Top show man opens fish shop

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A fish breeder with a track record for picking up trophies on the show bench has opened an aquarium shop in West Yorkshire.

Kevin Lawton was just 12 when he took first place in a fish show, and since then he's gone on to win dozens of awards for at club events around the country.

He's recently moved from the realm of hobbyist to that of professional by opening his own shop, Ferrybridge Aquatics, in Ferrybridge near Nottingley, West Yorkshire.

Lawton told Practical Fishkeeping: "After my first win, showing fish became more and more of a passion. During the 80s there used to be a fish show every week, each with around 500-600 entries - sometimes more. During this period I gained a first in every class of fish at the Open Show."

After period away from the show scene, Lawton came back into the fish showing world in 2006 with his son and the pair managed to pick up Best in Show for their Aulonocara baenschi.

"One of my regrets from the 80s is that I did not manage to win the 'Fish of Fish' competition after 40 years of showing. However, I finally won this in 2006 and took third place in 2007 and second in 2008."

Lawton opened his new shop late last year following his retirement and now stocks a range of common and unusual aquarium fish, ranging from Malawian and Tanganyikan cichlids to livebearers and catfishes.