Congratulations to our members who won the Jar Show for the 2016-2017 year!

Adult Fish: 1st -Linda and Fred Cromb, 2nd Jennifer McNaughton, and 3rd – Jack Parkinson

Junior Fish: 1st (tied) – Colin Vanden Hoven, Amber Lyn Warden 

Plants: 1st – Fred and Linda Cromb, 2nd -Leanne Shore, and 3rd Jennifer McNaughton

The monthly LAS club jar show is a chance to show everyone what types of fish, other aquatic animals and plants you have taken care of for 30 days or more.

Every month two $10 gift certificates from local fish stores will be awarded to the two “best in show” winners.

Monthly Jar Show Results 2016-17

Best In Show 2016-17

Month MemberSpecimenAward Sponser
September (My Favourite Fish)Jack ParkinsonDiamond Tetras (Moenkhausia pittieri)Big Al's Aquarium Services
SeptemberLeanne ShoreAnubiusSouthwestern Pet Centre
OctoberFred and Linda Cromb 'Blue Neon' Nannacara sp.Fish and Sticks
NovemberLeanne ShoreAnubius pintoPets 'n Ponds
JanuaryFred and Linda CrombRock Fish/Shrimp (Atyopsis moluccensis)Fish and Sticks
JanuaryFred and Linda CrombCobra Guppy, male (Poecilia reticulata)Pets 'n Ponds
FebruaryFred and Linda CrombSplitfin (Ilyodon sp.)Fish and Sticks
FebruaryJennifer McNaughtonCherry Barbs (Puntius titteya), Dwarf Asian Grass (Blyxa japonica), Guppy Grass (Najas guadalupensis) , Java fern (Microsorum pteropus)Pets 'n Ponds
MarchFred and Linda CrombRed Swordtail, male (Xiphophorus helleri)Finatics
AprilFred and Linda CrombSkirt Tetra (Gymnocorymbus ternetzi)Big Al's Aquarium Services
AprilSteven MachadoRed Marble Bushy-nosed Pleco (Ancistrus sp.)Angel Fins
MayRon and Annette BishopBlue GularusFinatics

Monthly Entries 2016-17

Month MemberCategorySpecimen NamePlace
SeptemberJack ParkinsonMy Favourite FishDiamond Tetra (Moenkhausia pittieri)First
SeptemberLeanne ShoreOpen-PlantAnubiusFirst
SeptemberLeanne ShoreOpen-PlantGuppy Grass (Najas sp.)Second
OctoberFred and Linda CrombCyprinidsWhite Cloud Mountain Minnow (Tanichthys albonubes)First
OctoberFred and Linda CrombOpen - Fish 'Blue Neon' Nannacara sp.First
OctoberFred and Linda CrombOpen - PlantsHornwort (Ceratophyllum demersum) First
OctoberFred and Linda CrombOpen - PlantsPennywort (Hydrocotyle spp.)Second
NovemberLeanne ShoreOpen - PlantsAnubius pintoFirst
NovemberLeanne ShoreOpen - PlantsCryptocoryne sp. Second
JanuaryFred and Linda CrombNon-fishRock Fish/Shrimp (Atyopsis moluccensis)First
JanuarySherry ArcherNon-fishleucistic Axolotl/Mexican Salamander (Ambystoma mexicanum)Second
JanuaryFred and Linda CrombGuppysCobra Guppy, male (Poecilia reticulata)First
JanuaryFred and Linda CrombOpen - PlantsWater Wisteria (Hygrophila difformis)First
FebruaryFred and Linda CrombOpen - FishSplitfin (Ilyodon sp.)First
FebruaryFred and Linda CrombOpen - FishEmperor Tetra (Nematobrycon palmeri)Second
FebruaryJennifer McNaughtonBowl BeautifulCherry Barbs (Puntius titteya), Dwarf Asian Grass (Blyxa japonica), Guppy Grass (Najas guadalupensis) , Java fern (Microsorum pteropus)First
FebruaryFred and Linda CrombOpen - PlantsAfrican Onion (Crinum calamistratum) First
FebruaryLeanne ShoreOpen - PlantsCryptocoryne beckettiiSecond
FebruaryLeanne ShoreOpen - PlantsCryptocoryne wendtiiThird
FebruaryColin Vanden HovenJunior Fish - AnabantidsPlakat Betta splendens (Blue)First
MarchFred and Linda CrombMollies, Platties, SwordtailsRed Swordtail, male (Xiphophorus helleri)First
MarchFred and Linda CrombMollies, Platties, SwordtailsPineapple Swordtail, female (Xiphophorus helleri)Second
MarchJennifer McNaughtonMollies, Platties, SwordtailsLiberty Molly (Poecilia salvatoris)Third
MarchJennifer McNaughtonOpen - PlantsJapanese Bamboo Plant / Dwarf Asian Grass (Blyxa japonica)First
MarchFred and Linda CrombOpen - PlantsAnubias sp. (with flower)Second
MarchJennifer McNaughtonOpen - PlantsHygrophila strictaThird
MarchFred and Linda CrombOpen - PlantsAfrican Water Fern (Bolbitis heudelotii)
AprilFred and Linda CrombCharacoidsSkirt Tetra (Gymnocorymbus ternetzi)First
AprilFred and Linda CrombCharacoidsCongo Tetra (Phenacogrammus interruptus)Second
AprilSteven MachadoFamilyRed Marble Bushy-nosed Pleco (Ancistrus sp.)First
AprilJack ParkinsonFamilyAlbino Coyrdora (Corydoras sp.)Second
AprilJennifer McNaughtonFamilyLeopard Endler's Livebearers (Poecilia wingei)Third
AprilJennifer McNaughtonFamilySilver Lyretailed Mollies (Poecilia latipinna or P. sphenops)
AprilJack ParkinsonFamilyEmperor Tetra (Nematobrycon palmeri)
AprilFred and Linda CrombOpen - PlantsAponogeton sp.
AprilFred and Linda CrombOpen - PlantsWater Milfoil (Myriophyllum sp.)
AprilAmber Lyn WardenJunior - FamilySnailsFirst
MayRon and Annette BishopPairsBlue GularusFirst
MayJennifer McNaughtonPairsSilver Mollys (Poecilia latipinna or P. sphenops)Second
MayJennifer McNaughtonPairsAmeca splendens (Butterfly splitfin/Goodeid)Third



– to allow club members to learn more about a variety of fish and plants through first-hand viewing and conversation with other club members
– to give recognition to club members for keeping healthy fish and plants

Point System:

– entries will be judged (preferably by a certified CAOAC judge if possible) and awarded points and ribbons as follows:
first = 10 points, blue ribbon
second = 7 points, red ribbon
third = 4 points, white ribbon
each entry = 1 point (when no ribbon is awarded)
Show Rules:

1. Anonymity: names of entrants will not be disclosed until after judging is completed

2. Age classes, who can enter:
– all members aged 17 or over as of September 1st must compete as seniors, juniors may compete as seniors
– all fish and plants must be entered in the jar show by their LAS owners only
– there will be two classes: senior and junior
– junior members only, do not have to be present to enter fish or plants in the jar show
– all fish and plants must be owned by the participant for 30 days prior to being entered

3. Show Categories:

Open Plant
Open Fish
Loaches, Suckers and Catfish (e.g. Corydoras, Brochis, Plecos …)
My Favorite Fish

Open Plant
Open Fish
Cyprinids (e.g. Goldfish, Koi, Barbs, Danios, Sharks, Rasboras, White Clouds etc.)

Open Plant
Open Fish
Cichlids – substrate spawning (eg, Angels, Kribs, Rams etc.), and mouth-brooding (e.g. Guentheri, Aulonocara …)

None (Christmas Party!)

Open Plant
Open Fish
Guppies (e.g. fancy, Trinidadian etc.)

Open Plant
Open Fish
Anabantids (e.g. Bettas, Gouramis, and Paradise Fish)
Bowl Beautiful

Open Plant
Open Fish
Swordtails, Mollies, Platties
My Favourite Fish (e.g. any type of fish)

Open Plant
Open Fish
Characoids (eg. Tetras, Hatchetfish, Silver Dollars etc.)

Open Plant
Open Fish

None (Awards Night)

– the open plant category is always open to all types of true aquatic plants
– open fish category means any type of fish be entered (non-fish animals cannot be entered in this category)
– other categories (for example: Cyprinids, Guppys, families, pairs, …) are for those months only
3. Show Categories continued:
– my favorite fish category – any number of fish can be entered by each member, but animals such as crayfish, frogs, turtles, snails, or salamanders cannot be entered as my favorite fish, may only be entered in September and in May
– family fish category means both parents and 6 to 10 fry (fry no more than 4 months old) are judged as a group and compared to other families, egg layers will be judged separately from live bearers if there are at least 6 entries, more than one jar may be used per family if necessary, families may only be entered in October
– CARES fish category means any fish listed on the Conservation, Awareness, Recognition, Encouragement, and Support Preservation Program list of fish, contact Jennifer McNaughton (the L.A.S. CARES program co-ordinator) for the list
– pairs fish category means a male and a female of one species are judged as a group and compared to other pairs, pairs may only be entered in May, the pair may be shown together in 1 jar or in 2 separate jars if one fish may injure the other
– non-fish category means any fully aquatic animal (other than a fish, such as crayfish, frogs, turtles, snails, or salamanders), one animal per jar, may only be entered in January
– bowl beautiful category – entries must use a round “goldfish” bowl which has 2 flat sides and is of 2, 4 or 6 litres (~ 1/2, 1 and 11/2 gallons) volume, bowls larger than 6 litres will not be judged, entries must have all natural contents such as plants, substrate, rocks and wood (e.g., no plastic plants, painted gravel, ceramic castles), one or more fish must be present, all fish and items in the bowl must be of the same size scale so it looks like a natural underwater scene (only it is in miniature), may only be entered in February
– my favorite fish, bowl beautiful and novelty tank categories will be judged for first place by all the attending club members (using private ballots), then a tally will be done to determine the club’s top three choices

4. Number of Fish:
– an individual fish can only be entered for the jar show competition once per year
– only one fish is allowed in one jar in any category (except for the family category in October, and except for the pairs category in May)
– if more than one fish is found in a jar then:
1) the fish must be separated so that only one fish is found in each jar to be entered
or 2) the jar with multiple fish will not be judged

5. Fish Criteria:
– fish are judged according to size, colour, fins, disposition, condition and overall appearance
– fish showing signs of disease may be disqualified

6. Containers:
– fish and plants should be displayed in: small aquaria, square gallon jars or flat-sided drum fish bowls
– round jars or round fish bowls should not be used because the round glass distorts the shape of the fish or plant
– no gravel, plants are permitted in fish display tanks
– backgrounds – a solid, one-colour background can be used behind tanks for any category

7. Plants Criteria:
– the plants category is always “open” which means any type of water plant can be entered
– a true aquatic plant is one which, in the wild or native state, can be found as:
a) free floating,
b) rooted with leaves floating at the surface of the water or projecting into the air,
c) completely submerged as a normal occurrence at some time during the course of one calendar year
– non-aquatic plants (such as Lucky bamboo [Dracaena sanderiana], Aluminum plant [Pilea cadierei] and
Crimson Ivy [Hemigraphis colorata]) will not be judged
– a plant may be shown in a pot or shown with exposed roots that are weighted down for judging purposes
– if separated, more than one plant entry may be kept in one tank (see rule number 6 above for appropriately shaped containers)

8. Entry Fee:
– a fee of 25 cents per entry is required to help cover the cost of the ribbons
– one family entry or one pair entry costs 25 cents regardless of how many jars are used to show each entry

9. Registration times and results:
– entries must be registered with the Jar Show Chairman (Sarah Lee) by 7:30 pm or the start of the program on the night of the monthly meeting
– results of the jar show will be announced before the end of every monthly meeting
– at the June meeting: – annual awards will be presented to the top three members who accumulate the highest number of points in the fish competition, separate awards will be presented to the top three members with the highest number of points in the plant competition