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Breeders Award Program
1. To encourage and recognise achievement in the breeding of aquarium fish
2. To share knowledge of breeding techniques
Junior Breeders Award – 50 points
Breeder must have accumulated 50 points from the available classes. The necessary points may be from one class only.
Elementary Breeders Award – 150 points
Breeder must have accumulated 150 points from the available classes but must have achieved the Junior Breeders Award. The necessary points may be from one class only.
Intermediate Breeders Award – 400 points
Breeder must have accumulated 400 points from the available classes, but first must achieve the Elementary Breeders Award. Breeder must include at least 30 points from Class A, at least 50 points from Class B and at least one spawn from Class C.
Advanced Breeders Award – 700 points
Breeder must have accumulated 700 points from the available classes, but first must achieve the Intermediate Breeders Award. Breeder must include at least 100 points from Class C and at least one spawn from Class D.
Senior Breeders Award – 1000 points
Breeder must have accumulated 1000 points from the available classes, but first must achieve the Advanced Breeders Award. Breeder must include at least 50 points from Class D and at least one spawn from Class E.
Rules and Regulations:
1. Points may be acquired in any order but the awards will be given in the above listed order. Additional certificates will be presented upon the completion of the requirements for each level.
2. You must be a member in good standing of LAS. All spawnings are recorded and kept on file. If any member does not renew his/her membership, the points will be kept on the “inactive list” until such time that he/she does renew their membership.
3. The chairperson, as elected by LAS, will be responsible for the keeping of records and reporting to the club. In addition to the chairperson, any one of the Executive members can inspect fish.
4. Points shall be awarded only once for each species. No additional points shall be awarded for varieties, sub-species or colour morphs. Certificates will be awarded but no points will apply.
5. Any fish not included in the point’s classification of fishes will be assigned points by the BAP Chairperson upon request.
6. Hybrids or crossbreeds will not be recognized by LAS and will therefore not be eligible for points or certificates.
7. Any questions as to the interpretation of the rules or any suggestions as to the improvement should be submitted in writing to the B.A.P. Chairperson.
Horticulturist Award Program
Purpose : The Aquatic Horticulture Award Program (HAP) has been established to recognize and encourage outstanding achievement in the maintenance and propagation of aquatic plants. It is hoped that the program will facilitate the accumulation and organization of knowledge related to the identification and maintenance of aquatic plants and their use in the home aquarium.
Beginner Aquatic Horticulturist-50 points
Must complete 50 points from class A or B.
Intermediate Aquatic Horticulturist-100 points
Must meet Beginner requirements;
Must complete 30 points from class C or D;
Remaining 20 points may be from any selected class.
Expert Aquatic Horticulturist-300 points
Must meet Beginner and Intermediate requirements;
Must complete 150 points from any selected class.
Master Aquatic Horticulturist-500 points
Must meet Beginner, Intermediate and Expert requirements;
Species from two different genera must be reproduced sexually from the parent plant;
Must complete 200 points from any selected class.
Grand Master Horticulturist-1000 points
Must meet Master , Beginner, Intermediate and Expert requirements;
Species from five different genera must be reproduced sexually from the parent plant.
Rules and Regulations:
1. Plants reproduced must conform with the following definition of a true aquatic plant:
A true aquatic plant is one which, in the wild or native state, can be found either as free floating, rooted with leaves floating at the surface of the water or projecting into the air, or completely submerged as a normal occurrence at some time during the course of one calendar year.
2. Verification of the plant by either the HAP Chairperson or designate.
3. Members should notify the HAP Chairperson when requiring verification so that an initial or second inspection, identification, and HAP report can be completed.
4. Verification of the plant in classes A through D will have to be brought to the general meeting for verification. In hardship cases, the HAP Chairperson can visit the member’s home so the plant will not have to be uprooted. The HAP Chairperson reserves the right to exclude any plant which is doubtful..
5. A completed HAP Report must accompany the plant for verification. The HAP Report form should be completed and signed by the participant and submitted to the HAP Chairperson. It is his/her responsibility to include the species scientific name along with all other pertinent information.
6. You must be a member in good standing of the LAS.
7. Upon request, our HAP Chairperson will also forward points achieved to a new club in the event of a LAS member leaving our membership. LAS will recognize a new member’s previous HAP awards from another club upon presentation of proof that the member propagated the species of plants in question.
The following will be considered the basis for reproduction:
Doubling in the amount of plant material.
Doubling in the amount of plant material determined by a count of rooted
Reproduction by Runner or Division
A single, healthy plant reproduced by means of underground stems, roots, runners, or by simple fragmentation of parts of the plant and capable of surviving independently of the parent plant immediately. The parent plant is required to be alive and in good health. Bunch plants are not allowed in this category.
One plant reproduced by sexual means, the setting of seeds, from the aquarist’s parent plant. The reproduced plant must be large enough to identify the plant as one coming from the said parent plant. Seeds may not be purchased from a supplier, breeder, or another hobbyist, and simply grown. In order to receive points for sexual reproduction, verification by an HAP representative is required for the plant when in full flower (with the flower attached to the plant), again when the seeds can be seen free of the parent plant, and again when the young plants are verified for final recognition for accomplishment.
Recognition will be awarded for all reported flowerings of aquatic plants, with or without the successful propagation of that particular plant.
Point System as of 2007
Class A – 5 Points
Class B – 10 points
Echinodorus acicularis Hair grass
Echinodorus tenellus Pygmy Chain Sword
Except- Cape Fear Spatterdock
Samolus valerandi (parviflorus)
Synnema trif Water Wisteria
Class C – 15 points
Aponogeton species Except Madagasgar Lace
Echinodorus species Except as listed in Class ‘B’
Class D – 20 points
Aponogeton madagascariensis Madagascar Lace
Nuphar sagittifolium Spatterdock
Class E – Flowering
Extra points and recognition shall be awarded from all reported flowerings of aquatic
plants. The additional points will be the same as for the actual propagation of the plant
according to the list on the previous page.
Class F – Seeds
Extra points will be awarded for all seeds. The additional points will be the same for the
actual propagation of the plant according to the list on the previous page.
Class G – Asexual Reproduction
Extra points will be awarded for growing new plants from the seeds of Class F. The
additional points will be the same as for the actual propagation according to the list on
the previous page.
NEW!! Specialist Breeders Award Program
When you participate in the Breeders Award Program, you are automatically included in the Specialist Breeders Award Program. This program is for people who have an interest in a specific type of fish.
Specialist Breeders Program (SBP) Rules
The rules for this program are the same as the Breeders Award Program with the following exceptions:
1. Each spawn that qualifies generates 1 point for that class of fish.
2. A species may count only once (e.g. Guppy Half Black and Guppy Red Albino are counted as one spawning).
Specialist Breeder Program
Each column displays the number of species required to spawn to achieve that level.
|Category||Specialist||Senior Specialist||Master||Grand Master|
|Cichlids - African||10||25||35||50|
|Cichlids - South American||5||10||15||25|
Download our Breeders Report Form in Word format.
Download our Propagation Report Form in Word format.
For questions concerning B.A.P./H.A.P. please contact: