STEP 1    Study the FISH SHOW CLASSES until you're sure you understand which fish are expected to be
  placed in each class. Ask questions of other hobbyists and/or the show chair if you have any doubts.
  (The KWAS list is somewhat unusual -- for example 11. Cyprinids. This class is used to lump a large
   number of groups of fish into one class to avoid too many classes -- the notes pretty well explain
  what's covered but you might be left wondering where to put that Redtailed shark -- it's a cyprinid but
   there is a
CLASS 12. Sharks & Loaches. [In this case it should go into class 12.])

STEP 2   Read the rest of the Fish Show Rules and again, make sure you understand them or get clarification.
  For example 9) says to bring your own air valves but doesn't specify whether 2-way or 3 way valves.
  When in doubt always take 3-way valves.

STEP 3  Check out the fish in your tank/s. Eliminate from consideration any with torn fins, missing scales and
  anything that might be considered a 'deformity'. Make a list of the potential entries. (Remember: they
  donít have to be perfect, huge specimens. If you're too fussy you may not find any suitable entries.
They just need to be good looking fish without obvious defects. This is the big list. Before show time
  some of them will have been eliminated (according to Murphy's Law which says that if anything can
  go wrong, it will

STEP 4  Between now and the show it's a good idea to feed your fish a little more generously, (a variety of
  foods), and make partial water changes more frequently but stop feeding the day before the show.

STEP 5  Start collecting the items you'll need for the show:
  Tanks: Most entries will fit in a 1 gal. or 2 gal. show tank. You should use bigger tanks for bigger
  entries such as angel fish that may need a taller tank but bear in mind that a small fish in a large tank
  looks smaller than it actually is. Clean the tanks carefully -- outside and in (including the trim).
  Prepare a lid for each tank that will cover the top with just a small opening in one back corner for
  the airline. Optionally, you may choose some clean gravel just to cover the bottom of the tank, a
  solid coloured tank backing, (construction paper works but make it a colour that enhances the fish
  not the same colour as the fish to be entered in that tank. You may also prepare a small box filter
  if you feel it will be needed, (delicate fish). A mixture of well rinsed carbon and ammonia absorbent
  material sandwiched between 2 layers of filter floss should be very effective.
At least an airstone
  will be needed for all but air breathers such as Anabantids and, perhaps, Cory cats.
  Bucket/s: These should have fitting lids so you can take along as much as possible of the properly
  dechlorinated water that your fish are used to. You will also need at least one bucket to remove
  water from you tanks at tear down. Don't forget a siphon for this job.
  Fish bags: There are a number of ways to get your fish to the show but we often bagged the fish and
  put that bag inside its tank. You will need extra bags and elastics (if you use them) for the return trip.
  A plastic isolation tank comes in handy when rebagging your fish.
  Net/s: Some take great pains to bag their fish without using a net since net marks can show --
  especially on black fish but we found that an old soft net dipped in a solution containing a
  sliming agent such as aloe vera could be used without problems. (When catching the entries for the
  show, be careful not to let them dash themselves on the tank gravel or other objects in the tank.
  A net will also come in handy to remove any fish poop that may be floating around in the tank
  after setup.
  Towel/s: These are absolutely necessary to wipe up spills, wipe off any drips from the outside of
  your tanks, dry your hands, etc.
  Airline: The length you take will depend on how many entries you have but always take a bit more
  than you think you will need. The nearest line you can cut your air valve into may be a bit farther away.
  Kit: Valves -- one for each entry that needs air. Scissors or a knife to cut the line into which you will
  put your air valve and to cut your airline to the appropriate length. Airstones -- one for each entry that
  needs air and a couple of extras just in case. A bottle of your regular dechlorinator to use in any extra
  water that is needed. Scotch tape -- to attach the entry tag to each of your entries. A pen -- to fill out your
  entry form etc. Optionally, a shopping bag to carry away the plaques you might win.

STEP 6  Get to the fishroom early enough, (entries will be accepted a 9 o'clock for the KWAS show), so that
  you can enjoy the process and the sharing and camaraderie that always develops with fellow
  show entering hobbyists. You can also feel good about helping to make the show successful. (Putting on a
  show and having only a few entries feels like throwing a party and nobody comes.

by Tom & Pat Bridges