The 2004 Annual Show and Auction
Updated June 19, 2004

Show Winners!
Click here to see who took top honors at the 2004 Annual Show!

Get your Best Fish Ready – The Show is Coming!
Friday, April 23 – Sunday, April 25, 2004

MASI's 44th Annual Show and Auction @ The Stratford Inn (800 S. Highway Drive, Fenton, MO 63026 636-343-5757) in Fenton. Click here for a map and directions.

Come to the show, if for nothing else to talk to Ray Lucas, spokesperson for a ton of aquarium products. He’ll show you what’s new in the industry with his manufacturer’s displays. AND if you like some of those products, and I'm sure you will, hang around for our auction on Sunday and you can bid on those items.

The Stratford Inn is offering a special price on a block of rooms for our out of town guests. There are a block of 10 rooms at the present reserved for MASI. The special price that we were able to get for a room with two double beds is $40. These rooms are reserved under the name "Missouri Aquarium Society". If you ask for MASI rates or SLAKA rates that won't work! All of the rooms reserved are non-smoking except for the one we have already reserved for one of our speakers. If you require a smoking room I would suggest that you call as soon as possible to line something up with them. If we get more rooms filled up than we have already reserved we can go back and ask for more. I would strongly advise that you get these reservations in as soon as possible. Deadline for booking is April 15th.

21 Class All Species Show
Setup Friday afternoon and evening - See Rules, Classes, and Entry Form

Also, the Saint Louis Area Killifish Association (SLAKA) twelfth annual killifish show will be held in conjunction with MASI's show. There will be 11 classes with awards to third place in each class, plus a Best in Show, Best Old World, and Best New World. Show classes will be: New World Annuals, Rivulus, All other New World, Kathetys and Mesoaphyosemions, Archaphyosemions, Fundulopanchax Gardneri, All Other Fundulopanchax, Nothobranchius, All other Old World, Breeding Groups, and Stud Males (not eligible for Best of Show or KHY points). Show Chairman: Jack Heller, 484 Whitree Lane, Chesterfield, MO 63017, phone: (636) 532-4210, e-mail: Entry fee $1.00 per entry, entry fee waived for mail-ins. Send mail-ins to Trevor Meyer, 908 Winslow Drive, Belleville, IL 62223, phone: (618) 398-0843. Mail-ins will be accepted no later than Friday, April 22, 2004. ** MASI members should note that SLAKA provides flat sided bare tanks for your entries. There will also be treated water on site but it is recommended that you bring as much of your own water as possible to avoid any adverse reactions to differing water conditions.**

46-Gallon Tank Raffle
46-gallon Bowfront Tank, Canopy, Light, and Cabinet Stand with Rena Filstar XP canister filter, Python No Spill Clean and Fill, $50 gift certificate to Arnold Pet Palace, $50 gift certificate to Exotic Aquatics, And foods, T-shirts, and much More, Total Retail value over $700.00! To be drawn on Sunday April 25, 2004 at the end of the Annual Show Auction.

A big "thank you" to all of our donors! Please support them with your business as they support the hobby! - All Glass Aquarium - Rena - Python Products - Arnold Pet Palace - Exotic Aquatics manufacturers sponsoring Ray "Kingfish" Lucas.

Speakers (click on names to view bios)
10:00 a.m.
Mike Hellweg - "The First Family Aquarium" This is a talk geared for children AND their parents to help them understand what they will need to make that first aquarium a lasting joy. It has been rumored that "Goldfish Man" will be on hand afterwards to hand out "fishy" treats to the children. A raffle will be held - kids only, and someone will go away with a very cool prize!

11:15 a.m.
"Killifish - Their Care and Maintenance" featuring Dr. Charles Harrison on water quality in the fish room, Dr. Nevin Aspinwall on general and species of killifishes, and Jack Heller on breeding and raising killifish, live food maintenance and fish room management techniques.

12:30 p.m. -1:30 p.m.

1:45 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.
Mark Schmidt - "Winning at Fish Shows"

3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Lee Finley - "Loricariidae (plecos) - An Introduction to Feeding and Breeding"
Visit Lee's site at

Banquet Saturday
6:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. - cocktail hour, with buffet style dinner starting at 6:45 pm - Stratford Inn $20 per person.
Cash Bar $1.50 draft, $2 bottle, $3 mixed, $4 top shelf
Includes Vegetable Tray and Dip, Cheese Tray & Crackers

Roast Round of Beef
Chicken Breast - Baked with Lemon Pepper sauce
Parsley Buttered Potatoes
Honey Carrots
Pasta Primavera
Italian Tossed Salad
Dinner Rolls
Coffee, Tea
Dessert - ½ Chocolate, ½ Vanilla "Aquarium Cake"

To download a Banquet form, click here.

After Dinner speaker Ray Lucas


Giant All Species Auction
Sunday, April 25, 2004
(70/30 Split, Viewing at 10:00 am, Auction begins at 11:00 am - contact Chairman John Van Asch for registration and details)
Not to mention a weekend to just "talk fish" with friends!

**We can use volunteers to help with setup on Friday Morning @ 8:30 am and all weekend to staff the MASI sales table and talk about the club and fish to the public**

Also, Class sponsorships are just $10.00 each - help your club by sponsoring your favorite class

Contact Information
Show Questions, Class Sponsorship, Show and Banquet Signup
Gary Lange 314-837-6181 or

Auction Registration
John Van Asch 618-277-6165 or

Raffle Tickets
Mike Hellweg 636-240-2443 or

MASI Show Rules for 2004

Open to all with payment of entry fees. Junior entrants are encouraged. Multiple entries per tank are allowed as long as they are compatible and easily distinguishable by the judges (i.e. male/female, large/small, color variants, different species, etc.). If there is any confusion, the fish the judges will have final say on which fish is selected. Plant entries are allowed with fish entries in the same tank. All entries are eligible for Class 1, Aquascaping, without additional fee.

As a matter of ethics, entry must be the property of the entrant for at least 60 days before Show and/or must be work of Entrant. No hybrids, deformed, diseased, artificially colored (painted, dyed, or injected) or illegal fish or plants may be shown.

All fish are to be entered in flat-sided bowls or tanks a minimum of ½ gallon or larger up to 30 gallons (for larger tanks, entrant must provide their own proper aquarium stand). All entries are to be covered with an appropriate cover and lighted. Sides and back of the display must be covered with an opaque covering (i.e. paint, contact paper, or commercial background), and gravel or sand must be used on the bottom. Live plants are encouraged. Filtration and aeration are optional, but strongly recommended for the health of the entry. Air and electrical outlets will be supplied. Guppies, Killies, and Betta splendens may all be entered singly or in pairsin covered bare bowls or tanks of ½ to 1 gallon in size. Naturalistic artificial decorations are allowed in all entries, and a flowerpot or PVC pipe may be used if needed for the comfort of the fish. For Class #18 - Photography - For video/electronic media, entrants must supply resources for viewing their entry. Single picture entries must be printed for viewing.

All entries will be sight judged based on appropriate standards for the fish being judged.
Decision of Judges and/or Show Chairman is final. Show Chairman may move entries to appropriate classes if entered in wrong class or if there are too few entries in class.

First, Second and Third place in each Class; Best Junior Entry; Reet Thomas Outstanding Livebearer Award; Ralph Wilhelm Outstanding Catfish Award; Best Egglayer; Judges Award for the most Outstanding Entry; and Best Fish in Show.

We're also going to bring back the People's Award. Visitors to our show can cast their vote for the display or fish that they like the best. We'll stop the voting at 2 pm and have the results before the end of the auction on Sunday.

MASI Show Classes 2004

1. Aquascaping
Must be a naturalistic aquascape; may include realistic artificial materials, will be judged on overall artistic impression and impact, must contain fish

2. Novelty
Theme tank designed/built by entrant, must contain at least one live fish

3. Domestic and Fancy Finned Fish

All "man-made" and domestic colors, veils, and long fins that don't occur naturally: includes Guppies, all popular color varieties and fancy finnage varieties of Livebearers and Egglayers

4. Betta splendens

5. Goldfish

Classes 6 - 16 are for Naturally Occurring species, subspecies and locality variants.

6. Wild Livebearers

7. Cichlids - New World

8. Cichlids - Old World

9. Anabantids

10. Characins

11. Cyprinids

Barbs, Danios, Rasboras, Minnows, and their relatives (except for Sharks and Loaches)

12. Catfish - Armored Cats (Callichthyids)
Members of Corydoras, Aspidoras, Brochis, Hoplosternum and their relatives

13. Catfish - All other Catfish

14. Sharks and Loaches

15. All Other Fish
Fish not included in any of the above Classes

16. Aquatic Critters
Includes fully aquatic Amphibians, Crustaceans, Insects, and other Invertebrates, both Freshwater and Marine

17. True Aquatic Plants

18. Photography

Must be taken by Entrant, includes photos, slides, video and electronic media

21. Arts & Crafts
Must be made by Entrant

22. Collectibles

Must be Fish or Aquarium Related

23. White Elephant Collectible
A fun class for all! Must be Fish or Aquarium Related, but it must be the most awful thing you can find!

Click HERE to view the 2003 Show Report and Winners
Click HERE to view the 2002 Show Report and Winners

Click HERE to view the 2001 Show Report and Winners