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2017 Fall IBC Betta District Show

In Conjunction with Aquacraze Flowerhorn Show

Show Information

This is information for the CBS betta show.  For the fowerhorn show. please see Aquacraze NorCal 2017 FH Competition page for details.  Same location and date for both shows!

Date: Saturday, October 7, 2017

AquaCraze 
25 Quinta Ct., Suite A
Sacramento, CA 95828
Shop Phone: 916 895-5333

Show Chair:  Larissa Williams (email alatri@yahoo.com or text at 408-368-0868)

Schedule

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 public
4pm-6pm: Betta Auction and Raffle (including the Breeder's Cup Fish!)

Entrant Information

Judges: David Spector, Sam Tse, more TBD

Reservation Form

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 show.

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.

Entry Fees

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".
PayPal is accepted; send PayPal payments to treasurer@cbsbettas.org

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.

Unsold Items

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:
  1. Have them returned to you (providing you have included return shipping money) (default option)
  2. Reduce the price until they are sold (reduction at auctioneer's discretion)
  3. Club donation - generally, fish will be sold to club members at the next general meeting (option used if entrant has not provided money for return shipping)

Specify your preference on the entry sheets.

Show Results

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

  1. 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.

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    You will also need the following items:

  3. 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.
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  4. 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 hobbyist alike.

    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."
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  5. 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.
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  6. 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 material!!!!
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  7. Weigh the box. Call the Post Office and find out the return postage for Priority Mail and Express Mail.
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  8. 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.
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  9. 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.
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  10. 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 (Priority Mail). 
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  11. Cross your fingers and wait for the results!

 

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