Annual show

1              Entry Information

  • 1.1 Anyone may enter the show, provided they fully comply with MAS and site rules and procedures
  • 1.2 All entries must be the property of the exhibitor
  • 1.3 There is no limit to total entries by a single exhibitor, however, each individual entry can be submitted to only one class
  • 1.4 Responsibility is on the exhibitor to correctly classify their entries, however, the Show Chair/Committee may reclassify entries if deemed necessary
  • 1.5 Each entry must be placed in a separate tank, except where:
    • 1.5.1 All fish are in the same class and the tank is divided
    • 1.5.2 One entry is livestock and the other entry is a plant
  • 1.6 Multiple individuals of a species (livestock or plant) may be submitted as a single entry to improve display, however, judges can use one, several, or all of the individuals in the display at their discretion during judging
  • 1.7 Aquatic plants must be displayed as they are grown (emergent plants may not be displayed submersed)
  • 1.8 No sick or deformed livestock may be displayed by an exhibitor
    • 1.8.1 The Show Chair/Committee may remove any livestock that deformed/sick/dying/dead livestock
    • 1.8.2 The Show Chair/Committee will take reasonable action to preserve the life of any livestock in the display, including removal of entries from competition
  • 1.9 Nothing may be added to or removed from the display between 11:00pm Friday until judging has concluded at noon Saturday, with exception for rule 1.8.1 and 1.8.2
  • 1.10 All exhibitors are responsible for any items brought to the site
  • 1.11 Violations of any of the rules above or below are grounds for removal of submissions and potential dismissal of exhibitors if deemed necessary by the Show Chair/Committee
  • 1.12 All exhibitors and other participants understand that MAS, the Show Chair/Committee, and any other associated with the show, shall not be held liable for accidents, loss, or damage to equipment or entries

2              Exhibitor Displays

  • 2.1 All aquatic entries must be displayed in flat-sided containers of good clarity – other tank shapes are accepted in the Creative/Artistic division only
  • 2.2 MAS labels are the only allowed information that can be displayed on or around competition tanks, with exception of:
    • 2.2.1 Text or illustration intended for the public – this may be added to the bottom edge following the conclusion of judging
    • 2.2.2 Reference materials on uncommon species – the exhibitor must notify the Show Chair/Committee and place on the provided reference materials table (see rule 5.5)
    • 2.2.3 The Show Chair/Committee may remove any material deemed to be inappropriate
  • 2.3 The following items are required for all displayed submissions, except for entries to the Creative/Artistic division:
    • 2.3.1 A tank background consisting of opaque or solid material (Killifish/Betta classes exempt)
    • 2.3.2 A lid or cover fitting the aquarium – plastic wrap is not allowed
    • 2.3.3 Lighting for each display (Killifish classes exempt)
  • 2.4 MAS will provide access to the following equipment
    • 2.4.1 Electricity – each display will have guaranteed access to two outlets
    • 2.4.2 Air – each display will have guaranteed access to one airflow nozzle, but is responsible for bringing airline (six feet or more is recommended) and filters
    • 2.4.3 Water – water will be available on site, but can be brought by the exhibitor; MAS does not warrant the suitability of the water available
    • 2.4.4 Display Rack - each display will be provided space fitting within the restrictions of the Tank Size Guidelines (see rule 3.1)
  • 2.5 Gravel, sand, or other substrate is not required but is strongly recommended
  • 2.6 Heaters are not required but are recommended as the room temperature may fluctuate

3              Tank Size Guidelines

  • 3.1 MAS provided racks can support tanks up to 12 inches deep (or less) and up to 30 gallons
    • 3.1.1 15, 20, or 29/30 gallon tanks that are 12 inches deep must be placed on the top row
    • 3.1.2 10 gallon tanks that are 10 inches deep may be placed either on the top or bottom row
    • 3.1.3 Tanks smaller than 10 gallons must be placed on the bottom row
    • 3.1.4 40 or 55 gallon tanks 12 inches deep may be used on the top level of the rack if prior permission from the Show Chair/Committee is sought and is accepted
  • 3.2 Any single species competition tank must be 30 gallons or less regardless of the number of fish included in the display
  • 3.3 Unusual dimension or large tanks may be used for display but the exhibitor must provide their own stand – these must conform to rule 3.2, rule 1.5.1, or rule 2.1
  • 3.4 Violation of these guidelines may exclude an exhibitor's tank from competition and the exhibitor may be asked to remove their display under certain circumstances

4              Junior Entries

  • 4.1 Juniors must be 17 or younger as of the first day of the month of the show
  • 4.2 Entry forms must be marked a "Junior Participation Entry"
  • 4.3 Junior entries compete with all other entries for non-junior awards (rules 6.4.1 – 6.4.6)
  • 4.4 Junior entries will have select junior-only competition (rules 6.4.7, 6.4.8)

5              Judging

  • 5.1 Judges will attempt to judge each entry during allotted time and according to judging criteria
  • 5.2 Judges may, at their own discretion; move/remove tank contents as necessary to judge any entry
  • 5.3 Judges retain the right to lower marks or not judge an entry if there are not able to adequately or thoroughly do so
  • 5.4 Exhibitors are not allowed to discuss entries with judges before or during the judging process
  • 5.5 A table for reference material for rare/uncommon species will be provided for all exhibitors
    • 5.5.1 The exhibitor must notify the Show Chair/Committee if materials are included for judging
    • 5.5.2 The Show Chair/Committee will notify judges this material is available
    • 5.5.3 Judges retain the right to use or not use this reference material as they see fit
  • 5.6 In the case of ties, all judges will be asked to re judge only fish that are tied
  • 5.7 Judges decisions are final


6              Awards

  • 6.1 Awards will be announced and presented at the Saturday evening Awards Banquet
  • 6.2 First, second and third place awards will be given for each class
  • 6.3 First place awards will be given for each division
  • 6.4 Awards will be given for show-wide categories
    • 6.4.1 Best in Show - awarded for the display with the highest ranking entry
    • 6.4.2 Reserve Best in Show - awarded for the runner-up display to Best in Show
    • 6.4.3  People's Choice Best Fish - awarded to the most popular fish entry as voted on by attendees
    • 6.4.4 People's Choice Best Tank - awarded to the most popular display as voted on by attendees
    • 6.4.5 Show Master - awarded to the MAS exhibitor with the highest cumulative placing points combined with the total number of competition entries
    • 6.4.6 Junior Show Master - awarded to the junior MAS exhibitor with the highest cumulative placing points
    • 6.4.7 Junior Member Awards - awarded to the top three entries overall by junior MAS members
    • 6.4.8 Junior Participation Awards - awarded to all juniors who submit entries regardless of their membership status with MAS

7              Dealer Displays

  • 7.1 Dealers will be allotted space to bring displays as deemed appropriate by the Show Chair/Committee
  • 7.2 Dealer displays are not subject to rule sections 2 or 3 unless they will be included on the MAS provided rack or as a competition entry
  • 7.3 Signs, advertising or literature may be included under certain restrictions
    • 7.3.1 Any material is in the immediate vicinity of the display
    • 7.3.2 Signs or advertising do not exceed the size of the tank (without special approval)
  • 7.4 Ultimately, the Show Chair/Committee has final authority on what counts as dealer display and what is appropriate display material at the show
  • 7.5 The Show Chair/Committee reserves the right to excuse any dealer displays if deemed inappropriate

8              Classes (notes to exhibitors)


SHOW FISH: This class is for a single specimen 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 to a single species of aquatic plant. 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. Examples: 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.