2017 Fall IBC Betta District Show
In Conjunction with Aquacraze
This is information for the CBS betta show. For the fowerhorn show.
Aquacraze NorCal 2017 FH Competition page for details. Same location and date for
Date: Saturday, October 7, 2017
Quinta Ct., Suite A
Sacramento, CA 95828
Shop Phone: 916 895-5333
Show Chair: Larissa Williams (email
email@example.com or text at
- Friday, October 6
12noon - 5pm
Up (putting up betta stands, benching the fish, preparing show area)
Betta Drop Off (entrants can
drop their fish off at this time - pre-registration is still required! see below)
Note - the AquaCraze store will still be open during this time!
We'll just be working in the betta show section of the shop.
- Saturday, October 7 - SHOW DATE!
Throughout the day, there will be fun things for the whole family
outside the store. Bounce house for the kids, DJ and music, lots
of fun socializing and enjoying fishy company. :)
Flowerhorns have a different schedule - see their website for details!
Flowerhorn raffles held throughout the day.
8am-9am: last minute drop offs - MUST ARRANGE WITH
SHOW CHAIR BY Oct 2!
9am-noon: Judging (betta section of the show will
be roped off to general public, judges and volunteers only) (rest of the
store and flowerhorns will be open)
noon-3pm: Betta Show open to the
4pm-6pm: Betta Auction and Raffle (including the Breeder's Cup
Reserve your entry slots before the show!
Limited space available, district (California and immediate states
around us) gets first preference. Fill out this form to make sure
you have space in the show. A regular IBC Entry form must still be
filled out with details of the entries.
- IBC Full Entry Registration (TBD)
Using the IBC District Show
List for this year (TBD), assign your fish a slot best you can and use
the registration form to enter them. With over a hundred fish in
the show all getting judged individually, using this form in the full
excel helps us show chairs to be able to put together the full show list
and make sure we can get started judging on time. Pre-registration
is required! Talk to the Show Chair if you have questions.
- IBC Show Entrant Guide
This is a supplemental help guide to the IBC Standards. It goes over
some of the common items from the show and emphasises parts the entrant
needs to know - it's not meant to replace the IBC Standards, but in
addition to. It can be very helpful to review prior to a show.
How to Send Your Fish to A Show by Gianne of Inglorious Bettas
A very helpful guide going over selecting your show fish, flare training
them before a show (very important!), filling out the entry form,
packing your fish for mailing, and figuring out postage. There's
also a review of how your fish will be judged, and the fish coming home
from the show.
Judges: David Spector, Sam Tse, more TBD
Since this is a district show, entrants from District 1: Alaska, Hawaii,
California, Oregon, Washington, Nevada, Arizona, Idaho, Montana, Utah,
Wyoming, Colorado, and New Mexico, have registration preference. Other
entrants may reserve space, but if we go over our limits, the slots will go
first to District members. We have a current limit of 160 fish at the show
(in addition to 15 giants, 20 pairs of wilds). People may reserve up to 25
regular betta slow slots (and/or 5 giants, 5 wild pairs) in this
pre-registration. A week before the show, we will let you know if there is
enough space so you can increase the number of entries with the regular IBC
form. Regular full entry forms are due Tuesday, October 3.
Due to the limted space at the show, only fish entered in the show can go
to auction - there will be no auction only fish. However, please note
that the IBC has a trial optional section for "Junior Bettas" (bettas under
the size limit). CBS will be using this option. So feel free to
also enter your slightly undersized fish in that category as well.
Where to Send Fish
Shipped fish MUST arrive by Friday 3pm, October 6. They are being
shipped directly to the show location, so you've got an extra day.
However, please aim for Thursday just to be safe! They should not
arrive any earlier than Tuesday. Entries which arrive prior to Tuesday
will be shipped back and will not be entered in the show (we can't care for
the fish that long and guarentee their safety). Please plan your
shipping in time to get them there. We bench the fish on Friday, with walk-ins
mostly on Friday. There is a small slot Saturday morning for walk-ins,
but you must have pre-registererd and arranged with the show chair ahead of
time if you want to bring fish at that time. Judging is on Saturday.
Send fish to:
AquaCraze - CBS Show
25 Quinta Ct, Ste A
Sacramento, CA 95828
All fish must be pre-registered. Due to the limited slots, first use the
Reservation Form, and then we'll open full registration a week prior to the
Note - Do NOT use loose insulation for packing material!!!!
This is very, very bad for a show. It could cause medical issues for
show helpers (think 'asthma'...), the material will get *everywhere* in the
show water beanies (we float bags before releasing the fish), if any of your
bags rupture during shipping, the water will soak the material and make it a
horrible mess and potentially mold issues as well, and it adds a whole lot
of extra weight to your shipping which is totally unnessessary. Use
styrofoam peanuts, tied off plastic bags with air, bubble wrap... the
traditional packing materials. They work *fine* for bettas shipping.
But please, please, PLEASE do not use loose insulation material!!!!
Show Entry Needs
In addition to pre-registration, CBS will need to have a copy of your
entry form, all fees (if not paypalled ahead of time), and return postage
with your fish. Return postage and entry fees cannot and will not be
deducted from auction proceeds. Please provide a return mailing label, empty
bags, and heat packs (if desired) with your fish. If auctioning fish, please
send enough bags for auctioning as well.
All walk-in entrants must either pick up fish after the show or provide
an insulated shipping box, bags, shipping address, and return postage.
For IBC members, entry fees are $2 per entry. For non-IBC members, the
fees are $3 per entry. Due to this being a District Show, there will
be no 'pairs' in the class list, and we want wilds so even though they're
shown in pairs, we're not charging more for them.
At the time of full
registration (will open one week before the show), payment can be made by
check or paypal.
Make checks payable to "California Betta Society".
accepted; send PayPal payments to
Money Split for Auction
Show Fish for Auction will be split 75% for the seller and 25% to CBS.
Due to the limitations of the District Show, we won't be having auction-only
fish or an open cash table at this show. However, if you want to
auction plants, we adore plants and always need plants. Plant auction
splits for this show will be 75/25 just because we really like plants.
(Aquatic plants, that is...). Live cultures too. :)
If you will probably have money coming back to you, please let the Show
Chair know if you would like it sent back by PayPal (specify your PayPal
email), or by Check.
We will make every effort to sell all fish at auction, but we do not
guarentee sales. Please include information about what you would like done
with unsold items. Options are:
- Have them returned to you (providing you have included return
shipping money) (default option)
- Reduce the price until they are sold (reduction at auctioneer's
- Club donation - generally, fish will be sold to club members at the
next general meeting (option used if entrant has not provided money for
Specify your preference on the entry sheets.
No results will be given over the phone. Show results will be posted
online at the IBC website and the CBS Facebook no later than Monday evening.
Shipping Fish to a Show
There's a lot of details going into how to send a fish to a show.
Here are covered some of the very basics, and there's also a video from Amy
Beccera on how to bag the fish. Everything here are only basics - ask
on the Facebook if you have any questions!
Basic Shipping Instructions
- You will need long plastic fish bags from a pet shop, not from the
grocery store. Two are required for each betta going to a show, and 2 for
each betta at the end for either auctioning or to be shipped back to you.
You will also need the following items:
Double bag each betta and use enough water to adequately cover the
fish. Remember that water adds weight and increases the postage and the
air held in the bag is almost more important to the betta. Knot the first
bag, leaving 2/3 air. Then put that bag, with the knot end down, into the
second bag. This helps to guard against leaking.
- An IBC Entry Form
- A Styrofoam box inside a cardboard box used for shipping fish. This
can be obtained at local pet stores.
- A waterproof marker or permanent label for marking each bag.
- The Judging Standards and this year's class list for
classifying your bettas; and
- An extra bag to hold your entry fees, forms, return postage, or
other items you do not want to get wet.
Find the classification sheet or class list and classify each fish
with the appropriate number. Record the classes on the fish bag and also on
the entry form. Also record the entry form item number on the bag. If you
are in doubt as to how to classify a particular fish, mark the entry (both
places) with "class help". The judges are on your side and understand that
some fish can pose a classification problem for the novice and experienced
Use the remarks area for auction labels and also it's good for both show
people and yourself to try and match up your fish when they get shipped
around. Even if it's a 'help' class fish, if it's got "blue hm' on the
remarks... the people unpacking can go "oh yeah, that one! yep, he's here."
Decide which bettas you might like to auction. Auction proceeds can
help pay the expenses of showing. Remember that you have no way of knowing
though, whether the fish may take a ribbon and you may be auctioning off a
winner. Mark your entry sheet and the corresponding bag to make sure that
the right fish is being auctioned.
Put the bags in the Styrofoam box along with any additional cushioning
material. You might also put each bagged fish into a brown lunch bag to keep
them isolated and insulated.
Note - Do NOT use loose
insulation material!!!! This is very, very bad for a
show. It could cause medical issues for show helpers (think
'asthma'...), the material will get *everywhere* in the show water
beanies (we float bags before releasing the fish), if any of your bags
rupture during shipping, the water will soak the material and make it a
horrible mess and potentially mold issues as well, and it adds a whole
lot of extra weight to your shipping which is totally unnessessary.
Use styrofoam peanuts, tied off plastic bags with air, bubble wrap...
the traditional packing materials. They work *fine* for bettas
shipping. But please, please, PLEASE do not use loose insulation
Weigh the box. Call the Post Office and find out the return postage
for Priority Mail and Express Mail.
Put your entry form, entry fees, and return postage in a dry fish bag.
Seal the box with strapping tape. NOTE: Do NOT label the box "Live Fish" on
the outside - this can cause issues with certain shipping companies.
Mail your bettas Priority Mail (usually 2-3 days) or Express Mail
(usually overnight). It keeps the box from sitting in cold rooms for long
periods of time.
Timing the mail so the box should arrive the day before fish are
supposed to be benched. For a normal show where benching takes place
Friday, mail on Wednesday morning (Express Mail) or Tuesday morning
Cross your fingers and wait for the results!