On Sunday 3rd July the Yorkshire Association
of Aquarist Societies held their annual Open Show at the Stockton-on-the-Forest
most prestigious competition held at the Y.A.A.S. Open Show is that which leads
to the title of 'Fish of Fishes'. Entry is open to any fish which has won a 'Best
in Show', under Y.A.A.S. showing rules, over the past 12 months. Competition was
very high and in a year when Rift Valley Cichlids have re-emerged as leading prize
contenders on the Yorkshire show benches it was fitting that a beautiful Peacock
Cichlid won 'Fish of Fishes' for the father and son showing team of Keith and
David Lawton of the Wyke Show Society
. Best Exhibit of the Year is open
to any 'Best Exhibit' winner from the Y.A.A.S. Open Shows of the previous 12 months.
The husband and wife showing team of I and K. Wallbridge, who represent the Bradford
& District A.S., took this title with their stunning Cherry barbs.
But awards at this event are not just about what happens on the day and in this
Gavin Cowan of Solway A.S. (the only Scottish aquarists' currently
affiliated to the Y.A.A.S.) was presented with a Silver rose to mark 200 first
placed Open Show cards whilst the Chrich family were presented with a Golden rose
to mark their incredible 1,500th first placed card. this was their third gold
rose Sue tells me that Brian's face beamed like a torch when this presentation
As for the Open Show itself it drew a total of 283 entries
spread over 36 classes. We Yorkshire judges were joined by two 'guests' from the
F.N.A.S. What a beautiful array of fish were to be seen ranging from small guppies
to extra large goldfish and the sight of the biggest knifefish seen on the bench
for many years. This made competition for the 'Best in Show' award very tight
with victory, by less than a point, going to a beautiful Synodontis schoutedeni
owned by North-East based aquarist Kevin Rodway.
As the show was judged
Derek and Marie Harrop auctioned a large variety of fish and aquatic items. Sue
and Martin (Petland) tell me that many bargains were to be had and that a large
number of Corydoras and Platies were offered for sale.
To add to the flavour
of the day the Anabantoid Association of Great Britain put on a display of labyrinth
fish while Dr. David Ford was proud to display a variety of items relating to
the first 30 years of Aquarian products.
A big thank you goes to all
who helped on the day, to those who organised this event, to Y.A.A.S. affiliated
groups and individual members for their sponsorship and to all the aquatic firms
who sent along products for use as show and raffle prizes
To view photographs of fish at the show click on