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How to prepare your lots for the SUPER AUCTION

If you are thinking of selling during the next Super Auction, here are the rules to follow while preparing your lots.

  1. Stop feeding your fish 48 hours before the auction.  This measure will reduce fish dejections in the bags and maintain an ammonia concentration below the toxic level.
  2. The use of plastic bags with rubber bands, glass jars with air tight lids and even buckets is allowed.  The container MUST be adapted to the size and number of fish for sale in the container.  Ziploc® type bags are not appropriate for liquid transport and will not be allowed at the Super Auction.  A verification system will be in place to inspect the lots before they are put on display on the display tables.  If a lot is judged inappropriate due to a container too small or without enough air, it will be refused.  Plastic bags will be sold on site, for a fee of 1.00$ each, in order to correct lots that do not fit the acceptable criterias.
  3. Water must cover the fish, even when the bag is lying on its side.  A ratio of 75% air and 25% water insures an optimal oxygenation level for the comfort of the fish.  At this point, air is more important than water.  A water conditioner can be added for benefits.
  4. ALWAYS USE FRESH AIR to fill the bag.  Never blow air from your mouth to fill your bags.  If you are having difficulties, use an air pump.  Use rubber bands to close bags.  The bags must be well inflated, like balloons, to be efficient.
  5. Double-bag your fish if they have teeth or sharp spines.
  6. For medium to large size fish or agressive fish, only put a single fish per bag or use buckets.
  7. For very big fish, use plastic or glass containers with an air tight lid that will be sold along with the fish.  The cover must be easily removed so potential buyers can admire your fish.
  8. To avoid your fish getting caught in bag corners, double-bag them while reversing the second bag as to round bag corners.
  9. If your fish are used to living in an aquarium filled with plants, add a few stems to provide comfort/shelter from stress.
  10. Each bag must be well labelled. It is the responsibility of the seller to provide as much information regarding the needed care for the fish as possible.  Examples of sales tags are available on the S.A.M.’s website ( french sales tags ) and must be applied to the bag beforehand.
  11. If your lot contains more than one bag, make sure they are well grouped and numbered (ex. : 1 or 3, 2 of 3, 3 of 3).  Use tape to hold them together.
  12. For transport, please use styrofoam boxes or camping coolers in order to maintain temperature.
  13. No fish hybrid from different species will be accepted.
  14. Plants must be placed in plastic bags but without water.  They can go without it for a few hours.
  15. For hardware, please specify the shape they are in.  Do they need repairs?  Are there any missing pieces?  Be honest, buyers will appreciate and you will keep a good reputation as a seller.
  16. If you follow these rules, you will have better chances selling and obtaining a good price, while respecting the animals from our hobby.
  17. Any broken packaging rules will force you to repackage before being allowed to put your lots up for sale. (You will be able to receive advice and help on site). A verification service has been set up by the Super Auction supervisors and will have the power to exclude any lot breaking these rules.  Plastic bags are on sale in lots of 10 and 20 and per unit on site the day of the auction.


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