First I would like to congralutate the GCS for successfully holding the 4th GCS National Guppy Competition from 25 to 28 May 2006 at Bukit Timah Plaza. Despite the lack of manpower this time round, the club manage to improve on the setting up of the rack especially on the lightings using T5s lights though a paper flap to cover the glare of the light would be much appreciated (also to prevent itchy hands from touching the fishes in the tank hehe).
I am honoured to be appointed as 1 of the 3 official judges for this competition besides Richard Woon and Foo Hong. As usual, none of us judges are taking part in the competition to ensure fairness.
1. This time round the standard of the Delta category has gone up compared to the past few shows. Standard in the form of finnages, shapes and size. So judging takes longer and maybe about 6 hours or more.
2. For the 1st round, each judge is to select the best 5 out of each Class. So there will be a minimum of 5 best selected or a maximum of 15 if there isn’t any common selection of the same fish by the judges in each class.
3. In the 1st round judging, I’m eliminating those fishes that do not meet the criteria of each class first. This will be easier if the standard of the entrants are similar or close in standard for each class. After elimination, there may be more than 5 fishes in my list. So from this list, I’ll start to select the better 5 for the next round judging in each class. The selected 5 will have stickers pasted on their tanks by the respective judges. So a selected tank my have 1, 2 or 3 stickers.
4. For this show, all the 3 judges are not judging as a team so no discussion or exchange of views are taking place during the initial rounds of judging. This is good as the is no peer influence on the decision made by each judge. Each judge are individually judging their each class at their own pace.
5. Once the 1st round of judging is completed (the selection of the best 5 in each class), the round 2 is the technical judging which is more details.
6. For round 2 judging, onli the tanks with the sticker will be judged by each individual judge regardless of 1 sticker or 2 or 3 stickers. This is very fair as, if one of the judges selected a tank that the other 2 didn’t select, that tank will still have to be judged by the other 2 judges in details.
7. I’m seeing some of those tanks with one sticker ended up doing well in the technical judging and even those with 3 stickers on the tank may or may not do well in the technical judging. So what does this mean? It means that the fish may look appealing initially but when measure against the judging standard criteria, it falls short compared to the other fishes which are also selected.
8. This way of judging though slow, but will ‘force’ the judges to take a second or third look at the fish in detail in accordance to the judging standards.
9. Once round 2 is completed, the marks are compiled by the committee to select the best 5 in each class. If there is a tie, the judges will discuss and decide which is the better one.
10. For the Grand Champion and Best Breeder Award, the Champion of each class are placed together and the 3 judges will then ‘eyeball’ for their best. If there is a difference in opinion, then reasons are ‘debated’ as to why is it better than the other one.
Note : Selecting the Grand Champion is a difficult task.
Here are some of my personal opinions of some of the entrants;
1. I’m rather disappointed with the Class 1 (A and B) entrants. After so many shows, it’s still the same Moscow Black, Blue and Full Red. There isn’t much new strains to look at eg. like Green Deltas. Also for established strains like Moscow and Full Red, the Caudal and Dorsal shape still have yet to reach perfection – usually the Caudal falls short from standard.
See the Caudal of this still fall short of expectation;
2. The Full Red standard in this show has not shown improvement in finnages in terms of dorsal and caudal. But color wise, it’s better in general.
Note : Dorsal and Caudal still not perfect yet;
3. Surprisingly this show, there isn’t much Full Gold to look at! Full Gold players – buck up pls.
4. The Bi-color class is a bit on the ‘slim’ side for the body size and shape. But the Caudal and Dorsal shape are much better than Class 1.
A good size penducle thickness but loose out in the Caudal size and body length;
Note : 4th placing by Jack Ng.
5. For this Class 3 – Variegated, Mosaic and Grass; the most disappointing is the standard of Blue Grass has dropped. The dots are not well defined and evenly distributed – I’m seeing some small and big dots on the same caudal. Also the color of the caudal are getting lighter and uneven shade. The caudal shape also not up to expectation too.
Really hope to see more Mosaic players and also the increase in standard of the Grass.
I’m impressed with the Caudal Shape of this albino mosaic; But the imperfection of the dorsal shape, body shape and size and also the caudal pattern pull the points down;
Note : 4th placing by Dr. Yeo.
6. This time the standard of Class 4 – Snakeskin and Cobra has gone up a bit. Especially the body pattern of some winners are remarkably contrasting and outstanding. It’s good to see contrasting pattern of snakeskin marking on body and that makes a snakeskin stand out.
7. The disappointing part is too many Red Lace players; I’m sure other snakeskin do look nice too but juz too many entrants on Red Lace which makes this class rather boring.
8. Also please take not the the dorsal and caudal are slightly too big for the fish for some winners. As such, the caudal are mainly ‘jagged’ and not straight.
Jagged caudal makes imperfection but contrasting body marking is good;
Note : 1st placing in Class 4.
9. The AOC and Extended tail Class 5 is rather interesting and impressive class to judge this time. Pls note that for Sword Tail, the perfect sword tip must be sharp pointing and not ‘blunt’ or ’rounded’.
10. I impressed with this 2 fishes;
This is a very nice double sword but it loose out on the smallish body size. Though I’m not expecting a very big body size, but a similar size as the 1st placing double sword would see this 3rd placing goes up to the first or second;
Note : 3rd placing by Derrick Tan.
11. The 1st placing of the Class 5 (Extended or Sword class) has a good dorsal shape as the 3rd placing. For Sword tail, such dorsal shape earns good points!
Note : 1st placing by Guppy Center.
12. Probably the first time having an individual class for short tail, so my expectation should not be so high. But the strain types are commendable and are not as boring as Class 1. The disappointed part is the caudal shape – cannot find a single perfect round, spade or pin tail! Still many more rounds to go for perfection in this short tail class in the caudal shape.
13. One point I would like to highlight is the dorsal shape expectation in the short tail class. A good IFGA type standard dorsal is good while the long drooping type is to be avoided.
Note : Too short a dorsal for Short tail. 2nd placing by Jack Ng.
Note : A good dorsal shape for the Short tail. 3rd placing by Derrick Tan.
Note : Too long a dorsal for short tail and undefined caudal shape. 5th placing by Derrick Tan.
14. Another new class for this show – Half metal Class 7. Not so impressed by rather similar entries like 1/2 Metal Red Lace again. Also the same jagged caudal problem like the Class 4.
Hope to see more other strains entries like this compared to the usual Red Lace;
Note : A refreshing one by Jack Ng wins him 5th placing. An improvement in body marking will be good for this fish.
15. I’m impressed by the Breeders Class 1 (non pattern) Champion and also Grand Champion fish. Consistency is there for color, shape and size. Deportment is good and all fishes are lively and healthy at time of judging.
These are some of the major points I will look for in Breeders Class judging.
Note : Impressive entry by Ricky!
16. For the Breeders Class B2, I’m a bit disappointed with some imperfection like the caudal shape and jagged tail. Inconsistency among the male also. But sad to see 2 entries in this class without the female – as such the judges decide to disqualify it as it does not meet the show class requirement (4 males and 1 female).
Note : Good body marking but jagged tail by Lok Wing Kit.
The above are juz some of my personal views and hope the winners don’t take it to heart. Congratulations to all winners! Well Done!
– Medusa male x Red Grass female
As we know, Medusa and Galaxy was created using the snakeskin female right?
I’ve my Medusa line for quite long already and it has been breeding true and with delta cauda nowadays.
So I cross my Medusa with a *Red Grass female. This Red Grass female is no difference from the Blue Grass female juz that it’s the female sibling in a spawn that produces more Red Grass than Blue. You may want to call it Blue Grass female too.
They are now 2mths old.
Here is one of the male in the resulting spawn. It’s a snakeskin or cobra type;
The gene from the mother. Red Grass;
The inbetween – The gene from father Medusa and gene from the mother Red Grass;
Another one that I like and the last one. Will see them again in 1 mth’s time and see how they grow up.
See how this fellow now at 1 mth later;
You can see that the lower part of the body is actually darken and there is some kind of curve marking on the forebody (but not showing when taking photo).
Now you see how this “snakeskin” fellow grows up one month later;
I like the partial red color;
How it looks one month ago previously;
See how this one the caudal tail shape develops after 1 mth;
Using the best one from the above and cross it with a Albino Red Grass Female again;
This is what I get (a 3 mths old Medusa Grass);
The growth rate is rather slow.
The son from the above;
A not so good Medusa Grass;
This is a cross between my Medusa male x Mosaic female.
Here are the Medusa Mosaic types;
These are 4 different lines;
These are my Medusa. My original breeder pair – the male caudal is like ‘lyre’ tail type and it’s difficult to breed them to delta shaped caudal. After don’t know how many generations down, I finally managed to get the delta shape caudal more and more, though some of the spawn still throw out the ‘lyre’ shape tail.
Also note that most Medusa caudal, the top and bottom edge patterns are usually blurred out. I’m trying to achieve more defined cleared caudal pattern, and slowly there is some improvement.
Medusa 1 – The top edge of the caudal is quite clear;
Medusa 2 – My favourite one, the caudal is getting clearer though the bottom still blur;
Medusa 3 – This one both top and bottom still blur;
A tankful of them – taken with flash;
9 mths old Medusa;
Same fish, the other side;
Different fish at 6 mths;
Different fish at 2 mths;
Different fish at 1 mth;
1 of the Medusa Tanks;
This is my Medusa from the pond. Huge!
See the caudal spread;
This is a cross between a male Albino Coral Red Mosaic x female medusa. The resulting spawn F1, they were inbreed between siblings again. F2 female was selected to cross with another Albino Coral Red Mosaic. F3 again silbings inbreed again. F4 female selected to cross with male Blue Grass. F5 silblings inbreed again.
Onli 3 males have these color but the finnage and pattern are still not perfect yet.
Here are the results;
1st Male with imperfect caudal;
2nd Male the other side view;
Same male but taken with flash;
Another 2 new young ones;
Another delta tail type;