seven of the shows attracted 200 entries or
more with Corby & D.A.S. leading the way
with 430 entries, Mid-Sussex A.S. with 350
entries, and Strood A.S. with 330 entries. In
this year’s British Open Fish Competition,
there was a good turnout, as 36 fish were
benched at the festival. Bede Kerrigan of
STAMPS took the British Open on Saturday
with a small species, a wonderfully marked
The FBAS Supreme Championship on
Sunday was for winners and two reserves
from each championship class from FBAS
shows held by various fish clubs in the U.K.
throughout the year, with stiff competition
involved in winning each class because
of the number of entries. Of the 138 fish
qualified for this event, their owners came
to the festival bringing 45 eligible entries
for benching. Ian Fuller of the Catfish
Study Group ( www.catfishstudygroup.org)
snatched the Supreme Championship on
Sunday with his Celestichthys margaritatus,
the celestial pearl danio (widely known as
the “galaxy rasbora” previous to its formal
description as a danio).
The British Open Champion, Bede Kerrigan’s Sewellia lineolata.
FESTIVAL OPEN SHOW
Sunday’s Festival Open Show, a
competition in which anyone could enter
their fish without any pre-requirements,
attracted the highest number of entries,
with more than 200 fish being benched.
Here there was a varied selection of fish,
from colorful discus to large gobies and
catfish. Surprisingly, another small fish—
Poecilia chica, belonging to John Smith of
Mid-Sussex A.S.—took Best in Show in the
Festival Open Show on Sunday.
The Catfish Competition winner, a Chaetostoma sp. “L128” owned by Dave Clarke.
In addition, on Saturday the festival
featured a Catfish Show and Competition,
attracting around 80 entries, and a Killifish
Open Show and Competition, held for the
first time, which had about 50 entries. The
winner of the Catfish Competition was a
colorful Chaetostoma sp. “L128” owned by
Dave Clarke of Leicester A.S. The Killifish
Competition was won by Phil Austen of
Portsmouth A.S. with an Aphanius sophiae.
Taking all these shows into account, Allan
Best of Strood A.S was the highest-pointed
individual exhibitor, while Leicester A.S.
was the highest-pointed society. In the
Furnished Aquarium section, judged by
Phil Austen’s Aphanius sophiae, winner of the Killifish Competition.