Finally something about myself. After many requests I try to write
something about myself.
I am Walter Soestbergen born in Utrecht, Netherlands on 30-6-1963. I
will leave a great range from my life blanc :-). I always have loved all
animals of this world. But my special favorites are: Dolphins, Whales and
of course Discus fish. I Started at the age of 16 (1979) at my parents
home with a tank, a beauty with discus fish (my father is still thinking
it was his idea <grin>). With no other aquarium experience this was
my first discus tank and lucky me, this was going fine. When I moved out
by my parents, I started my own tank (or better second tank) also with
discus fish. I had this tank for 5 years and because we didn't have that
much room I stopped with keeping Discus.
In 1995 I was again thinking about Discus fish and how beautiful they
are (it is a illness I think, when they get a grip on you :-) ). While
surfing on the internet I could not find the information I wanted to know
about these fishes and was thinking to start my own information page, only
about Discus fish. In 1996, around my birthday, I started Discus Page
Holland. The second Discus page in the Netherlands. In the beginning with
around the 3 visitors a day (probably from myself) it began to grow. And
yes it was growing, in 1998 I decide to get my own domain name, where you
are now http://www.dph.nl.
In that time I received around 40 - 50 visitors a day and at that
moment I changed the layout into what it is now. In the year 1997 there
was a contest for the best Discus Website 1997 and I won the second place
silver award. For the year 1998/1999 I got the Gold award with the same
contest, Wow the people must love DPH, great that I won this one.
Also, 1999 is the worst year for me. In the hospital they discover a
lump on my back. And yes, it was a bad one, which was removed.
Back to my introduction. I am working many hours on DPH, only for the
hobby, and I like to do it that way. Always busy, busy and more busy.
Sometimes it is so bad that my wife asks me if I am married with DPH or
with her ;-).
We are at the moment in the year 2000 and there are around the 300 +
visitors a day and getting more than 40 emails a day from all fanciers and
keepers of Discus.
I'll stop here I am not a good writer at all. I want also to say is
that I can not do this without the support I got from many people
mentioned by their name or not, on the DPH pages.
Finally I can say that I like the internet. From all over the world you
have friends, they all looked like neighbors 2 seconds away with email and
also with ICQ and some chat rooms (specially the DPH chat room).
date: April 2000