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randall.blancard
Apr 25, 2024
In News & Events
The 2024 PVAS Bowl Show is coming soon! The event will be held on Sat., July 13 at the Green Acres Center from 1 - 5 pm. We all have wonderful fish, and what better way to show them off than entering them in to the show. Please read through this post for all the details regarding registration, rules, classes, and if you are interested in volunteering. Classes This year there will be 15 Classes...that's two more than last year! Plus: Best in Show People’s Choice 1. ANGELFISH and DISCUS 2. DWARF CICHLIDS - Cichlids under 4" Standard Length (snout to farthest edge of the caudal peduncle) at full size 3. CICHLIDS over 4" Standard Length at full size 4. CORY CATFISH (and cory-like catfish, for example Brochis and apistodoras) 5. SUCKERMOUTH FISH (ancistrus, plecos, etc.) 6. GUPPIES 7. LIVEBEARERS (swords, platys … [guppies have their own class] ) 8. PAIRS of LIVEBEARERS (GUPPIES, SWORDS, PLATYS, VARIATUS, ANY OTHERS) 9. SCHOOLING FISH (tetras, rasboras, danios, white clouds, rainbows …) You can show up to six (6) fish as a school. 10. ANABANTOIDS (bettas, gouramis, etc.) 11. GOLDFISH AND KOI AND OTHER POND FISH 12. KILLIFISH (killies must be shown in pairs, males and females are usually quite different) 13. ALL OTHER FISH (natives and oddball fish, all other catfish …) 14. SHRIMP (neocaridina, caridina, etc.) 15. OTHER INVERTEBRATES (snails, leaches, worms, etc.) Registration/FAQ Registration will work a little differently this year. BEFORE you register, you will need to check-in with Susan at the membership table to verify membership. Once verified, head to the registration table. Do I need to be a club member to participate? To register in the event, YES, you do need to be a member. You can sign-up the day of the event. To vote in the event, you do not need to be a member. What time does registration start? Is there a cutoff time? Setup starts at 12:30pm. Once it is complete, you will be able to register. We aim for 1pm to start. ONCE JUDGING HAS STARTED, NO NEW ENTRIES WILL BE ALLOWED. Judging is planned to start at 2pm. Do I need to preregister? No. There is no preregistration. Just bring your fish or shrimp and register at the door. When I get to the BOWL SHOW how do I register my entries? There will be a registration table with sign up sheets where you walk in from the hall. Each class will have its own sign up sheet. So if you have a fish to be entered in CLASS 9, you look for the CLASS 9 registration sheet. Find the sheet with the correct CLASS for you entry. Just enter your name and the ID (common name or scientific name) of the entry on the next available line on the registration sheet for that class. If you have two entries in a class use two lines. How do the BOWLs get identified? Once you have signed each entry, the class number and line number for the entry serves as the entry number for the fish/bowl. Thus, an entry in class 7 on line 10 gives the entry the ID of 7-10. Using a Magic Marker write this ID (7-10) on a short piece of blue tape and place it on the bowl or aquarium. Why do we use blue tape? Blue tape will come off easily and not mark your bowl or tank or critter keeper. On which table do I put my entry? You are not done yet. Once you have registered and labeled the entry, take the bowl to the display tables and find the one that is labeled for the CLASS of your entry. Sometimes the left and right sides of the tables have different class designations. EXAMPLES of registration sheets are shown below: CLASS 9 ANABANTOIDS (betta, gouramis, etc.) ENTRY #, OWNER FISH ENTERED (scientific and/or common name) 9-1 Sam Aquaman Blue gourami -- TRICHOGASTER TRICHOPTERUS 9-2 Cal Backfin Purple crown-fin betta 9-3 9-4 Rules You must be a member to enter fish in the BOWL SHOW and to be eligible for prizes. You can sign up to be a member at the BOWL SHOW, or on the website. PVAS Membership is available for individuals and families. See PVAS home page for the “JOIN” button. BOWL SHOW RULES #0 – You must be a PVAS member to enter fish in the BOWL SHOW. After all we are giving cash prizes as well as ribbons. #1 – Only one fish per bowl is allowed UNLESS the class requires a pair or allows more than one fish. The schooling fish class allows up to 6 fish per bowl. #2 – The bowl must have at least one flat side so judges can see an undistorted view of your fish. #3 – No decorations are allowed inside or outside of the bowl with the exception of a small sprig of Java moss or other plant when showing shrimp. #4 - No painted sides or bottom of the bowl are allowed. Only a bare bowl or a bare tank or critter keeper are acceptable. Lids or clear plastic wrap as a lid are recommended to keep fish from jumping. #5 – A bowl is defined as a regular all-glass fish bowl or any normal glass or plastic aquarium. If you want to use a 10-gallon tank or larger, you must bring your own tank and stand. PVAS will use the available tables for all bowls and tanks under 10 gallons. #6 – Lights and heaters are not allowed. As long as the show room is about 70, heaters should not be needed. You might want to acclimate your fish for a day or two to 70 - 78 for the show since the room will be about this temperature. #7 – No air will be provided by PVAS. If you need to have an air stone for your fish, you must provide the equipment including extension cords or a battery-powered air pump. But you should not need it. You can maximize the oxygen getting to your fish by having clean water, adjusting the water level to provide the maximum surface area in your bowl, and by adjusting the water depth as low as possible while allowing the fish to swim normally. #8 – You can provide a cover if you want, and it is recommended to do so to prevent your fish from jumping out of the bowl. PVAS will supply to tube of clear plastic food-wrap, which you can use to cover the container. #9 – Decisions of the judges are final. #10 ONCE JUDGING HAS STARTED, NO NEW ENTRIES WILL BE ALLOWED. Judging is planned to start at 2pm. All attendees, even if you are not showing fish, can participate by voting for the PEOPLE's CHOICE award. The fish that wins this award earns $50 cash for its owner. Sponsorships We will need sponsors for the 15 classes, plus two for the Best in Show and People's Choice. If you would like to sponsor any portion of the BOWL SHOW, please send a note as to what award or awards you are sponsoring along with the money via PayPal to PVASTreasurer@gmail.com and send an email to Randall Blancard at randall.blancard@hotmail.com  $50 will sponsor either of the big awards or $35 will sponsor a whole class. Once we have the names of sponsors, they will be added under their class listed above. Prizes We will continue with the same prizes as years past. We do need sponsors in order to make this a success! Awards for First place in each class: $20 plus ribbon Awards for Second place in each class: $10 plus ribbon Awards for Third place in each class: $5 plus ribbon Best in Show: $50 plus ribbon People’s Choice: $50 plus ribbon Volunteers Needed! If you are able to assist in helping out, we would greatly appreciate it! We need people to help setup the morning of the event. We will also need a few judges. If you have a good eye for what a fish is supposed to look like, let us know. We will need a few people to help get people registered and to assist in handing out prizes. Please email Randall Blancard at randall.blancard@hotmail.com if you are able to help with this or anything else. This is my second year running this event. Thank you everyone who helped with the last one. I hope this event is even better than last year! -Randall Blancard
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randall.blancard
Jul 09, 2023
In News & Events
Thank you to all the people who made an entry in to the 2023 PVAS Bowl Show. We had a nice selection of fish. Thank you to our judges, volunteers, board members. I want to especially thank Frank Cowherd for all his years of hard work to put this event on, and for helping me learn how to organize and run this event. Here are the winners of the show: Best in Show (Sponsored by John Mangan) Jeff McGary w/ their Platinum Angel People’s Choice (Sponsored by Randall Blancard) Jeff McGary w/ their Blue Marble Angel 1. ANGELFISH and DISCUS (Sponsored by Aquatic Life Farm) 1st Place: Jeff McGary w/ their Platinum Angel 2nd Place: Jeff McGary w/ their Blue Marble Angel 3rd Place: Barbara Day w/ their Zebra Seal Point Angel 2. ALL CICHLIDS (rams, apistos, etc... [ANY SIZE] (Sponsored by Aquatic Life Farm) 1st Place: Grace Doyle w/ their Apistogramma cacatuoides 2nd Place: Michael Barber w/ their Apistogramma agassizii 3rd Place: Michael Barber w/ their Apistogramma norberti 3. CORY CATFISH (and cory-like catfish, etc) (Sponsored by Lee Agin) 1st Place: Gerry Hoffmanw/ their Corydoras eques 2nd Place: Michael Barber w/ their Corydoras rabauti (female) 3rd Place: Michael Barber w/ their Corydoras pygmaeus (female) 4. SUCKERMOUTH FISH (ancistrus, plecos, etc.) (Sponsored by Linus Chen) 1st Place: Gerry Hoffman w/ their Longfin ancistrus 2nd Place: Skanda Abeyeskere w/ their Bristlenose ancistrus 3rd Place: Barbara Day w/ their Blue eye ancistrus 5. GUPPIES (Sponsored by Sam Blancard) 1st Place: Jeff McGary w/ their Yellow snake skin 2nd Place: John Satterlee w/ their Silver snake skin 3rd Place: No winner 6. LIVEBEARERS (swords, platys … ) (Sponsored by Fish Fam Auctions - https://www.youtube.com/@SkippersAquariums) 1st Place: John Satterlee w/ their Limia peruginae 2nd Place: Barbara Day w/ their Hi-fin sword 3rd Place: Austin K. w/ their Black bar endler 7. PAIRS of LIVEBEARERS (GUPPIES, SWORDS, PLATYS, VARIATUS, ANY OTHERS) (Sponsored by Fish Fam Auctions - https://www.youtube.com/@SkippersAquariums) 1st Place: Barbara Day w/ their Albino Blue Topaz guppies 2nd Place: Jeff McGary w/ their Yellow snake skin guppies 3rd Place: Jeff McGary w/ their Lyre tail swords 8. SCHOOLING FISH (tetras, rasboras, danios, white clouds, rainbows …) (Sponsored by Fish Fam Auctions - https://www.youtube.com/@SkippersAquariums) 1st Place: Skanda Abeyeskere w/ their Chinese barbs 2nd Place: Skanda Abeyeskere w/ their Melon barbs 3rd Place: Skanda Abeyeskere w/ their Odessa barbs 9. ANABANTOIDS (bettas, gouramis, etc.) (Sponsored by Carol Shin) 1st Place: Barbara Day w/ their Betta splendens - Black galaxy male 2nd Place: No winner 3rd Place: No winner 10. GOLDFISH AND KOI AND OTHER POND FISH (Sponsored by PVAS) 1st Place: Michael Truong w/ their Goldfish 2nd Place: No winner 3rd Place: No winner 11. KILLIFISH (killies must be shown in pairs, males and females are usually quite different) (Sponsored by PVAS) 1st Place: Enrique Granados w/ their Fundulopanchax gardneri (P-82) 2nd Place: No winner 3rd Place: No winner 12. ALL OTHER FISH (natives and oddball fish, all other catfish …) (Sponsored by PVAS) 1st Place: Skanda Abeyeskere w/ their Loach 2nd Place: Cooper Jessup w/ their Medaka rice fish 3rd Place: Cooper Jessup w/ their Medaka rice fish 13. ODDBALL INVERTEBRATES (shrimp, snails, leaches, worms, etc.) (Sponsored by PVAS) 1st Place: Dan Morris w/ their Black & Yellow neocaridina shrimp 2nd Place: Austin K. w/ their Blue Dream neocaridina shrimp 3rd Place: Barbara Day w/ their Piano snail
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randall.blancard
Apr 29, 2023
In News & Events
The 2023 PVAS Bowl Show is coming soon! The event will be held on Sat, Jul 8 at the Green Acres Center from 1 - 5 pm. We all have wonderful fish, and what better way to show them off than entering them in to the show. Please read through this post for all the details regarding registration, rules, classes, and if you are interested in volunteering. Classes This year there will be 13 Classes. Best in Show is sponsored by John Mangan People’s Choice is sponsored by Randall Blancard 1. ANGELFISH and DISCUS (Sponsored by Aquatic Life Farm) 2. ALL CICHLIDS (rams, apistos, etc... [ANY SIZE] (Sponsored by Aquatic Life Farm) 3. CORY CATFISH (and cory-like catfish, for example Brochis and apistodoras) (Sponsored by Lee Agin) 4. SUCKERMOUTH FISH (ancistrus, plecos, etc.) (Sponsored by Linus Chen) 5. GUPPIES (Sponsored by Sam Blancard) 6. LIVEBEARERS (swords, platys … [guppies have their own class] ) (Sponsored by Fish Fam Auctions - https://www.youtube.com/@SkippersAquariums) 7. PAIRS of LIVEBEARERS (GUPPIES, SWORDS, PLATYS, VARIATUS, ANY OTHERS)  (Sponsored by Fish Fam Auctions - https://www.youtube.com/@SkippersAquariums) 8. SCHOOLING FISH (tetras, rasboras, danios, white clouds, rainbows …) You can show up to six (6) fish as a school.  (Sponsored by Fish Fam Auctions - https://www.youtube.com/@SkippersAquariums) 9. ANABANTOIDS (bettas, gouramis, etc.) (Sponsored by Carol Shin) 10. GOLDFISH AND KOI AND OTHER POND FISH (Sponsored by PVAS) 11. KILLIFISH (killies must be shown in pairs, males and females are usually quite different) (Sponsored by PVAS) 12. ALL OTHER FISH (natives and oddball fish, all other catfish …) (Sponsored by PVAS) 13. ODDBALL INVERTEBRATES (shrimp, snails, leaches, worms, etc.) (Sponsored by PVAS) Registration Registration will work the same as in years past. You will register at the door. Do I need to preregister? No. There is no preregistration. Just bring your fish or shrimp and register at the door. When I get to the BOWL SHOW how do I register my entries? There will be a registration table with sign up sheets where you walk in from the hall. Each class will have its own sign up sheet. So if you have a fish to be entered in CLASS 9, you look for the CLASS 9 registration sheet. Find the sheet with the correct CLASS for you entry. Just enter your name and the ID (common name or scientific name) of the entry on the next available line on the registration sheet for that class. If you have two entries in a class use two lines. How do the BOWLs get identified? Once you have signed each entry, the class number and line number for the entry serves as the entry number for the fish/bowl. Thus, an entry in class 7 on line 10 gives the entry the ID of 7-10. Using a Magic Marker write this ID (7-10) on a short piece of blue tape and place it on the bowl or aquarium. Why do we use blue tape? Blue tape will come off easily and not mark your bowl or tank or critter keeper. On which table do I put my entry? You are not done yet. Once you have registered and labeled the entry, take the bowl to the display tables and find the one that is labeled for the CLASS of your entry. Sometimes the left and right sides of the tables have different class designations. EXAMPLES of registration sheets are shown below: CLASS 9 ANABANTOIDS (betta, gouramis, etc.) ENTRY #, OWNER FISH ENTERED (scientific and/or common name) 9-1 Sam Aquaman Blue gourami -- TRICHOGASTER TRICHOPTERUS 9-2 Cal Backfin Purple crown-fin betta 9-3 9-4 CLASS 2. ALL CICHLIDS ENTRY #, OWNER FISH ENTERED (scientific and/or common name) 2-1 Aqua Marine Firemouth cichlid -Thorichthys meeki 2-2 Cory Doras Parachromis managuense -- Jaguar cichlid 2-3 2-4 Rules You must be a member to enter fish in the BOWL SHOW and to be eligible for prizes. You can sign up to be a member at the BOWL SHOW, or on the website. PVAS Membership is available for individuals and families. See PVAS home page for the “JOIN” button. BOWL SHOW RULES # 0 – You must be a PVAS member to enter fish in the BOWL SHOW. After all we are giving cash prizes as well as ribbons. #1 – Only one fish per bowl is allowed UNLESS the class requires a pair or allows more than one fish. The schooling fish class allows up to 6 fish per bowl. #2 – The bowl must have at least one flat side so judges can see an undistorted view of your fish. #3 – No decorations are allowed inside or outside of the bowl with the exception of a small sprig of Java moss or other plant when showing shrimp. #4 - No painted sides or bottom of the bowl are allowed. Only a bare bowl or a bare tank or critter keeper are acceptable. Lids or clear plastic wrap as a lid are recommended to keep fish from jumping. #5 – A bowl is defined as a regular all-glass fish bowl or any normal glass or plastic aquarium. If you want to use a 10-gallon tank or larger, you must bring your own tank and stand. PVAS will use the available tables for all bowls and tanks under 10 gallons. #6 – Lights and heaters are not allowed. As long as the show room is about 70, heaters should not be needed. You might want to acclimate your fish for a day or two to 70 - 78 for the show since the room will be about this temperature. #7 – No air will be provided by PVAS. If you need to have an air stone for your fish, you must provide the equipment including extension cords or a battery-powered air pump. But you should not need it. You can maximize the oxygen getting to your fish by having clean water, adjusting the water level to provide the maximum surface area in your bowl, and by adjusting the water depth as low as possible while allowing the fish to swim normally. #8 – You can provide a cover if you want, and it is recommended to do so to prevent your fish from jumping out of the bowl. PVAS will supply to tube of clear plastic food-wrap, which you can use to cover the container. #9 – Decisions of the judges are final. All attendees, even if you are not showing fish, can participate by voting for the PEOPLE's CHOICE award. The fish that wins this award earns $50 cash for its owner. Sponsorships We will need sponsors for the 13 classes, plus two for the Best in Show and People's Choice. If you would like to sponsor any portion of the BOWL SHOW, please send a note as to what award or awards you are sponsoring along with the money via PayPal to PVASTreasurer@gmail.com and send an email to Randall Blancard at randall.blancard@hotmail.com $50 will sponsor either of the big awards or $35 will sponsor a whole class. Once we have the names of sponsors, they will be added under their class listed above. Prizes We will continue with the same prizes as years past. We do need sponsors in order to make this a success! Awards for First place in each class: $20 plus ribbon Awards for Second place in each class: $10 plus ribbon Awards for Third place in each class: $5 plus ribbon Best in Show: $50 plus ribbon People’s Choice: $50 plus ribbon Volunteers Needed! If you are able to assist in helping out, we would greatly appreciate it! We need people to help setup the morning of the event. Please see last year's table setup at https://www.pvas.com/forum/news-events/bowl-show-room-setup-and-schedule We will also need a few judges. If you have a good eye for what a fish is supposed to look like, talk with Bob Bock. We will need a few people to help get people registered and to assist in handing out prizes. Please email Randall Blancard at randall.blancard@hotmail.com if you are able to help with this. Thank you all for what I hope to be a great event. This is my first year organizing the Bowl Show, so if you have any feedback, please let me know. And a special thank you goes to Frank Cowherd for organizing the event in years past and helping me put this event together. -Randall Blancard
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randall.blancard
Jun 26, 2021
In Fish Mongers
Last year I got a 40 breeder. Unfortunately after a few months of it running, there was a leak. I believe there was just too much gravel and had a piece of driftwood that was probably a little to big. I think the silicone separated from the glass somewhere near the bottom, to my knowledge there is no cracks in the actual glass. I don't have the skills or confidence to repair it myself. It would make a great terrarium if you don't want to reseal it. I am in Woodbridge, right off Route 1. I'm not asking for any money for it, but if you have a bunch of pond snails, I'll take as many as you could spare.
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