The IBC would like to invite you to join our organization or renew your membership. Individuals who join the IBC will have access to premium features not available to the public. These features are*:

  • FLARE! magazine (current and back issues)
  • Members-only area of the IBC Forum
  • Members-only area of this website
  • Access to our IBC Trading Post (located on Facebook)
  • Access to our large Technical Assistance library
  • Access to the Membership Handbook, IBC Show Standards and historical show documents
  • 10% discount on purchases at the IBC Store

The IBC has 2 levels of membership, electronic and paper. If you join at the electronic level, all your documents and color issues of FLARE! are located right here on the website.  Links to these files and pages will be provided on the purchase confirmation page.

All new members will receive a welcome letter and membership card by postal mail. Paper memberships will also receive the documents listed below by mail:

  • Our Membership Handbook
  • IBC Exhibition Standards
  • “Bettas: A Beginner’s Guide” written by Bill Hoerner
  • Our “How to Ship Fish” info sheet

* With the exception of Corresponding members who only receive a copy of the mailed FLARE!

If you prefer to pay your dues by check or money order, please print out and complete the membership form found at the link below. Send it and your payment to the address on the form. Don’t forget to include your email address if you would like access to the member’s only section of this website.


Please contact before you send in your payment. Due to the IBC’s non-profit status you must use a pre-approved agent to relay your dues to our PayPal account.


Choose your membership option below to register or renew.

Electronic Membership with Color FLARE!

Paper Membership with black & white *NEW FULL COLOR* mailed issue of FLARE!

  • $35 Individual (North America only)
  • $37 Family (North America only)
  • $40 Individual (all other areas)
  • $42 Family (all other areas)
  • $29 Junior (16 yrs and under; all locations)
  • $50 Corresponding (fish hobby organizations and commercial entities)
  • $500 Lifetime Membership (for individuals and families only)
*Please note that a family membership refers to all members of a family that live at the same address. Please provide all family member names and emails for each if available. You can send this information to