August 6, 2022 10:00 am - August 7, 2022 5:00 pm Dallas Market Hall
The American Shrimp Contest
USA Breeder Showcase
The American Shrimp Contest will take place as a part of the Aquashella Aquarium Festival. This event will be held at the 2200 N Stemmons Fwy, Dallas, TX 75207. The idea behind this contest is to give an opportunity for USA shrimp breeders to claim the title of best in the USA without competition from more advanced breeders throughout the world. The format is simple and will continue to grow as the number of breeders in the USA increases.
Category 1: Neocaridina – All Solid Types – All colors
Category 2: Neocaridina – All Pattern (Rili Types) – All colors
Category 3: Caridina Crystal – All colors & grades
Category 4: Caridina Taiwan Bee – All colors & grades
Category 5: Caridina Tiger Variants – All colors & patterns
Category 6: Caridina Crossbreeds – All colors & patterns
Registration, Fees, Acceptance, and Deadlines:
All United States shrimp hobbyists are eligible to participate with their own home-bred shrimp groups, that match the listed categories above. By completing registration, the participant affirms that the shrimp they show are shrimp that they have bred and raised themselves. In the case of reasonable doubt, the participant in question is disqualified. In this case, the registration fees are not refunded.
$25.00 per group
The entry fee will be paid during registration.
Each participant may enter a maximum of 2 sets of shrimp per category.
With paid registration, each individual participant will receive a ticket for both days of the show. There is a maximum of 1 ticket per verified name and is non-transferable.
The registration list of participants is only made available to the organizing committee.
Shrimp Group Requirements
One group must consist of 3 to 5 shrimp of both sexes. If there are more than 3 shrimp in a group, the best 3 shrimp are judged. If more than 5 shrimp are provided, the excess shrimp will not be put into the contest aquariums. Minimum size of ½ an inch for the shrimp is required. Shrimp with a visible parasite infestation results in the entire group being disqualified; this will be determined by the Lead Judge. If berried shrimp are entered that release their offspring during the contest, the participant has no right to claim the offspring after the event.
Registration must be completed via www.Aquashella.com by August 3rd, 2022, unless otherwise indicated. A maximum of 50 show tanks are made available for this contest. Entries are accepted in their order of arrival. Although the registration period ends on August 3rdth, 2022, registration may be terminated ahead of this date if the maximum number of show group entries is reached earlier.
Any shrimps that are not collected will automatically become the property of the organizing committee. No reimbursement of the entry fee is possible. For organizational reasons, it is not possible to send the shrimps back to their owners by mail unless you contact the organizer beforehand and include a return shipping label in the box. Groups can be donated if pickup isn’t possible. In either case, shrimp that become the property of the organizing committee will be auctioned off, and proceeds used for future shows. Shrimp groups that are not to be donated, must be collected in person on Sunday beginning at 6 pm. Any person you select may also collect the shrimps upon production of your authorization plus a copy of the selected individual’s photo ID, if necessary.
Shipping Contest Shrimp:
We hope that all our contestants will join us for the show, as there is so much more going on than our contest. This might not be possible for everyone, so we will accept shipped shrimp as well. Contestants must ensure adequate and proper packaging of shrimps with each show group entry packed separately in transport bags. The transport bag must be marked with the following details: category, genus and, if applicable, the variant. Please ensure these details are clearly legible and applied with a waterproof marker. Do not include any name information written on the transport bags. Write your name and address only on the package exterior or include a letter with your name and address inside your package.
Shipments will be accepted at the following address beginning Wednesday, August 3rd, 2022:
Dallas Market Hall
Robert Lupton – American Shrimp Contest
2200 N Stemmons Fwy, Dallas, TX 75207
Verification is done with each registered group to ensure shrimp groups belong to the relevant group. Should problems such as missing or wrong labeling arise and no correct allocation is possible, the shrimps will be displayed in separate tanks outside of the contest floor with no possibility of being judged.
Deliveries handed to team members in person must do so between 9:00am-6:00pm on Thursday and Friday, August 4th and 5th, 2022. We cannot guarantee deliveries after this deadline will be able to be judged and may be placed in separate tanks outside of the contest floor, if not.
Should you wish to deliver your show group entry in person, please make sure the transport bag is handed to one of the organizing members ONLY.
Show Tank Specification and Tagging
The water parameters will be maintained within acceptable limits for the different categories.
Substrate: A suitable substrate will be used for every category.
Lighting: Individual/or strip light integrated into the cover or mounted above the cover panel.
Filter: Air Driven sponge filter or motor filter.
Water Quality: RO water will be used with a shrimp specific remineralizer.
The tanks will be numbered/tagged consecutively. Following judging, each tank will be labeled with the category, the breeder’s name, and the number of points awarded for the placement.
Judges, Procedure, and Entry Groups
The Judges are appointed by the organizing committee and are not permitted to enter shrimp groups into the contest. This rule also applies to their family members.
A show group consists of 3 to 5 shrimps to allow for an assessment of the standard of the breeding accomplished. The best three invertebrates in a show group are compared with each other by the judges with the help of a points system.
The assessment guidelines and allocation of points take the characteristics of the 5 different groups into account.
Each category will be assessed by two judges. Each of the two judges will award their own points. The points are then added together and divided by two.
Once the points have been awarded, if there is a tie (in the first three places) in one category, the Lead Judge will determine the order of the places with the same total points.
On Sunday, August 7th, the winners of the different categories will be announced in the exhibition area. The overall winner of the contest will also be announced, and a monetary prize of $250 will be awarded.
Official photographs will be taken of the show groups. The organizers will hold the copyright to these photos, which will be made available for publishing in magazines, etc. Visitors may take photos of all the invertebrates on display. No manipulation with fingers, sticks or similar objects is permitted in the tanks. Only the official photographers appointed by the organizing committee may be permitted some careful manipulation by means of clean wooden skewers. The team members are obligated to prevent any manipulation by visitors.
Exclusion of Liability:
Aquashella, the convention center, contest sponsors, the organizing committee and team members are not responsible for any losses, illness or failure of shrimp during transportation or during the exhibition period.
A complete list of losses will be tracked each day and can be presented if requested.
Instructions for Contestants:
Upon arrival, contestants will need to check-in at the Will Call Counter to receive their show pass in order to access the show floor.
Shrimp contest tanks must be ready by 6pm Friday.
Winners will be announced on Sunday and prizes distributed.
Please plan accordingly.