by Julian Dignall, uploaded October 28, 2007
Practical Fishkeeping Magazine
One of the oldest British sites and one of the best, is to be found at http://www.planetcatfish.com. Planet Catfish is now in its second incarnation, having started under the name of .catfish, and still has all the information that won .catfish so many fans with a lot more information as well.
Every month a new catfish features comprehensively in "catfish of the month", and all the previous catfish of the month are still available, which is now beginning to build up to a sizeable volume of information. The Shane's World section features not only articles by sidekick Shane Linder, but a variety of other catfish experts and authors from around the world, and includes topics dealing with both common and more unusual species.
The image library is now a comprehensive resource, featuring 16 families and over 250 species, with regular updates; the library is particuarly impressive for Corydoras and Loricariids. Other sections include anatomy, classification and links. This site will have something of interest for anyone with even a passing interest in catfish.
"Surfing the fish 'net"
Tropical Fish Hobbyist
Julian "Jools" of Edinburgh, Scotland, also a TFH subscriber, has a comprehensive site in English (with a British flavour), called ".catfish" which focuses on catfish and includes some wonderful photos, but which also features some other fish in photos.
A technical masterpiece this private page is testimony to Jools' dedication both to his catfish and to his computer programming. His URL is http://www.jools-d.demon.co.uk/.
I spoke with him by email and he explained that his is strictly a private web site dedicated to providing a presence on the internet for catfish specialists."
"Caught in the Net"
Aquarist & Pondkeeper
Catfish in all shapes and sizes are popular and interesting fish, and there are lots of people on the net who share that opinion. First stop is a home-grown page, run by a catfish enthusiast in Edinburgh.
This is the ".catfish" site at http://www.jools-d.demon.co.uk.
There's plenty here to interest all catfish fans, including an extremely comprehensive (and growing) list of shops in England and Scotland, 'catfish of the month' spot with information and a picture, information on the newer Loricariids, books reviews and more. Excellent photographs appear throughout.
This site is regularly updated so its worth 'bookmarking' so you can visit again later."
Note : The Tropical Fish Hobbyist and Aquarist & Pondkeeper reviews were published before the November '98 expansion from .catfish to Planet Catfish.
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