Heiko Bleher

It was in a bunker, in the middle of the ruins of Frankfurt am Main (Germany), that Heiko Bleher was born on October 18, 1944.

Heiko Bleher lived part of his childhood in Brazil with his mother and brothers where they were looking for ornamental fish and aquatic plants. They started a business of raising fish and plants in the rainforest near Rio.

In 1962, he moved to the United States to study ichthyology and related sciences at the University of South Florida. In the following years, he studied and discovered many species during expeditions around the world, expeditions he often led alone. In 1964, he discovered the red-nosed tetra, whose Latin name (Hemigrammus bleheri) is a homage to his own mother.

From 1965 to 1997, in addition to introducing most wild varieties of discus into the hobby – directly or through herders – he ensured the arrival of more than 4,000 species of fish. His first discus book was published in 1982 and was reissued ten times.

In the aquarist world, he is known not only for all his discoveries and imports, but also for his impressive didactic publications (books and films). Heiko Bleher has published several books and is the editor of the journal Aqua – International Journal of Ichthyology.

He currently lives in Miradolo Terme, Italy.

He organizes seminars and is part of the jury of many aquarist competitions around the world.