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Upcoming Events

General Meetings

Dues are: $25 for individuals and $40 for a family membership.

Guest are able to attend General Meetings as well by paying door fees.

single person = $5 per event
family* = $8 per event
* a ‘family’ is defined as a person, a spouse and their under the age of 18 dependents

August 15, 2015 – General Meeting – presentation by Rachel O’Leary -Hill Yes! An Introduction to Asian Dwarf Hillstream Species

This is a new presentation that gives an overview of species available in the hobby, their unique needs and behaviors, and specialized housing. It is meant as an introductory presentation to dispel some myths and make these unique creatures more approachable.

Presented by Rachel O’Leary AKA MSJINXED

A life-long fish keeper, her interests range from microfish to monsters, with a focus on invertebrates and dwarf species. Rachel has spent the last 10 years studying invertebrate husbandry, aquascaping, and breeding practices. Rachel’s fishroom consists of over 100 tanks ranging from 10 to 220 gallons, and her breeding program includes members of the Corydoradinae group, apistogramma, ancistrus, hypancistrus, pelvicachromis,  as well as various cyprinids and livebearers. One of the leading importers of invertebrates in the US, she works with dozens of dwarf shrimp and snail species, as well as dwarf crayfish and crabs, and is regularly bringing in new and hard to find specimens. Rachel is a frequent contributor to Amazonas magazine, and recently had a book published titled The 101 Best Freshwater Nano Species: How to Choose & Keep Hardy, Brilliant, Fascinating Nano Fishes, Plants and Invertebrates.

As dedicated to education and community as she is to her fish, Rachel has served as a moderator in several of the largest online aquatic communities.  A member of close to a dozen associations, she can frequently be found at conventions and club meetings around the country.


We are a club for everyone interested in all aspects of the aquatic hobby: freshwater fish, marine fish, plants, invertebrates, ponds and anything else that captures our interests.

We are based in Madison, Wisconsin, but have members from all over south-central Wisconsin.

Our purpose is to promote the aquatic hobbies through education and fellowship through events and aquatics-related activities.

Please come join us for an event and see what we are all about!


Membership in MAAH requires paying annual dues and attendance at monthly meetings.
MAAH Constitution and bylaws

Dues are: $25 for individuals and $40 for a family membership.

Guest are able to attend as well by paying door fees.

single person = $5 per event
family* = $8 per event
* a ‘family’ is defined as a person, a spouse and their under the age of 18 dependents

Membership… What does it mean?

MAAH members can participate in all MAAH programs and activities, which take place in association with the general meetings.  For example, in order to submit spawns or cuttings for the Breeder Awards Program or Horticulture Awards Program a person must be present at a meeting.  Auctions also take place at each meeting, and everyone present is permitted to buy and sell.

The MAAH communicates with its members via email news announcements and the MAAH Forum.  Inclusion on the email list is voluntary and participation on the forum is free, but you must register.

To be a member of MAAH all you have to do is desire to be a member.  Participation is not required… but participating is where all the fun is!


The MAAH Breeder Award Program promotes the captive breeding of fish and invertebrates. Participants strive to reproduce animals in their care, and when they are successful they submit the spawns to the club for verification. Each species is worth points, with more difficult species being given a higher value. The club maintain records of the participants spawns and recognizes each person when they reach specific milestones on their way to being an MAAH Ultimate Breeder. The points are cumulative and will act as a record of accomplishment for each participant. Each year the club will recognize some outstanding participants with Breeder of the Year awards. The MAAH BAP year is from July 1 – June 30, and annual awards are given out at the annual Summer picnic in July. For a full description of the MAAH BAP program, please see the rules link below. Other links include the BAP spawn submission and verification form, the species point value charts and the member point totals (cumulative and annual).









MAAH holds an auction at the end of each monthly meeting consisting of donations and items being sold by club members. Proceeds of all sales are split between the club and seller with the exception of donated items.

MAAH accepts cash and personal checks (with matching ID) for payment of items. No credit cards or other methods of payment are accepted.

MAAH uses to run its auctions. If you plan on buying or selling items at the auction, you will need to register and associate yourself with our group, “Madison Area Aquatic Hobbyists”.

Within the first week of each month, the auction for that month’s upcoming meeting will be posted (An announcement will also be made on the forum once the auction is posted). Once the auction is posted, sellers can upload items using the icon, and items up for sale can be viewed using the icon.

Note: Only the nearest upcoming auction will be available to add items. Once an auction has passed items can no longer be added to it.

Each item being sold must have the seller’s name listed in the description on
Each seller is limited to a maximum of 15 lots per auction.
Only 2 lots of the same species(or variants of a species) or non-live goods may be entered per seller.
All fish must be bagged properly:Ziplock bags or breather bags are not acceptable for fish or invertebrate entries.
Buckets with a bag liner and closing lid are acceptable for large fish.
Labels are required, for all items being sold. Each label should be clearly written or typed, and have the following information:Lot number, assigned from, and species of fish or invertebrate, or description of non-live item.
Quantity of item.
Seller’s contact information.
Note that labels can be printed on
Improperly bagged fish will be re-bagged at a cost of $2 per bag.

Live fish that are in good health, identifiable, and at least 1 inch in length. For dwarf species, entries must be at least ½ inch in length.
Live invertebrates that are in good health and are identifiable.
Live plants that are in good health, identifiable and free of algae.
Live food cultures.
Aquarium or pond equipment and decorations which are in good condition and are clean.
Used gravel or sand substrates.
Opened containers or out-of-date consumable products (food, medications, fertilizers, etc.).
Items not related to aquariums or ponds.
Anything that is prohibited or restricted by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR). This includes, but is not limited to, certain species of fish, invertebrates, and plants. NO CRAYFISH ARE PERMITTED.

If you wish to donate proceeds for any of your entries being sold in the auction, be sure to include the word “Donation” in the description AND check the box marked “Donation”.

Exec Board

MAAH Board of Trustees

The MAAH Executive Board (EB) is comprised of seven elected members.  Each member serves a two-year term.  Three members are elected in odd-numbered years and four members are elected in even-numbered years.  Elections are held in May and terms begin in July.

MAAH Constitution and Bylaws

MAAH Officers

The EB chooses who from their board will serve officers for the year (July to June).  The offices are President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer and Sgt. at Arms.  Each officer serves one year in that position.  There are no term limits in MAAH.

MAAH Advisory Board

An Advisory Board (AB) consists of all committee chairs who are not on the EB and other members who want to volunteer to be on the board.  The Advisory Board members can bring action items to the EB agenda and participate in discussion, but they cannot vote on the issues.

Board Meetings

The EB meetings are open to anyone who wants to attend.  The members of the EB and AB are expected to attend the board meetings.  Board meetings occur each month, usually the second or third week of the month, with specific dates, times and locations determined by the boards.  Board meetings are included on the MAAH Calendar of Events.


Elections are held at the general meeting in June.  Nominations for board elections begin in April.  Anyone may nominate themselves, or can be nominated by another person (no person will be added to the ballot without confirmation beforehand).

2014/15 Board Members and Officers




Sergeant At Arms





Cataclysm (, the Midwest’s first catfish convention, is now open for registration. You may register online or a printable registration form is available for download at ( .

There are pre-conference events on Friday – a tour of Ted Judy’s fish room (a must see) and a Friday night fish fry (a WI tradition). Speakers will include Mike Hellweg (Exotic Aquatics), Oliver Lucanus (Below Water), Barbie Fiorentino (Aquarium Solutions). Additional speakers may be added at a later date. Registered participants will receive a goody bag and complimentary food on Saturday.

Don’t forget to book your hotel room if needed – Howard Johnson Madison 608-244-2481. Mention the Cataclysm room block for a special rate of $89 per night.

The Facebook group is now active, sign up for up to the minute news – (


The Forums are back up! There are still some bugs and unfortunately you will have to upload your avatar pictures as they were lost in the move, but we have all the content from the former form!

Click here for the forum