Show Rules

The show is open to all, and you need not be present to win.   Entry fee is $3.00 per entry.  There is no limit to the number of entries per person.  An entry consists of a single fish, a pair of fish, or a school of fish of the same species.  Only one entry per tank is allowed.

Monday, September 21, 2015 at 6:00 PM IS SHOW ENTRY DEADLINE.  NO LATE ENTRIES ACCEPTED!  E-Mail your entries to Page Ullman at .  Payment of the show entry fees ($3.00 per entry) must be paid when you arrive to place your fish in the tanks.   The scientific names of all show entries are required at time of entry (9-21-2015) in the show. A list with only the number of entries will not be accepted. All-species show classes are as follows: Old World cichlids, New World cichlids, Scavengers, Livebearers and Other. The person with the most all-species show entries will receive a prize   No exceptions.  All fish must be in the show tanks by Saturday, 9-26-2015 at 10:00 AM.  No exceptions.  All fish must be removed from the show tanks absolutely no later than Sunday, 9-27-2015 at 10:00 AM.  Any fish not removed by 10 AM become the property of TCA and will be sold in the auctions donations to TCA.  Again – NO EXCEPTIONS.

No hybrids will be permitted, except discus.  The Show Chairmen have final determination as to what is and what is not a hybrid.

Depending on the class, all entries will be shown in 10-gallon or 20-gallon tanks provided by TCA.

Tanks for each show entry will be assigned by the show chairman.

Assigned tanks will be identified by your registration number.  No changing of tanks will be allowed – except by the show chairman. Tampering with or handling of other exhibitors’ entries is forbidden, except as required by the Show Committee.

Any entry not complying with the show rules will be disqualified.

The tanks will be available for set-up at 5:00 p.m. on Friday.  Entries must be in their show tanks by 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 17th.   Tanks, air and tubing will be provided.  Tanks will be filled with dechlorinated water (75 deg. F and pH near 8.0).   No gravel or sand will be permitted in show tanks: however, slate, flowerpots, etc. may be used as long as the judges can remove them.

An entry will be disqualified if it does not comply with the show rules. The decision of the judges and Show Chairmen will be final.  The Show Chairmen reserve the right to disqualify fish based on deformities, illness, poor condition, poor health, or death.

Awards will be given to the Best of Show and Class winners after the last speaker on Saturday. You don’t have to be present to receive an award, although attendance is wholeheartedly encouraged.  THERE WILL BE NO AWARDS BANQUET SATURDAY NIGHT.  Instead a pizza party will be held.  You must pay $10.00 prior to 3 PM Saturday if you wish to attend the pizza party and the awards announcements to follow.  No exceptions according to the TCA board.

Entries may not be removed from the show room until after the results are announced Saturday evening. However, all entries must be removed from the fish room by 10:00 AM on Sunday, or they will be auctioned as TCA donations.  No exceptions will be made!

Neither the TCA nor the hotel will be held responsible for the loss or damage to the fish and/or equipment, or for personal injury before, during or after the convention.

All individuals wishing to show fish are required to pre-register their entries by calling the Show Chairman,  or Page Ullman (817-831-7876) or his assistant, Marvin England, ( 903-244-3993 ) , no later than Monday, September 22 , and reserving the number of tanks needed for their show entries.

Absolutely NO late entries will be accepted!

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