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Judging Male Guppy Tank Entries to IFGA Standards

By Bryan Chin and Stan Shubel

Introduction

This article focuses on judging male tank entries as per the IFGA standard. A tank entry is defined as two matching males in its appropriate color class. In this article pictures of tank entries will be pointed out to demonstrate how judging is done. Thanks to Stan Shubel for working with me to create this article.

Be sure to reference the IFGA Judging Standard available to IFGA members on the www.ifga.org website to better understand how these guppies are judged. Pointing IFGA guppies is challenging and is well known by those who take the visual judging test. This article can help those working towards being a judge, and picking the right males for breeding and competition.

Judging Tank Entries

Though actual judging is done visually it is based on the following pointing system:

  1. When judging a tank entry each male is judged individually and pointed out to the IFGA point system for males.
  2. The points for each male are then added together. For example male A = 80 pts. + male B = 75pts. With 155 points as the total.
  3. The next step is to determine the matching points of the tank entry. The IFGA standard states that there are an additional 20 points for matching and are broken down as follows:
    1. Matching Tail = 8 pts Matching Body =6 pts Matching Dorsal = 6 pts
    2. Each category will take into consideration how well the color, size, and shape match each other.
  4. The total tank entry points are determined as follows:
    1. Male A + Male B + Matching = Total tank entry points

Visual Judging

At IFGA shows judging is done visually and deliberated between 3 judges to decide the top 4 winners. This article demonstrates how point system works and what the visual judging is based on. One useful exercise is to judge the placements of the three tanks of guppies in this article visually and then view the points’ standings.

Red guppy Tank Judging Multi color guppy Tank judging green tank guppy judging

 

Judging Color

Color is broken down into density and intensity. Density is the amount of color that adheres to the color class it is entered in. Intensity is the brightness of the color that adheres to the color class. For example if a green guppy only has 50% of the tail that is green and other half is black is can only have half of the points for density. The intensity of color can only be pointed for the amount of color that is green in the tail. In judging a tank entry the color quality of both fish must be taken into consideration in pointing the entry.

Judging Size

For size points the body length of one of the males in the tank entry will be stated since the judging is done from photographs. From the body length the tail size and dorsal size can be determined by comparison.

Tan Entry 1 Color and Size Points

Red guppies tank entry

Tank 1 - Red (Color & Shape)

Tail Color
Male A
Male B
A+B
Density
(6 pts.)
3
 
5
 
8
Intensity
(6 pts.)
3
 
4
 
7
Total
6
 
9
 
15
Dorsal Color
Male A
Male B
A+B
Density
(4 pts.)
2
 
2
 
4
Intensity
(4 pts.)
2
 
3
 
4
Total
4
 
5
 
9
Body Color
Male A
Male B
A+B
Density
(4 pts.)
3
 
2
 
5
Intensity
(4 pts.)
2
 
3
 
5
Total
5
 
5
 
10
Tail Size
Male A
Male B
A+B

1 ¼ inch length for Max. pts
(11 pts.)

8
Assume 7/8” body to determine tail.
6
Assume 1” body to determine tail.
Comment: Tail is short, not 1:1.
14
Dorsal Size
Male A
Male B
A+B

15/16 inch length for Max. pts
 (8 pts.)

6
 
5
 
11
Body Size
Male A
Male B
A+B

1 ¼ inch length for Max. pts
(8 pts.)

5
Assume 7/8” body.
6
Assume 7/8” body.
11

 

Tank Entry 2 Color and Size Points

Multicolor guppy Tank entry

Tank 2 - Multi (Color & Shape)

Tail Color
Male A
Male B
A+B
Density
(6 pts.)
3
Comments: Tail color not evenly distributed
3
Comments: Tail color not evenly distributed
6
Intensity
(6 pts.)
3
 
3
 
6
Total
6
 
6
 
12
Dorsal Color
Male A
Male B
A+B
Density
(4 pts.)
2
 
1
 
3
Intensity
(4 pts.)
3
 
1
 
4
Total
5
 
2
 
7
Body Color
Male A
Male B
A+B
Density
(4 pts.)
2
 
3
 
5
Intensity
(4 pts.)
2
 
2
 
4
Total
4
 
5
 
9
Tail Size
Male A
Male B
A+B

1 ¼ inch length for Max. pts
(11 pts.)

9
Assume 1” body to determine tail.
8
Assume 7/8” body to determine tail.
17
Dorsal Size
Male A
Male B
A+B

15/16 inch length for Max. pts
 (8 pts.)

6
 
5
 
11
Body Size
Male A
Male B
A+B

1 ¼ inch length for Max. pts
(8 pts.)

6
Assume 1” body to determine tail.
5
Assume 7/8” body to determine tail.
11


 


Tank Entry 3 Color and Size Points

Green guppy tank entry

Tank 3 - Green (Color & Shape)

Tail Color
Male A
Male B
A+B
Density
(6 pts.)
5
 
5
 
10
Intensity
(6 pts.)
3
 
4
 
7
Total
8
 
9
 
17
Dorsal Color
Male A
Male B
A+B
Density
(4 pts.)
3
 
3
 
6
Intensity
(4 pts.)
2
 
2
 
4
Total
5
 
5
 
10
Body Color
Male A
Male B
A+B
Density
(4 pts.)
2
 
2
 
4
Intensity
(4 pts.)
2
 
2
 
4
Total
4
 
4
 
8
Tail Size
Male A
Male B
A+B

1 ¼ inch length for Max. pts
(11 pts.)

8
Comments: Assume 1” body to determine tail.
9
Comments: Assume 7/8” body to determine tail.
17
Dorsal Size
Male A
Male B
A+B

15/16 inch length for Max. pts
 (8 pts.)

4
 
5
 
9
Body Size
Male A
Male B
A+B

1 ¼ inch length for Max. pts
(8 pts.)

6
Comments: Assume 1” body to determine tail.
6
Comments: Assume 7/8” body to determine tail.
12

 

 

 

Judging the Shape

Outlines were used on each guppy to help show how close the shape proportion requirements are met. The illustration below shows the proportions.

Shape representation for judging guppies

 

Tank Entry 1 Shape Points

Red guppy tank entry shape judging

Tank 1 - Red (Shape)

Tail Shape
Male A
Male B
A+B
Angle
(5 pts.)
3
 
3
 
6
Shape
(5 pts.)
4
 
2
Comments: Missing ~ 1/3 trailing edge in center.
6
Total
7
 
5
 
12
Dorsal Shape
Male A
Male B
A+B

3-to-1 shape
 (5 pts.)

4
 
4
 
8
Body Shape
Male A
Male B
A+B

Overall and peduncle 3-to-2 shape
(5 pts.)

4
 
4
 
8

 

 


Tank Entry 2 Shape Points

Multicolor guppy tank entry shape judging

Tank 2 - Multi (Shape)

Tail Shape
Male A
Male B
A+B
Angle
(5 pts.)
1
Comments: Over 90 degrees. When > 70 degrees, tail shape gets 1 point.
1
Comments: Over 90 degrees. When > 70 degrees, tail shape gets 1 point.
2
Shape
(5 pts.)
2
Comments: Overall including trailing edge.
3
Comments: Overall including trailing edge.
5
Total
3
 
4
 
7
Dorsal Shape
Male A
Male B
A+B

3-to-1 shape
 (5 pts.)

4
 
3
 
7
Body Shape
Male A
Male B
A+B

Overall and peduncle 3-to-2 shape
(5 pts.)

4
 
3
 
7

 

 

Tank Entry 3 Shape Points

Green Guppy tank entry shape judging

Tank 3 - Green (Shape)

Tail Shape
Male A
Male B
A+B
Angle
(5 pts.)
1
Comments: Over 90 degrees. When > 70 degrees, tail shape gets 1 point.
1
Comments: Over 90 degrees. When > 70 degrees, tail shape gets 1 point.
2
Shape
(5 pts.)
2
Comments: Overall including trailing edge.
2
Comments: Overall including trailing edge.
4
Total
3
 
3
 
6
Dorsal Shape
Male A
Male B
A+B

3-to-1 shape
 (5 pts.)

3
 
4
 
7
Body Shape
Male A
Male B
A+B

Overall and peduncle 3-to-2 shape
(5 pts.)

4
 
4
 
8

 

Matching

The IFGA standard states that there are an additional 20 points for matching and are broken down as follows:

  1. Matching Tail = 8 pts     Matching Body =6 pts     Matching Dorsal = 6 pts
  2. Each category will take into consideration how well the color, size, and shape match each other.

Red guppy tank entry Multicolor guppy tank entryGreen guppy tank entry

 

Tank Entry Matching

Tank 1 - Red
Tail (8 pts.)
5
Comments: Color (shade), shape, and size mismatch.
Body (6 pts.)
4
Comments: Color and size mismatch.
Dorsal (6 pts.)
3
Comments: Shape mismatch.
Total
12
 
Tank 2 - Multi
Tail (8 pts.)
5
Comments: Color(pattern & density) and shape mismatch.
Body (6 pts.)
4
Comments: Shape  and size mismatch.
Dorsal (6 pts.)
3
Comments: Shape  and color mismatch.
Total
12
 
Tank 3 - Green
Tail (8 pts.)
7
Comments: Shape mismatch.
Body (6 pts.)
4
Comments: Slight mismatch for color and shape.
Dorsal (6 pts.)
4
Comments: Shape and size mismatch.
Total
15
 

 

Summary

Below is a summary of the points. To further judge the guppies the body size point estimate is given from what I remember (the guppies are mine).  From the body size, tail and dorsal size point can be estimated. Condition, deportment and symmetry are pointed in the table below as they appeared in the photo.

 

Tank 1 - Red

Tank 2 - Multi

Tank 3 - Green

Tail Color
15
12
17
Dorsal Color
9
7
10
Body Color
10
9
8
Color Total
34
28
35
 
Tail Shape
12
7
6
Dorsal Shape
8
7
7
Body Shape
8
7
8
Shape Total
28
21
21
 
Body Size (est.)
11
11
12
Tail Size (est.)
14
17
17
Dorsal Size (est.)
11
11
9
Size Total
36
39
38
 
Tail Condition  (8 pts)
4+4=8
3+3=6
4+4=8
Dorsal Condition (6 pts)
3+3=6
3+3=6
3+3=6
Body Condition (10 pts)
4+4=8
4+4=8
4+4=8
Deportment (10 pts)
4+4=8
4+4=8
4+4=8
Symmetry (16 pts)
6+3=9
6+5=11
6+6=12

Condition/Deportment/Symmetry Total

39
39
42
 
Body Match
5
5
7
Dorsal Match
4
4
4
Tail Match
3
3
4
Match Total
12
12
15
 
Grand Total
149
139
151

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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