Discus champions in Greece


Greek discus show 2014

It is in the month of October 2014 that the champions discus of Greek Discus Show welcomed in the megalopolis ofAthens in Greece. This was the second edition of this contest also called the East Mediterranean Discus Competition.

The huge exhibition center of Metropolitan allowed to welcome one hundred of discus. The ideal setting to promote the hobby of discus to a wide audience.

Indeed, Metropolitan Expo is the largest exhibition centre in Greece. Not so far from the airport, It attracted this weekend, thousands of people at the festival "Pets in Action..

Aquarists, reptile lovers and other lovers of dogs, cats, birds were gather together in Athens for a very nice event.

The Discus Club of Greece and Nidal Rezeq were responsible of the Organization of this event over time become a real success!

Trade fair Metropolian Athens

The huge Metropolitan Expo


Event and warm atmosphere

I had the pleasure to participate in the judgment of the future Champions discus. I was accompanied for the occasion by 4 well-known judges such as Antonello Greco, Carmelo Arico all two Italians ; but also Andrew Soh of Singapore and Cüneyt Birol (Turkey).

Athens Greece from the sky

My arrival in Athens

The members of Discus Club of Greece had reserved us a very warm welcome upon our arrival at the airport ofAthens.
It was then the beginning of an extraordinary weekend…

Friday morning all the jury met to evaluate the discus. This, will take us about 4 hours of work...

The ceremony designating the champions discus in their class was held Saturday during a memorable ceremony...

I have no remembrance to have known such awarding trophies presentation ! A real feast celebrating the winners of contest.

It took somewhat calm the enthusiasm of some very noisy members of the Greek association coming with foghorn and whistles !!! Too stressful for our feline and canine neighbors sharing the huge hall of the Park of the exhibitions and also come to compete.


Cüneyt Birol juge Greek Discus Show 2014 Carmelo Arico juge Greek Discus Show 2014

On Left, Cüneyt Birol (Turkey) on right Carmelo Arico (Italy)

Andrew Soh juge Greek Discus Show 2014 Antonello Greco Italian Discus judge

On Left Andrew Soh (Singapore) on right Antonello Greco (Italy)

Yann judge Hoiret Greek Discus Show 2014

Yann Hoiret (France) 😉

A top organization

Conference Carmelo Arico Greek Discus Show 2014

One of the lectures of the weekend (Here Carmelo Arico)

Participants were be able to Acclimate their fishes in good conditions. Only 2 or 3 discus responded less well to transport and acclimatization. Despite all, those won't have to my knowledge a lot of problem to rely.

The members of the jury, had benefited of ideal conditions to judge the discus presented.

The distribution of the categories was in line with the standards of great contest ; with appreciable thing, a different rating system according to the types of fishes with pattern or not .

A voting system was also proposed for the election of discus Grand Champion. The judges designating 3 fishes for the final podium winners of each category.

9 categories have been proposed to the participants and all had recorded their fishes in the right one ! (Something rather rare).

Inspired by what they had known in France at the France Discus Show 2014, organizers have even created a category reserved for amateur members of Discus Club Greek. A good number of discus were also presented.

A very important sign addressed to hobbyist to encourage them to also register their fishes. Michael Pikis had helped many by his wise advice.

As always, certain classifications will be discussed. But it should be recalled that the judging criteria also include notes impossible to understand without seeing the fish directly in his aquarium !

Andrew Soh Speech Greek Discus Show

Speech of the judges before the award of the prize


Gala dinner which took place in a restaurant inAthens reunited a good number of fans who had feted at the same time the 2 years of Discus Club of Greece !

Gala dinner Greek Discus Show 2014

The 2nd East mediterranean Discus Competition Gala dinner


Wild discus

Always very difficult to appreciate in competition, the category dedicated to the Wild discus had gather an interesting range of animals.

The fishes from the Amazon are successful in attracting a number of enthusiasts. Observe the Wild discus in competition is a pleasure, prepare such animals is a real challenge!

Very subject to stress, We must allow them time to show us their most beautiful colors. The three discus below had one thing in common: A remarkable behavior a sign of a good acclimatization!


Discus sauvage 1st Greek Discus Show 2014_1

Here the Discus by Stergios Dafos (Greece) winner in wild


Discus sauvage 2nd Greek Discus Show 2014_1 Discus sauvage 3rd Greek Discus Show 2014_1

Left the second from the store Abyssos (Greece) Right the discus from Chen's Discus (United Kingdom) who will be third


Stavros Tsipas second wild category

Stavros Tsipas rewarded for his second place


Les discus pigeon blood

The category dedicated to the pigeon blood discus was in my opinion the weakest of all those presented.

Obviously, the fishes were of good quality, but it will have missed to all these pigeon blood exposed some features to get closer to fishes of exception.

They had more difficulties to showcase, remaining a long time shy. This also makes them lose a few points…

Detailing the fishes, You can observe a general lack of intensity in the Orange base color; not so homogeneous patterns, correct body shapes without being exceptional…

On the other hand, the eyes of these discus are of good quality: round, red and relatively well proportionate. I draw your attention to the fish coming second… The eye could be smaller, but its red is interesting.


Discus pigeon blood Greek Discus Show 2014 1st

The winner from Michael Pikis/Vasilis born in Tony Tan


Discus pigeon blood Greek Discus Show 2014 2nd Discus pigeon blood Greek Discus Show 2014 3rd

On Left, the second from the same breeding of the winner. Right the pigeon blood of good size presented by Francis Hu (Chen's Discus)


The winners of the category solid blue

The champions discus of this category were closer to each one of the other. The first three places were played on 3 points of difference!

A Cobalt discus will even fly in second place in the ranking.


Discus solid blue 1st Greek Discus Show 2014

Discus winner of the category from Michael Pikis

I think this discus is a golden blue diamond, or as "golden" genes are present in the line. Michael Pikis which took the fish to the size of 5 CM has done a good job!

The color of this fish was special. It might even be considered as pearly; which is hardly appreciable in the photo. The back of the body should be more selected.

It loose some points because of yellow streaks on the rear of the dorsal and anal fins as well as on the caudal peduncle.

But all his qualities will make it pass in front of the two fishes below…


Discus solid blue 2nd Greek Discus Show 2014 Discus solid blue 3rd Greek Discus Show 2014

Left the second, a Cobalt discus of Michael Pikis /Vasilis ; Right the third from Francis Hu born in Na Discus


The Cobalt discus from Michael Pikis was of Nice quality, with few stripes on the opercula. Its size and its behaviour were remarkable. The third with a very beautiful shape was less well noted on its color, (less intense) and the color of its eyes. It lack few things to make a very nice discus.


The discus champions in solid red

The solid red category winner will be unanimous! It will leave its competitors more of 7 points behind him.

Even if this discus is a more modest size; proper shape, its bright red color, its beautiful red eyes and fins in perfect condition made the difference…


Discus solid red 1st Greek Discus Show 2014

Champion discus in the red category Francis Hu Chens Discus (United Kingdom)


Discus solid red 2nd Greek Discus Show 2014 Discus white red solid red 3rd Greek Discus Show 2014

Left the second from Giannis Grispos Greece On right a nice white red from Michael Pikis/Vasilis Greece

Another fish could get on the podium. I learned later that it was the champion discus in France during the France Discus Show 2014 in Arvert.


Discus red melon Greek Discus show 2014

This discus Red melon not rewarded lacked of preparation. A little lack of colour intensity, a less uniform color distribution, a small black pigmentation on the anal and caudal fins will cost him the podium…


The open discus category in the Greek Discus Show

Here also, the podium was very tight! The first three places were played in 0.9 point…

The champion discus in the open category ahead the second with only 0.5 point! This gives us a very nice podium dominated by a discus White butterfly followed by a solid albino and a snakeskin.

Most judges would have liked a white butterfly more "white" (Blanc in french). But this fish had a large number of qualities.

Exemplary behaviour in aquarium, a beautiful shape, well proportioned and red eyes, and beautiful fins in good condition. The stripes on the body of the fish could be improved; but we have here a beautiful winner.


Discus white butterfly OPEN Greek Discus Show 2014

Discus White butterfly by Michael pikis/Vasilis Garoufalidis from the Tony Tan Discus farm.


Discus albinos OPEN Greek Discus Show 2014 Discus snakeskin OPEN Greek Discus Show 2014

Left the second, right the third both presented by Francis Hu


I especially enjoyed the solid albino that Francis called "Albino Pearl Diamond". A really elegant discus.


Yann Hoiret and Francis Hu Greek Discus Show 2014

I still wonder how Francis Hu has bring back his trophies to the United Kingdom!


Discus presented by members of the Discus Club Greece

For the second edition of the Mediterranean Discus Competition 2014, the organizers had planned a category dedicated to fish raised by hobbyist members of Discus Club Greece.

Like what happened in France for the Discus Show 2014, the association Greek has wanted to encourage hobbyist breeder registration.

Fans will have had the chance to compete for three trophies. It only remains to wish that these initiatives continue to grow! When a Grand champion hobbyist breeder ?!?! 😉


Discus red spotted Amateur Greek Discus Show 2014

Discus leopard first in hobbyist from Babis Mitrogeorgos


Discus turquoise Amateur Greek Discus Show 2014 Turquoise discus Amateur Greek Discus Show 2014

The second on the left from Giannis Grispos Right the third from Fares Fares


The discus leopard first was very difficult to take in picture. I apologize also for the low quality of this shot. This fish, a female only thought to look at the bottom of the aquarium glass, ready to lay her eggs!

What a pleasure to see the smile of Babis Mitrogeorgos After the award ceremony! He could not stop smiling for a long time!!! See the joy of the fans win a trophy is a true pleasure for me. So long, attention brought to their fish rewarded; Bravo !!!

Turquoise were in honored by hobbyist . The turquoise arrived in second place is very nice quality. Very nice work for Giannis Grispos. I enjoyed this discus.

It seems turquoise striated return to fashion…

Fares Fares third in the amateur category will win another trophy; This time in the middle of professional participants. But we'll see this a little more away…


Fares Fares and Babis Mitrogeorgos breeders Greek amateurs

From left to right, Fares Fares and Babis Mitrogeorgos Greek hobbyist breeders


Turquoise striped seen in Greece

As I said above, It seems that the striated discus become more fashionable!

The nice amount of discus turquoise has even allowed the organizers to separate them into 2 categories: Striated patterns and coarse pattern such as the checkerboard, the pearls etc.…

The winner in the striped turquoise was presented by Francis Hu (United Kingdom). The shape of this discus was very interesting, just like its coloration pattern. I think with a little more time, its colors were most beautiful.

A small fault however on his eyes level that should be much more red. But no matter, This fish won first place and some votes for the title of Grand Champion (More beautiful Discus in contest)


Discus Turquoise pattern striped 1st Greek Discus Show 2014

First striped discus from Francis Hu Chen's Discus


Discus Turquoise pattern striped 2nd Greek Discus Show 2014 Discus Turquoise pattern striped 3rd Greek Discus Show 2014

Left the second from Michael Pikis /Vasilis Garoufalidis born in Tony Tan. Right fish from Fares Fares (Greece)


The fish that complete the podium are beautiful fishes. I let you appreciate the Red of the eyes of the fish from Fares Fares (on right). You will understand much better my comments in relation to those of the earlier winner.

Fares here also won a third place in the middle of professional competitors. Of course smaller size, This young fish lets consider a bright future to its owner!

With a touch of selection his lineage should evolve very well .


Spotted discus

One of the Queen categories in discus contests reserved us some surprises…

The winner was first of all a pleasant fish to observe . The second was Meanwhile a beautiful meeting because it was the winner that I had the pleasure to judge in France (2014).

The third, a surprise because its owner was none other than Babis Mitrogeorgos, an amateur breeder Greek! Yes, a hobbyist, quite rare to be highlight in this so difficult category and generally dominated by professionals!


Discus red spotted snakeskin 1st Greek Discus Show 2014 2_1

Champion discus in spotted from Michael Pikis /Vasilis Garoufalidis from IP Discus (Tony Tan)

Discus red spotted snakeskin 1st Greek Discus Show 2014 1_1

What i appreciate in this fish was the clarity and brightness of its colors. You will also notice the beautiful contrasts of his pattern.

Generally, the color of the eyes of these varieties is not their strong point… Out here, We do not achieve perfection, but the result is honourable.

The shape is correct, the pattern could be better (More uniform and more regular points). But… Here you have a very elegant fish!


Discus red spotted snakeskin 2nd Greek Discus Show 2014 Discus red spotted 3rd Greek Discus Show 2014

Left the second from Michael Pikis/Vasilis Garoufalidis, right the third of Babis Mitrogeorgos


The discus second in Greece and who won in its category in the France Discus Show 2014 was somewhat aged, It will be left the way for younger than him! Nevertheless he obtained a second place…

On the third place, We find just for once a beautiful leopard discus. As Fares, Babis Mitrogeogos came to compete with professionals. He will win a third place in front of renowned breeders. Bravo to him!

You will observe in passing the difference between the boss "spotted" from snakeskin (fine patterns) and this leopard (large spots patterns).


Coarse turquoise

I have not really found an appropriate French translation of the English word "Coarse pattern" . I called him "boss off" in French…

It includes here the discus turquoise says "Chekerboard", 'pearl '., or even "tiger" who are different striated with turquoise stripes should be horizontal.

The pattern is therefore not necessarily horizontal, but must be whatever homogeneous on the body of the fish.

And you'll understand, This category has hosted the Discus Grand Champion of Greece 2014

A very nice "Galaxy Turquoise", (commercial name given by Tony Tan to this discus chekerboard) won the supreme title.

Exemplary behaviour, a large size, fins in perfect condition, a uniform pattern, a beautiful color, correct eyes.

It only remains you to appreciate this fish in image…


Discus Champion Turquoise pattern coarse GRAND CHAMPION Greek Discus Show 2014

Discus Champion in turquoise coarse category and Grand Champion of the contest

Michael Pikis/Vasilis Garoufalidis with this fish from the farm of Tony Tan


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The second and third place of Michael Pikis / Vasilis Garoufalidis


You understood, Michael Pikis who collaborates with Tony Tan won three first place in this category. His first two fishes is are quickly singled out from others. We will find no doubt this line in future competitions.


Michael Pikis Grand Champion 2014 Greece

The Grand champion Finally designated!


Michael Pikis Grand Champion Greece 2014

A little girl who can be proud of the work of his dad !!!


This story comes to the end, I take this opportunity to thank very warmly the Discus Club of Greece and all its members for their hospitality and kindness.

I thank them for the confidence they gave me inviting me as judge. Evaluate these beautiful discus with international judges was also a great pleasure! So much good times spent in you friends!

I also thank Georges and Michael for their visit guided of Acropolis, I did not know Greece and these few days spent here delighted me!

Thank you Vasilis for the gastronomic discoveries Greek!

Thank you Babis Tsokas (President of the Greek club) for your beautiful pictures, Stergios for your help. Bravo Fares, Babis (There were several!) for your results as hobbyist; your joy was pleased to see!

This event also allowed me to meet many fans such as Nick, Bülent, Peris, Nathan, Monogios and many others!


George Greek Discus Show 2014

Fun in Greece !!!!!


Yann Hoiret and Cüneyt Birol International Judges

With my Turkish friend Cüneyt Birol Discus Globe-trotter


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See you soon,

Yann Hoiret


About Author

Discus Breeder and Discus columnist, Yann Hoiret share on the website Fanatik-Discus his experience and passion for the King of aquariums. From 2014 He worked as a writer for the french magazine "AquaMag", the German magazines "Discus Live" and "Discus yearbook". He participated as an international judge in France Discus show 2014 and 2016 in Arvert, au Greek Discus Show 2014 in Athens, Discus Show in Paris Grigny 2015, 2017 and 2019, au FIDO concurso 2016, 2017 and 2018 Spain, au Nordic Discus Show 2018 Sweden, au France Discus Show 2018 Cognac, Discusvrienden the discus competition 2018 and 2019 Netherlands.


  1. David Delgoulet on

    Hi Yann,

    yet a perfectly well documented competition : Congratulations, well share your impressions.
    Can imagine you that I'm glad to see a Cobalt on the podium.
    Thank you for these beautiful photos

    A David

  2. Yann Hoiret on

    Hi David!

    Thank you very much!
    Yes, I can well imagine your pleasure!!! I hope that your beautiful strain evolves as it should!

    I hope to soon!

    Yann 🙂

  3. Very nice article Yann!!! All Greek discus lovers thank you!
    I hope to see you soon again!

  4. Yann Hoiret on

    Hello Peris!

    Nice to see you there on Fontana-Discus!
    It was a pleasure to come and judge in Greece!
    Greek people welcome us, and i was very happy to meet you and all greek discus lovers!
    For sure, hope to meet you again!
    Next show for me will be in Paris for the Paris Discus Show 2015.

    Yann 🙂

  5. Very nice fish.
    The Butterfly is beautiful.
    Yann thank you for this report "From the inside" .

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