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Show rules:


1) The show is open for selectively bred Betta splendens show fish.


2) There are specific classes offered for Wildtype species.

3) The breeder must abide by all the rules described within these regulations. He/she must only

enter self-bred fish, born and raised at the breeder's home. The only exemption to this rule are

the Pet / Collector’s Betta classes (see 10) )

4) Any use of products which can color the water is strictly prohibited for any Bettas which must

be judged. Any fish that swims in tinted/colored water will be automatically disqualified.

This is so the judges can clearly see the color of the fish, as well as preventing the judges from

easily guessing who are the breeders of the fish.


5) The minimum size for show fish is 1.5 inches (3.8cm) for males and 1.25 inches (3.2cm) for

females body length only. This is measured from snout to peduncle (excluding fins). Fish that

are smaller will be disqualified. If Junior classes are offered, small fish will be moved from both regular and New Breeder classes to these Junior classes.

6) The maximum number of fish each breeder can enter in the Zürich Betta Show 2019 is:

For Regular Breeders: 15 show Betta fish

For New Breeders: 10 show Betta fish

For Collectors in purchased classes: 5 show Betta fish

6 pairs of Wildtype species

The number of show fish accepted to be judged is limited to 300 in total. This number will not be increased, even if the show fills up within just a few hours.

Under no circumstances will we lower the number of entries for breeders.


If the show isn’t fully booked by mid-October, we will increase the maximum number of entries per breeder to 20 show fish and 8 pairs of wild betta species.



7) Participants must send their entry forms in due time by the latest October 25th, 2019, and

announce the approximate total number of fish they plan on showing. Otherwise, their entries

cannot be accepted.


8) The fish will all be judged according to IBC standards by certified judges.

No appeal can be made pertaining to judgment.

However, judges will gladly answer any questions regarding how fish are judged in general and

explain the standard.

Only judges, apprentices and helpers are permitted in the show room during judging.


9) New breeder classes will be offered at this show.

The breeder can enter Betta fish in New breeder classes if he/she has not been showing

Bettas for at least two years, up to the day of the show.

If the breeder does not enter Betta fish in New breeder classes, he/she will not be allowed to

enter New breeder classes at future shows.

10) Optional Classes:


10a) Betta Collector’s classes are not part of the general classes. The origin of a fish is disregarded in the Pet Betta classes. These classes are for fish that have not been bred by the entrant. Anyone may enter their fish here that they did not breed themselves.


10b) Junior Betta classes are not part of the general classes. Only self-bred fish are allowed in these classes. Fish that are too small for regular and New Breeder classes may be entered here.

11) Photographing the fish: the participants and visitors are free to take photos or videos of the

fish in the show, but NOT before or during judgment.

Betta Helvetia reserves the right to ask for copies of the pictures for use by the club.


12) Benching in:

12 a) The fish have to be benched in on Thursday, 31st of October 2019 between 15.00 and 19.00. Under no circumstances can fish be benched in on Friday morning.


12 b) Entry fees are as follows:

For IBC members: CHF3.50 per fish

For non-IBC members: CHF5.00 per fish (for Betta Helvetia Members CHF4.00)

Entrants may also pay in € if they prefer. The exchange rate will be 1:1.

Entry fees may be paid in cash or using Paypal friends.


13) Fish that haven’t been sold may be taken out of the show no sooner than 15.00 Sunday afternoon, but must be taken out by latest 18.00. A payout of auction profits is not possible for participants who choose to leave early. They will receive their profits in the following week via PayPal and carry the costs of this transaction.

All show tanks of unsold fish need to be dried and sorted by number by EACH PARTICIPANT and then returned to Betta Helvetia. They also need to remove all show stickers (except the tank numbers).

14) Mail-in entries from the EU can be accepted and sent to one of our club members who will take care of them. After the show, we can return the fish by mail.


15) Should fish be sent to us by package mail, the box needs to contain all of the following:

- Fish in clearly labeled bags/containers (including the number according to the filled out form)

- Entry fees (unless previously transferred by PayPal or bank transfer)

- Copy of registration confirmation

- Filled in list specifically for mail-in entries (will previously be sent to you by Betta Helvetia)

- Filled in auction-tags (two per fish to be sold)

- Fish bags for return shipment, also clearly labeled (unless fish are sent in containers)

- Heatpacks (activated ones for shipment from you to us, as well as new ones for return shipment)

- Postage for return shipment

- Address to which fish should be returned

Please note that fish cannot be entered into the show if the entry fees have not been received previously.

The package has to arrive by Wednesday, October 30th 2019. The exact address will be given upon request.


The extra costs for this service are as follows:

€5 per box for the postal shop receiving fee in Germany

€1 per fish handling cost for receiving and benching in

€1 per fish handling cost for return shipment (excluding postage)

16) If a participant brings fish to the show but then disappears and can no longer be reached until the show has ended, all his/her fish become the property of the club and may be sold or given away for free. Thereafter the club is no longer responsible for getting the participant's fish back to them. Betta Helvetia reserves the right to ban such irresponsible participants from any future shows.


17) Certificates, medals, and trophies can be shipped by mail to participants who cannot attend in person. The cost for postage is to be paid in full by the recipient. Any other winnings such as e.g. Nano Tanks for BOS winners will not be shipped and will go to the club, should the participant fail to find an alternative mode of transportation.


18) Betta Helvetia or the IBC cannot be held responsible in case of loss, theft, illness or death of any Betta.


19) The breeder/participant accepts this set of rules at the moment he/she registers fish in the show.


Direct sales / Auction rules:


  • The live auction of winning fish will be held on Saturday afternoon.

  • Fish that did not win any placing will be available for direct purchase as of Saturday morning, 10AM, if the breeder has marked them for sale with a sales label. Winning fish that did not sell in Saturday's auction will be available for direct purchase as of Sunday morning, 10AM.


  • Every fish that is determined for auction has to be labeled with an official auction label (2 copies per fish). Each participant is responsible for filling out the labels and the correctness thereof. 


  • Split: 25% of sales price for Betta Helvetia, 75% for the breeder.


  • Fish may be picked up with sales/auction labels marked as “paid”.


  • All payments go through the official Betta Helvetia cashier.

  • When a fish is sold, the breeder may re-use the same tank for another one of their own fish, after the club has added a new number to the tank. If the breeder does not wish to re-use the tank for themselves, then Betta Helvetia will decide about who will get to use this tank.

  • In addition, there is an option for breeders personally attending the show to bring extra sales fish along that may be benched in on Thursday as well, but will not be judged. The club will offer around 150 tanks for this purpose and distribute them amongst attending breeders upon request.
    Here too, b reeders may re-use the same tank for another one of their own fish, after the club has added a new number to the tank. If the breeder does not wish to re-use the tank for themselves, then Betta Helvetia will decide about who will get to use this tank.
    Since the number of tanks is limited, so is the number of available tanks per breeder. Betta Helvetia members and secondly IBC members will be prioritised.

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