CONTESTS
It’s Show Time!!! – Six Successful Tips   by David Ayres

David Ayres, YATFS member since its inception, and former judge from coast to coast within the
what a seasoned judge looks for when evaluating your fish.
A)        Is this fish mature size? – according to size standards in reference books
B)        Is this fish in good color? – again, check pictures/description in book
C)        Is this fish healthy? – shows no signs of disease; eating well; active
D)        Is this fish in show condition? – no split fins; no missing scales; well fed
E)        Does this fish show well? – “Type A” personality

2)        DETERMINE THE CLASS YOUR FISH BELONGS IN
A)        Read the show schedule of classes ahead of time.
B)        Ask the show chairperson if you are not sure.

3)        KNOW THE SHOW RULES
A)        Read through the rules a couple of times to make sure you understand them.
B)        Take your copy of show rules with you.
C)        Double check as to tank requirements.

4)        BRING YOUR OWN WATER
A)        Fish often don’t react well to changes in water chemistry.
{They may even die in radically different  water than they are used to}
B)        Have your own water conditioner on hand.
C)        Bring a little more than needed in case you have to make an unexpected change.

5)        HAVE THE RIGHT EQUIPMENT TO EXHIBIT THE FISH
A)        Clean tank, background, and secure lid
B)        Airline, valves, and airstones
C)        Scissors and hole punch
D)        Small siphon tube and clean, dry towel
E)        Bucket and siphon for breaking down

6)        BE A GOOD SPORT, HAVE FUN, AND GOOD LUCK!
No disrespect intended to anyone but the club’s Breeder
Award Programs just don’t seem to generate the same
enthusiastic participation as they once did.
It would be nice to see a more varied selection of fry,
plants and invertebrates available at the monthly meetings
for fellow members to take home and work with.
During last month’s Board meeting a novel idea was
put forward that we hope will create some excitement.
For the year 2017 each submission to the BAP, SAP, HAP
and IAP will be rewarded with a lottery ticket given out at
the Christmas party in December.
Check out the club handbook for the rules governing each
program.
Point values will not mean anything, a five point fish will
earn one ticket as will a twenty point fish or to simplify
matters the number of tickets that you will receive will be
equal to your points earned for the breeder of the year
honors and  added to any points awarded for HAP and IAP
submissions.
Remember this is a new program it does not replace
anything that we already have.
At the 2017 Christmas party all of your tickets will be
entered into a lottery and the winner will receive a crisp one
hundred dollar bill.
So even if you only have one ticket in the drawing you still
could come out a winner.
Get in on the action and participate !
Good Luck.
Introducing a  New  Program
FISH GROW & SHOW
CONTEST
---------YATFS Growth Contest by Marie Williams
YATFS member, Brian Strickland, has had a massive population explosion in his gold severum
(Heros severus) tank. Brian will generously donate as many gold severum fry as needed for
YATFS members to participate in this contest.
Fry will be distributed at the -----------------YATFS meeting.
Here are the rules:
 Contestants must register and pick up fish at the ------------YATFS meeting.
 Each contestant will receive 6 fry.
 Each contestant will be permitted to submit two of their six grown severum to be judged at
the YATFS annual Christmas party
.
 Two $50 cash awards will be given:
1) Best show-quality specimen – to be judged on appearance and condition as well as size.
2) Biggest severum overall – to be judged on size only.
 Contestants may not sell any of their six severum at auction or otherwise until after judging.
 Contest is open to YATFS members in good standing. [Remember to pay your dues!]