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MAS run several aquarium-related programs open to all members.  These programs are designed to keep any aquarist interested, engaged, and challenged year-round.  Each program is staffed by volunteers,

Each year MAS holds an annual tropical fish show  
  • Aquarists bring their best fish and tanks for display.  These are categorized into classes and judges assign 1st-2nd-3rd with each placing entry receiving an award and public recognition. 
  • Special show speakers deliver presentaitons, some for the beginer and some for the advanced aquarist.
  • Aquarium equipment and goods are raffled throughout the weekend.
  • The public is invited to view the displays
  • Everyone is encouraged to mingle and gain inspiration from the local aquarium community.

 

Typically the annual show is held in the Spring (late March or April).  the event is free and open to the public.

The next Annual Show is scheduled for April 11th & 12th, 2015.  The pages in this section will be updated with 2015 information as the event draws closer. 

online auction pressing buttonCurrently, during the social distancing era, we are developing an online auctioning system allowing aquarists to list and bid on fish and plants.  Bidding occurs during select weeks (once every two or three months).  On the Saturday after bidding stops, we include a distribution service for sellers to drop off their bags and buyers to pick up their items -- all while providing for social distancing.  As these auction dates approach, each of these events will be posted on this website's home page, with links to details about selling and buying.

Prior to 2020, MAS held day-long, in-person auctions – three each year.

Breeders' Award Program exists to encourage members of the aquarium society to breed fish and share knowledge concerning the spawning and rearing of fish. Additionally, it provides the means to recognize the achievements of society members concerning the breeding of fish, to promote an interest in and make available a wider variety of fish. Finally, BAP seeks to make more members active participants in the society.

 ...New as of November 2018:
Any participant of BAP may bring one extra bag each month of fry or breeders of a species he/she has previously BAPed.  (Likewise for HAP.)  This bag will be auctioned during the BAP/HAP auction, and the seller will receive 50% of the selling price.  The intent of this allowance is to provide more member access to member-bred species, and for the breeder to pass on additional fry or the adult breeders to fellow MAS members.  Such bags do not qualify for any BAP points, awards, credit toward membership, or anything beyond the 50% split. Additional bags of the same species may be donated during the month of its BAP, but a split is offered only on one bag and for a species BAP'ed in a previous month. Note: the one bag applies to either one BAP bag or one HAP bag, but not both the same month.

The BAP Committee consists of the BAP Chairman, the BAP Data Keeper and additional club members as designated by the Board of Directors.

The Horticulturist Award Program (HAP) was established to recognize achievement in growing and reproducing aquatic plants. It is hoped that it will also help to gather knowledge about plants with the ultimate goal of making the hobby more successful and interesting for everyone.

The Minnesota Aquarium Society (MAS) is a nationally recognized, award winning member of the Horticultural Award Program of the Federation of American Aquarium Societies. The Horticulturist Award Program rewards participants with points for the propagation and flowering of aquatic plants.

 ...New as of November 2018:
Any participant of HAP may bring one extra bag each month of a plant species that he/she has previously HAPed.  (or for BAP, a bag of fry or breeding adults.)  This bag will be auctioned during the BAP/HAP auction, and the seller will receive 50% of the selling price.  The intent of this allowance is to provide more member access to member-propagated species, and for the horticulturist to pass on excess plants of interesting species to fellow MAS members.  Such bags do not qualify for any HAP points, awards, credit toward membership, or anything beyond the 50% split. Additional bags of the same species may be donated during the month of its HAP, but a split is offered only on one bag and for a species HAP'ed in a previous month. Note: the one bag applies to either one HAP bag or one BAP bag, but not both the same month.

These points are recorded and used to determine the level of distinction that will be awarded to the HAP Participant. In addition to these cumulative awards, two annual awards are given, "Rookie Horticulturist of the Year" and "Horticulturist of the Year". HAP points also earn book points that can be redeemed for free aquatic books.

The Minnesota Aquarium Society uses the Book Points Program to recognize participants in BAP, HAP, and the Bowl Show as well as those delivering presentations at the monthly meeting.  Accrued book points my be used for reimbursement of books, programs, and memberships that are deemed educational in the area of aquaria and aquatic life.

At the beginning of 2017 the Book Points Program was replaced.  This program originated in the '90s as recognition for BAP and HAP submissions.  It was a time when MAS had special access to books and when books were the main source of education.  For a number of reasons, this program incurred increasing debt and was no longer effective in its original goals.

As a replacement, the value of the original program is now managed by the BAP and HAP programs.  To maintain the educational value and incentive of the original program, members who submit BAP and HAP bags will receive credit toward their membership in MAS.

Those with a book points balance who would like to redeem them for books (or memberships in other aquarium-related groups) should redeem them by the end of 2018.  Come 2019 book point balances will no longer be maintained.  Please contact the BAP or HAP chairs for more information about redemption.