The Discus Book First Edition I wrote back in 1988, after finally
breeding Wild Discus in captivity after 10 plus years of effort, alas
breaking a taboo that had eluded many hobbyists and aquarists, for a
150 years, since the original founding of our pastime, and hobby, of
tropical fish keeping, dating back to the Victorian Great Exhibition of
1851 in London, England.
The book was actually published after a great deal of effort in 1989, some 28 years ago now in 2017. The book was not a favourite in the commercial world by many, as it recorded my work detailing how to breed Discus, the water conditions, filtration and the specially prepared foods that i made to bring these amazing species into breeding condition.
I was determined to get my work published based on one sole reason alone at that time, and this related to deforestation. For the Wilds of the Amazon were being attacked by man, and I feared the extinction of these majestic species. We had to find a way to breed the Discus in captivity, and I think subconsciously many other respected friends who were dedicated hobbyists felt the same way as I did. For Dr. Eduard Schmidt-Focke, Jack Wattley, Eberhard Schulze, Carol Friswold and Mac Galbreath, were also finally having successes, as they all focused on extensive projects to breed Discus in captivity. This is why in the 1980's and 1990's, more books began to be published on these species, as a result of these successes. One of the biggest names in the hobby that helped this species profile and many others, was Dr. Herbert Axelrod. Herbert founded the Tropical Fish Hobbyist Magazine (TFH Publications Inc), and the first edition was published back in September of 1952 in the United States of America. Prior to that period William T. Innes, was one of the Fathers of Tropical Fish Keeping Books and Publications. However, regarding the "King of the Aquarium," still little was known about the species, even in the 1970's, and 1980's.
To be successful in any walk of life requires dogged determination, and to never giving up. I found my study, as I worked against the clock becoming an obsession, as I saw via National Geographic, the Amazon Rain Forest Trees being cut down at a rate and size of the Country of Wales, on a daily basis. Success eventually came by a complete re-think and change in direction regarding my breeding programme. Everyday I started to focus on Filtration, Water and Food. Eventually leading to success, and a further bonus being the creation of my power vain trickle filtration system. A method used today world wide!
Just like in all walks of life, it takes all sorts to make a world. Some today call my work old school, but as they say, a little knowledge is dangerous. There is good reason why it is always important to try and simplify conditions, it's called risk aversion. If we all stop and pause, then study all life around us, we will find all that exists in nature, functions on these set principles. In Natural Law, regarding the realms of Quantum Mechanics and Natural Branching, you will find one continuum strand and covenant, and that is to "Evolve and Refine" not to make things difficult, or to work against Mother Nature, for she will come up behind you and bite. Climate Change is Testament to that today!
Alastair R Agutter is one of a select few world-wide to successfully
breed the 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
Alastair began keeping and breeding tropical fish as a hobbyist from the age of just 9 years back in 1967 (nearly 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 First Edition is still 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.
Create Space (printed): https://www.createspace.com/4750687
Amazon (printed): https://www.amazon.com/dp/1497578205/
Barnes & Noble (printed): https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-discus-book-mr-alastair-r-agutter/1119197336
Apple iTunes (digital): https://itunes.apple.com/gb/book/the-discus-book/id1275952487
Amazon (kindle): https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00HGV30MG/
Indigo Chapters (digital): https://www.chapters.indigo.ca/en-ca/books/the-discus-book/9781497578203-item.html
Kobo (digital): https://www.kobo.com/gb/en/ebook/the-discus-book-1
Scribd (digital): https://www.scribd.com/book/357301755/The-Discus-Book-1
24 Symbols (digital): https://www.24symbols.com/book/x/x/x?id=2346040
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Overdrive for Libraries: https://www.overdrive.com/media/3468694/the-discus-book
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Written by Alastair