The catfish return to Bradford show!

The last Open Show for 2016 in Yorkshire is held by Bradford and District Aquarist Society. This was held at the Bradford Academy, together with a grand auction, on Remembrance Sunday, November 13. Dr David Ford reports... 


This is a show where the catfish usually get the most points, a run that came to an end at the 2015 event — only to return this year, with awards for both Best in Show and Best Exhibit being taken by catfish.

Gareth Savage's gorgeous Duopalatinus peruanus.

Gareth Savage's gorgeous Duopalatinus peruanus.

The Best in Show was a Long-whiskered catfish, Duopalatinus peruanus, from Peru, owned by Gareth Savage of Castleford AS. It won with 87 points.

Gareth Savage receives his trophy and a splendid collection of prizes from Show Secretary Anthony Fisher of Bradford and District AS.

Gareth Savage receives his trophy and a splendid collection of prizes from Show Secretary Anthony Fisher of Bradford and District AS.

These Bunocephalus larai banjo catfish won Best Exhibit at the show.

These Bunocephalus larai banjo catfish won Best Exhibit at the show.


The Best Exhibit (from the Pairs and Breeders Classes) also went to catfishes. These were Bunocephalus larai banjo catfishes from Brazil, with 86.33 points. 

Both of this year's winning catfish are peaceful, even shy, fish. Their owners say the catfish are finicky eaters — but that they are their favourite pets.

The show judges hard at work. While judging was underway, an audience of almost 100 were kept entertained with the traditional auction, run by Steve Jones of YAAS.

The show judges hard at work. While judging was underway, an audience of almost 100 were kept entertained with the traditional auction, run by Steve Jones of YAAS.

Judging was by YAAS Judges Chris Jones, Mick Price and Trevor Douglas.

Some of the other Firsts are shown below.

Common goldfish. 

Common goldfish. 

Kribensis.

Kribensis.

Ryukin goldfish.

Ryukin goldfish.


Next year Bradford and District AS will reach its 70th year, with celebrations at the Spring Open Show and auction at the Bradford Academy (BD4 7QS) on Sunday, May 14, 2017. Make a calendar note!