NANFA-- Native Livebearer Convention April 26-28, 2002

Mark (
Thu, 14 Feb 2002 14:50:21 -0500

The ALA convention is April 26-28 in Canton, Ohio.

A big chunk of the livebearing fishes that are kept in aquariums are, in
fact North American fishes, especially the goodeids of Mexico. And of
course, one of the tiniest of fishes, Heterandria formosa is native to the
SE USA. This convention is a great opportunity for you to learn about,
see, and even buy fishes that you may have never seen before. Of course,
the convention with have livebearers from all over the world, most of which
are Central and North American natives. Check it out:

American Livebearer Association
2002 Convention April 26, 27 & 28
Four Points Sheraton Canton, Ohio

To register, visit --

The American Livebearer Association is proud to present its 2002
Convention. For the Twelfth year in a row ALA will
again be hosting its own show and convention. We are arranging for some
great livebearer related talks, so come listen
to some great fish talks and mingle with other fish "nuts". We are having a
Saturday night dinner with a speaker and
will be presenting ALA program and show awards at the party. On Sunday
afternoon we will be drawing our raffle
prizes and have an all species auction.

The Convention will be held at the Four Points Sheraton Inn, 4375 Metro
Circle NW, Canton, Ohio. (very easy
access from I-77 and the Akron/Canton Airport) Start your weekend early, on
Friday night with three short programs,
then join us in the hospitality room.

We have made every effort to make this Convention as easy as possible for
the entrant. Just come and bring in your
entries. The set-up and registration hours are as lenient as possible for a
weekend show.

Come, bring your fish and join in on the fun. The Northeastern Ohio area is
home to many interesting things to do and
see. The Pro Football Hall of Fame is less than ten minutes away. Cleveland
and all of it's attractions including The
Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Great Lakes Science Center and the Metroparks Zoo
are all within a 1 hour drive. If you're
into shopping, Belden Village Shopping mall is right around the corner from
the hotel. If its fish you are shopping for,
maps to local pet stores will be available. If you can, try to spend a
couple extra days exploring the area. We hope to
make the 2002 ALA Convention an enjoyable weekend for all.

For more information: Rich Serva, 5407 S. Celeste View Dr., Stow, Ohio
44224 (330) 650-4613

ALA Convention Tentative Schedule

Friday April 26
6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Convention & Show Registration
8:00 p.m. - 8:20 p.m.
Short program #1
8:20 p.m. - 8:40 p.m.
Short program #2
8:40 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Short program #3
After speaker - ???
Hospitality Room Open

Saturday April 27
9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Convention & Show Registration
9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Jim Langhammer - What is a Livebearer
10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Shane Webb - Goodeids
Lunch Break
Closed BOD Meeting
1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Speaker #3
2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Bob Swanson - Fancy Swords & Platies
2:30 p.m. - 6:00
Judging - Show Room Closed
4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Closed BOD Meeting
6:30 p.m.
Cash Bar
7:30 p.m.
Banquet/Dinner - Ivan Dibble - Fish Ark Project
8:30 p.m.
ALA Awards Presentation
9:00 p.m.
Banquet Speaker
After speaker - ???
Hospitality Room Open

Sunday April 28
Morning - ???
Giant Livebearer Auction

Show Rules

NOTE: Throughout these rules the word EXHIBITOR is used to designate the
person(s) entering the show. The word
EXHIBIT is used to designate an entry in a class.

1. All classes are open to any aquarist, ALA membership is not required.
2. There is no limit to the number of entries per exhibitor.
3. No exhibit will be entered in more than one class.
4. Only ONE entry permitted in each tank unless using a divider, providing
the entries are in the same class.

1. All entry forms and fees must be received no later than 2:00 p.m. April
27, 2002
2. All exhibits must be set up on either Friday April 26, between 6:00 and
10:00 p.m. or on Saturday April 28
between 9:00 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.
3. Tampering with any exhibit other than that which belongs to oneself is
strictly for-bidden. If an entry needs to be
moved for any reason the Show Committee will do so.
4. No extensions or early teardowns without prior permission of the Show

1. All exhibits will be under the full control of the Show Committee while
in the show. They must remain there for the
duration of the show.
2. All exhibits can be removed from the show between 3:00 p.m. and 7:00
p.m. on Sunday, April 28 or at the end of
the auction, whichever comes first.
3. Items not claimed by 7 p.m. April 28 will become the property of ALA.
4. Neither the Hotel, nor the American Livebearer Association will be held
responsible for any loss or damage
incurred during the show. Exhibitors do have a responsibility to be careful
with water.

D. ENTRY FEES ($1.50 per entry)
1. All checks and money orders are to be made payable to the American
Livebearer Association in US funds. Entry
fees are not refundable.

1 . Judging will take place on Saturday afternoon April 27, 2002. No
unauthorized people will be permitted in the
show room during the judging. The show room will be open to the public by
ten on Sunday morning.
2 . Decisions for the awards will be final and are not subject to appeal.
3. Classification and size of fishes to be determined by Lebendgebarende
Zierfische and by references chosen by the
Show Committee.
4. Photography class: Judging will be based on art, technical skill, and
the ability of the Judge to identify the
subject(s). No photos of photographs. All prints and slides must be of a
living animal. All entries must have been
taken by the exhibitor.

1. Containers: All species entries will be displayed in flat-sided
containers. All entries should be bare and have a solid
background. Plants or decorations are not recommended. ALA will have a
limited supply of containers for
pre-registered travelers. Please note on registration form how many you
will need.
2. Air: ALA will provide air to within four feet of all exhibits.
Exhibitors are to supply their own valves, tubing, and
airstones. Sponges and box filters are optional. There will be no open air
lines, valves must be used.
3. Stands: Tables will be provided for all exhibits 10 gallons and under.
Exhibits over 10 gallons will require their
own stands.
4. Lighting no lights or reflectors are required.
5. Covers: All exhibits are to have full covers of the exhibitor's choice
for the protection of the specimen(s) being
6. Heaters: The show area is normally maintained at a minimum of 70
degrees. Heaters are not permitted.
7. Water: A limited amount of de-chlorinated city water will be available
at room temperature.

1. You do not have to be an ALA member to buy or sell.
2. Exhibitors may choose to have their exhibits auctioned. This must be
indicated on the entry form in the space
3. Proceeds of the auction may be donated entirely to ALA or will be split
on a 70/30 basis, with ALA remitting 70%
to the exhibitor within two weeks from the closing date of the show. A
breakdown sales list will be included.
4. The auction will consist of fish, aquatic plants, live foods, and
manufacturers donations. No drygoods will be
5. Live items must be labeled as to seller's name and phone number, the
common and scientific names, quantity, and
sexes (if known).
6. Proper fish bags must be used - no baggies or zip-locks.
7. Livebearing fish will receive priority over all other fishes, plants and
live foods. Highest priority will be given to
show fish and items donated to ALA or to the Vern Parish Fund.
8. Minimum bids will not be accepted.

1. Plaques will be awarded for first, second, and third place in each class.
2. Awards will also be presented for:
BEST OF SHOW Domestic Livebearer,
BEST OF SHOW Wild-type Livebearer (non-goodeid)
The FRANCES HUBBS MILLER AWARD for the Best Goodeid in the show.
CHAIRMAN'S AWARD - for most points accumulated in show
(4 points for each 1st place, 2 points for each 2nd place and 1 point for
each 3rd place)


1. Guppy - Male, Half Black Body Color, Delta Tail

2. Guppy - Male, Snakeskins, Delta Tail

3. Guppy - Male, Solid Color, Delta Tail

4. Guppy - Male, Varigated Color, Delta Tail

5. Guppy - Male, Other Tail Types

6. Guppy - Female

7. Mollies - Domestic and Natural Varieties (Poecilia latipinna, P.
mexicana, P. petenensis, P. sphenops, P. velifera
and/or their hybrids)

8. Swordtails - Common Finnage (X. helleri)

9. Swordtails - Fancy Finnage (X. helleri)

10. Variatus & Platies - Common Finnage (X. variatus & X. maculatus)

11. Variatus & Platies - Fancy Finnage (X. variatus & X. maculatus)

12. All other Xiphophorus species

13. Gambusia & Related Genera (Belonesox, Brachyraphis,
Flexipenis,Gambusia, Heterophallus, etc.)

14. All other Poeciliid species (Alfaro, Carlhubbsia, Cnesterodon,
Girardinus, Heterandria, Limia, Neoheterandria,
Phallichthys, Phalloceros, Poecilia - other than guppies & mollies,
Poeciliopsis, Priapella, Pseudopoecilia, Quintana,
Scolichthys, Xenophallus, etc.)

15. Goodeids - Torpedo Body Shape (Allodontichthys, Allotoca, Ataenobius,
Characodon, Girardinichthys, Goodea,
Ilyodon, Xenotaenia, etc.)

16. Goodeids - Deep Body Shape (Alloophorus, Ameca, Chapalichthys, Skiffia,
Xenoophorus, Xenotoca,
Zoogoneticus, etc.)

17. All Other Livebearers (Halfbeaks, Anableps, Jenynsia, Stingrays, etc.)

18. Pairs Class - Livebearers only - male and female of the same species

19. Family Class - Livebearers - parents and 10 or more fry under three
months old. The fishes must have been bred
by the exhibitor.

20. Livebearer photography

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