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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ):

What is the Bowl Show?

The Bowl Show is a contest in which members of the Boston Aquarium Society bring in their prized fish to exhibit them at the monthly meeting.  All members are strongly encouraged to exhibit their fish.  The attendees at the meetings are polled on their top three choices.  Each exhibit scores 3 points for each first place vote, two points for each second place vote, and one point for each third place vote.  The entry with the highest point total wins first place, second total points wins second, and third highest wins third place.  The bowl show season runs from September to June.  There is no bowl show held at the July or August meetings.

Who may participate?

Members in good standing who have paid their membership may enter fish for the bowl show.

How are the yearly standings calculated?

The participants in the bowl shows score points as follows.

  • 1st Place - 4 points
  • 2nd Place - 3 points
  • 3rd Place - 2 Points
  • All other exhibitors recieve 1 point.

Do I actually have to use a bowl?

Not unless you want to. Please use the appropriate sized container to safely hold your fish.  Many members like to get creative with the type of container they show their fish in.

What are the rules?

1. Entrants must fill out the entry form completely. If the entry form is not filled out by the time voting starts, and the entry wins first, second, or third place, the person may not be credited for winning the bowl show.

2. One vote per person. Only those present may vote. Each person may only cast their own vote. Entrants are allowed and encouraged to vote. Entrants may vote for themselves.

3. Entrants must be members who are in good standing and have paid their membership! Members must also be paid up by the time of the awards ceremony to receive their prize. (Membership in the BAS is $20/year).


4. Entrants may enter the same fish in competition more than once.

5. Members may enter more than one fish in a show.

These rules may be changed at any time as needed. Rule changes are at the discretion of the Bowl Show Chairman.

What type of fish are allowed?

The Bowl show is "Open Class" any type of aquarium inhabitant may be displayed.

Does the fish have to be born in my tanks?

No.  You are allowed to show any fish you own regardless of whether or not you bred it yourself.  Bring your best fish.


What is the prize?

Prizes will be awarded each month.

Do points I score in the bowl show count towards the Exhibitor Competition  held by the NEC (Northeast Council of Aquarium Societies)?

No. In order to be elligible for the NEC Exhibitor Competition you must exhibit your fish at an NEC sanctioned show.

FAQs will be changed as needed.