The British Aquarist Festival (BAF) continued its long tradition of finding the Champion of Champions in Coldwater and Tropical fish each year. Held at Darwen in Lancashire on Sunday October 13th, BAF was organised by the Federation of Northern Aquarium Societies as an Open Show, but the Championship class
is only available to fish that have won a First this year.
At the BAF 2012 Show a first was won by a (not so common) goldfish by Sherridan Moores, Chairman of the NGPS (Northern Goldfish & Pondkeepers Society) -
The tropical award went to Bernard O’Neill of Rydale AS with a Yunnanulis cruciatus
or Hovering Zebra Loach. This rare fish (breeding unknown) is found only in Central Vietnam’s streams among very dense vegetation – hence its other common name: Vietnamese Multi Banded Zebra Loach…
The Show had 58 entries in the 40 Classes. It was an FNAS OS incorporating the Champion of Champions from the original BAF show. Firsts in each of these classes were won by members from seven of the Federation clubs: Club 2000, Port Talbot,
CSG (Catfish Study Group), NGPS, Stamps, Ryedale and Workington.
The Best in Show was a Botia histronica called the Burmese Loach, Golden Zebra Loach
or Silver Striped Loach. Owned by John Egan of Port Talbot.
Winners of a First in the
Judging was by FNAS Judges, Bill Ward,
Bill Drake, Barry Booker and Roy Johnson