I see. But they do have pedigree with bloodlines etc don't they??
I guess you don't have registration like cats and dogs either. This is very interesting. I can understand why the merit would go to the breeder because it takes a great deal of knowledge and probably lots of instinct involved in just choosing the right fish and mating them together. With so many different genetics for colors, shapes and patterns, it must be a real challenge to breed something predictable and beautiful for showing.
AS for me, I leave this to the breeders as they are doing a great job on it, and I buy the fish I love to enjoy it as a pet. You said the fish on Aquabid are not of show quality...if so, I can't imagine how beautiful a show quality fish is because some of those on Aquabid are extremely beautiful to my untrained eye!