley, Mr. Jim
E Quarles, Mr. Bernd Degen, if you read this somewhere I would like to
thank you for passing on your knowledge through your books.
This pair of discus with eggs have always been a problem: eating the
But after taking the photo a week ago, they are now swimming around with
the fry, 4
days old. I have got lots of youngsters off of them by hand rearing.
This pair of snake skins were very good parents but I lost a lot of the
young with problems that I posted on the discus-sion forum. After getting
a scope it proved to be flukes as was first
thought but the med was faulty and it was not getting rid of them. It was
not until I saw them in the scope that I new what was going on. Since then
they have not been rearing the young and I have been doing it, the little
bit all adds to the interest.
I now have a fish house with 19 tanks and five breeding pairs: two pairs
of Snake Skins, one pair of Cobalts, one pair of Red Turqs, one pair of
Blue Turqs and rather a lot of odds and ends which are beginning to pair
off. It can be very hard work at times, but I love it ......
The conclusions that I have come to over the years is that Discus are
no harder to keep than any other tropical fish, but the mistakes that
people make are exactly the same. They see these lovely fish and they must
"have" some. If they would stop, think, do some research and buy
at least one book on how to keep Discus they would have instant success. I
would recommend "Discus as a Hobby" by Jim E. Quarles. It is
published in paperback and is quite affordable. I also think that once
having got the fish in the tank they kill them with "kindness",
(over feeding them) and then having turned healthy fish into sick ones,
kill them off with all sorts of medications. Please people, before getting
the Discus: RESEARCH, buy a good book and do not RUSH into things....