Virtual Bettas4all Show @ Vivarium Online – November 2020

General information

  • Who is allowed to enter?

    Only European hobbyists
    as per the above table (Chapter 7 of the Bettas4all Standard) are allowed participate at the Virtual Bettas4all Show.

Participants can enter in the following classes:

  • Regular show classes: The fish must be self-bred by the participant and is currently swimming in his/her fish room (matter of trust). Maximum of 5 Entries

  • How many entries are allowed per participant?
    Each participant is allowed to enter a maximum of 5 entries for the main show.
  • Entry fee?
    Participation is free.
  • How to register & virtually bench fish for the Virtual Bettas4all Show @ Vivarium Online?
    1. When you are a European hobbyist and want to participate you can register your fish for the Virtual Bettas4all Show by filling in the online registration form on our website.
    2. The Virtual Benching team will receive your entry form and will assign you with your virtual tank numbers.
    3. You will receive a confirmation email with all the information to upload your videos.
    4. Once the videos are uploaded the Virtual Benching team will sort the entries in the main show classes based on fin type and sex in a blinded manner.
  • What are the deadlines for online registration and virtual benching?
    Online registration possible from Friday 16 October (18:00 UTC) to Friday 30th October 2020 (18:00). Videos can be virtually benched from when the confirmation of registration is received to Saturday 31stOctober 2020 (18:00 UTC)Due to time constraints there will be no Early Bird process this show. To allow time for self review by participants, videos will not be sorted by show administration until Monday 26th October 2020. As such participants will not receive video confirmation emails until after this date.
  • What are the minimal requirements of the videos?
    In order to judge the fish properly, the Bettas4all judges should be able to get a clear impression of the color, form and behaviour of the fish. Any fish which cannot be judged properly will be knocked out in the judging process (even if this fish potentially is the best fish of the class in real life).
  • Regular Show Class - Minimum Requirements
    • 1.Video:
      • Length: Between 20 and 30 seconds of continuous footage.
      • Maximum size: 75 Mb per video.
      • The camera should be held as still as possible.
      • Must have the assigned show tank number shown in the video, either by written or printed on paper. This cannot be digitally added. Do not add fin type or sex of the fish. Entries without tank numbers physically in the video will be disqualified.
      • No digital enhancement can be accepted. Examples include: Watermarks, file names, cropping out sections of videos, changing lighting./li>
      • Ideally all videos should be muted before uploading.

      In addition, a 10 second video from above the fish must be included at the end of the 30 second maximum side view. This is the only acceptable digital editing allowed for the main show. Example video found here (without tank number):


      Display tanks must show the size indicator along the lower bottom edge of the tank and as the background so judges are able to view size.

      Example Video Showing Tank Set Up:

      Size Indicator:

    • 2. The show tank:
      • Non-curved, colorless, clear, fully transparent tank, preferably glass.
      • Not too deep in order to keep enough detail for judging.
      • No plants or gravel are permitted within the tank.
      • No colored water.
      • Must have a plain background that best shows the detail of the fish.
    • 3. Light:
      • Non-colored.
      • Sufficient to clearly see the color and details (e.g. mouth, eye, scaling) of the fish.
    • 4. The fish:
      • The fish should be minimally 3.5 cm for a male, 3.0 cm for a female (matter of trust).
      • Should be in good health and actively flaring.
      • Should be visible from both sides. Videos with no side views will be disqualified.
      • Should be able to see the mouth, eyes, scaling and branching of the fish.

      Flare aids such as flare sticks and mirrors are allowed as long as the fish remains clearly visible in the video. Using another fish as a flare aid is allowed as long as the fish is to the side of the entrant only and in a separate tank. Entries with more than one fish fully visible in the video will be disqualified. Mirrors should not cover more than a ¼ of the back of the tank.

      Example Video of Standard Class (without tank number):

      For a more indepth guide in making your videos, please view our Video Checklist (

  • How are the fish judged by the Virtual Bettas4all Judging Team?
    1. The Bettas4all Judging Team will split show classes in color classes where possible according to the rules of the Bettas4all Standard©.
    2. Show classes will be judged with teams of at least three certified Bettas4all judges.
    3. Each certified Bettas4all judge will have a look at the videos in private to get an impression of the quality within each show class and will make a personal notes on each entry (strong & weak points) in order to create a top 3 or top 5 of the class (depending on the number of entries per show class).
    4. After this, the judges responsible for the judging of a particular show class will discuss their findings in order to make a final decision on the placement of the fish within the show class.
    5. After all show classes have been judged virtually, the entire Virtual Judging Team quickly overlooks the results and will discuss the results where necessary to determine the final result of each show class.
    6. Special awards are determined following normal show rules by the Virtual Judging team.
  • How long will the judging procedure by the Virtual Bettas4all Judging Team take?
    We cannot say this in advance. This will be depending on the number of entries and the time each judge will need and has available. More information will be announced in the week after virtual benching has closed.
  • Will the entries be shared with the public?
    When the Virtual Bettas4all Judging team has finished, a video of all entries (in order of virtual tank number) will be published per show class in the public domain. This way everybody can get an impression of the number of entries and quality of the fish/videos per show class.
  • Is the public also allowed to choose their favorite fish?
    When the Virtual Bettas4all Judging team has finished, the public will get the chance to vote for their favorite entry in each show class (minimum of two entries required) based on the video showing all entries per show class (in order of virtual tank number). Single entries in show classes will automatically win Public Prize in their show class.
  • What do you win when a fish places in any of the show classes?
    When a fish places, the participant who entered the fish will receive a unique digital show certificate and lifelong honor! Some Special Classes will receive a physical prize, these results will be announced as a surprise once the results are released, due to this, it is important to be sure if an entrant is 16 or younger. Please encourage young people to enter.