Tank Show: Think of it like a home show or a dog show.... There will be a start time and plenty of time to get your tank "show ready". Pictures and threads will be required here on the boards to keep track of who is participating and their progress. Its ideal to keep an eye on your competition too! At the end of the allotted time, judges will travel around to see in person what you've built! I'm thinking Best in Show, Best Nano and Best FOWLR as prize winners.
Fish Show: Same as above where there will be a start time and an end time. We will pick two fish types to use. Example: Clowns and Tangs. We would be looking for color, general health such as weight and growth. I think of this as being more like a dog show than the first option. Prior to the comp start we would announce the fish types, start date and the judge criteria. I see three opportunities to win prizes with this.. Best in each category and Most improved (ei: sick fish recovers to be the bell of the ball)
Frag Growout: I think to keep things simple here (these can be complicated and tricky) we will pick just one kind of coral to use (probably zoas or an sps- we can vote on that too) Start with a certain max size and a set amount of time. Measure every couple weeks until the end and see who can use their husbandry skills to grow their coral the fastest! Lots of opportunities to win here too.
These are my favorites out of the tons of ideas I have floating in my head. If you have something you like better, or would like to see in the future, be sure to post them up here!
Anybody can compete in these contests. You don't have to be an expert aquarist to compete. You don't have to be a premium member (though why wouldn't you?) Being a guest on our forums is free and easy, just sign up and see what your made of! You might even learn something in the process.
Edited by MEREDITH, 10 March 2015 - 02:29 PM.