SELAS Fish Show Rules


All entries must be notified to SELAS at least 1 week before the show (no walk ups).

All entries must have their own aquarium (10 gallon recommended), water, and sponge filter. SELAS will provide air supply.

No aquariums are to be larger than 29 gallons unless you have pre-approval from SELAS.

No more than 2 dither fish are allowed.

No lights on the aquariums.  A glass top or canopy without lights can be used.

A 50 watt heater may be used in the aquarium.

Aquariums are not to be labeled in anyway.  A label will be provided for the aquarium by SELAS.

$5 to enter a fish into the contest.

Main Judging

The classes of fish are the following:

• Old World Cichlid
• New World Cichlid
• Catfish
• Other (includes any fish without a scientific name, ie. hybrids, flowerhorns, ob’s, etc.)

In the event that there are less than 5 fish entered into a class, that group will be removed and all fish from that group will be placed into the Other class.

In the event that there are less than 5 fish entered into the Other class, that class will be removed and participants will be refunded their entry fee.

Judges will score the fish based on the following:

• Animal looks as close to ideal as one would expect of a perfect representative. (not oversized or undersized, good color that is not abnormal, etc) (10 Points)

• Anatomy of animal is ideal (fins, scales, jaw, etc) (10 Points)

• Judges’ discretion which could include attitude, fin extensions, and personal choice (10 Points)

Judges will add up their scores, with the winner of the class being the fish with the highest score in that class. In the event of a tie, Judges will meet and decide on a winner.

The fish with the highest score overall regardless of class, will be named Best in Show. In the event of a tie, Judges will meet and decide on a winner.

Judges decisions are final.

No Shows

Fish entered into the show that have paid the entry fee but do not show up for any reason are non-refundable.  No Shows will count towards the minimum number of fish entered per class.

People’s Choice Judging

Each member of paid member of SELAS that attends the event will get 1 vote for the People’s Choice Award. Members will write the ID number of the fish that they are voting for and the votes will be counted. The fish with the highest number of votes will receive the People’s Choice Award. In the event of a tie, all ballots of the tied fish will be put into a bowl, and a winner will be drawn from those ballots.


Winner of each class will win $50.
Winner of People’s Choice will win $50.
Best in show will win $50.

So theoretically 1 fish could win $150 total.


Any other awards provided by other groups or agencies will be awarded based on their criteria. In this case, the ACA award will go to the best cichlid in the show, regardless of being old world or new world.

We have 3 judges lined up: Chip Van Geffen, owner of Aquatic Specialties, James McPherson, former manager of Rose Garden Center, and Jack Dunn, owner of several 1000 gallon + aquariums and former owner of Sharkey’s Reef.  In the event one judge can’t make it, CJ Bourg will be the replacement judge.  If more than one judge can’t make it, there will be fewer judges.