2018 ALA Show Classes & Awards
Contact us to sponsor a class for $25 (Best of Show Classes are $50)
1. Guppy - Male, Solid Color Tail, Delta Tail, Sponsored by Greater Cincinnati Aquarium Society
2. Guppy - Male, Variegated Color Tail, Delta Tail, Sponsored by Blue Fish Aquarium
3. Guppy - Male, Other Tail Types, Sponsored by Southwestern Michigan Aquarium Society
4. Guppy - Female, Sponsored by Southwestern Michigan Aquarium Society
5. Mollies - Domestic Varieties and Hybrids, Sponsored by Ken Zeedyk
6. Mollies - Natural Species (Poecilia genus), Sponsored by Exstream Aquatix
7. Swordtails - Domestic, Common Finnage, Sponsored by Water Colors Aquarium Gallery
8. Swordtails - Domestic, Fancy Finnage, Sponsored by Greater Cincinnati Aquarium Society
9. Swordtails – Wild type, Sponsored by Greater Cincinnati Aquarium Society
10. Variatus & Platies - Domestic: Common Finnage, Sponsored by Preuss Pets
11. Variatus & Platies - Domestic: Fancy Finnage, Sponsored by Motor City Aquarium Society
12. Platies - Wild type, Sponsored by Pat Hartman
13. Limias, Sponsored by Dave Hemmerlein
14. All other Poeciliid species, Sponsored by Sergeant Tank
15. Goodeids - Torpedo Body Shape, Sponsored by Chicago Livebearer Society
16. Goodeids - Deep Body Shape, Sponsored by Greater Cincinnati Aquarium Society
17. All Other Livebearers, Sponsored by Eric Maxson
18. Pairs Class - male & female of the same species, Sponsored by Motor City Aquarium Society
19. Family Class: parents +10 or more fry under 3 months old, Sponsored by Greater Detroit Aquarium Society
20. Livebearer photography, Sponsored by Shealyn & Justin Sarns
Best of Show Awards
• Joanne Norton Best of Show Domestic (classes 1-8, 10-12), Sponsored by Blue Fish Aquarium
• Frances Hubbs Miller Best of Show Goodeid (classes 15-16) - Sponsored by North American Goodeid Working Group
• Robert Rush Miller Best of Show Poecilieds or All Other (AOV) (classes 6, 9, 12-14, & 17), Sponsored by Water Colors Aquarium Gallery
• Chairman's High Point Award, Sponsored by Leslie Dick, ALA President
2018 ALA Show Rules & Information
1. Entries may be registered and submitted during the convention until noon on May 5.
2. All exhibits must be set up on either Friday May 4, between 3:00 PM and 8:00 PM or on Saturday May 5 between 8:00 AM and Noon.
3. Tampering with any exhibit other than that which belongs to oneself is strictly forbidden. If an entry needs to be moved for any reason the Show Committee will do so.
4. No extensions or early teardowns without prior permission of the Show Committee.
5. All exhibits will be under the full control of the Show Committee while in the show, they must remain there for the duration of the show.
6. Items not claimed by 10am on May 6 will become the property of ALA.
7. Neither the Hotel, American Livebearer Association, Nor Grand Valley Aquarium Club will be held responsible for any loss or damage incurred during the show. Exhibitors do have a responsibility to be careful with water.
8. Exhibitors may choose to have their exhibits auctioned. The exhibitor is responsible to be sure that those fish are bagged and properly labeled after judging is completed.
1. Judging will take place on Saturday afternoon May 5, 2018. No unauthorized people will be permitted in the show room during the judging. The show room will be open to the public on Saturday evening after completion of the awards Banquet.
2. Decisions for the awards will be final and are not subject to appeal.
3. Classification and size of fishes to be determined by references chosen by the Show Committee.
4. Photography class: Judging will be based on art, technical skill, and the ability of the Judge to identify the subject(s). No photos of photographs are allowed. All prints must be of a living animal. All entries must have been taken by the exhibitor. Digital prints should be as close to the original image as possible, (non-manipulated). These are photographic images that haven’t been wildly altered from the originals with software tools (like Photoshop, In-design, Illustrator etc.), prior to printing or scanning. Exhibitors may use these computer editing tools to adjust for contrast, exposure, cropping and other traditional adjustments that could be obtained through a traditional darkroom process. Only basic image corrections such as sharpening, saturation, cropping, color balance and removal of dust, scratches or water spots are allowed. All photos should be at least 5”x7” or larger. Title of print or fish identification should be clearly marked on the back of the image or mount. Nothing should be on the photograph though that would identify the photographer. It is suggested that the prints be mounted on stiff backing or matted but is not required.
1. Containers: All non-photography entries will be displayed in flat-sided containers. All containers should be bare and have a solid background. Plants or decorations are not recommended. 2.5 & 5 gallon size are available, fish will be shown in appropriate sized container.
2. Air: GVAC will provide air, airline and airstone.
3. Stands: Display racks will be provided for all exhibits 2.5 gallons to 5 gallons.
4. Lighting: No lights or reflectors are required.
5. Covers: All exhibits will have covers for the protection of the specimen(s) being displayed.
6. Heaters: The show area is normally maintained at a minimum of 70 degrees. Heaters are not permitted.
7. Water: De-chlorinated, (with prime), city water will be available at room temperature.