Columbian catfish comes to Bolton 

Photo of people holding a fish
(L-R) Aquarium officer at Bolton Council, Pete Liptrot, holds the catfish with Adele and Neil Woodward, of Pier Aquatics in Wigan

A tropical visitor from South America is set to make his home in Bolton.

The Panaque L191 catfish originates from the Rio Caquetá in Columbia and will eventually go on display at Bolton Museum, Aquarium and Archive.

After being transported more than 5,000 miles from its native waters, the fish made a slight detour via Wigan, before making its way to Bolton Aquarium.

The fish, which measures around two feet long, will spend a few weeks in quarantine before going on display to the public.

Fed on a diet of fresh vegetables from Bolton Market – in particular sweet potato and garlic – the fish is sure to soon feel like one of the family, alongside the aquarium’s 700 other fish on display.

Bolton Council’s Cabinet Member for Culture, Councillor Chris Peacock, said: “Bolton Aquarium is the only public aquarium in Greater Manchester and has an excellent international reputation.

“We have a large selection of fish on display and lots of regular visitors who return to see their favourite creatures. One of our resident fish, Fred the Catfish, is a popular attraction and I’m sure our new addition will attract a host of new fans.

“He is quite a remarkable looking fish, with long spines on the head and fins, so I hope people will come down and have a look.”

The catfish was initially acquired by a shop, Pier Aquatics in Wigan, and they approached Bolton Aquarium about making it a permanent feature.

This particular type of catfish is normally caught, barbequed and eaten before it has chance to reach the market in Columbia.

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