Ingo Seidel: World Catfish Authority

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Ingo Seidel: World Catfish Authority

Post by LewC » Wed Oct 26, 2016 7:35 pm

[attachment=0]ingo.jpg[/attachment]Ingo Seidel was born in 1967 in Delmenhorst in the Northern German federal state of Niedersachsen. Since his earliest youth he was interested in everything that was scuttling, flying and swimming outside. At the age of ten he received his first fish tank from his father, who had been an aquarist for years before.

At first his professional development took a totally different course. After leaving school he started professional training as a mathematical technical assistant at a big electronics company in Bremen, and worked as a software programmer in this company for years. In 2001 he made a profession out of his hobby and moved to the Berlin area for a new job. Since then, he has worked in Seefeld, near Berlin, as a scientific assistant at one of the biggest wholesalers of ornamental fishes in Germany.

The fish fauna of the South American continent is one of Ingo´s major interests. He started by keeping cichlids, killies and livebearers, but soon found out that catfishes are his real passion. From 1992 to 2006 Ingo has been the leader of the catfish section of the German study group AK-BSSW (International Barb, Tetra, Loach and Catfish Association). Over the years he has been able to keep and breed more than 40 species of Corydoras, innumerable loricariids and some other catfish species. On several trips to South America he had the chance to observe many of these fishes in their natural habitats. He always tried to document his observations by photography, so that his photo archive now consists of many thousands of slides.

For more than 20 years he has written articles about the ecology, care and breeding of catfishes. In 2002 his first book was published. He wrote the Mergus Catfish Atlas Vol. 1 and Vol. 2 in co-operation with his friend Hans-Georg Evers (who spoke at the 2012 Extravaganza). The first volume has also been published in English. These two volumes of the "Catfish Atlas" (in German, "Wels Atlas") are the largest work about loricariid catfishes ever published. Meanwhile, a new beginners’ book about L plecos has been published in the “Back to Nature” series in English and is available in seven different languages. He also wrote the Hypancistrus-Fibel (Hypancistrus Primer), and his newest book, Ingos Harnischwelszucht (Ingo’s Armored Catfish Breeding).


Program Notes:

Ingo is an Extravaganza favorite, having appeared here 6 times previously, starting in 2000.

He will present “ Corydoras Catfishes: Keeping and Breeding” at 6:00 on Friday evening, and “Breeding Loracariid Catfishes” at 10:30 Saturday morning.
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Re: Ingo Seidel: World Catfish Authority

Post by DAVE AYRES » Sun Oct 30, 2016 9:45 am

Hard to believe that Ingo has spoken at the Extravaganza six times,
I, for one, can't wait to hear his talk.

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Re: Ingo Seidel: World Catfish Authority

Post by LewC » Sun Oct 30, 2016 1:45 pm

You may have still been a cichlid guy, back then, Dave, and didn't pay as much attention to the catfish speakers. :)

2000, 2001, 2002, 2005, 2008, 2011

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Re: Ingo Seidel: World Catfish Authority

Post by DAVE AYRES » Mon Oct 31, 2016 8:01 am

True.

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