Manfred Göbel was born in 1941 in Robdorf.
He kept his first fishes at he age of 5, These fishes that he had caught himself from nearby stream.
At the age of 11, he finally acquired the long desired aquarium. At the first this was filled with livebearing toothcarps, later characins, various species of which he managed to breed successfully.
The period 1956-1966 was his labyrinth decade, during which he kept and bred all the species available at the time. But Manfred Göbel abandoned his first great aquaristic love with the purchase of 4 young discus in 1965, and since 1966 he has kept and bred nothing but discus.
Since 1990 he has had various works publishes in the international aquarium literature. He ha also given numerous lectures on discus topic. Lo Wing Yat has used many fishes coming from Manfred Göbel to develop some of his historical strains.
Since 1994 he hase made a career out of his passion for discus, and makes his living mainly from breeding and selling them. His internationally famed company is called “Living Diamonds”, and discus from his breedign establishment was coveted worldwide.