Thanks I have, Ive also found just as much, countering what you guys are saying. Maybe thats just what i WANT to think but theres a lot of hard evidence ether way. Tell you what, in severall weeks ill Pm you afer i get MY discus this sunday.
Not to belabor this discussion, but I for one would very much like to see or hear of the 'countering' or 'hard' evidence that you're talking about.
I've never seen any, and I've been fish-keeping for over 50 years, and discus-keeping a lot of those years as well.
Please get your experience with discus under your belt first, before posting what you 'know', or think you know, about keeping discus.
I don't mean to be harsh, but after you get your discus this week and have kept them for a few weeks under the conditions you seem to think will work for you, you can bet I'll be one of the first to step up and try to help you deal with what will likely be your sick and ailing discus at that point.
If you're getting discus soon, krib-keeper, and you haven't already read it, I would urge you to have a read of my Beginner's Guide to Getting Started with Discus, located here as the first Sticky in the 'Fish' section.
And yes, you are correct about one thing, discus are hardier fish than many people believe, and are not difficult to keep, so long as you get healthy, good quality stock to begin with, and be prepared to work a little harder to religiously maintain higher quality tank and water conditions, on an ongoing basis right from the get-go.
Best of luck to you.