Congratulations to our members who won the Jar Show for the 2018-2019 year!

Adult Fish: 1st -Jennifer McNaughton, 2nd Ben Hunter, and 3rd – Ed Plesco

Plants: 1st – Ben Hunter

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 2018-19

Best In Show 2018-19

Month MemberSpecimenAward Sponser
SeptemberAdam KristofersonOne spot squeaker (Synodontis notata) Fish and Sticks
SeptemberGlen HawkinsWild Endlers family (Poecilia wingei)Southwestern Pet Centre
OctoberJennifer McNaughtonRedtail Splitfin/Goodeid (Xenotaca eiseni)Pets 'n Ponds
OctoberJennifer McNaughtonGold Dust Mollies (black & orange) (Poecilia sphenops)Southwestern Pet Centre
NovemberGlen HawkinsDalmation Molly (Poecilia sphenops) Southwestern Pet Centre
NovemberJennifer McNaughtonRedtail Splitfin/Goodeid (Xenotaca eiseni)Big Al's Aquarium Services
JanuaryJessica PappBlonde, pink, yellow lower swordtail Guppy (Poecilia reticulata)
JanuaryJennifer McNaughtonRed-nose Candida Shrimp (Caridina gracilirostris)Big Al's Aquarium Services
MarchGlen HawkinsLyretail Swordtail (Xiphophorus helleri)Big Al's Aquarium Services
MarchJosh ArmstrongDaffodil Cichlid (Neolamprogus pulcher)Big Al's Aquarium Services
AprilEd PlescoGreen Swordtail (Xiphophorus helleri)Finatics
AprilJennifer McNaughtonCalico Platies (Xiphophorus maculatus)Moore Water Gardens

Monthly Entries 2018-19

Month MemberCategorySpecimen NamePlace
SeptemberAdam KristofersonCatfish, loaches and suckersOne spot squeaker (Synodontis notata) First
SeptemberGlen HawkinsFamilyWild Endlers family (Poecilia wingei)First
SeptemberJennifer McNaughtonFamilyShortfin Molly (Poecilia mexicana "Campeche")Second
OctoberJennifer McNaughtonOpen-FishRedtail Splitfin/Goodeid (Xenotaca eiseni)First
OctoberJennifer McNaughton Themed Novelty TankGold Dust Mollies (black & orange - halloween) (Poecilia sphenops)First
NovemberGlen HawkinsOpen-FishDalmation Molly (Poecilia sphenops)First
NovemberJennifer McNaughtonCARES FishRedtail Splitfin/Goodeid (Xenotaca eiseni)First
JanuaryJessica PappGuppiesBlonde, pink, yellow lower swordtail Guppy (Poecilia reticulata)First
JanuaryGlen HawkinsGuppiesHalf black flame Guppy (Poecilia reticulata)Second
JanuaryJennifer McNaughtonOpen-FishAfrican mudskipper (Periophthalmus barbarus)First
JanuaryJennifer McNaughtonNon-fishRed-nose Candida Shrimp (Caridina gracilirostris)First
JanuaryBen HunterNon-fishFire red neocaridina shrimp (Neocaridina heteropoda)Second
JanuaryJennifer McNaughtonNon-fishRed Rili Neocaridina shrimp (Neocaridina davidi var. 'Rili')
JanuaryJennifer McNaughtonNon-fishLava / Devil's Snail
JanuaryBen HunterNon-fishYellow Neocaridina shrimp (Neocaridina davidi var. Yellow)
JanuaryBen HunterNon-fishBlue velvet Neocaridina shrimp (Neocaridina davidi var. Blue)
JanuaryBen HunterNon-fishChocolate Neocaridina shrimp (Neocaridina davidi var. chocolate)
JanuaryGarfield MonteithNon-fishReeves Turtle (Mauremys reevesii)
JanuaryGarfield MonteithNon-fishAlbino Axolotl (Ambystoma mexicanum)
MarchGlen HawkinsMollies, Platties and SwordtailsLyretail Swordtail (Xiphophorus helleri)First
MarchJennifer McNaughtonMollies, Platties and SwordtailsGold Dust Lyretail Molly (Poecilia sphenops)Second
MarchGlen HawkinsMollies, Platties and SwordtailsBlack Platy (Xiphophorus maculatus)Third
MarchGlen HawkinsMollies, Platties and SwordtailsGreen Swordtail (Xiphophorus helleri)
MarchJennifer McNaughtonMollies, Platties and SwordtailsNeon Calico Platy (Xiphophorus maculatus)
MarchJessica Papp HarrisMollies, Platties and SwordtailsRed Swordtail (Xiphophorus helleri)
MarchBen HunterOpen-FishWhite Cloud Mountain Minnow (female) (Tanichthys albonubes)First
MarchBen HunterOpen-FishWhite Cloud Mountain Minnow (male) (Tanichthys albonubes)Second
MarchJosh ArmstrongMy Favourite FishDaffodil Cichlid (Neolamprogus pulcher)First
MarchJessica Papp HarrisMy Favourite FishSiamese Fighting Fish (Betta splendens)Second
MarchBen HunterOpen-PlantSmooth Frogbit (Limnobium laevigatum)First
MarchBen HunterOpen-PlantWater Lettuce (Pistia stratiotes)Second
AprilKaroline WalkerCharacoidsLong Fin Golden Tetra (Hemigrammus rodwayi)First
AprilSteve SilvaCharacoidsBlack Neon Tetra (Hyphessobrycon herbertaxelrodi)Second
AprilEd PlescoOpen-FishGreen Swordtail (Xiphophorus helleri)First
AprilEd PlescoOpen-FishPearl Cichlid, female (Geophagus brosiliensis)Second
AprilEd PlescoOpen-FishMedaka / Japanese Rice Fish (Oryzias latipes)Third
AprilEd PlescoOpen-FishRed Sumatran Betta / Toba Betta (Betta rubra)
AprilJosh ArmstrongOpen-FishSuper Red Bristle-nosed Pleco (Ancistrus sp.)
AprilJennifer McNaughtonFamilyCalico Platies (Xiphophorus maculatus)First
AprilJennifer McNaughtonFamilyGold Dust Lyretail Mollies (Poecilia sphenops)Second
AprilJosh ArmstrongFamilyYellow Half-black Cobra Guppies (Poecilia reticulata)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 …)

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

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
Endler’s Livebearers

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 March
– 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 September and April
– 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
– themed novelty tank category – entries must have a theme (such as Halloween) and the contents should reflect the theme (e.g., ghost Shrimp and a haunted house in a Halloween theme), the tank can have natural and/or man-made contents providing they are safe to put with aquatic animals, any aquatic animal may be used in the tank, all animals and items in the tank do not have to be of the same size scale, any shaped clear tank can be used
– 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