The 2005 Annual Show and Auction
Updated April 19, 2005

Get your Best Fish Ready – The Show is Coming!
Friday, April 29 – Sunday, May 1, 2005

MASI's 45th 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.

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

Friday, April 29th

8:30 a.m. - Be at the Stratford Inn to help set up our display racks. Jim Jr. (Miller) will bring the trailer. A lot of hands will make this a pleasant and hopefully quick operation so if you can, PLEASE plan to be there. Bring a screwdriver, and an adjustable wrench please. Then everyone can get home to start bringing in their tanks.

1:00 p.m. - Hopefully by 1 pm we will have someone at the show site to start handing out the packets so you know where your tanks need to be set up. Ray Lucas will also be setting up at our show again. He'll show you what's new in the industry with his manufacturer's displays. If you're around please see if you can give him a hand in setting up his displays, it's a lot of boxes. On Sunday he'll take it all down and donate all of the items to the auction. Ray is also bringing the bowfront tank that will be raffled off this year.

Around 5-6:30 p.m. I need someone to take our speakers out to dinner, most likely the local Bandanas. This is a good way to meet our speakers in relaxed setting.

Setup to ~ 11 p.m. Please try and get it done ASAP as we have to be back early the next morning.

Saturday, April 30th

8:30 a.m.
- Judging starts. Judging should be finished by 11 am. We could use a few people to help volunteer and put the judges sheets together. When the judging is finished the show will be opened to the public. Enjoy the first talk while we finish.

Speakers - All Day

10:15 a.m. - Joe Fleckenstein "Live Foods, We Were Using Them Long Before Fear Factor" Several of our members got to hear Joe's "hands-on" talk while we were at the Indy show in November of last year. Live foods is how you keep and breed great fish so come learn how. BONUS!! At the end of Joe's talk he'll be auctioning off all sorts of live food starter cultures.

11:30 a.m. - Killifish featuring Charles Harrison - "Mops, Dirt, Eggs & Fish"

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

1:45 - 2:45 p.m. - Mike Schadle - "Livebearers" Mike has been keeping livebearers as long as I can remember. He was part of either the livebearer Indy "Mafia" or the three wise men, depending on how you looked at it with (the late Vern Parish, Pat Hartman and Mike) who would gather for that show dispensing valuable information on some very cool fish. Mike will also be bringing his books with him that you can purchase during the show weekend. Make sure that you take the time to look through his books as "Knowledge is Power", an old quote of Mike's.

3:00 - 4:00 p.m. - Spencer Jack "Collecting Fishes in Bolivia" This is Spencer's serious talk and he seriously collected a lot of fishes and took tons of pictures during this collecting trip. Spencer is one of the newer members on the ACA speaker's tour and I think you will really enjoy his talk. He is a pretty good photographer so I think you'll be in for a real treat.

5:00 p.m. - Showroom closes, show chair posts tank ribbons, lays out plaques for the evening's events. Killifish people continue to judge their fish so that they will be out of the room by 6 pm.

Banquet Saturday

Banquet at the Stratford Inn - $21 per person.

To download a Banquet form, click here.

6 - 6:30 p.m. - Cocktail hour

6:45 - 7:30 p.m.
- Dinner

**Bonus, something visual for your viewing pleasure while you dine**

7:30 - 8:30 p.m. - Awards

8:30 - 9:30 p.m. - Banquet Speaker - Spencer Jack and Charley Grimes, "Fishkeeping, the Yin & the Yang Opinions" or "The Odd Couple's Approach to Keeping Fishes". This sounds like it's going to be a very "interesting" talk. Spencer, the exacting Scientist and Charley, well ah, the not-so-neat hobbyist. You may witness nuclear fusion as these two give you their opinions on fishkeeping. It's not to be missed.

9:30 p.m. - on. Viewing of the displays, tank lights only. This is a great way to view the tanks and at the end of the day the fish have FINALLY settled down. Time to admire the best in show and all of the other cool fish that you bring.

Sunday, May 1, 2005

Giant All Species Auction - The Stratford Inn

10:30 a.m. - Auction Viewing
11:30 a.m. - Auction Start

The Auction form can now be filled out and printed online at:

Make sure you get an auction number from the auction chairman before filling out the form. (Rules and contact info in the above link)

Auction Chairman John Van Asch, JohnsfishyATaolDOTcom

**We can use volunteers to help with setup on Friday Morning @ 8:30 a.m. 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 rainbowfish4u2ATyahooDOTcom

Auction Registration
John Van Asch 618-277-6165 or johnsfishyATaolDOTcom

Raffle Tickets
Mike Hellweg 636-240-2443 or mhellweg511ATcharterDOTnet

MASI Show Rules for 2005


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 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 2005

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. Domestic and Fancy Finned Egglayers
All "man-made" and domestic colors, veils, and long fins that don't occur naturally: includes all popular color varieties and fancy finnage egglayers.

3. Guppies

Any "man-made" color varieties, domestic colors, veils and long fins that don't occur naturally.

4. Domestic and Fancy Finned Livebearers

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

5. Betta splendens

6. Goldfish
Classes 7 - 16 are for Naturally Occurring species, subspecies and locality variants

7. Wild Livebearers

8. Cichlids - New World

9. Cichlids - Old World

10. Anabantids
Including gouramis and wild bettas

11. Characins

12. Cyprinids

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

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

14. Catfish - All other Catfish

15. Sharks and Loaches

16. All Other Fish
Fish not included in any of the above Classes including killifish not entered in the SLAKA show.

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

18. True Aquatic Plants

19. Photography

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

20. Fishy Things - Collectibles (fish/aquarium related collectible; Arts & Crafts (must be made by Entrant); Novelty (Theme tank designed/built by entrant, must contain at least one live fish.

21. 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 2004 Show Report and Winners
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