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The Discus Book Second Edition by Alastair Agutter

The Discus Book Second Edition

The Discus Book Second Edition, I believe to be the most comprehensive book to date ever written on The King of the Aquarium, Discus (symphysodon). The downside is, if Folk are looking for a silver bullet, or some form of miracle methods of keeping these complex species, they will be disappointed.

The Discus Book Second Edition for all Tropical Fish Hobbyists and dedicated Aquarists. If the advice is followed in this book, you will successfully keep and rear healthy, thriving, happy, disease free Discus Fish that will eventually spawn.

This Second Edition of The Discus Book has been written and produced with updates and additional information since the first edition, written in 1989, to accommodate “some” of the questionable technology changes, regarding this species since the first edition of the Discus Book, when the Author successfully bred Wild Discus (symphysodon) in captivity, the recording of such work and events transcribed to the said printed book.

Alastair Agutter still remains one of a select few in the world today to accomplish such a feat, breeding wild symphysodon, and as a result of such endeavours by he, and other dedicated Aquarist colleagues, they managed to break a cycle and taboo that had lasted for more than 120 years, since the founding of the pastime we know as tropical fish keeping, after “The Great Exhibition” of 1851 and this being, to breed “The King of the Aquarium” in captivity.

This second edition of the book is concise and accurate, based on proven methods and techniques, to deliver the above results. The Discus, King of the Aquarium is a highly evolved species of the Cichlidae (tooth carp) Family and will challenge any Aquarist, even tank bred species. This book will not produce any quick fixes, or silver bullets to keeping symphysodon, whom are a very highly evolved sensitive species. But will provide the secrets to successfully keeping the species, if the valuable information found in this book is followed to the letter.

Natural Law teaches us to “evolve and refine” when studying quantum mechanics and natural branching, in other words stealth, efficiency and risk aversion. Such outcomes and results only ever come from following the covenant of Natural Law when one seeks “simplistic perfection” in all that we do!


An introduction to the second edition and new book - Page 8, CHAPTER ONE - Discus Background and Environment - Page 13, CHAPTER TWO - The Wild Discus Species - Page 20, CHAPTER THREE - The Importance of the Correct Aquarium - Page 34, CHAPTER FOUR - A Guide to Fish Food and Suitability for Discus - Page 42, CHAPTER FIVE - Discus Prepared Super Foods and Recipes - Page 54, CHAPTER SIX - Growing and Hatching Your Own Brine Shrimp - Page 68, CHAPTER SEVEN - The Requirements for Discus Fish Filtration - Page 72, CHAPTER EIGHT - The Genetics and Different Strains of Discus Fish (including mordern day strains) - Page 98, CHAPTER NINE - The Correct Lighting and Electrical Needs - Page 111, CHAPTER TEN - Collecting and Purchasing the Correct Fish - Page 119, CHAPTER ELEVEN - The Correct Water Conditions and Techniques - Page 121, CHAPTER TWELVE - The Spawning of the Discus (symphysodon) King of the Aquarium - Page 129, CHAPTER THIRTEEN - Rearing and Raising Healthy Discus to Adulthood - Page 145, CHAPTER FOURTEEN - The Diseases and the Problems of the Species - Page 15, 0 CHAPTER FIFTHEEN - Aquarists Essential Reference Tables - Page 159, CHAPTER SIXTEEN - The Author's Concluding Points - Page 171


Alastair Agutter is one of a select few world-wide to successfully breed Wild Discus (symphysodon) species King of the Aquarium in captivity and an authority on these tropical fish species and others, as an accomplished Best Selling Author of Specialist Books Internationally.

Alastair began keeping and breeding tropical fish as a hobbyist from the age of just 9 years back in 1967 (50 years ago) and has successfully bred many species. He was one of the very first Aquarists in the United Kingdom breeding cichlids from the Great Lakes (Malawi and Tanganyika) in the early and mid-nineteen-seventies.

His enthusiasm as a dedicated Aquarist continues today with a number of projects underway; including the development of new biological filtration systems (Polyatomic-ion Biological Reactors), to help improve the success survival rate for keeping thriving plants with tropical fish species. Other projects include breeding a number of endangered species including original strains of the symphysodon family and other smaller indigenous species native to South America mainly inhabiting the Great River Amazon.

Alastair also continues today designing and making his very own aquariums and equipment for his projects, and also endeavours to write more tropical fish hobbyist reference books as a freelance full-time author, in the interests of further serving the local and wider Community Internationally.

The Discus Book Second Edition Availability

The Discus Book Second Edition is available in traditional print, and on digital ebook. The book can be ordered through all good book stores, and from libraries, via their wholesalers and distributors if not in stock.

ISBN: 9781499932654

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Written by Alastair R Agutter
Last Modified and Updated: 3rd February 2018
Alastair Agutter Author and Writer

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