MAS Programs

Annual Show

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. 

Aquarium Expo 1019 recap image
What a day!  Over one thousand visitors attended. Open all day were the atrium with its many booths and live food demos, Marketplace to view and purchase niche products, and of course the two Aquarium Display rooms on the upper level.  Throughout the day we kept a manageable pace with hourly presentations as well local aquarists discussing their fishrooms.  And the hourly raffles drew a crowd each hour.  Here are videos and over one hundred photos to help us remember the day.



View a PDF of the Awards Powerpoint - listing the winning entries.
Now open: Online Registration for Showing Fish/Plants

If you would like to submit a paper form, download the PDF Registation Form here.
Best of Show
Junior Showmaster
Speakers Choice
People’s Choice - Tank
People’s Choice - Fish
Now open:   Online Registration for Showing Fish/Plants

Division A: Community

  • Characins
  • Cyprinids
  • Bettas
  • Livebearers
  • Loaches
  • Rainbowfishes

Division B: Catfishes

  • Corydoras
  • Loricariids
  • All Other Catfishes

Division C: Killifish

  • Aphyosemion
  • Fundulopanchax
  • All Other Killifishes

Division D:   Cichlids

  • Central American
  • South American
  • Lake Malawi
  • New World Dwarf
  • Old World

Division E: Aquarium Strain Cichlids

  • Angelfish
  • Discus –patterned
  • Discus – solid

Division F: Odds and Ends

  • Goldfish and Koi
  • Hybrids
  • Labyrinths
  • North American Native Fishes
  • Any Fish Not Listed Elsewhere

Division G:   Invertebrates

  • Crayfish and Crabs
  • Shrimp
  • Snails

Division H: Plants

  • Ferns, Mosses and Rhizomes
  • Rosettes, Bulbs and Crypts
  • Stemmed Plants

Division I:   Creative/ Artistic

  • Applied Artwork
  • Fine Artwork
  • Photography

Division J:   Aquarium Beautiful

  • Aquascape
  • Community
  • Family Breeder
Our keynote speaker for the Annual Show weekend.  Bill ran the breeding program for 5D tropical fish farm, and he recently returned from a Peru collecting trip.

Bill Shields, a lifelong aquarium fish hobbyist who started keeping fish at the ripe old age of six, grew up in South Florida in the 1950's. During his youth, Bill's entrepreneurial streak had him collecting guppies and mollies from the town park's pond and trading them with the local fish store for other fish and supplies. After college and various jobs, Bill finally started working "officially" in the pet trade as a salesman, store manager and then, finally, general manager of three Docktor Pet Centers in the Harrisburg, PA area. During this time, an invitation to attend and join the Susquehanna Aquarium Society in 1974 became his formal introduction into the organized portion of the hobby. Not long after joining, he became Vice-President , President, and then member of the Board of the Directors; later he was named Hobbyist of the Year in 1976. After joining the American Killifish Association (AKA) in 1974, he realized he had jumped to the next level of the hobby.

After a hiatus from the pet trade--during which he was an elephant handler and midwife for 27 Asian elephant births-- Bill's avocation became his vocation. His aquarium fish expertise earned him a position as a professional fish breeder at 5 -D Tropical Inc, an ornamental fish production and import/export facility, in Plant City, Florida where he worked from 1995 until retirement in 2010. Finding no organized fish club in Tampa, FL, Bill's life came full circle as he and eight other fish keepers founded the Tampa Bay Aquarium Society (TBAS; website: ) in 1992. Bill remains active with the TBAS and other hobbyist organizations. He has served on the committees for two national AKA conventions, in 2000 & 2006, as well as the 2009 North American Native Fish Association (NANFA) and the 15th World Guppy Contest 2015 all held in the Tampa area. In addition, Bill manages the annual Aquarium Beautiful Competition for the Florida State Fair. And as a bucket list trip travelled to Iquitos Peru in 2009 with seven of his long time fish friends and returned in 2017 with his fish friend Brian Skidmore to Puerto Maldanado,Peru going with Go Wild Peru.