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Julian Dignall, catfish enthusiast

Hi Guys,
One day I was reading Practical Fishkeeping and I stumbled upon a feature which was about a catfish enthusiast. At that time, I was amazed at the collection of fish this guy was keeping at his home. Reading all about the dedication and contribution he gave our hobby blew me away. Here was someone that travelled to far away lands to collect new fish who also runs the best catfish website on the internet and boasts a collection of some of the rarest and unusual catfish in the country. You could only imagine how excited I was to find out he lived less than 10 miles away from me. 
Some of you have met Jools at our catfish event and some of you have been lucky enough to visit his fish house. I was delighted when Jools agreed to an interview for the Lothian Fishkeeper Channel.
First of all Jool's, for anybody that doesn’t know you can you introduce yourself.
My name is Julian Dignall, I live in West Lothian Scotland and I’m in my mid-forties. I’ve been keeping fishes since I was a …

What does success mean to you?

Hi Guys, 
Fishkeeping is one of those things where the longer you do it the better you get no matter who you are or how you start. Wether your starting with a basic understanding of it all or if you don't have the slightest idea what fins are, your pretty much guaranteed to progress along the path to success.
Success means different things for different people. For some of us, achieving crystal clear water and with an immaculate aquascape is the ultimate goal. While for others, successfully breeding wild caught rainbows could be how you measure success. All of us are different, and thats good, but one none of us begin our fish keeping journey at the top of our game, thats for sure. 
I have seen some of the Lothian Fishkeeper achieve some amazing things over the years. Ive seen aquarium setups that would make your jaw drop, monster fish that would give you goosebumps and some of the fish our dedicated breeders are producing now days are world class. However, with all the massive aq…

Meet John - a collector of plecos

Hi Guys,

Its been some time since I last blogged something, But I have found someone that has a spectacular collection of plecos. I have been following this particular Instagram account for some time and recently I asked if he would like to feature on our blog and share some of his collections with us.

Johanathan Salman is 35 and lives in Haifa, Israel. He has been a fishkeeper for about 18 years but it was 12 years ago John first discovered plecos. It was a L330 Panaque, watermelon pleco that kickstarted what would turn out to be an obsession.

With the exception of a small breeding group of Corydoras Trilineatus and a group of 23 Bleeding Heart Tetra Johns collection consists of around 60 plecos. To get an idea of what John has just now, check out the list below.

L114 - Leopard Cactus Pleco
L137 - Blue Eyed Redfin Pleco
L330 - Watermelon Pleco
L190 - Royal Panaque Pleco
L155 - Polka Dot Lyre Tail Pleco
L200 - High Fin Green Phantom
L047 - Magnum Mango Pleco
L075 - Para Pleco
L024 - Red Fin Cac…