Rod Lewis
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JE: Do you have any future discus plans that you would like to share with us?

RL: I have some really nice white swan discus I am growing out at the moment that I'm quite excited about, I think they will be the foundation for many new and exciting discus over the next few years.

JE: How do those in your life feel about discus?

RL: Sue does not really have an interest in the discus although she will feed them for me if I am away....thanks honeyI

JE: Do you have any funny, amusing or interesting discus stories to share with us?

RL: Many years ago I sent some discus to a customer in Sydney, this is normally only a 1 hour flight, but this time the discus were lost in transit. Eventually the airline found Japan.... So after the discus had their 48 hours of travel they finally arrived at the customer's shop safe and well. I think its amusing that my fish are better travelled than I am.

JE: Do you have any thanks or credit to give for your success with discus?

RL: When I first started out I didn't know any other discus keepers, so I guess most of what I have learned has been from authors like Jack Wattley, Berndt Degan and Dr. Schmidt-Focke, and of course practical experience. I have worked as a professional aquarist for 15 years now and many of my collegues offered assistance where they could. My friend Brian Andrews deserves special mention as he taught me to use a scope and identify disease in the early days, and Merle Brown, the great Aussie marine fish expert, offered me much assistance and advice over they years. I'm still learning though, and I've picked up great tips and learnt countless new things from the crew and members here at simply.... thanks guys and gals. Friends from my wifes work also deserve special mention, in particular Shane Shippley the fish mad chemist, they have a well equiped lab and offer me help with water whenever I need it.


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