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Old 10-06-2012, 07:04 PM   #1
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Default 3rd National Flowerhorn Competition @ AF Carnival 2012





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Default How to Enter

For Flowerhorn Club members, all you need to do is send me a PM stating which class(es) and how many fish(es) in each class you want to enter for this competition. Your application will only be confirmed after the entry fee(s) have been paid up by bank transfer to the Club Treasurer Iscariot's bank account (POSB Savings Acct No: 126-66478-8).

For non Club members, please save and print out this application form and follow the instructions given to participate:

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Default How the fishes will be judged

JUDGES' MANUAL

1. Overall Impression

a) Impact & Impression
• How well the fish stands out at first sight. The fish should be attractive, nice to look at, lively, alert, proportionate in structural features and without major flaws or defects.

b) Characteristics & Behaviour
• The fish should appear confident and not afraid when people go near the tank.
• The fish’s ability to interact or play with people or objects will be judged positively.
• The fish should swim elegantly and shows command of its own territory.

c) Health Condition
• The fish should be in the pink of health. A fish that shows signs of sluggishness, immobility, pimple, scratch mark or minor injury, torn fins and/or tail, hole-in-the-head, white spot, white shit, cloudy eyes, fungal infection, pop eyes, will be judged negatively.

2. Head Growth

a) Shape of the Kok
• Best - The most ideal shape is spherical and well-balanced. It looks like a coin or mushroom sitting on the head of the fish when viewed from the front or side.
• 2nd Best – A fish with what is known as “Swan Head” whereby the Kok protrudes to the front and widens on both sides.

b) Proportion of the Kok
• The best size is where the Kok does not protrude beyond the fish’s mouth and is proportionate with the fish’s body. Too big a Kok can make the fish look unbalanced and swims in an awkward and slanted manner (with front body tilting downward and back body tilting upward).

3. Face

a) Face
• The face should be without or with minimal wrinkles. Face with too much wrinkles (makes the fish look old) and with black marking or flower below the eyes (termed “dragon’s tears”) will be judged negatively.
• The face should look clean and neat. Black marking or flower on the face is considered dirty and will be judged negatively.
• The face should be smooth, chubby and makes the fish look cute.
• The cheeks should be proportionate and symmetrical.

b) Gill Plates
• The gill plates should be closed perfectly and without deformity.
• The gill plate should open and close naturally on the face. Fish with gill plates that open too wide until the red gills are visible from the side will be judged negatively.

c) Eyes
• The eyes should be clean, clear and natural with no fleck or blotch of unnatural colours.
• The shape should be round, and the left and right eyes should be symmetrical and of the same size. The pupil should be black and round.
• The eyes’ position should be even with the surface of the face. They should not be too protruding or too sunken until they are covered by the cheeks.

d) Mouth & Lips
• The lips should be thin, with upper and the lower lips evenly aligned.
• The mouth should be short and without deformity.
• The mouth should open and close naturally.

4. Body Shape

a) Proportion (Body Height & Body Length Ratio)
• The ideal proportion of body shape is 1:1.6 (from the tip of the mouth to the tip of the peduncle).

b) Shape & Form
• Best - The most ideal body shape is rectangular and symmetrical.
• 2nd Best - A body shape that is like a leaf (a little rounded but not triangular towards the end of the body) and symmetrical.
• 3rd Best - A body shape that is rectangular or shaped like a leaf, not symmetrical between the back and the stomach of the fish but is symmetrical between the upper and the lower body towards the end of the body (near peduncle).
• 4th Best - A body shape that is triangular and symmetrical.
• 5th Best - A body shape that is triangular but not symmetrical between the back and the stomach but is symmetrical between the upper and the lower body toward the end of the body (near peduncle).
• 6th Best - A body shape that is not symmetrical between the upper and lower body.

c) Peduncle
• Best - The most ideal peduncle is one that is straight and symmetrical with the body, left and right side have the same thickness, not tilted, wide and proportionate with the fish’s body.

5. Flower Marking

a) Location
• The flower marking should be sited from just behind the gill plate to the peduncle of the fish.

b) Color Contrast
• The color of the marking/flowerline should be black, intense in tone, and outlined with metallic hues.

c) Tidiness & Balance
• Best - The most ideal flower markings should have the same numerical number, shape, spacing and are balanced between the left and right sides of the body (symmetrical).

d) Shape & Form
• Best - Flower-shaped, distinctive, double row at the top, tidy and balanced.
• 2nd Best - Flower-shaped, distinct, identical, tidy and balanced between the left and right hand sides of the body.
• 3rd Best - Flower-shaped, elliptical or irregular (not in a straight line) but must be tidy, balanced and symmetrical on both sides of the body.
• 4th Best - Flower-shaped on Ύ of the body. The markings should look tidy and balanced.
• 5th Best - Flower-shaped on Ύ of the body and graphic-shaped on the other Ό of the body; or graphic-shaped in a straight line. The markings should look tidy & balanced.
• 6th Best - Flower-shaped on ½ of the body and graphic-shaped on the other ½ of the body in a straight line. The markings should look tidy & balanced.
• 7th Best - Flower-shaped and interlinked, tidy-looking and balanced.
• 8th Best - Graphic-shaped, in a straight line, distinctive, tidy looking and balanced.
• 9th Best - Flower-shaped, tidy and balanced on only ½ of the body.
• 10th Best - Graphic-shaped, in a straight line, tidy & balanced on Ύ of the body.
• 11th Best - Graphic-shaped, in a straight line shape, tidy & balanced on ½ of the body.
• 12th Best - Any shape, double row and interlinked.

6. Pearls

a) Shine
• The pearls should be shiny with gold, silver, blue/green or white tints.

b) Location
• The pearls should be sited from the tip of the mouth to the tip of the peduncle. Pearls on the fins and tail will be judged positively.

c) Shape & Form
• Best – Dense sand or fine dots
• 2nd Best - Wormy
• 3rd Best - Combination of sand and wormy
• 4th Best - Triangular
• 5th Best - Corn
• 6th Best - Metallic or Block
• 7th Best - Hologram

d) Tidiness & Balance
• The pearls on the fish should be identical in shape, spacing and size.

7. Colour

a) Composition
• Best - The most desired colour combination is 2 or more gradation tones in the ratio of approximately 50:50 from the tip of the mouth to the tip of the peduncle.
• 2nd Best – 2 colour gradation in the ratio of approximately 25:75 from the tip of the mouth to the tip of the peduncle.
• 3rd Best – 2 colour gradation in the ratio of approximately 75:25 from the tip of the mouth to the tip of the peduncle.
• 4th Best - One solid colour throughout the whole fish.
• 5th Best - 2 colour combination with no gradation tones in the ratio of approximately 50:50 from the tip of the mouth to the tip of the peduncle.
• 6th Best - 2 colour combination with no gradation tones in the ratio of approximately 75:25(from the tip of the mouth to the tip of the peduncle.
• 7th Best - 2 colour combination with no gradation tones in the ratio of approximately 25:75 from the tip of the mouth to the tip of the peduncle.
• 8th Best - One color that does not cover the whole body (white is not considered a color).

b) Contrast
• Red, yellow, green and blue colours will be judged equally if the contrast of the color is the same.

c) Location
• The colours should be from the tip of the mouth to the tip of the peduncle.

8. Fins & Tail

a) Tail
• The most desired tail is wide, strong/hard, shaped like a Chinese fan (termed “fan-shaped”) and opens fully to touch the dorsal and anal fins (termed wrap-tail”).
• Tail with fungal infection, black marks, translucent tone, damages due to tear, fights or injury will be considered as defects and judged negatively.

b) Dorsal & Anal Fins
• The ideal fins are close to the tail(both the anal and dorsal fins touch the tail when opened)
• The tip of the fins should not be longer than the tail.
• Tip of the fins should not be defective, twisted or appeared cut.
• The dorsal & anal fins should look balanced.
• Fins with fungal infection, black marks, translucent tone, damages due to tear, fights or injury will be considered defects and judged negatively.

c) Pectoral & Pelvic Fins
• The bone structure on the pectoral & pelvic fins should be straight.
• The pectoral fins should be straight, in the middle of the body and pointed backwards (not go up nor down).
• The pelvic fins should be of equal length and width.
• Fins with fungal infection, black marks, translucent tone, damages due to tear, fights or injury will be considered defects and judged negatively.

d) Pearl & Graphic Pattern
• Tail and fins with pearls or graphic pattern will be judged positively.

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Default How many fishes can a participant enter?

At the moment, there is no limit on how many fishes a participant can enter for this competition. However, if applications exceed number of tanks available, we will have to impose a limit of 5 fishes in each class per participant.
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Default Allocation of Tank Numbers for this Competition

Based on feedbacks received from participants in our previous competitions and to constantly improve the standard of our competitions, we will be trying out a new way in the allocation of tanks for this competition.

The new method involves the following procedure:

1) On the day of benching-in, there will be 3 Lucky Draw Boxes placed at the Registration Counter. The boxes will be labelled Class A, Class B and Class C and each box will contain slips of paper with tank numbers written on them.

2) When participants bring their fishes for benching-in, they will draw their own tank numbers from the Lucky Draw Boxes. Eg. if a participant has 1 Class A, 2 Class B and 3 Class C entries, he will draw 1 slip from Box A, 2 slips from Box B and 3 slips from Box C. The fishes will then be placed in the tanks in accordance with the numbers drawn by the participants.

3) This means that whether a participant gets a tank at the top-tier or bottom-tier; positioned at the corner or in the centre, is dependent on his LUCK during the DRAW.

So, GOOD LUCK to all the participants.

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Default Notice on Application Closing Date

Please note that the closing date for application has been brought forward to 10 August 2012 or when slots are fully taken up (whichever is earlier) due to the dateline for applying AVA permit to hold the event. So please act fast in order to avoid missing the competition. Thank you.


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Please note that application is now closed and no more entries will be entertained. Thank you.

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ADVISORY TO PARTICIPANTS

Dear Competition Participants,

With about 2 weeks to go before the competition starts, here are some pointers to help you to prepare your fish for the competition:

1. Condition your fish by playing with it with your fingers (so that it will get used to human presence at comp venue); on your tank light for prolong period (for it to get used to the lighting of comp tank) and move it in and out of your tank (to let your fish get used to being moved to comp venue and shifting into new tank on bench-in day).

2. Trim the “hair” at the end of the fins so that the ends of the fins are in line with the end of the tail. Do it early and do not cut too drastically because the cuts should not be obvious to the judges.

3. Hang mirror or paste cut-out picture of a flowerhorn on your tank for short periods daily to encourage your fish to flare (remember to bring these 2 items to the competition venue during bench-in to help your fish recover from its journey there and let it settle in the tank faster).

4. Increase the frequency in feeding of fish (with moderate amount in each feed) to pump it up. Stop feeding completely 2 – 3 days before bench-in so that your fish won’t fill the comp tank with its excretion (imagine what impression your fish will give to the judges if its tank is full of shit). After the judging session, you will be allowed to feed your fish moderately but you should seek permission from the officials on duty first.

5. Monitor your fish’s health and increase frequency of water and filter wool changes. If you notice any minor sickness, apply appropriate medication immediately.

Remember this: Just like athletes in sports events, your fish needs to be trained in order for it to perform to its best during the competition.

Good luck and may the best fish wins.

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Venue: OTF AQUARIUM FARM. 63, Pasir Ris Farmway 3, Singapore 518233

Map: http://www.otf.com.sg/location.htm






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