1. PARTICIPATION - Any member of NR is welcome to participate. If for any reason, a contestant is banned during the contest period, he/she will be disqualified.
2. CONTEST DATES - The start date is June 1. This means that nothing can be added to the tank prior to that date, including water, sand, live rock, etc. The tank may (and in fact should) be leak-tested prior to this date. The end date of the contest is November 30. All entries must be submitted no later than midnight eastern time on December 10.
Starting date picture: On May 29, we will release the name of an item. You must take a picture of your empty tank with this item. This picture must be submitted with your final entry in order to qualify. See #5 below.
3. CATEGORIES AND PRIZES
STOCK: The tank to be used is a JBJ NanoCube 6 in its original form. This means no light upgrades, no cutting, or sawing. The only additional "in-tank" equipment that can be used are heaters. There is no restriction on sandbeds, liverock, or species of livestock used, but entrants are strongly urged to consider what is appropriate for six gallons of water under 18w compact fluorescent lighting (if you are unsure of the requirements for a particular organism, please use the the new nanocube forum to ask!).
OPEN: The tank to be used is a JBJ NanoCube 6. This category is open to allow entrants to excercise their imagination with modifications. Feel free to hack, drill, melt the stock nanocube to your heart's desire. Any external plumbing must not bring the entire system volume over 12 gallons, and the tank must be identifiable as a JBJ NanoCube 6.
Open Grand Prize: Seacrop $150 gift certificate
Stock Grand Prize: NanoCustoms Larnie Edition 12g NanoCube (est. retail value $369.00)
For full descriptions of what is and isn't permitted in each category, see # 6, judging criteria.
4. JUDGING - Each tank will be evaluated by a panel of judges. Judges were selected based on their extensive knowledge of marine aquaria and nanocube systems. All tanks will be given a number score based on the criteria in item # 6. The winner in each category will be the entrant with the highest score. In the event of a tie, the winner will be determined by a popular vote by the membership of Nano-Reef.com. Voting will take place over a one-week period to be announced at the end of the judging period. Only the tanks involved in the tie will be voted on.
5. PREPARING YOUR ENTRY - A forum will be created at the completion of the contest specifically for contest entries. More details on this will be available as the end of the contest nears.
Each entry must be accompanied by a starting date picture (see item #2, contest dates) demonstrating that it was not set up prior to the contest start date. This is in addition to the 10 or 20 images mentioned below.
STOCK CATEGORY - Entrants will be allowed to submit up to 10 digital images of their tank. These images should show the tank's progression over the six months. Each image must be dated and may be accompanied by a description of not more than 20 words. In addition, each entry should include a description of the progression of the tank over the contest period of not more than 500 words. Please include your initial plan for the tank and how it evolved over the six month period.
OPEN CATEGORY - Entrants will be allowed to submit up to 20 digital images of their tank. These images should show the modifications made and the tank's progression over the six months. Each image must be dated and may be accompanied by a description of not more than 20 words. In addition, each entry should include a description of the progression of your tank over the contest period of not more than 500 words. Please include a description of all modifications and your initial plan for the tank and how it evolved over the six month period.