Lots of catfish!


The latest Catfish Study Group auction was held on Sunday, November 15 in Darwen, Lancashire.

Aquatic clubs holding auctions as well as open shows have become popular in recent years. So much so that many clubs now hold auction-only 'shows'. The Catfish Study Group (CSG) holds auction specials at its base in North-west England (although membership is actually worldwide).
 
The latest auction was held in Darwen, a small market town in Lancashire. All the town's social activities are based here in the Derwent Hall on George Street, with its excellent theatre hall and kitchen facilities. The auctioneer was CSG Chairman Mark Walters.
 
 
An audience of 70 strong bid for 'lots' of catfish — often rare species — which were sold for bargain prices. However, this bargain could be £30 or £40 and more. Most of the audience were local club members (such as Preston AS) who were also catfish breeders and so members of CSG.
 
Yorkshire's Catfish enthusiasts also crossed the Pennines to bid for the rare or special specimens. Castleford AS Show Secretary Steve Grant bought some breeder's groups of Corydoras 'Green Laser' CW009 — pictured at the top of the page — along with Corydoras virginae and this perfect Super red Ancistrus (photo by Steve Grant).
 
 
Although the majority of auctioned fishes were catfish family, others were sold too, from Fire eels to discus, and aquatic items from plants to Assassin snails.

There was a grand raffle, hot and cold beverages all afternoon and a display by G.B.W. Products (Brian Walsh's wooden carvings).
 
These auctions are keeping the clubs alive by generating cash (a small percentage is retained) and it is also a good venue for keen aquarists to gather and exchange information.
 
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Top aquarists are triple winners at Bradford Show


This Blue-green Betta won the Best in Show (with 87 points) for Mike Kirkham of the Association of Anabantoids of Great Britain. This was at the Bradford and DAS Autumn Open Show and Auction -its 68th - on Remembrance Sunday, November 8, 2015.

 
Mike also won the prize for Best Fancy Goldfish in the same OS with this magnificent Ryukin.
 
 

Here is Mike receiving his prizes from Secretary Anthony Fisher. It's the third time Mike has won the Best in Show at the Bradford and DAS Shows. Sequentially too — and with different fish.
 
 
 
Unlike Steve Grant, Chairman of Castleford AS, who won – for the third time - the Best Exhibit Award, with the same pair of South American banjo catfishes, Bunocephalus larai. 
 
 
 
Another repeat winner was the Junior (under 16) AV tropical and coldwater award — Ben Lee — who is pictured above. 
 
These repeat winners are despite the fact that 215 entries were made on the day, in the 37 Classes, judged under YAAS (Yorkshire Association of Aquarist Societies) rules. Clubs attending included Scarborough and DAS, Ashby AS, Ferrybridge, Otley, Castleford, Ryedale, Sheaf Valley, as well as Bradford — even Southend and DAS.
 
The main attraction however was the traditional auction — with an audience of 100 bidding for 22 lots over five hours! As always, the auctioneer was Steve Jones (YAAS).
 
There were other winning fish on the Show benches. Below is the Best Guppy, by Liam and Ryan Edwards of Ashby AS.
 
All were pointed by YAAS Judges, Mick Price, Trevor Douglas and Trish Jones, in the excellent facilities of the Bradford Academy.
 
 
The Open Show was sponsored by Bradford-based Tong Garden Centre and Maidenhead Aquatics, which recently took over the running of the aquatics department at the garden centre.
 
To see this active fishkeeping club in action, visit them at the Bradford Academy, Lister Avenue, Bradford BD4 7QS — its next OS and Auction will be on Sunday, May 15, 2016.
 
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50 years of the British Killifish Association!


The British Killifish Association celebrated its half century over the weekend of October 9–11, 2015 at the Mercure Hotel, Wetherby, Yorkshire.

PFK had the pleasure of attending this special anniversary convention, which had a very welcoming and friendly family atmosphere. We spoke to members who had travelled to the event from as far as Plymouth in Devon — and one who had even flown over from Brazil!
The British Killifish Association was founded back in 1965 by a small dedicated group of enthusiasts (some of these are still members today), and is now one of the largest and foremost killifish organisations in Europe.
Events included a killifish show, which was incredibly well organised. The show fish were housed in a separate room, which was open to viewing for most of the weekend — and there were some real delights to be seen. 
 
Prizes were awarded to the winners on the Sunday by the BKA’s oldest member, 99-year-old Jessie Cox. Jessie was still keeping fish right up until last year, which at the time probably made her the oldest killifish keeper in the UK — maybe even the oldest fishkeeper. (If anyone out there knows differently, please get in touch, as we’d love to hear from you).
 
 
Best in Show was this Nothobranchius kadleci Nhamatanda (also the winner of the Nothobranchius class) by D. Wolfram from Germany.
 
 
The award for Best British Entry went to Jim Warner of the BKA — pictured above receiving his award from Jessie — for his Aphanius vladykovi Boldaji. Jim's winning fish is pictured below.
 
 
The class winners were:
Class 1 – Aphanius, Valencia and New World Killifish
Aphanius vladykovi Boldaji, J. Warner, BKA
Class 2 – South American Annuals 
Pterolebias bokermanni Maryarita, R. Shiner, BKA  
Class 3 – Rivulus and Kryptolebias 
Laimosemion mahdiaensis GUY 97/5, R. Mattes, DKG 
Class 4 – Nothobranchius, Pronothobranchius and Fundulosoma 
Nothobranchius kadleci Nhamatanda, D. Wolfram, DKG
Class 5 – Epiplatys, Aplocheilus, Lampeyes (Old World) 
Epiplatys dageti, K. Webb, BKA  
Class 6 – Fundulopanchax, Raddaella and Callopanchax 
Fundulopanchax sjoestedti, Warri J. Phunkner, BKA 

Class 7 – Mesoaphyosemion (except Calliurum Group) 
Aphyosemion gabunense gabunense, B. Merritt, BKA 

Class 8 – Small Aphyosemion (not in Class 7) 
Scriptaphyosemion liberiense Gbarma RL 97/EP82, T. Milkuhn, DKG 
Class 9 – Breeders Bottom Spawners 
Nothobranchius kadleci Nhamatanda MZCS 11/430, D. Wolfram, DKG 

Class 10 – Breeders Top Spawners 
Aphyosemion schioetzi Z 91/3, H. Ott, DKG 
Other events included a killifish q and a session hosted by the BKA’s Vice Chairman Steve Davidson, plus two excellent lectures — the first on the Saturday by Wim Suijker on his collecting trip to Guyana and French Guyana, and another on the Sunday by Heinz Ott on the genus Epiplatys (shown below, being introduced by BKA chairman Gordon Temperley).
 
 
The Saturday evening featured the convention dinner, complete with a beautiful 50th anniversary cake.
There was a fish auction on both days, with the Sunday auction being especially keenly anticipated, as it followed on from the prize presentations and featured the killies that had been entered into the show. Bidding was brisk and some of the fish were sold for high prices — two of the breeders’ teams — Epiplatys zenkeri Bidou and Laimosemion xiphidius — both went for £110.
 
 
Sponsors of the convention included JBL, Maidenhead Aquatics, Fish Science and Mars Fishcare and the BKA would like to thank them for their support.
All in all, this was a very enjoyable, fun weekend - if you want to join a fishkeeping association then the BKA comes highly recommended. The fish are rather lovely, too!
Next year’s BKA convention takes place over the weekend of October 6–7, 2016.
The BKA attends and organises a range of yearly events ranging from table shows, auctions and charity events culminating with its three-day convention.
There are also various regional groups which can be of help to you and are an excellent source for stock. There may even be a group near you. So, if you would like to join a dedicated group of killifish enthusiasts or would juat like further information on the association, visit the BKA website.
 
 
 
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A true festival of fish!


This gorgeous Pearl cichlid, Geophagus brasiliensis, won the Supreme Final 2015 and the Best in Show at the British Open Final, at the Federation of British Aquatic Societies' (FBAS) Festival of Fishkeeping weekend.

 
 
The owner of the fish, Alan Finnegan – with his son Jack – not only won these awards but also the second, third and fourth (and fifth and sixth!) in the Supreme Final (there were 51 entries). This is a success never known before in 27 years of holding the FBAS Festivals. Alan also won the 'highest pointed' in the Open Show (OS) and was awarded the FBAS Gold Brooch. His son Jack represented Leicester AS to collect the Highest Pointed Society Award too.
 
 
 
The Festival was held for the third year at the Hounslow Urban Farm — an interactive zoo next to Heathrow Airport. As before, the FBAS Chairman Joe Nethersell organised several marquees over the weekend of October 3–4, housing literally 1,000s of ornamental fish, 40 furnished aquariums, three ponds and several commercial businesses, for the Federation's grand final competitions.
 
 
The only major award that Alan didn't win was the Diamond Class, which was taken by Roy Chapman of Southend and Leigh AS with a killifish — Aphanius danfordii — which is on the red list of endangered fishes.
 
One other major award was the Supreme Breeders where a team of four fishes bred this year is judged. The winner was Tim Edwards (Tim's Fish Room) with his Celestial pearl danio, Danio margaritatus.
 
 

The Supreme Pairs (two breeder fishes) was won, of course, by Alan Finnigan, with his pair of Dwarf chain loach, Ambastaia sidthimunki.

The FBAS Festival of Fishes Weekend must be the world's most unusual fishkeeping show, with not only the FBAS pet fish but skinks and snakes, geckos and lizards, chameleons and tortoises, frogs, snails, scorpions...even tarantulas.
 
 
 
Parrots talk to you, and a micro pig (not that micro — it’s huge) walks around.
 
Beyond the FBAS marquees is the large petting zoo with animals of every kind. With cocks crowing, sheep bleating and over all the jet planes roar into their final landing every few seconds...
 
 
 
Do visit next year for an amazing experience or find a bargain if you are a fishkeeper. It will be an interesting year because the Chairman Joe Nethersell announced that after almost 50 years as Chairman or President he will be retiring at the FBAS AGM in December. But he will keep his interest in the FBAS Festival of Fishkeeping.
 
The above picture shows Joe in his chains of office with the Finnegans and the FBAS Judge (David Nice), who chose their Best Pairs.
 
Look out for details of the 2016 event in Practical Fishkeeping soon.
 
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Over 300 entries at GSGB show


The Goldfish Society of Great Britain held its Open Show on Saturday, September 26. The show attracted over 300 entries.

 
The largest class was Adult Calico Veiltails with an entry of 25, closely followed by Adult Bristol Shubunkins with 19 fish! All tanks had their own air supply. 
 
 
 
The goldfish auction had over 100 lots ranging from young fish only a few months old to large adult fish.
 
Best Fish in Show was a Metallic Oranda owned by Ray Rich.
 
The full results will be published in the November GSGB bulletin.
 
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Nationwide Goldfish triple win for Bob!


The second Nationwide Goldfish Open Show - a combined show with four of the UK's Goldfish Societies - was held at Weston Flavell Parish Hall in Northampton on Saturday, September 26.

There are 63 Classes, but just four major awards with engraved shields for the Best in Show, the Best Exhibit, the Best Breeders Goldfish and the Best Team of Four. Bob Jones of the Bristol Aquarist Society won three of these awards.
 
 
The Best in Show was a London shubunkin (pictured above) by Alan Ratcliffe of the Northern Goldfish and Pondkeepers Society. Alan is well known for his breeding line of London shubunkins with their good blue background colour. This fish has won awards at many other Open Shows.

The annual show sees goldfish fanciers from the North East Goldfish Society, Bristol Aquarist Society, Association of Midland Goldfish Keepers and Northern Goldfish and Pondkeepers Society compete for National Awards to the new Nationwide Goldish Standards. 
Eleven judges trained to these Standards from all four societies pointed the 63 Classes...there were 165 entries and 64 tanks of breeders' goldfish were auctioned by Mick Smith (AMGK) during judging time.
 
The Awards ceremony ended the OS with many cards for 1st, 2nd and 3rd — but Bob Jones (pictured at the top of the page) took three of the shields, with one fish winning two of these awards. It was a nacreous Veiltail (pictured above).
 
 
Bob also won the Best Team of Four with his Moors...

The Show Manager Andrew Barton (AMGK) stated that the 2016 Nationwide Show will be in a new, larger venue and the Nationwide Committee Chairman Sherridan Moores (NGPS) announced that the Nationwide Goldfish Standards had been finally agreed and the publication will be available soon.
Here are some of the Firsts in the Nationwide Classes at the Nationwide Show...
 
 
The Common goldfish
 

The Oranda
 
 
The Nacreous fantail

There are (so far) 17 Nationwide Standards of UK goldfish!
 
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'Shining prince' is a winner at Yorkshire show


This year's 'Friends of Yorkshire' show was held at Stockton on the Forest on Sunday, August 16, 2015.

The YAAS (Yorkshire Association of Aquarist Societies) holds its annual open show in July — but that is for the members of their association. Therefore in August they follow this with the 'Friends of Yorkshire', open to all clubs and associations.

This year's 'FOY' was held, as usual, at the village hall at Stockton on the Forest.

The event also included the seventh leg of The British Livebearer Association Fancy Guppy League championship at the OS.

Clubs such as Castleford, Bradford, Ashby, Otley, Ferrybridge, Tyneside and more won Firsts in the 166 entries, but the aquarist who came all the way from Southend-on-Sea with many prize quality fish, was Roy Chapman of SLDAS (Southend, Leigh and District Aquarist Society). With six firsts and 11 seconds, he collected points for the FBAS Anniversary Awards in London on October 3–4. But he also won the Best in Show, with his (home-bred) Burmese Rummy nose, Sawbwa respledens — which translates at 'Shining prince' — and which is on the Red List of the IUCN (International Union for the Conservation of Nature). Roy's winning fish is pictured at the top of the page.

Roy (above left), collected the award from Steve Jones of YAAS. Steve also conducted the ever popular auction, while YAAS judges, Trish Jones, Mick Price, Kevin Webb, David Marshall and Paul Brown, judged the entries in the 36 classes.

The Best Exhibit (highest pointed pairs) was won by Steve Grant of Castleford AS with his pair of Bunocephalus larai…which has won in every Open Show over the last two years.

In a separate hall, the British Livebearers Association Fancy Guppy League judged 20 entries in this leg of their National Championship. The judges were Dawn Pamplin, Carl Stewart and Stan Colling of FGA. It was a low entry because the FOY show clashed with a Betta Symposium (in Holland) — many members also keep Bettas and chose to visit Holland.

The highest pointed (82) guppy was an albino Red Delta by Henry Smith of FGL.

These Moscow lace snakeskin roundtail guppies won a first in the pairs class.

More guppies...
Don't forget you can see all these magnificent guppies at the final Championship at Naseby Hotel, Sheet Street, Kettering NN16 0AN on Saturday and Sunday October 9–10, 2015.

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Shubunkin is a winner at North East Goldfish Society show


The North East Goldfish Society held its 15th Open Show on July 19, 2015 at Redby Community Centre, just half a mile from the Sunderland sea front and its seaside promenade.

This year NEGS invited eight Nationwide judges, selected from the other three members of the Nationwide group: Northern Goldfish and Pondkeepers Society, Association of Midland Goldfish Keepers and Bristol Aquarist Society (NGPS, AMGK, BAS).

Each variety has its own Nationwide Standard and the judges chose the First, Second and Third in all 25 Classes, but in addition NEGS presents a trophy for the 'Best in Show', 'Best Owner's Bred' and 'Best NEGS Member' and the 'Highest Pointed Competitor'.

The Best in Show was a London Shubunkin by Alan Ratcliffe of the NGPS (and NEGS), pictures at the top of the page.

Alan (above left) receives his awards from Dennis Godfrey, Chairman of NEGS.

'Best Owner Bred' was won by Alan too. The 'Best Fish by NEGS member' was won by David Padfield and the 'Highest Pointed Competitor' was Sherridan Moores, Chairman of NGPS.

Every tank is prefilled with mature water tested for zero ammonia, zero nitrites, low nitrates and neutral pH. The testing kit is sponsored by the aquatic superstore store Chilton Aquatics, and manufacturers Aquarian, Nutrafin and Star Fisheries provided extra prizes for each class winner.

There was an auction of home-bred fancy goldfish with show quality fish going for only a pound or two.

Here are just a few of fancy goldfish that won firsts….

 

 

Forthcoming events
The next Nationwide Goldfish Group open show is on Sunday, September 6, 2015 when BAS holds its OS at the Manor Hall, Henfield Road, Coalpit Heath, Bristol BS36 2TG.

On Saturday, September 12 the NGPS holds its OS at St. Matthews Hall, Chester Rd., Stretford, Manchester M32 8HF.

All four goldfish societies will meet at the 2nd National Goldfish Show on Saturday, September 26, 2015 at Weston Favell Parish Hall, Booth Lane South, Northampton NN3 3EP, with 63 classes! There will be auctions too.

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National Bettas go international


The 3rd annual Betta Show was held at the Rockingham Centre in Hoyland Common, Barnsley on Sunday, June 21 2015.

Originally, the meeting of Betta fishkeepers was known as the DJAY Betta Only Show (spin-off from the Yorkshire Association of Aquarist Societies) and was for local aquarists.

After a dramatic growth in numbers at the second year, the 2015 one has become the 'National Betta Show' with a committee of top Yorkshire aquarists and sponsorship by Ocean Nutrition and ZooMed.

The NBS was advertised as a day-long Betta-only show with trade Stands, refreshments, raffles, auction (of Bettas) and 200-plus displays of Bettas.

Visitors were able to view fish from all over the UK, but also from France, Germany and Thailand.

The same venue and date was used for another leg in the UKFGL (Fancy Guppy League - UK group). Hence, in the show room there were also 42 entries of Fancy Guppies (this is the 6th competition, the 7th will be held at the YAAS OS at Stockton on the Forest, York on August 16 and the grand final at Nasbey Hotel, Kettering, over the weekend of October 10–11. These aquarists really are international – their Shows are world-wide.

The Bettas were judged to YAAS standards by their A Class Judges, Trish Jones, Mick Price and Trevor Jones in the 17 Classes for Single Male, Single Female, Matched Pairs and Breeders groups. Seen here, busy with ruler and magnifier.

The FGL judges were Tina Smith, Stan Collinge and Henry Smith who had to assess 12 different breeds of Guppies (based on tail shape but also 29 colour combinations). This was a technical competition with results added digitally to the National Data Base, but the highest pointed Guppy at this Show was a Delta Tail Albino Blue by Henry Smith UKFGL.

Meanwhile the Best in Show of the Bettas was a 'Big White' by Mike Kirkham (member of NBS Committee).

Mike received his award from other NBL Committee men, Jamie Horne and Ben Nichols. Mike also won other awards for his fish including Best Male and several Firsts.

One of the special prizes was the Peoples' Choice Award. When the Auction ended, the Betta Judges retired temporarily and visitors invaded the Show Room and placed votes for their choice of Best Betta in a sealed box. Their choice turned out to be a Wild Betta, not the brilliantly coloured breeders' specimens....

The Auction saw many good specimens sold for £3 each!

Here are some of the Firsts....

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40 years of Fish of Fishes!


The Fish of Fishes award celebrated its Ruby Anniversary this year, at Stockton on the Forest, near York.

The Yorkshire Aquarist Festival (YAF) started in 1975 and incorporated the 'Fish of Fishes' where only fish that had won a First in the year could compete. YAF grew in popularity into the 80's and 90's and at its peak they occupied the Doncaster Racecourse for two days with 10,000 visitors!

But the popularity of the clubs faded into this century and YAF moved to ever smaller venues and eventually became a one day Open Show for all members of the Yorkshire Association of Aquarist Societies. 'Fish of Fishes' remains its top award though and so, at this year's OS, it reached its Ruby Anniversary.

The winner was Bede Kerrigan of STAMPS (South Tyneside Aquatic and Marine Aquarist Society) with his Aulonocara jacobfreibergi, which has won many awards this year.

The OS was held on Sunday, July 5 and included the ever-popular auction. Auctioneer Steve Jones (YAAS) sold hundreds of items over several hours. Meanwhile, judges Trish Jones, Steve Grant, David Marshall, Mick Price, Kevin Webb, Edward Cheetham and Trevor Douglas of YAAS plus Paul Brown of FBAS pointed the 190 entries — and chose the Fish of Fishes.

The same 'firsts only' is applied to pairs too, giving the 'Best Exhibit of the Year' and this was won by Steve Grant (Castleford AS) with his often award-winning pair of Bunocephalus larai.

The Best in Show was a Liosomadoras oncinus catfish with 85.5 points, by Mike Kirkham of AAGB (Anabantoid Association of Great Britain).

All the Yorkshire Clubs won a First in the 37 Classes including Castleford, Otley, Ashby, Bradford, Ryedale, Workington, Sheaf Valley and Tyneside, plus a member all the way from Southend & DAS. This was Roy Chapman….

He achieved third place in the Fish of Fishes with a tiny, but perfect, Neon Green Rasbora Microrasbora kubotai. Here he is receiving the Place Card reward from YAAS Chair, Ray Stansfield.

The next Open Show by YAAS is again at The Village Hall, Stockton on the Forest (YO35 9UJ) and is called 'Friends of Yorkshire'. It will include a round of The British Livebearer Association Fancy Guppy League and is on Sunday, August 16 2015.

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Nationwide goldfish in the Midlands


The AMGK (Association of Midland Goldfish Keepers) held its annual Open Show for goldfish at the West Orchard Hall, Coventry on Saturday, June 20 2015.

This was a 'Nationwide' Open Show, where all four of the goldfish clubs in the UK (outside London) supplied judges to assess the fancies to the newly agreed Nationwide Standards.

The Judges were Andy Barton and Martin Clare of AMGK, Ian Mildon of Bristol AS, Graham Turner of NEGS (North East Goldfish Society), and Sherridan Moores, Bill Ramsden and Dean Roberts of NGPS (Northern Goldfish and Pondkeepers Society).

There were 199 entries in the 30 classes which included the 14 fancy breeds described by the Standards. Each class had a copy of that Standard displayed by the 45 show tanks, so viewers could see why the fish warranted a First, or less.

The Best in Show was a Ranchu bred by Andy Becket of AMGK, who was awarded the F. W. Orme Trophy (dedicated to the memory of the author of the definitive book 'Fancy Goldfish Culture').

AMGK Chairman Pat Davis ran the auction where over 40 home-bred fancy goldfish were sold at prices ranging from £5 to £75.

Members keep and breed fancy goldfish to the new Standards and these Open Shows reveal who is achieving perfection. The auction allows all the goldfish societies to buy the best fish for their own breeding programme.

This was the 41st year of the AMGK Goldfish Open Show.

The above fish won 'Best New Variety' — there's no Nationwide Standard yet for this class!

Best Bristol Shubunkin.

Always a favourite with breeders – the Veiltail.

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Show makes fishkeeping fun


Ryedale AS held its 15th annual Open Show at the Kirby Misperton Village Hall, near Malton, North Yorkshire on Sunday, June 14.

It is a tradition with this busy society to make it a social occasion as well as a competition.

There were 40 classes with 177 entries from clubs such as Ryedale, Bradford, Castleford, Worthington, Otley, Sheaf Valley, as well as the Catfish and Anabantoid members.

The Best in Show was a magnificent Aulonocara jacobfreibergi 'Eureka' by Bede Kerrigan (pictured above right, with Steve Jones) of STAMPS (South Tyneside Aquatic and Marine Aquarist Society). This was the fish which Bede had also won Best in Show at his own club's OS last year.

The other YAAS standard major prize is the Best Exhibit (from pairs), won by Steve Grant, Chairman of Castleford AS with a pair of Bunocephalus ladai. Funnily enough, the same fish won the same award at the Rydale OS last year! Steve is pictured below right, receiving his award from Steve Jones.

The winning 'fun fish' was a Parrot cichlid. This is a competition called 'Eggshibit' where members design a model fish using a boiled egg. It was won by Trish Jones — who was one of the YAAS judges, alongside Kevin Webb and Trevor Douglas.

Over 60 people were in the audience for the aquatic auction with many bargains by auctioneer Steve Jones (YAAS), who also presented the prizes.

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Old and new at Bradford show


Bradford and District Aquarist Society held its traditional springtime Open Show and auction at the Bradford Academy on May 10, 2015.

The Open Show attracted 137 entries with wins by showers from the Bradford club and the Anabantoid Association of Great Britain, Castleford AS, Ashby AS, Otley AS, Ryedale AS, Workington AS, Sheaf Valley AS and the Ferrybridge Aquatic Show Team.

Held under YAAS (Yorkshire Association of Aquarist Societies) rules with YAAS Judges Trish Jones, Trevor Douglas and Edward Cheetham, the two major awards at this event are Best in Show and Best Exhibit (the first is any single fish, the second is pairs or shoals).  

The Best in Show was a Betta splendens (pictured at the top of the page) by Mike Kirkham of AAGB, who won the same award with the same species in the same Bradford Show last year.

The Best Exhibit was a pair of Bunocephalus ladai by the Chairman of Castleford AS, Steve Grant, who also won the same award – with the same fish too – last year!

New to the event were the Junior Tropical and Coldwater awards. Six-year-old Ben Lee of Otley AS won both awards (he was brought to the show by Grandfather Ian Lee of Otley AS). Ben’s fish were a Platy Xiphophorus maculatus and a Shubunkin.

Another major win was a clean sweep by Sharon Hall (independent goldfish breeder) in the Fancy Goldfish Class, with a Calico Ranchu (first), and Ryukins (second and third).

The most Firsts were by Jim Haworth of Castleford AS.

All the winners in the 37 Classes received a certificate from Bradford DAS Secretary Anthony Fisher and some live fish food donated by sponsors Yorkshire Brine Shrimp.

At the auction, an audience of 80 aquarists bought many items over four hours. The auctioneer was Steve Jones (YAAS).  

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