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Hello, I’m Michael Li, the creator of Discus.com. Thank you for stopping by! I am an aquarium enthusiast and discus expert. I spent my childhood in West Lafayette, Indiana, and have been keeping discus as a hobbyist since 2003 during my senior year of high school when I accidentally stumbled upon the most beautiful fish I had ever laid eyes on with my father in my local fish store. For better or worse, I have been completely hooked ever since.

Fast forwarding to May 2009, I graduated from Columbia University in New York City with a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science. After working a few corporate jobs, I chose to return to my passion of discus I had acquired in high school. Armed with nothing more than my Ivy League degree, a 75 gallon aquarium I sourced from Craigslist, and my reputation for obtaining the finest discus available in the industry, I built the first prototype of Discus.com in the winter in 2013. Stemming from my desire to share my passion and knowledge of discus with other obsessive addicts that collect, cultivate, and breed this fish almost exclusively, I envisioned Discus.com to be the connective tissue between the most diehard collectors and finest suppliers of discus the world over. Almost overnight, my little information portal blossomed into a full fledged marketplace, and the rest is history.

“True discus lovers understand that discus keeping is more than a hobby or passion for them. It’s something that lies deep in the marrow of their bones. It’s a lifestyle. It’s a creative manifestation of their dreams. It’s something deeply personal and intrinsic to their being.

Some of the most creative and highly successful people I know are discus collectors.”

— Michael Li

First and foremost, Discus.com seeks to serve experienced collectors as well as breeders looking to innovate the next big strain. Indeed, we are mindful that many of our customers are completely new to discus keeping. We provide our customers new to the hobby with the highest-grade available stock to begin their discus journey correctly. In life, as well as discus keeping, starting off on solid footing and the correct foundation can mean the difference between success and failure.

Discus are aptly named the “King of the Aquarium” for very good reason and I am convinced it is the greatest cichlid (and perhaps fish) in the entire aquarium hobby. No other aquatic species on planet Earth offers a greater variety of colors, patterns, and textures contained within a delightful circular body — surpassing even the most colorful brackish and marine offerings available to aquarists. Furthermore, the discus community is constantly innovating brand new strains and bloodlines, creating ever more arrays of dizzying color and pattern variations that is candy for the eyes. Today, Discus.com is not the most highly-trafficked e-commerce discus destination in the world, but it has also cemented its role as an institutional resource to the discus community, providing a vast discus knowledge base for collectors. Our customer base encompasses the domestic United States as well as Canada and Europe.

I pledge to do my best in offering satisfaction to every customer. We do not believe in selling disappointment or scenarios in which nobody wins. As an avid keeper of wildlife, I am intimately familiar with what can go wrong, and I vow to do everything in my power to support my customers in any way they require, long after a sale is made. Your continued support means everything to us, and the website’s dramatic growth over the years is a testament to our loyal customer base and unmatched customer service. Don’t hesitate to contact me for all website, shipping, and discus related and technical questions/concerns. Our reputation for quality and service is the backbone of our business. We have a success rate of over 90% of repeat clients after trying a single order with us. Most of these clients become our loyal customers and lifelong friends.

We provide unmatched selection and quality, unbeatable pricing, and unrivaled customer service. We are the gold standard of discus.

Happy Fishing,


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