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    7th Annual CAF Discus Grow Out Contest

    I am very excited to announce the official rules and entry for the 7th Annual CAF Discus Grow Out Contest. Despite the general slowing of message boards in recent times the interest in this contest remains strong which is great to see. It has been a pleasure to host this event for the past 6 years and I'm really looking forward to another great competition in 2018. Below you will find all of the details required to submit your entry. Please read over this post carefully and make sure that you are able to commit to all that is required. Keep in mind that monthly updates accompanied by photos and/or video are expected.

    Overview:
    Each entrant in the grow out contest will receive a group of six fry from my Dexter Chung Giant Leopard Snakeskin pair that were born and raised here at CAF. Like all Leopard Snakekskins this pair produces both nine and fourteen bar offspring and each contestant's group of fish will include both types. The cost will be $100 (shipping if required is extra). In order to distribute the discus in the most fair manner possible each group of discus will be selected by me and contain an equal representation of sizes/patterns/shapes (no customer selection allowed). Each contestant will grow their discus until September 30th, 2018. At the end of that time each contestant will select the one discus from their group that they feel is the best and submit photos for judging. During the period of the contest each contestant will maintain a thread in Canadian Aqua Farm's sponsor section that will need to be updated at least once a month with current photos and or video for the entire duration of the contest. All contestants that provide at least one update accompanied with a photo or video in each of the calendar months that the contest runs will receive a $50 gift CAF gift certificate.

    Entries will be accepted until all 10 spots in the contest are filled or until January 31st, 2018, whichever comes first.
    Start date: January 2018
    End date: September 30th, 2018
    Winners Announced: October, 2018
    *Please only enter if you are serious about seeing the contest through from start to finish.


    Hobbyists of all experience levels are encouraged to enter. First time keepers are welcome. In order for your entry to be valid you must agree to the following:
    1. Each member is limited to one entry.
    2. Each participant must start a thread in the grow out contest sub forum CAF Annual Discus Grow-out Contest at the start of the contest detailing their set-up and plan for growing the discus. Subsequent updates will be posted to that thread.
    3. Must be willing and able to post photo updates on BCA at least once in each calendar month. Including details about the frequency of water changes, feedings and so on is encouraged.
    4. Must be able to pick up contest fish in Maple Ridge. Long distance participants are welcome but must pay all shipping costs associated with receiving the fish ($40-$95 depending on location).
    5. Must be able to provide suitable living conditions for a group of juvenile discus. If you are unsure if your set-up is suitable please feel free to contact me for guidance.
    6. Must not mix the contest discus with any other similar looking strains. I would also strongly recommend not mixing with any other discus or fish as there is always an increased risk of health issues when mixing fish.
    7. Agree that I may repost your contest photos on my website, social media and/or BC Aquaria.

    Judging:
    The contest will end on September 30th, 2018. Participants will be expected to submit photos of their best one fish for assessment. A deadline for submitting these photos will be announced towards the end of the contest. Judging of the photos will be done by me.

    Required is one profile photo showing the fish from the side, it should not be angled towards nor away from the camera and it should be as clear as possible. This photo will be used to judge the following criteria:

    Body Shape (roundness, smooth contours, lack of blemishes) /10
    Fins (shape, balance, rays well formed, lack of blemishes) /10
    Eyes (shape, proportion to body, colour) /10
    Gill/Head Structure (well formed with smooth contours) /10
    Colour (intensity, pattern) /10
    Health (erect fins, bright colours, clear eyes, etc) /10
    Overall Impression /10

    The second photo needs to show the fish with a ruler or measuring tape on top of it's body. This photo will be used to judge the size of the fish and points will be awarded as follows.

    Over 3" +5.0 points
    Over 3.5" +7.5 points
    Over 4" +10.0 points
    Over 4.5" +12.5 points
    Over 5" +15.0 points
    Over 5.5" +17.5 points
    Over 6" +20.0 points

    The third criteria that points will be awarded for is participation. One point will be awarded for each calendar month in which an update accompanied by video and/or photos is posted (starting January 2018 and running through to September 2018). More frequent updates are welcome and encouraged This will add up to a possible 9 points and may be a significant factor in the final placement.


    Prizes:
    1st, 2nd and 3rd place will receive plaques. 1st place will also have a photo of their fish posted in the CAF Hall Of Fame located on the customer photo's section of my website. All participants that provide a photo or video update in each of the 9 months (January 2018 to September 2018) will receive a $50 credit on my website Canadian Aqua Farm


    How to enter:
    Please send me a PM expressing your interest to enter the contest. Upon receipt of your entry I will send you a confirmation. If you do not hear from me or see your user ID below then please contact me.

    Confirmed entries:

    1. smelly fish
    2. Moloto
    3. jacobi
    4. Kimrocks
    5. Fishman21
    6. Garageman1212
    7. timkeppy
    8. Kai.Le
    9. martin
    10. blueberry

    Wait List (in case any of the confirmed entries drop out prior to the start):
    1.
    2.


    These are the parents of the fry being used in this grow out contest:

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    One more name added and with that we have only one more guaranteed space available. After it is filled I will take a couple more names for the waiting list in case any one drops out prior to the start.
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    Here is a sneak peak at the discus fry, please click on the photo for a larger image. I would like to grow them for about 1 more week and then they'll be ready to go. That puts us at a start date of around January 6th and I would like to aim for everyone to have their fish on or before Jan 14th. I will start contacting everyone over the next few days to make arrangements for pick-up/ship out as the case may be.


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    Now that the holiday season is over, I have my new tank set up and I'm really getting excited about the 7th annual Discus competition. Hopefully no one has forgotten about me...lol

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    Good morning everyone. Seeing as my Discus fry arrive tomorrow I thought I would tell you about my setup. I started a new tank for this project as it's only going to house the Discus. It's a 33 gallon long, running 2-Fluval C3 HOB filters, play sand substrate with driftwood and fake plants. I'm going to keep my water temp at 81 degrees. I'm planning on feeding the Discus freeze dried blood worms to begin with until they are adjusted, then hopefully switch to a combination of frozen blood worms and Mysis shrimp. I have no clue how to add a pic of the setup, otherwise I would. Have a great day everyone.
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    Awesome to see this contest is still running!! I really enjoyed participating in 2012, GL to all the participants!!!

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    Good day everyone. I see that spring has finally sprung and the grass is finally turning green here in AB. I realized I haven’t posted in awhile so I thought I would share a video of the little gaffers that aren’t so little anymore. As you can tell I’ve added fish. I bought 10 Biotadoma Cupidos babies to grow out. They are anywhere between 1 1/2” to 2”. There is definitely competition for food now so I’m contiplating moving the Discus to my 90 gallon tank that houses my Black Diamond Rays. Hats it for now...happy tanking everyone 🐠🐟😊

 

 


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