ALA 20 Class Livebearer Show

ALA 20 Class Livebearer Show

Show Rules

1. Entries must be registered by Friday May 19 at 10pm. 

2. All exhibits must be set up by Friday at 10pm and remain up until Saturday at 10pm.   Entries may be removed after 10pm on Saturday evening and must be removed by 11am Sunday morning.

3. Tampering with any exhibit other than that which belongs to oneself is strictly forbidden.  If an entry needs to be moved for any reason the Show Committee will do so.

4. No extensions or early teardowns without prior permission of the Show Committee.

5. All exhibits will be under the full control of the Show Committee while in the show, they must remain there for the duration of the show.

6. Items not claimed by 11am on Sunday will become the property of ALA.

7. Neither the Hotel, nor the American Livebearer Association, nor the host club will be held responsible for any loss or damage incurred during the show. Exhibitors do have a responsibility to be careful with water.

8. Exhibitors may choose to have their exhibits auctioned. The exhibitor is responsible to be sure that those fish are bagged and properly labeled after judging is completed.

Show Classes

1. Guppy - Male Solid Color Tail, Delta Tail

2. Guppy - Male Variegated Color Tail, Delta Tail

3. Guppy - Male Other Tail Types

4. Guppy - Female

5. Mollies - Domestic Varieties and Hybrids - Color and/or finnage variations of either sailfin or shortfin type mollies

6. Mollies - Natural Species: Poecilia butleri, caucana, chica, gilli, gracilis, latipinna, mexicana, orri, petenensis, salvatoris, sphenops, velifera, etc.

7. Swordtails - Domestic, Common Finnage Xiphophorus helleri

8. Swordtails - Domestic, Fancy Finnage Xiphophorus helleri

9. Swordtails – Wild type: Xiphophorus alvarezi, birchmanni, clemenciae, cortezi, continens, kallmani, malinche, mayae, mixei, montezumae, monticolus, multilineatus, nezahuacoyotl, nigrensis, pygmaeus, signum, and helleri (with collection site information)

10. Variatus & Platies - Domestic, Common Finnage Xiphophorus variatus & X..maculatus

11. Variatus & Platies- Domestic, Fancy Finnage Xiphophorus variatus & X.maculatus

12. Platies - Wild type: Xiphophorus andersi, couchianus, evelynae, gordoni, milleri, meyeri, xiphidium, and variatus & maculatus (with collection site information)

13. Limias: caymenensis, dominicensis, melanogaster, miragoaensis, nigrofasciata, ornata,
perugiae, sulfurophila, tridens, versicolor, vitatta, zonata, etc.

14. All other Poeciliid species: Alfaro, Belonesox, Brachyrhaphis, Carlhubbsia, Cnesterodon, Flexipinnis, Gambusia, Girardinus, Heterandria, Heterophallus, Neoheterandria, Phallichthys, Phallocerous, Poecilia (other than guppies & mollies listed above), micro-Poecilia, Poeciliopsis, Priapella, Priapicthys, Pseudopoecilia, Quintana, Scolichthys, Xenophallus, etc.

15. Goodeids - Torpedo Body Shape Allodontichthys, Allotoca, Ataenobius, Characodon, Girardinichthys, Goodea, Ilyodon, Xenotaenia, etc.

16. Goodeids - Deep Body Shape Alloophorus, Ameca, Chapalichthys, Skiffia, Xenoophorus, Xenotoca, Zoogoneticus, etc.

17. All Other Livebearers: Halfbeaks (Dermogenys, Nomorhamphus, Hemirhamphodon, Zenarchopterus, etc.), Anableps, Jenynsia, Stingrays, etc.

18. Pairs Class - Livebearers only male and female of the same species

19. Family Class - Livebearers parents and 10 or more fry under three months old. The fishes must have been bred by the exhibitor.

20. Livebearer photography


IFGA show standards will be used for guppy classes, ALA show standards will be used for fancy Xiphophorus classes, and for wild species and cultivated strains of Poecilia sphenops, P. latipinna, and P. veifera.
Show standards can be found at

1. Judging will take place on Saturday morning.  No unauthorized people will be permitted in the show room during the judging.  The show room will be open to the public on Saturday after completion of the judging.

2. Decisions for the awards will be final and are not subject to appeal.

3. Classification and size of fishes to be determined by references chosen by the Show Committee.

4. Photography class: Judging will be based on art, technical skill, and the ability of the Judge to identify the subject(s). No photos of photographs will be allowed.  All prints must be of a living animal. All entries must have been taken by the exhibitor.  Digital prints should be as close to the original image as possible, (non-manipulated).  These are photographic images that haven’t been wildly altered from the originals with software tools (like Photoshop, In-design, Illustrator etc.), prior to printing or scanning.  Exhibitors may use these computer editing tools to adjust for contrast, exposure, cropping and other traditional adjustments that could be obtained through a traditional darkroom process.  Only basic image corrections such as sharpening, saturation, cropping, color balance and removal of dust, scratches or water spots are allowed.  All photos should be at least 5”x7” or larger.  Title of print or fish identification should be clearly marked on the back of the image or mount.  Nothing should be on the photograph though that would identify the photographer. It is suggested that the prints be mounted on stiff backing or matted but is not required.


1. Containers: All non-photography entries will be displayed in flat-sided containers.  The ALA will have approximately 150 tanks for use by entrants.  These are on a first come first available.  All containers should be bare.  Plants or decorations are not recommended.   

2. Air: ALA will provide air to within four feet of all exhibits.  Exhibitors are to supply their own tubing, and air stones. Sponges and box filters are optional.  There will be no open air lines.  There should be an air outlet within 4 ft. of all tank locations.

3. Stands: Tables will be provided for all exhibit tanks up to 2.5 gallons.  Exhibits over 2.5 gallons will be required to provide their own stands and tanks.   If you need a tank larger than 2.5 gallons you must make prior arrangements with the show committee.  Exhibits are not permitted to sit on the floor.

4. Lighting: No lights or reflectors are required.

5. Covers: All exhibits are to have full covers.

6. Heaters: The show area is normally maintained at a minimum of 70 degrees. Heaters are not permitted.

7. Water: The Host committee will ensure all supplied tanks will have de-chlorinated city water at room temperature.