View Full Version : November 2014 Member Spotlight - Discus Hans

11-04-2014, 07:17 PM
It's my distinct pleasure to present the Member Spotlight on Discus Hans.
Many thanks, Hans, for accepting this spotlight role !

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Q - Please tell us all a little about yourself. Single, married, attached? What do you do for a living? Other hobbies? Any significant non-discus achievements you want to brag about?

A - My name is Hans Koops van 't Jagt. Now about only 10 people will know who that is, my wife Joanne, my 3 daughters, my son and a few friends. A few more people know me as Discus Hans (a name I got from a lady back in Holland because she couldn't remember my name). I play with Discus since approx. 1977, keeper, breeder and later Stendker reseller.

In 2004 I moved from Holland to the USA to start Discus Hans USA to sell the Stendker Discus in the USA. I'm married with Joanne, who is also my boss and together we run Discus Hans USA.

The Discus is our living. And hobby? My work is my hobby and my hobby is my work. I think I've the dream job for most here on the forum. I bet many would love to be me …... sorry job is taken lol.

Non Discus achievement: Yes, there is something. A few years back Joanne and I started here something in the USA we dreamed of to do for many years. The Kids tank decoration “contest”. The whole idea is based to get more children interested in the fish hobby in general. Set up an X amount of tanks, fill them with water and let the kids decorate the tank with gravel, plants (fake or real) ornaments and on top of that some general fish. Tanks would be judged and winner would win the tank. Because you don't let children lose all were winners and went home with the tank and you hope to get some kids interested in our hobby. We were having a hard time to get that started because nobody believed it could work. The Ohio Cichlid Association gave us the chance to do it at their show and with help from Les Wilson, now owner of Cobalt but at that time working for UPG, we got tanks 12 donated. The rest Joanne and I paid out of our own pocket. The whole thing was a BIG HIT and everybody wanted to jump on the bandwagon, few months later we did it again on the ACA in Maryland with 20 tanks and EVERYTHING was sponsored. We didn't have the time anymore to do it and it's great to see that it's done now on almost every big shows all over the country, proud......... yes VERY.

Click on this link to see a slideshow of Hans work with the kids.

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Q - How did you get into discus?

A - Gosh, it just happened, it was not planned. I had a friend who wanted some Discus in his tank, but had no time to grow them. We bought together a bunch of 3” Discus and put them in my tank to grow. Most of them I killed in no time. Second batch from a local breeder worked out better. I managed to grow out a few to 5”~6” and those started breeding in my show tank. About a 60 ~ 70 of the babies I grew to a 2.5”, put them up for sale and they all were sold in a few days......... a Discus business was born. 1 tank grew to 2 tanks to 7 breeding tanks + 2 grow outs. To 30 tanks in a back garden shed + about 30 tanks at an other location (hatchery). Those tanks later went to Nandi in Hungary when I stopped breeding, still don't understand how we got all those tanks, racks, filters, etc in the little truck. After I stopped breeding I started selling the Stendker Discus.

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Q - What strains are you the most happy with? Which do you think need some work? Are you working on anything new and exciting now? What strain/s do you like best, personally?

A – Every strain that sells I'm happy with. It all depends a little who yours selling to, as most know we do 2 things. 1) Selling to stores. They are looking most for smaller Discus, the ones with the most color at young age are the best sellers for them, so also for us. Blue Diamonds, Marlboro's and Dark Angels. 2) Is an other story, selling over the online store direct to the public, as we all know (as being Discus people) the hardest part to do. Some how Discus people are very hard to please. If you've a tank with 60 young Discus, you've to pick what you think your customer will like, more or less being their eyes, so far I think we are doing pretty well with this. What they want most...... all over the place, in strain, size, etc etc.

Can't wait till Stendker come with their Leopards, last they came with are the Checkerboards that are very nice.

What do I like, hmmmm let's put it this way, if I set up a tank for myself, it would be light planted, Amazon Swords, Vallisneria, lot of branches hanging in the tank and a mix of Stendker Alenquers, Stendker Santarem and Stendker Tefe's. In other words, wild looking Discus.

Q - What do you feed your discus?

A – I feed here our own meat mix, I make it from lean ground beef, cod, shrimp, peas, high quality flake (Cobalt/Discus Hans flake) and some other stuff lol

Q - What is your most exhilarating moment with discus?

A – Ohhh my, there are so many over the last 40 years. From the first fry, my own Discus show in 1997, the move to USA, being “famous” and people think you know it all, etc etc.

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Q - What are your most frustrating moments with discus?

A – Being “famous” and people think you know it all. Some think if they send you a picture and you know what's going on inside the Discus.

Or very frustrating if people ask your help and they know what they did wrong, tell you half the story and keep you busy for hours and than say....... oh yeah what I forgot.

For example, had a customer with a big tank full of adult Stendkers, doing very well. Every time asking for a kind of yellow Discus to add to his tank, sorry, we don't do yellow. One evening he called me, big problem in his tank, all Discus at the surface and slime coat start to break down. First question: did you add something to your tank the last week. NO nothing!!! Okay send me a movie, let me take look. Movie took a while, batteries empty, blah, blah, blah. Okay in the mean time hours on the phone, water changes, maybe main water pipe break in the area? (Pipes get flushed with chemicals, what of course can give problems) etc etc I was at my wit end.

Finally I got the movie, showed the sick Discus at the top, camera moves to the other side but while going to the other side you see the camera go up, quick down, to the right up again, sudden move down, to the left again, after playing the movie 5 times, you see he tried to keep one Discus, happy swimming around in the tank, out of the movie. 6th time watching I saw a yellow nose and a part of a yellow tail.

I was fuming, called the guy and asked the guy flat out, that yellow Discus that you try to keep out of the movie is not mine, where did you get it and how long is it in your tank............ silence at the other end....... ohhhh yeah, man I forgot about that, I got it last week from XXXXXX (not a dealer on this forum).

Okay, thanks for wasting my time.
Yeah what do I do now????
Call the guy you got that Discus from and ask him what to do about it.
Click, end of story.

Most frustrating time in my life with Discus, March 13th 2011. What should have been one of the most happy parts of our lives (my grand daughter was just born) turned in the most horrible time with Discus. We had to euthanize our complete stock of more as 5,000 Discus. Don't want to go into details, but if you want to read about it, you can read about it on my part of the forum around that date, think the threat is called: What's going on over here.

Q - Do you have any future discus plans that you would like to share with us?

A - Future plans, yeah sell more Discus, make more people happy with good Stendker Discus. We are working on some game changers for us, have to see how that all works out.

Q - How do those in your life feel about discus?

A – hay it's our living, we don't have to work, I play every day with Discus and my family knows that. Days off are hard, vacations impossible but it's our life.

Let's put it this way, it's a job, somebody has to do it and I'm glad it's me.

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Q - What do you see as the future of discus keeping? More/less people? Any cool ideas for strains?

A – I think there is a great future in people keeping Discus. More people start to understand that if you start with a good quality Discus, it isn't too hard to keep them alive. I'm sure more and more people will start to keep Discus.

Cool ideas, it's not up to me, Stendker breeds them, I just sell what they breed.

Q - Do you have any thanks or credit to give for your success with discus? Any mentors or colleagues who you think deserve some applause? Any one member of the forum that has helped you the most?

A – Of course the Stendker family, without them, I wouldn't be here in the USA. For the forum, hmmmm I think I came on Simply around 2002, just before I came to the USA, I was playing with Discus approx. a 25 years and understand me well, I don't know everything, but their were not many things I hadn't seen before.
There are a few friends that helped me lot, special in times you need them the most and are were there for me when I was in need of help. To name a few Jim H, John N. and Al S.

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Q - If you were to give an aspiring discus keeper one piece of advice, what would it be?

A – Don't do it. It's an addiction, you always want more. If you still think you have to do it, do it right. Start with good quality Discus and read about them before you start. A lot of people dive into it and at the moment things go wrong they start to reading, most to find out they started wrong from the beginning.

A lot of info can be find here on the forum. An other good source of information is Stendker's free online book: http://diskuszucht-stendker.de/en/Wissenswertes/ don't be afraid, it's in English lol lol

Other thing, if you want to buy your Discus online (online store) do your research, to give you an example, the online store somethingstinkyfishy has a perfect grading on their store, if do some research here on Simply or Better Business Bureau you will find out the story isn't that nice.

Okay, I know my feedback is also 100% on the online store, I guarantee you this is real and we don't delete bad ones, heck, don't even know how to do it.

Q - How has Simply Discus helped you in your business?

A – Simply has helped me for a big part to brand the Stendker name in the USA, it's the place were you find the most Discus keepers, special before the era of Facebook.

Some Discus Gangsters at my house

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Q - How have you been a mentor to other discus hobbyists?

A – Oh no, I don't tell anybody anything, everything is one big secret lol lol just kidding. No, I think I've always been pretty open to what we do, how we do it etc etc I think we are one of the most open companies in this business. If all info we gave was any help to hobbyist, I don't know but I think so.

I know for example that an other dealer in Discus has almost a copy of our setup/systems.

Q - Can you think of anything I left out you would like to bring up - either personally or discus related?

A – Yeah, you didn't tell me yet were to send the invoice for all the typing I'm doing here lol lol

No, let's do it this way, let's ask the people, who have to read this ….. crap? Lol
what they think I left out and come with questions what more they want to know, only risk they have I will say: Not of your business lol.

Q - How did you decide to take the plunge into breeding as a significant part of your fishkeeping?

A – MONEY!!!! (lol No, I think I answered that more or less in an earlier question)

Q - What were the major obstacles involved in setting up as a breeder? Any advice for
aspiring breeders?

A – If your married, make sure your wife/husband is with you on this, if not..... don't do it. It will kill your marriage.

Most important is your pairs, now there are at the moment many “breeding pairs” for sale. I think we were the first here in the USA who started selling breeding pairs, what more and more dealers start to copy. Now if I would order pairs direct from Stendker you understand you've to pay an arm and a leg. The tank space in Stendker's hatchery is very valuable, to use tanks for testing/forming pairs to let them go cheap is out of the question. So what we do here is buy a group of young adults, try to select males + females and let them spawn here in my facility, the adult Discus are for sale as single Discus, the moment they prove as pair, we sell them as pair. This way you get a young pair. I've seen other sellers sell “pairs” that, by my knowledge, look like older, probably worked out pairs, it's not were you want to start with.

From there it's patient, patient and patient. And if you want to go in this business for the money, take a real job, this is not for you.

Q - Who's the best breeder you have ever met; and why?

A - That's an easy one, Heinz Stendker, he started the biggest hatchery in the World, now owned/run by his 2 sons Jorg and Volker. While all the big names started writing books, Heinz Stendker stayed in the shadow, just doing his thing, breeding Discus. What once started with 4 wild Discus, is now world biggest Discus hatchery. Father Stendker had the luck that his 2 son Jorg and Volker took it over and grew the hatchery even bigger and breeding now 10's of thousand Discus a month. I bet a lot of breeders in the old and these days got their starting stock from the Stendker hatchery.
Name me one old time Discus breeder that we know only from their Discus and not mostly from their books??

Q - Any tips on breeding or raising discus? Tricks or methods you use to encourage pairs to breed?

A – Okay, this is work, we let Stendker do this because I hate work.

No special tricks or methods beside clean water and good food. For the rest it's up to mother nature, we don't force that.

Q - Hans, you are known as the discus pimp. How exactly did you came by that title?

A. That came more or less from a conversation with a customer who thought we were a breeder, explained we were not, Stendker is the breeder, I'm just the pimp.
Next visit the lady brought me my Discus Hans Pimp glass (see picture) and a title was born.

Q - Hans, you have been in America about ten years or so, how do you like living here?

A. yes I'm here now 10+ years in 2015 Discus Hans USA is official 10 years. How I like it, let's say it's different from the life I lived in Holland for 46 years. Holland is way more ….... relaxed. My kids (2) and grandsons (2) I can't see as many times I want to see. Some types of food I miss dearly. But here you win some, there you loose some.

Q - If I remember right you recently became a grandparent again. How do you like being a grandparent except for the getting older part of course?

A. Yes beside the 2 children + 2 grandsons I've in Holland, I gained here 2 daughters who are married by now. One has 2 little girls (3 year and 9 months), the other daughter has a little boy (8) months. Grandkids are great, you spoil them, worn them out (and they you) and when you're tired you give them back to their mothers.

Can wait till the little boy starts walking, so I can bring him to the fish house to start teaching him to clean tanks, from the day he's born he's Discus Hans USA CEO

That's all folks

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11-04-2014, 08:02 PM
I have known Hans for a lot of years and the thing that makes him so special is how much he gives back. I am not just talking about fish for auctions. I am talking about all of the time he takes to make the discus hobby better. All of the PM's and emails he answers, all of the post he has on the forum. Some sponsors take a little time to post but several can only be bothered to post if they have something to sell. Hans will post anytime he thinks he can help someone. It is that he takes the time to give talks to clubs. It is his dedication to the children. It is his support of NADA. Here is something that most do not think about. We have the NADA show and he brings fish. he wins a few things but not really a lot.....but think about this.....other sponsors are bringing in high dollar show fish....Hans is bringing in his normal everyday fish that he has. He does not import specail fish to try and make himself look better. He brings fish because it helps out NADA in a huge way. For that I can never thanks him enough.

Hans you are a dear friend.


11-04-2014, 08:58 PM
That's a wonderful tribute to Hans, John, and its all true.

During my back & forth with Hans over this spotlight during the past month, I learned a lot more about Hans, all good - his dedication to the hobby & helping people out getting started with discus, is outstanding. His patience in answering many silly questions was something that literally astounded me - I don't think I could ever go as far as he does. He shared with me a few of the emails he gets on the daily basis, and I was in awe of the time he takes, and the trouble he goes to, above & beyond what any businessman would do who's just trying to sell a product.
My hat's off to this wonderful man.

Second Hand Pat
11-04-2014, 09:07 PM
I finally got to meet Hans at the NADA 2014 show. I had heard many wonderful things about him. Hans and I have exchanged a few emails and PMs over the last couple of years. When I finally meet him it was like meeting an old friend and we hit it off immediately. So as far as I am concerned we are friends for life.

11-04-2014, 09:13 PM
Where can I get one of those discus black t-shirt?!

Hans is so awesome. His interview was the reason why I'm in this hobby.

11-04-2014, 09:35 PM
Hans is actually the reason why I wound up here in the first place! lol very helpful guy!

Still need to make a solid order from his fish one of these days...

11-05-2014, 01:24 AM
Congratulations Hans, A.K.A discus pimp. Lol. Hans you deserve this recognition and wish you many many many more years of success in your business.

11-07-2014, 04:51 PM
Great interview!!! Sometimes I think doing the kids tanks at ACA was more fun for us than the kids!

Folks like Hans are getting harder and harder to find in today's world - I'm extremely fortunate to have him as a close friend.

11-07-2014, 09:38 PM
John, thanks, you know I love you too lol lol

Jim, the Kids tanks was one of the most fun things I ever did in my life (I know sorry me lol) but yes, I think we all had a lot of fun.
The little kids soaking wet of the tank water, loved it.


11-07-2014, 09:59 PM
John, thanks, you know I love you too lol lol

Jim, the Kids tanks was one of the most fun things I ever did in my life (I know sorry me lol) but yes, I think we all had a lot of fun.
The little kids soaking wet of the tank water, loved it.


Did you do a salt dip on the kids afterwards Hans? lol

11-07-2014, 10:01 PM
Hans is always helpful and great to have you here as a sponsor.

11-07-2014, 10:02 PM
When I reentered the keeping of discus almost three years ago, the first discus that I ordered were from Hans. He's a great, down to earth and honest person with a wealth of knowledge and sound advice. Wonderful interview. Rufus

11-07-2014, 11:36 PM
Rick, those Kids have no Discus yet so they are save. We only dip Discus owners in salt lol


11-07-2014, 11:52 PM
Rick, those Kids have no Discus yet so they are save. We only dip Discus owners in salt lol



Thanks for having granted us a peak at your day-to-day and opened up to our fellow members Hans. It is always great to know the origins of what made people get in to the hobby in the first place.

11-07-2014, 11:59 PM
Love the spotlight on Hans. Its always heartwarming to hear someone doing what he loves and being successful at it. Hans, you're the man...urm...pimp!

11-08-2014, 06:55 AM
Great interview! I am glad you love what you are doing. That shows in your dedication to the hobby and the discus people. :)


11-08-2014, 08:05 AM
just read this from start to finish as a brit i would like to add that hans has a reputation that spans the the world a great supplier of discus from a great breeder ! whilst i have never brought fish from him (we have a great supplier here in the uk in devotedly discus ) his advice is freely available on the forum and a great resource for all keepers of discus .

11-08-2014, 08:27 AM
This was one spot light that was long over due!!:) It was great reading thru it. Thanks SD Team for putting it together and Hans for playing along!

I've known Hans thru the forums for years as well... The guy has a huge heart...no doubt there. And He has one helluva cool Discus Hatchery! Over the years He and I have become good Friends...its something that happens sometimes when you share a passion if you are lucky.. I feel strongly that SimplyDiscus has made a huge impact on the Hobby but its because of people ..People in our community like Hans here. Hans has impacted the hobby immensely thru his support of this Site, The Fish Shows, the Clubs, and even the future Discus Keepers, the kids. He isn't showy, and you often don't know the extent of what he is involved in, but tries to help where he can. I am very Proud to call him a Friend, and very glad to have him as a sponsor of this forum. I have always been able to count on him. ...and thats a fact.


Thats one of my Favorite Pics! Dick AU, Discus Hans, and Some other guy in the middle.:)

Best always,

11-08-2014, 02:29 PM
Great article on Hans Discus. I always love reading how and why people successfully turn a hobby they love into a thriving business. I do have one question - he seemed rather adamant about not selling yellow strains. Is there a particular reason for this (weaker strain, poor breeders, etc.) or is it simply personal preference?

11-08-2014, 04:49 PM
Congrats Hans, well deserved!!!!!

I have known Hans for several years thru email, Facebook and on the phone. I will one day soon make a trip to Baltimore to speak to him in person (after all its only 4.5 hours away).
I am very impressed with the Stendker Discus, Top quality. BUT, I grow more and more impressed with the man that sells them. he takes the time for anyone and sometimes over and over to explain
the hobby but beyond that he is also willing to speak off topic with you as well, I have got to know him more and more over phone calls after my next juvie group just showed up. in my book this guy is a class act

BUT, Hans you need to quit posting those pairs for sale "your killing me"... Lol again, congrats, well deserved - talk to you soon. Tom C.

11-08-2014, 05:17 PM
Very nice read, makes me want to get more and more back in to the discus hobby each day.

11-08-2014, 07:43 PM
Ok, time to get back in and big.
Thanks for the E-mail Al.

11-08-2014, 08:56 PM
Hans is one of the true Gentleman of the hobby. He has done so much for the hobby as a whole. Not just Discus. Thanks for always being there Hans

11-08-2014, 10:03 PM
Hey Hans cool interview. I have been involved with Discus only a short time, just under a year. But like Hans said I did my research and read a ton about the fish. When I searching the web, Discus Hans always came up as the guy to buy the Discus from. What got me further into meeting Hans was the videos posted on youtube. So I drove down to Baltimore to meet Hans, pick his brains and pick up a couple of Discus. I found Hans to be an awesome person and easily willing to share his knowledge with me. Well needless to say I left his shop with 8 discus when I was looking on to get 4. Well shortly after getting them home one got sick and I contact Hans immediately. He walked me through what to do and calmed me down. The fish did get better and I learned not to panick with Discus. Three months later I went back to see Hans and was treated like part of the family. Of course I left with the store again with eight more Discus. So now I have two 60 gallon tanks with seven Discus in each, yep one has died in each batch but that just the way it works. But I can assure you I have that the 14 I have are pretty outstanding Discus. And yes, Hans warned me thats its hard work from the very beginning and nothing but nothing works as well as daily water changes and beef heart food. And he was right, its hard work but the rewards are worth it. So thanks Hans for being such a nice, knowledgeable and sharing person. By the way I have to order more food soon, just haven't decided if I am driving down or ordering on line. I really don't have the room for anohter 60 gallon tank; but thats what I said last time.

11-08-2014, 10:11 PM
I met Hans at a PVAS meeting this past July, his fish and his personality are wonderful. I have his Discus in my home at this moment and I love them. Such a great Discus mentor to all.

Greg Adamson
11-09-2014, 02:14 AM
It is great to know more about the man behind the scenes with the wonderful fish. I got my first Discus aquarium last September and stocked it with a diversified batch of beautiful 3" Discus (15 of them) in the 110 gallon tank purchased from Hans. Hans had great ideas on water change protocol using those huge 45 gallon Rubbermaid trash cans once per week and after thirteen months I still have 13 much larger discus and I love my fish. Very healthy discus. A wonderful hobby. Thanks again Hans. Greg Adamson

11-09-2014, 05:08 AM
What a great man to put in the spotlight! (Or did he just wonder in by accident? LOL. :) )

I've known Hans (his full name too) for about 16-17 years now and I can say for certain that he has been a great mentor of mine. He's been always helpful, always very straight forward about stuff, just like most of you know him today. He may have changed locations but the man is still the man.
The majority of those tanks he mentioned are still in use, so are the racks, even one of the AlgeenMatic pumps, the bioball towers, etc. They served me well, they served my friends well and some of them are still serving the Xingú project and another one, so I can say that a one-time generous donation by Hans has spawned and served a whole generation of discus maniacs in Hungary.
The man is already a legend, up there with the greatest ones in discus history, but...
...it's time I stop kissing his a$$ now.

Luvya' man! ;)

11-09-2014, 05:57 AM
What to say about a guy you know for more than 20 years.

I remember his ups and downs, the great time we had on shows, when I visited his house, his shed and his hatchery in Holland. Helping building up his displays at shows, sharing a hotel room, being woken up by a fire alarm, having great times with mutual friends.

It was a shock for me to hear he quit his job and sold everything in Holland to leave to the USA. But he's a man with a dream and he followed that dream.

And with succes everywhere I come people heard about him, everyone around the world who is interested in the Discus world knows him and everyone likes him.

I really do miss my friend to live rather close and to see him regular, but I know he's so happy now, living his dream and following his passion.

Reading this interview learns you to know a little about this humble guy, who does share his knowledge with everyone without a hidden agenda, without pushing someone to buy from him or to read his book (sorry that´s an inside joke)...

Hope to see you soon again Hans !!

11-09-2014, 06:15 AM
Great spotlight :)

11-09-2014, 10:03 AM
Great Spotlight ! Not only was it a pleasure to read about a top dog in the discus industry, it was also a pleasure to read about a good friend. Thank You Simply and Hans for a well deserved interview.


11-09-2014, 04:11 PM
Great "SPOT"!! Hans is one in a million! My hats off!! 'T'

11-09-2014, 04:41 PM
Discus Hans!
What can I say?
I have had the pleasure of knowing Hans-unfortunately only over the internet-for many years.
I first corresponded with him when I set up "Australian Discus Breeders" about 15 years ago.
We had many a great discussion in that time. I will never forget the photo he put up of his van full of buckets
with discus in them.
He is a genuine gentleman and a great ambassador for the discus hobby and trade. My time on this rock has been all the
better for knowing him.
God bless you, you old pimp! may you live long and prosper.:D


11-10-2014, 02:01 AM
Thanks everybody for the very nice reactions, my head size just grew 4 sizes lol lol

For the yellow Discus, Stendker doesn't breed (or colors them) yellow Discus, so I don't sell them,


Altum Nut
11-10-2014, 12:39 PM
Who is this Hans guys so many people are raving about:confused:
With that said...that was a great spot-light interview Hans.... and Paul very well put together:)
Even when not around or thinking about Discus my thought about this special person never escapes because my youngest daughter shares the same B-Day August 16 and my mind will wonder just to a group of Jumbo Stendker Brilliants in my tank.
As I have said many times before....I will make the trip one day and finally meet Hans and bring home that group of Discus I dream about.

Cheers :D

11-10-2014, 03:06 PM
As a rookie in the Discus hobby, I learned about Hans through Simply while doing my research before jumping in blindly. I found out Hans was just a short 1 hour drive up the road from me. The decision was made to start in this hobby with Stendkers from Hans. I really had no idea what a legend Hans was at the time, after all, this man took the time to help me and spend time with me, there is no way a world renowned legend would have time for me!

Well, I have come to learn, I am not special, Hans is though. I am extremely lucky I am starting in this hobby with such a great guy. Thank you to Simply Discus for introducing us!

One of the best things Hans taught me, and probably saved some fish, is that Discus will do what they will, and there is not always an answer for these crazy fish. Sometimes the best thing to do is nothing and see what happens.

Hans, you babies are all doing well and are pushing 4.5", 2 months in. I can't wait (but will be patient for the fish's sake) to send you pics when they are GIANTS in full color!
I'll be back in a couple months for 15 more, 2.5 inchers!

11-11-2014, 10:23 AM
Enough everybody....... Stop telling Hans how great he is. Just think about poor Joanne, she has to live with him day in and day out. :D

11-12-2014, 04:00 AM
Ralph & Greg Thanks.

Klaus I know you love my wife more as me, and....... right you are, I do too lol lol


11-12-2014, 11:06 PM
Hans, without you I have know idea where I would be in the world of discus.

11-14-2014, 09:52 PM
You are welcome Vincent. See you soon again.


11-14-2014, 10:03 PM
wow!! GREAT read Han's :book: this was a really good spotlight thanks for doing it!!

11-18-2014, 01:51 AM

pleasure was mine,


11-18-2014, 07:40 AM
Enjoyed reading this and it was a pleasure meeting you in Austin Hans!


11-18-2014, 02:18 PM
Hans is great and has beautiful, beautiful fish!!
Thanks for all of the help

11-22-2014, 01:47 AM
Rick, it was great meeting you, that's just one of the great things of the NADA shows, meeting Discus people.

Geoff, you're more as welcome.


11-22-2014, 12:22 PM
There's only one thing I can add to all that's been said about Hans, besides what's been said about him being a great friend, unselfish, willing to spend time with one and all, working with the kids, generous, and giving. And that is that he always, always, always puts his customers first. There's no doubt about that. If he even suspects that some fish are not in tip top shape, he'll take a loss and protect his customer base. So when you buy from Hans, you know that you are getting the very best, top quality discus available.

11-22-2014, 03:18 PM

11-26-2014, 06:56 PM
Thanks Don & Vish,


12-11-2014, 02:48 AM
Just want to say THANK YOU !!!!!!! to all people who took the time to reply and post on this, it means a lot to me,