Annual show

These are the classes for the 2017 MAS Show. The sponsors for each division/class are listed. To sponsor a class send a request to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Division A Community - sponsored by Meyer Construction
 1. Characins

 2. Cyprinid – all others

 3. Betta - aquarium strains

 4. Livebearers - wild type

 5. Livebearers - aquarium strain guppies - sponsored by Jan Carlson

 6. Livebearers – aquarium strain non guppies - sponsored by TNT Farm

 7. Rainbowfishes - sponsored by

 8. Community tank - sponsored by Meyer Construction

 9. Loaches

Division B Catfish - sponsored by Rich Smaciarz

10. Loricariids -  sponsored by Lenny Ancheta

11. Corydoras - sponsored by Mike Paskeuric

12. All other catfishes - sponsored by TNT Farm

Division C Killifish - sponsored by Minnesota Killie Keepers Association MKKA

13. Aphyosemion - sponsored by Andrew Bogott

14. Fundulopanchex - sponsored by Charles Ekstedt Sr.

15. All other Killifishes - sponsored by Milo Squires Division

Division D Cichlids - sponsered by Brad Swanson

16. South American – including wild type angel and discus - sponsored by Pure Fish Works

17. Central American - sponsored by Pure Fish Works

18. New World dwarf - parents no larger than 3 inches - sponsored by Jan Carlson

19. Lake Malawi - sponsored by Bob Randall

20. Old World not listed elsewhere - sponsored by Bob Randall

Division E Aquarium strain cichlids only - sponsored by Willie Loh

21. Angelfish - sponsored by Willie Loh

22. Discus – solids

23. Discus - striated - sponsored by Willie Loh

24. Discus -spotted

Division F Odds and Ends

25. Goldfish and Koi - aquarium strains

26. Hybrids

27. Hybrids - Flowerhorn - sponsored by Underwater Dreams

28. Brackish and Marine

29. Labyrinth - sponsored by Phil Marlow

30. North America native fish - sponsored by Jenny Kruckenberg

31. Any fish not listed elsewhere

32. Family breeder - parents with fry - sponsored by TNT Farm

33. Invertebrates - all other

34. Invertebrates - crayfish and shrimp - sponsored by Teresa Seaberg


Division G Plants - sponsored by Clark Orlaska

35 Rooted

36. Stemmed

Division H Creative/Artistic

37. Aquascape - sponsored by Teresa Seaberg

38. Artwork - Fine - sponsored by Pure Fish Works

39. Artwork - Applied - sponsored by Pure Fish Works

40. Photography media - sponsored by

Classes (notes to exhibitors)

SHOW FISH: This class is for a single specimen or small group of a fish species. A species entry must be wild type. If the entry is not a species fish, there are classes for aquarium strains and hybrids. Judging is based on size, appropriate morphology and color, deportment, health.

SHOW PLANT:This class will be limited one judged fish species and up to four easily identified judged aquatic plants. Fish may be included in the display to help show off the plant. NOTE: poor quality fish can detract from the overall effect of the plant resulting in a lower score. Plants will be judged on such qualities as size, condition, color and applicable environment.

COMMUNITY: Entries in this class contain a variety of species (at least three). Judging is based on such quantities as: variety of colors, shapes, sizes and lifestyles. Also considered are compatibility and appropriateness (such as shared water requirements).

FAMILY/BREEDER: A family entry shows parental care with all members in the same tank. A breeder entry shows fry separated from parents by a divider, in both cases, the display must include the parents and their fry. Points are awarded only to the parents, but points may be docked for poor quality fry or an inadequate number of fry from a species spawn size.


1. Discus parents are remarkable and score 95 but the fry appear deformed. Judge reduces score to 75. This entry would benefit from culling deformed fry. However, if all the fry are deformed, it would be best not to enter this class.

2. Angel fish are remarkable and score a 98 but there are less than 20 fry at 0.25 inches. Judge reduces score to 68 because of an inadequate number of fry for this entry.

CREATIVE/ARTISTIC - : These exhibits must be the work of the exhibitor and should relate to the aquarium hobby.

Aquascape is a class that is open to an artist perceptions. Any fish, plant, container, décor, lighting or any other material may or may not be used by an artist. Use of fish and plants need in an aquascaped exhibit must be a sustainable exhibit.

Fine art is created primarily for aesthetic value and includes paintings, sculpture, etc. Fine art is never used for anything other than display to stimulate thought by the onlooker.

Applied art is created as an object that may be used for a purpose. Applied art may never actually be placed into use but it could be. Applied art has aesthetic value that may stimulate a viewer just as fine art may. Examples are painted glassware, purses, towels, quilts, fish bowls.

An exhibitor may chose applied art class for a decorated bowl with fish vs aquascape if the primary objective is for viewer to see decorated bowl vs the entire display as a work of art.