Auction Rules Print
Written by Alan Dunne   
Sunday, 10 March 2013 09:43

Auction Guide Lines


The welfare of all livestock offered for sale is of paramount importance. This includes fish, shrimps and snails.  Please ensure that all livestock is healthy prior to sale and correctly bagged. Bags must be of a suitable size and grade. In particular catfish and loaches should be double-bagged.
In the interests of welfare we will make every effort to advise and assist in the re-bagging of lots but reserve the right to remove unsuitable lots from the auction.
Lots must be transported and sold from suitable polystyrene or insulated boxes. The boxes may remain the property of the seller or be offered for sale.
If fish are bagged the night before the auction it is imperative that they are maintained at a suitable temperature. There should be sufficient air space in the bags or containers.  With the exception of cold water fish such as goldfish lots deemed to be too cold will be removed from the auction.

Non-native plants

Where plants are offered that are known to cause problems in the natural environment the sale will be discouraged.

CITES listings

We will not knowingly accept any livestock for sale that is included on any CITES listing.

Tank Busters

The auctioneer reserves the right not to sell any fish that are deemed to be tank-busting species.

Labelling & Lot Numbers

Wherever possible lots offered for sale should be clearly and correctly labelled. 
Sellers should take special care to ensure that the correct lot numbers are adhered to their items.

Membership & Registration

To participate in the auction you must be a member of the Association of Aquarists, an affiliated Association or a member club. Alternatively you must purchase either a full or day membership.
All bidders must register and receive a bidder number.

Bidder’s responsibilities

No bidder will be sold livestock unless they have a poly box or suitable insulated container to place the fish into whilst the auction is in progress.  Wherever possible the auction team will endeavour to have excess polystyrene boxes for sale at a set fee of £2 at the start of the auction.
Bidders must ensure that they are bidding for the correct lot number. Once sold the purchase is final and cannot be entered back into the auction. It is the bidder’s responsibility to view and select the lots they will bid for. The auctioneering team will not be held responsible for mis-identified lots.

Seller’s responsibilities

To ensure that all items offered for sale clearly correspond to the auction listing and are correctly numbered.  Ideally all lots offered for sale will be clearly labelled.
Where multiple fish are being offered as one lot more than one bag can be used to accommodate the fish (it is the seller’s responsibility to ensure any multiple bags are tied together).
Electrical equipment offered for sale must be in working order. The auction team cannot accept responsibility for any electrical items sold in the auction as they are ‘sold as seen’.  Where electrical items do not appear to be safe the auction team will remove them from the auction.
Electrical items that are not working or have parts missing must be clearly labelled with what the fault is or sold  ‘for spares’.


If you plan on bidding please arrive early enough to register and arrange your day membership.

The auction lots will go up in set increments – 25p up to £5, 50p up to £10 and in £1 increments thereafter.

In order to accommodate the number of bidders within the auction there will be a minimum of 30 minutes at the end of the auction for accounts to be printed and checked prior to accounts being settled.  We will call bidders individually in order to avoid the usual stampede at the end. We will make every attempt to minimise this delay. During this time we will hold the raffle.

Whether buying or selling please read these guide lines carefully and always act in the best interests of the welfare of your lots.