Michael J. Schönefeld has been an aquarist for more than 25 years.

He was editor and publisher of Symphysodon magazine “DISCUS World Report”, published in his own publishing house.

In 2004, he participated in the 5th Duisburg International Discus Championship as an honorary member of the jury.
In 2014, he represented Germany as a jury member of the 2nd European Discus Championship in Dortmund. 

In 2016, he was editor of “aquaristik” magazine by publisher Dähne-Verlag.

Since 2000, he has published more than 250 publications in Germany and abroad on ornamental fish, discus, guppies and shrimps! Many study trips in Asia, but also in neighboring countries, fuel his passion for the aquarist by developing additional expertise.

Currently, Michael raises the following fish in his facilities that include more than 60 aquariums: various shrimps (Caridina sp) and high selection Guppies in different bases and colors.

In 2018, he organized and managed the European Aqua Tage Expo Forum, which attracted more than 5,000 visitors.