This weekend was a whirlwind! On Friday my husband (who should win an award for the best fish show supporter) and I packed up and drove down to Fridley, Minnesota to participate in my first fish show, the Minnesota Aquarium Society‘s annual show. In deciding which of my fish to bring, I considered which one would be the most eye-catching, and which one conformed best to the ideal butterfly telescope in body and fin conformation. I chose to bring Clyde, my male panda butterfly. He also has very excellent swimming motion and balance, and is very active and personable, which makes him a great choice for a show fish.
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Clyde, a male panda butterfly telescope goldfish.
Clyde was very personable and swam actively at the front of glass all weekend long.
Clyde says “Get my good side!”.
We arrived at the show venue in the evening, and most people had already finished setting up their tanks. We chose a spot next to a cute calico willow (single-tailed telescope) shown by a local breeder and had a good time chatting with him about goldfish while setting up. In the goldfish and koi category, there were only five goldfish and one koi participating. When we got Clyde set up in his show tank, it was time to make a Walmart run for some Command hooks to hang up my artwork; a pencil drawing of a ryukin, and a photography print of a butterfly telescope. Finally, around 10pm, everything was all set and the fish room was closing for the night. Judging would be finished by the time the fish room opened to the public again at noon on Saturday.
Jennie with her panda butterfly telescope, Clyde.
Jennie with her drawing and photography print.
On Saturday we listened to some guest speakers, checked out all the awesome fish in the show, and entered some raffles. Before the award winners were announced at the end of the night, we played a few rounds of “Bubble Bingo” in which I won a box of aquarium goodies! Most of it is not actually very goldfish-oriented, so I may be using them for giveaways in the future for those of you with other types of fish, so keep an eye out for that! Show winners were finally announced and we found out that Clyde had won second place in the goldfish and koi category (he was beat by the koi), my ryukin drawing won first place in the art category, and… Clyde won the Peoples’ Choice Fish award! I was awarded two plaques, which will be proudly displayed in my fish room I’m sure.