Black spots in varieties without vertical bars

Discus without vertical bars often based on Pigeon Blood such as Pigeon Blood Blue, Red, Silver, Snake, Marlboro, … have small black spots called charcoal or pepper.
It is the equivalent of the vertical bars that are scattered all over the body.
This is permanent like the vertical bars but emerges more or less depending on :

– emotion, stress, excitement.
– domination. Dominated Discus tend to show more bars and pepper.
– the color of the habitat, the environment. With a sand or a dark background, the charcoal comes out more. The Discus is a bit like the chameleon.
– the quality of the water or the light. If the Discus is not completely comfortable, these black spots will come out.
– age. Often this decreases with age.
– depending on the quality of the Discus.

Example of small black spots due to a dark environment :

Here are the same Discus, 1 year later in a clearer environment:

Mix color for reselers.

Below 8 cm (3 “), it is quite difficult to differentiate the colors of the discus.
There are groups where Discus are very similar and I do not suggest you mix together.
But you can mix between groups, like browns with oranges.

Brown :
Stendker Téfé

Brown with small blue :
Brilliant Turquoise
Red Turquoise
Red Scribbelt
Leopard Snake Skin
Snake Skin Red
Snake Skin Blue
Solid x Snake
With experience, you will make a group of all Snake Skin because they have more stress bar, 14 instead of 9 normally.

Brun with more blue :
Solid Turquoise

Solid blue :
Blue Diamond

Orange :
Pigeon Blood
Pigeon Blood Red
Pigeon Blood Blue
Pigeon blood silver
Pigeon bl. Snake
Checkerbaord (new)
Solid Fire Red
Marlboro Red

Other :
Dark Angel

Visiting Stendker Discus farm in Germany


The day looks beautiful, the weather is nice and the sun is with us.
We are in Germany, but not anywhere, in the direction of Stendker Discus farm.

Located in a small town in the German countryside, it was almost natural to lose our way. Finally, we will arrive in the afternoon and excitement is finally seeing huge warehouse of Stendker brothers with company logo (see photo).
P1070410[1]The farm has a reputation around the world, because it is the biggest in Europe but also and especially by the quality and the beauty of the Discus.
It is composed of nearly 3,000 tanks of different sizes and 15 employees.

It is run by 2 brothers, Jorg and Volker Stendker who took over and developed the company from their father Heinz Stendker.
Volker Stendker welcomes us and after a few words exchanged, we enter one of the hangars provided for for breeding.

When we enter, it was outstanding, thousands of perennials and curious Discus welcome us.
It is breathtaking but unfortunately for reasons of confidentiality we can not put pictures of the aquariums and installations.

For the record, Volker Stendker explains that there is 35 years old, his father, Heinz Stendker, began breeding home by passion, in her living room.
Then from year to year, he needed more space and moved in his garage with hundreds of aquariums, until a fish dealer visited him.
Stupefied the dealer told him it was the bigger breeder in Germany and should make it his profession.
That’s how it all started, he made his profession in 1986 and the breeding Stendker turned professional in 1998 with the resumption by these two son.

Luck is waiting for you, we have the opportunity to admire a beautiful breeding pair full reproduction:

Others breeding pair:

Aquariums for pair formation:

Before leaving, we also have the pleasure to see the trophies won at the world championships in Duisburg:

Hoping to keep you travel and dream through these lines and pictures, we wish you much pleasure with your Discus.

Thank you Volker Stendker for this dream afternoon.


Visiting Discus Hans

Here are some pictures of the beautiful Discus Stendker of my friend Hans.
Hans is the distributor of the Discus Stendker in the United States.
Passing through Baltimore, I just had to go to greet him but I finally stayed almost 3 hours!

We both started our adventure in the sale of Discus professionally about the same time.
In addition, both in a foreign country that is not our origins.
We were in the Discus long before.
I follow him since its beginnings in the United States and I find myself in him despite the age difference 🙂
I have great admiration for Hans and I wish him many years of success.

Hans does not reproduce Discus but sells breeding pairs :

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His facilities:

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Video :

Of course, he sells also all sizes of Discus :

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With Stendker Discus, he won many awards through the United States:


And even in Canada :


Thank you Hans for this beautiful afternoon.
His website :