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See Great Fish at our monthly meetings!

  • A chance to show off your favorite Cichlids
  • Different fish every month. See our schedule.
  • Monthly Cash Prizes
  • Fish are judged by GCCA judges
  • All members/guests in attendance vote for their favorite Cichlid entry for People's Choice.

Bowl Show Rules

  1. Entrants must be members in good standing of the Greater Chicago Cichlid Association (GCCA) in order to participate.
  2. The entrant must also supply the correct name of the fish to be shown. There is no limit to the number of entries per member; however, discretion is requested.
  3. Species to be shown will be designated each month by the bowl show chairperson.
  4. Any type of flatsided container is acceptable for showing fish. Containers will be limited to 5 gallon capacity, unless a very large fish is shown.  Gravel, plants, shells, ornaments, or fancy lighting is allowed but may not affect the judges scoring. Any color background is acceptable.
  5. Fish may be shown singly or in pairs. A pair of fish constitutes one entry. 
  6. All containers must be labeled with the scientific fish name. No other names or identifying marks will be allowed.
  7. Each entrant is responsible for supplying air (pumps, tubing, and extension cords) to his/her own containers if needed.
  8. A minimum of two judges will be selected by the bowl show chairperson from non-exhibiting members or guests in attendance. In the event of a tie, a third judge will be selected to judge the entries in question. Decisions of the judges will be final.
  9. Cash prizes are as follows:
    Place Points
    1st place $50
    2nd place $10
    People's Choice $10
  10. People's Choice is a separate award allowing all members and guests in attendance to participate in selecting their favorite entry without the dictates of a formal judging. Voting is accomplished by secret ballot. In the event there is only one entry, no People's Choice ribbon will be awarded. 
  11. No Hybrids allowed but line bred fish are allowed

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