2017 Show Classes
2. Cyprinid – all others
3. Betta - aquarium strains
4. Livebearers - wild type5. Livebearers - aquarium strain guppies - sponsored by Jan Carlson
6. Livebearers – aquarium strain non guppies - sponsored by TNT Farm
7. Rainbowfishes - sponsored by Closeupimages.com8. Community tank - sponsored by Meyer Construction
9. LoachesDivision B Catfish - sponsored by Rich Smaciarz
10. Loricariids - sponsored by Lenny Ancheta11. Corydoras - sponsored by Mike Paskeuric
12. All other catfishes - sponsored by TNT Farm
Division C Killifish - sponsored by Minnesota Killie Keepers Association MKKA
14. Fundulopanchex - sponsored by Charles Ekstedt Sr.
15. All other Killifishes - sponsored by Milo Squires Division
Division D Cichlids - sponsered by Brad Swanson
16. South American – including wild type angel and discus - sponsored by Pure Fish Works
17. Central American - sponsored by Pure Fish Works
18. New World dwarf - parents no larger than 3 inches - sponsored by Jan Carlson
19. Lake Malawi - sponsored by Bob Randall
20. Old World not listed elsewhere - sponsored by Bob Randall
Division E Aquarium strain cichlids only - sponsored by Willie Loh
21. Angelfish - sponsored by Willie Loh
22. Discus – solids
23. Discus - striated - sponsored by Willie Loh
24. Discus -spotted
Division F Odds and Ends25. Goldfish and Koi - aquarium strains
27. Hybrids - Flowerhorn - sponsored by Underwater Dreams
28. Brackish and Marine
29. Labyrinth - sponsored by Phil Marlow
30. North America native fish - sponsored by Jenny Kruckenberg
31. Any fish not listed elsewhere
32. Family breeder - parents with fry - sponsored by TNT Farm
33. Invertebrates - all other
34. Invertebrates - crayfish and shrimp - sponsored by Teresa Seaberg
Division G Plants - sponsored by Clark Orlaska
Division H Creative/Artistic
37. Aquascape - sponsored by Teresa Seaberg
38. Artwork - Fine - sponsored by Pure Fish Works
39. Artwork - Applied - sponsored by Pure Fish Works
40. Photography media - sponsored by Cloeupimages.com
SHOW FISH: This class is for a single specimen or small group of a fish species. A species entry must be wild type. If the entry is not a species fish, there are classes for aquarium strains and hybrids. Judging is based on size, appropriate morphology and color, deportment, health.
SHOW PLANT:This class will be limited one judged fish species and up to four easily identified judged aquatic plants. Fish may be included in the display to help show off the plant. NOTE: poor quality fish can detract from the overall effect of the plant resulting in a lower score. Plants will be judged on such qualities as size, condition, color and applicable environment.
COMMUNITY: Entries in this class contain a variety of species (at least three). Judging is based on such quantities as: variety of colors, shapes, sizes and lifestyles. Also considered are compatibility and appropriateness (such as shared water requirements).
FAMILY/BREEDER: A family entry shows parental care with all members in the same tank. A breeder entry shows fry separated from parents by a divider, in both cases, the display must include the parents and their fry. Points are awarded only to the parents, but points may be docked for poor quality fry or an inadequate number of fry from a species spawn size.
1. Discus parents are remarkable and score 95 but the fry appear deformed. Judge reduces score to 75. This entry would benefit from culling deformed fry. However, if all the fry are deformed, it would be best not to enter this class.
2. Angel fish are remarkable and score a 98 but there are less than 20 fry at 0.25 inches. Judge reduces score to 68 because of an inadequate number of fry for this entry.
CREATIVE/ARTISTIC - : These exhibits must be the work of the exhibitor and should relate to the aquarium hobby.
Aquascape is a class that is open to an artist perceptions. Any fish, plant, container, décor, lighting or any other material may or may not be used by an artist. Use of fish and plants need in an aquascaped exhibit must be a sustainable exhibit.
Fine art is created primarily for aesthetic value and includes paintings, sculpture, etc. Fine art is never used for anything other than display to stimulate thought by the onlooker.
Applied art is created as an object that may be used for a purpose. Applied art may never actually be placed into use but it could be. Applied art has aesthetic value that may stimulate a viewer just as fine art may. Examples are painted glassware, purses, towels, quilts, fish bowls.
An exhibitor may chose applied art class for a decorated bowl with fish vs aquascape if the primary objective is for viewer to see decorated bowl vs the entire display as a work of art.