Voting for the topic of the bowl show is now open! The poll is live, go place your vote on the facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/groups/233500553412439/
Bowl Show Frequently Asked Questions:
Q: Can I vote for more than one fish?
A: Yes, please vote for all the fish you would want to bring in.
This one minute video explains why:
Approval Voting: Quick and Easy Voting for Normal People - YouTube
Q: Does a bowl show hurt fish?
A: No, if properly transported the fish are fine.
Here's a guide on how to properly transport them, copied and pasted from the Ohio Cichlid Association's website. The OCA has big cichlid and pleco bowl shows every month.
"What follows is a Bowl Show Primer
by our former Bowl Show Chairman Lew Carbone:
When I first joined the OCA, one of the main attractions of attending meetings was the Bowl Show. It was a chance to look at actual live fish I’d read about and heard about but never got a chance to see. I can think of no club activity that better fulfills the OCA’s reason for existence. Because some members decline to participate because they’re not sure how, I offer the following information, some of it contributed by Ron Georgeone, a fellow OCA member and one of the nation’s top cichlid showmen...
Equipment: 2 to 5-1/2 gallon tanks work well for showing fish. Less expensive, but almost as good are the plastic tank-like containers sold, usually with lids, at pet stores. Flat sided, drum shaped fish bowls also work. Lids are highly recommended, even if they have to be improvised. (Plastic wrap and a rubber band work on drum bowls.) Dechlorinator is necessary if you are using water drawn at the meeting site, and I suggest Bag Buddies for the ride home. Your Bowl Show Chairman might have them. Don’t be afraid to ask.
Catching the Fish: If you believe you’ll have a problem catching a fish because of the aqua-scaping in the tank, I suggest you begin trying to catch the fish a week or so early, as long as you have a good place to keep the fish until meeting night. That gives you more chances. (One of my favorite tricks is to try first thing in the morning, at “lights on”, when the fish is still sleeping.) Be careful: you don’t want to rip a fin at this point!
Transport and Set-up: I will offer 2 methods, Ron’s and mine. Ron’s way is less work, but only works with smaller fish. With mine, you don’t have to be as careful during transport. At home, Ron puts the fish in the show container, filled to 2/3 of the way with water. He puts a screen lid on it and covers it with a towel for the trip. Another way is to use a glass or plastic lid, maybe taping it down all around the edge. Either way, when you get to the meeting, all you have to do is lift it out of the styro or cooler, and set it on the table. The container need not be topped off; 2/3 full is more than enough, and makes for a neater and easier to handle show table than does a full tank.
What worked for me was to use a large fish bag with enough water to fill the tank to the desired level. After putting the tank on the show table, set the bag upright in the tank. Using one hand to control the top of the open bag, use the finger-tips of your other hand to grip a bottom edge of the bag and slide the bag out in such a way that the water and fish stay in the same place, that is, in the tank. (If I did not explain this well enough, ask me and I’ll show you.)
Packing to go after the meeting is a little more difficult, and you’ll need some help. Have someone hold the bag open while you pour in some of the water, transfer the fish by hand or net and then pour in the rest of the water. (I don’t recommend trying to pour the fish with the water. If the fish gives a poorly timed flip of the tail it may land on the floor just as someone is walking by, and end up playing the unlucky role of the banana peel in an early Buster Keaton film.)
One more note: Do not feed your intended show fish for 48 hours or so before the event. This will lower the fish’s ammonia output somewhat and allow time for the digestive track to clean itself out, making for a cleaner show tank...
Good luck, and remember that we want to see your fish!"
Along with the method described by the OCA above, we also commonly see fish brought to the bowl show in a fish bag. That works, too.