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Note: We are out of 10 gallon and larger tanks. We cannot accept any more fish that require a tank larger than 5 gallons.
The Potomac Valley Aquarium Society is once again preparing for a spectacular display of tropical fish competing for awards and bragging rights as we will have our annual Fish Show as part of AACC12. As in the previous Catfish Conventions, there will be both a separate Catfish Show and an All-Freshwater Species Show, all on display together but with a Best of Show presented to the finest fish in each one. Two chances to take home the grand prize! All first place fish in the sub-classes will get a 2012 version of the convention pub brew glass emblazoned with AACC12 and PVAS logos, just in time to use at the Hospitality Room following the banquet. Best of Class, Reserve of Show, and Best of Show Award winners will all receive special awards and certificates. Lots of loot, lots of incentive to enter your fish in the competition this year. We want to make this the best show we have had in recent memory, besides allowing both the public and convention goers the opportunity to see different and fantastic fish. So start thinking of what you will bring to the event, or find an ugly catfish (if there is such a thing) and raise it into a big ugly catfish and enter it in the Show.
Show Chairmen: Joshua Wiegert and Robert Stith, firstname.lastname@example.org
- For the first ten fish registered by a single person, the entry fee per fish will be $4.00. Any additional fish after ten paid registered fish by the same person will be free. All entry fees should accompany the Show Registration Form.
- There is no limit to the number of fish entered in the Show.
- All entries must be received by 15 October, 2012 (one week before the show). Absolutely no entries will be accepted past this date. There will be no "at the door" registration available.
- Registration may be submitted electronically (e-mail and paypal), by conventional mail, or telephone.
- No mail in entries will be accepted.
- Fish must be properly registered on the Show Registration Form and identified as to scientific name, common name (if applicable), and sex (if known). For Loricariiad catfish, the L-Names are acceptable if scientific names have not yet been established.
- Help will be available at the Show to identify and label your fish, if needed. The Show Committee and/or judges, as required, may reclassify fish improperly registered within a Class without informing the registrant.
- The Show Committee reserves the right to split, combine, or eliminate classes.
- No plants, decorations, background, or individual lighting will be allowed. All tanks will be made as equal as possible. If you require a heater in your tank, it will be allowed; please provided any needed extension cords.
- PVAS will provide 1/2 gallon "guppy show size", 1 gallon, 2.5 gallon, 5, and 10 gallon aquariums, airline with airstone, air supply, and dechlorinated municipal water for each aquarium. You may bring and use your own water, and you may bring a small sponge filter of neutral grey colour in place of the airstone. Note: some fish may hide behind the sponge filter, and may be difficult to judge properly.
- If you require a tank larger than 10-gallons, PVAS prefers that you provide your own tank and stand. PVAS has two dedicated show racks for 20-gallon high (24") aquariums as needed. If a 20-gallon is needed, please make arrangements beforehand with the Show Committee. Special arrangements may be made for long distance travelers who are unable to bring larger equipment before the Show.
- PVAS will provide clear plastic film-type covering for each tank in the interest of uniformity for the Show Room. For larger tank coverage, different arrangements may be made with the Show Committee.
- Fish may be placed in the Show room tanks beginning on Friday, 19 October at 10 AM until 11 PM, and Saturday, 20 October from 7 AM until 12 PM. Any fish not placed in a tank by 12 PM Saturday will be disqualified; registration fees will not be refunded.
- No fish may be removed from the Show room during the Show unless permission is granted by the Show Committee.
- Fish may be removed from the show after the Banquet and Awards Saturday night beginning at 10 PM. All fish entered in the show must be removed from the show stands by 12 midnight Saturday, after the Banquet. Any fish remaining at this time become property of PVAS and will be entered into auction as donations.
- PVAS will do as much as reasonably possible to observe all fish entered in the Show and notify the owners of any fish in distress or injured. PVAS will not be responsible for injury, death or loss of any fish entered in the Show. The Show room will be locked at night to prevent unauthorized entry.
- PVAS reserves the right to split, merge, or eliminate any class as needed.
- This year features a new class, "Freshwater Invertebrates," for the showing of freshwater shrimps and other animals. This class is being done as a "Show Trial." Entries into this class are not eligible for overall show awards, only for "Best In Class" awards. Tanks containing shrimp or other invertebrates that may become detrimentally stressed without an object to cling to may have a single sprig of live plant, or a natural appearing artificial plant placed in the aquarium. Note that if the animal is not visible, this may make accurate judging difficult.
Please note that there will be no at-the-door registration this year. All registrations must be completed one week before the Show.
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Catfish Show Classes
Class I: Loricariidae (Plecos, etc.).
Class II: Callichthyidae (Corydoras, etc.)
Class III: All other catfish
All Freshwater Species Classes
Class I: Livebearers
b. Xiphophorus (Swordtails and Platies)
c. Poeciliids (Mollies)
d. Goodeids and other livebearers.
Class II: Killifish
a. Old World Killifish
b. New World Killifish
Class III: Anabantoids
a. Betta splendens
b. All other Betta spp.
c. Gouramies and other anabantoids
Class IV: Cichlids
Sanctioned by the ACA
c. New World Large (Over 4" mature)
d. New World Dwarf (Under 4" mature)
e. Malawi, Tanganyika, and Victoria
f. All other Old World large cichlids (Over 4" mature)
g. All other Old World dwarf cichlids (Under 4" mature)
h. Hybrids (Flowerhorn, Parrots, etc.)
Class V: All Other Freshwater Fishes
d. Goldfish and Koi
e. All other Cyprinids
f. All other fishes
Class VI: Freshwater Invertebrates
Class VII: Photography and Arts and Crafts
a. Photographic Prints
b. Arts and Crafts
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Fish Show Schedule
Last day for registration
10am - 11pm: Fish may be placed in the Show Room tanks
7am - noon: Fish may be placed in the Show Room tanks
2pm - 5pm: Show Room closed for judging
8pm - 10pm: Awards presented at Banquet. (Show Room closed)
10pm-midnight: Fish may be removed from the Show display
12:00 midnight: Fish must be removed from the show room
Midnight: Show Room Closed
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General Rules and Judging
- The Show room will be open for viewing by the public at no cost. People desiring to attend the lectures or forums need to be registered for these events and will be provided with appropriate nametag identification.
- The Show room will be closed to the public for judging on Saturday at 2:00 PM until approximately 5:00 PM to allow for tallying the winning entries and placing appropriate stickers on the tanks identifying the winning fish.
- The Show room will be open Saturday after the judging is completed until midnight , although the doors may be locked during the Banquet. All fish should be removed from the stands by Saturday midnight to allow for teardown of the stands and emptying of the tanks.
- Awards will be made in each subclass for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place.
- Awards will be made for each Best-in-Class entry, as well as Reserve-in-Show and Best-in-Show for both the All Freshwater Species Classes and the Catfish Classes.
- The decisions of the judges and Show Committee are final and not open to discussion or negotiation.
- Fish will be judged on a point system using the following criteria:
- Condition: 20 points
- Overall health of the fish
- Clear eyes and no sign of blindness
- Mouth and lips free of abnormalities
- Correct body shape
- No missing scales
- Finnage: 20 points
- Intact, without damage or indications of disease
- Meet or exceed expected size for specimen
- Shaped appropriately and not unbalanced for specimen
- Size: 20 points. Meets or exceeds expectation for specimen
- Color: 20 points. Meets or exceeds expectation for specimen
- Deportment: 20 points
- Dancing in front of glass
- Some species always hide and should not be penalized for it
- Fish should act as if they were at home and at ease
- Prints will be judged on the following criteria:
- The 'message' 50 points. What does the picture say, does it show movement, is there emotion, does it convey a story, make a statement, or express an idea?
- The 'medium' 30 points. Are the elements attractively arranged, do the pieces fit together, does the background work?
- The 'technique' 20 points. Consider the technical aspects of focus, lighting, color rendition, printing, presentation, composition, cropping, and balance.
- The preceding pointing system is a set of guidelines that we will ask the judges to use for each class to keep the judging as objective and consistent as possible.
- Judges will be assigned one or more Classes based on their experience and knowledge of the entries in that class. Only one judge will judge each class.
- PVAS may use scribes to record the scores for the judges and tally the results. The scribes are not to assist in the judging and should give the judges space to see the fish. It is up to the individual judge as to actual recording since some judges like to make notes as they go, especially in a large Class.
- After scoring the entries in each sub-class the scribes will total the points for each fish and indicate first, second, and third place. Fishes should be judged against an absolute standard and not each other but this is a competition and we are looking for winners, so the judges, at their discretion, should be consulted about placement before any results are finalized.
- The entry with the most points in a Class will be named Best-in-Class. At the judges' discretion, point totals may be reviewed and adjusted to accommodate the judge's choice for Best-in-Class award.
- All of the judges shall review all of the Best-in-Class entries from Classes I-V in Freshwater Species and Classes I-V in the Catfish Classes. The judges shall select one of the Best-in-Class entries for Best-in-Show for both the Freshwater Species and Catfish sections of the show. The judges will also select a Reserve-in-Show for both the Freshwater and Catfish sections of the show. The Reserve-in-Show winner may be another Best-in-Class winner OR it may be the next best fish in the same Class as the Best-in-Show winner. For example, if a Betta splendens wins Best-in-Class and then Best-in-Show, another Betta splendens may also be the Reserve-in-Show if the judges feel it is better than all the other winners of their Classes.
- Judges may determine between themselves how the Best- and Reserve-in-Show awards are selected.
- Judging sheets with scores and notations will be available to the fish owners after the Show to see how their fish were pointed if they desire.
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