American Shrimp Contest Chicago


Category 1: Neocaridina – All Types – All Colors (Example: Red Cherry, Orange Rilli, Blue Dream, Ect.)
Category 2: Caridina Crystal – All Colors & Grades (Example: Crystal Red Shrimp, Super Black Crystal Shrimp, Pure Red Line, Ect.)
Category 3: Caridina Taiwan Bee – All Colors & Grades (Example: Blue Bolt, Red King Kong, Black Panda Shrimp, Ect.)
Category 4: Caridina Tiger Variants – All Colors & Patterns (Example: Orange Eye Blue Tiger Shrimp, Red Tigers, Black Tiger Orange Eye, Ect.)
Category 5: Caridina Tibee – All Colors & Patterns (Example: Fancy Red Tigers, Fancy Black Tigers, Ect.)
Category 6: Caridina Crossbreeds All Colors & Patterns [ Eye Morphs ] (Example: Orange Eye Yellow King Kong, Hallow Eye Red Ghost, Orange Eye Red Devil, Ect.)
Category 7: Caridina Taitibee All Colors & Patterns (Example: Galaxy Pinto, Nanshi, Boa, Ect.)
SKU: N/A Category:

The idea behind this contest is to give an opportunity for USA shrimp breeders to claim the title of best in the USA without competition from more advanced breeders throughout the world. The format is simply and will continue to grow as the number of breeders in the USA increases.

Contest Categories:
Category 1: Neocaridina – All Types – All colors (Example: Red Cherry, Orange Rilli, Blue Dream, ect.)
Category 2: Caridina Crystal – All colors & grades (Example: Crystal Red Shrimp, Super Black Crystal Shrimp, Pure Red Line, ect.)
Category 3: Caridina Taiwan Bee – All colors & grades (Example: Blue Bolt, Red King Kong, Black Panda Shrimp, ect.)
Category 4: Caridina Tiger Variants – All colors & patterns (Example: Orange Eye Blue Tiger Shrimp, Red Tigers, Black Tiger Orange Eye, ect.)
Category 5: Caridina Tibee – All colors & patterns (Example: Fancy Red Tigers, Fancy Black Tigers, Ect.)
Category 6: Caridina Crossbreeds- All colors & patterns [ Eye Morphs ] (Example: Orange Eye Yellow King Kong, Hallow Eye Red Ghost, Orange Eye Red Devil, ect.)
Category 7: Caridina Taitibee- All Colors & patterns (Example: Galaxy pinto, Nanshi, Boa, ect.)
Registration, Fees, Acceptance and Deadlines:
All United States shrimp hobbyist are eligible to participate with their own home bred shrimp groups, that match with the listed categories above. By completing registration, the participant affirms that the shrimp they show are shrimp that they have bred and raised themselves. In the case of reasonable doubt, the participant in question is disqualified. In this case, the registration fees are not refunded.
Entry Fee:
$25.00 per group
The entry fee will be paid during registration.
Each participant may enter a maximum of 2 sets of shrimp per category.
With paid registration, each individual participant will receive a ticket for both days of the show. There is a maximum of 1 ticket per verified name and is nontransferable.
You may register at
The registration list of participants is only made available to the organizing committee.
Shrimp Group Requirements
One group must consist of 3 to 5 shrimp. If there are more than 3 shrimp in a group, the best 3 shrimp are judged. If more than 5 shrimp are provided this will result in disqualification. A minimum size of 3/4 an inch for the shrimp is required. No wild type shrimp are allowed to be entered. Shrimp with a visible parasite infestation results in the entire group being disqualified; this will be determined by the Lead Judge. If berried shrimp are entered that release their offspring during the contest, the participant is responsible for catching them after the contest is over.
Registration must be completed via by July 31st 2024, unless otherwise indicated. A maximum of 100 show tanks are made available for this contest. Entries are accepted in their order of arrival. Although the registration period ends on July 31st 2024, registration may be terminated ahead of this date if the maximum number of show group entries is reached earlier.
Shrimp Pickup:
Any shrimps that are not collected will automatically become property of the organizing committee. No reimbursement of the entry fee is possible. For organizational reasons, it is not possible to send the shrimps back to their owners by mail(you may arrange for someone to do this for you). Groups can be donated if pickup isn’t possible. In either case, shrimp that become property of the organizing committee will be auctioned off and proceeds used for future shows. Shrimp groups that are not to be donated, must be collected in person on Sunday beginning at 5 p.m. no sooner and must be picked up no later than 6 p.m. Any person you select, may also collect the shrimps upon production of your authorization plus a copy of the selected individual’s photo ID, if necessary.
Shipping Contest Shrimp:
We hope that all our contestants will join us for the show, as there is so much more going on than our contest. This might not be possible for everyone, so we will accept shipped shrimp as well. Contestants must ensure adequate and proper packaging of shrimps with each show group entry packed separately in transport bags. The transport bag must be marked with the following details: category, genus and, if applicable, the variant. Please ensure these details are clearly legible and applied with a waterproof marker. Do not include any name information written on the transport bags. Write your name and address only on the package exterior or include a letter with your name and address inside your package.
Shipments will be accepted at the following address beginning Wednesday, July 31st 2024:
ATTN:Adam Clayton Shrimp Contest

Schaumburg Convention Center

1551 Thoreau Dr N, Schaumburg, IL 60173

Verification is done with each registered group to ensure shrimp groups belong to the relevant group. Should problems such as missing or wrong labeling arise and no correct allocation is possible, the shrimps will be displayed in separate tanks outside of the contest floor with no possibility of being judged.
Deliveries handed to team members in person must do so between 10:00am-4:00pm on Thursday and Friday August 1stnd and 2nd. We cannot guarantee deliveries or entries after this deadline will be able to be judged and may be placed in separate tanks outside of the contest floor, if not.
Should you wish to deliver your show group entry in person, please make sure the transport bag is handed to one of the organizing members ONLY.
Show Tank Specification and Tagging
The water parameters will be maintained within acceptable limits for the different categories.
Substrate: A suitable substrate will be used for every category.
Lighting: Individual/or strip light integrated into the cover or mounted above the cover panel.
Filter: Air Driven sponge filter or motor filter.
Water Quality: RO water will be used with a shrimp specific remineralizer.
The tanks will be numbered/tagged consecutively. Following judging, each tank will be labeled with the category, the breeder’s name and the number of points awarded for the placement.
Judges, Procedure and Entry Groups
The Judges are appointed by the organizing committee and are not permitted to enter shrimp groups into the contest. This rule also applies to their family members.
A show group consists of 3 to 5 shrimps to allow for an assessment of the standard of the breeding accomplished. The best three invertebrates in a show group are compared with each other by the judges with the help of a points system.
The assessment guidelines and allocation of points take the characteristics of the 6 different groups into account.
Each category will be assessed by three judges. Each of the three judges will award their own points. The points are then added together and divided by three.
Once the points have been awarded, if there is a tie (in the first three places) in one category, the Lead Judge will determine the order of the places with the same total points.
At 2 pm on Sunday,August 4th,2024, the winners of the different categories will be announced in the exhibition area. The overall winner of the contest will also be announced, and a monetary prize of $250 will be awarded.
Official photographs will be taken of the show groups. The organizers will hold the copyright to these photos, which will be made available for publishing in magazines, etc. Visitors may take photos of all the invertebrates on display. No manipulation with fingers, sticks or similar objects is permitted in the tanks. Only the official photographers appointed by the organizing committee may be permitted some careful manipulation by means of clean wooden skewers. The team members are obligated to prevent any manipulation by visitors.
Exclusion of Liability:
Aquashella, the convention center, contest sponsors, the organizing committee and team members are not responsible for any losses, illness or failure of shrimp during transportation or during the exhibition period.
A complete list of losses will be tracked each day and can be presented if requested.
Instructions for Contestants:
Upon arrival, contestants will need to check in at the Will Call Counter to receive their show pass in order to access the show floor.
Shrimp contest tanks must be ready by 5pm Friday.
Winners will be announced on Sunday at 2pm and prizes distributed.
Please plan accordingly.
If you have any questions, please email Grant and Shelby @

Event Details

Start date: August 03, 2024

End date: August 04, 2024

Start time: 10:00 a.m. CDT

End time: 05:00 p.m. CDT

Venue: Schaumburg Convention Center

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