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Re: Convention thoughts
Hi David, Sounds like it was a blast. Our shows(all tropical fish) that my club puts on, is also closed at judging. I think it keeps the judging fair. The one way around this, and I've learned a great deal doing it, is scribing for a judge. The scribe works with one judge and writes down the points given for each catagory the fish is judged in, plus additional comments if any. This way, the judges hands are free to use the straw to move the fish around if he needs to, or use the flashlight to check the fins. What pair of fish went for $200.+? WOW. Ron
On Tue, 30 May 2000 08:29:39 David J. Ramsey wrote:
>This was my first convention, so bear that in mind. I had spent the last 5
>months raising my expectations to a level that was impossible to attain.
>After attending, I had some large disappointments, and some great times. I
>am glad I went.
>I arrived too late to enter fish in the judging - bummer big time.
>I did not put enough fish in the fish sale - bummer big time.
>Having attended dog shows and bird shows over the years, I was disappointed
>that the judging was done with the door closed. With a gallery for
>spectators and comments from the judges it would take a lot longer to do the
>judging, but it would be a tremendous learning experience. Being new to
>this, it looked to me like all things being sorta equal - the big fish won.
>With so many of the killies, the big fish is just about done for in his life
>expectancy and while the genes may be great, there is not much time left to
>take advantage of those genes. Just my thoughts so don't hit the flame gun
>on me. But since I bought a bunch of those fish, I obviously hope there is
>enough time left for me to get them spawned.
>If it is your first show and you are as dumb and lost as I was, you only
>seem to know what is going on after it has started. Ths is probably just the
>price to pay as a newcomer. Next year I will know better.
>I met some great people and learned a lot. I will use that information to do
>a better job with my fish.
>I got into no arguments with my wife, my two teenagers, or my boss for three
>days. A miracle indeed.
>I did a good job of not thinking about my wife, my two teenagers, or my boss
>for three days. A blessing.
>I bought some books, some tanks, and some vinegar eels.
>I saw more killies, side by side, in real life, correctly labelled, than is
>possible in any other way. Pictures are nice, but being there and looking at
>them head to head can not be beat.
>The list of killies that I want to get in the future is longer than I can
>ever manage, but I'm going to try.
>I was surrounded by people who love killies to the point of being 'strange'.
>I felt much better coming home and getting those looks from my kids about
>dad's hobby. If they put me away in the funny farm, I will probably find
>some other killie people there who have started a club.
>Prices of fish!!!! Last week an negative thread was running about only rich
>people could buy fish at the auction. Well it ain't so pilgrim. Yes there
>was a pair of fish that went for $200+, a lot of fish in the $40 - $100.
>But at the same time, I bought 13-14 pairs of fish for $156 ( I was under my
>budget and went a little high on one pair). If you had a $10 limit, you
>could still have bought some beautiful fish. My personal list had
>Fundulopanchax puerzli. I got a nice pair for $5.00, Fp. spoorenbergi pair
>for $13.00. I had a limited budget and stopped bidding when my max price was
>reached. I missed some fish I really wanted but I also got a lot of fish I
>really wanted. So if $5-$15 dollars was your price range, you could have
>bought more fish than you could ever get home with.
>And a final thought. The first place Blue Gularis from Bob Schwiegerath. I
>have bragged about trout I caught on opening day in New Jersey that were
>smaller than that fish. And he sells the Blue Gularis for $7.00 or so. The
>best in show was (i think) a Fp. gardneri misaje. Lots of people sell them
>for less than $10 a pair. Money won't get you a 1st place trophy. How you
>care for your fish will. The fish respond to how well they are cared for,
>not how much money you have.
>When I was back home, my wife asked me if I was glad I went. I answered YES.
>Will I go next year? If I can get it all worked out,YES. End of story.
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