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Breeder Award Program Guidelines


Revised: 1/24/2002

I have slogged through the gluey, gray sediments of the Atlantic, Gulf, and Pacific coastal marshes for killifishes, and slipped in swift, algae-glazed bedrock streams of the Ozark, Rocky, and Appalachian Mountains for darters, sculpins, and minnows. I have seined trapped sculpins and gobies, cast-netted, block-netted, electrofished, bought beauties from bait dealers, and traded fishes through the mail. The fun is not just in the collecting and keeping; philatelists do that. Real aquarists breed fish.

Excerpt from:
American Aquarium Fishes
Author: Robert J. Goldstein with Rodney W. Harper and Richard Edwards
Photographs: William F. Roston, Richard Bryant, Fred C. Rohde, Garold Sneegas, and Robert J. Goldstein
Texas A&M University Press College Station
Number Twenty Eight, W. L. Moody, Jr., Natural History Series



Part I. Purpose
The purpose of this program is to encourage the breeding of fish (exceptions are specifically noted) in order to make the offspring and knowledge thus obtained more available to the general pubic, as well as to recognize the achievements of breeders within our society. Any member in good standing of the society is eligible to participate. Any non-crossbred fish will be eligible for inclusion.

Part II. Awards
Participants in this program are eligible to recieve awards of several types.

1. The ADVANCED BREEDER AWARDS are given after a required number of species within a class have been spawned and accredited. This will be in the form of a plaque.
2. The SPECIALIST AWARDS are presented after the successful breeding of a large number of diverse species within a class. This will be in the form of a certificate and a two year membership to the society.
3. The MASTER SPECIALIST AWARDS are presented after a larger number of species within a class have been sucessfully accredited. This will be in the form of a certificate and a five year membership to the society.
4. The ALL AROUND ADVANCED BREEDER AWARDS are presented after the member has successfully reached advanced breeder in five classes. This will be in the form of a plaque and a one year membership to the society.
5. The ALL AROUND SPECIALIST BREEDER AWARDS are presented after the member has successfully reached specialist in five classes. This will be in the form of a certificate and a five year membership to the society.
6. The MASTER BREEDER AWARDS are presented, after the member has successfully reached master specialist in five classes. This will be in the form of a plaque and a lifetime membership to the society.
7. The MOST PROLIFIC BREEDER AWARD will be presented yearly to the participant with the most spawnings for the year. This will be in the form of a plaque.
8. The CHAIRMANS AWARD will be awarded for spawnings of outstanding difficulty or merit. This will be in the form of a plaque. The breeder must apply for this award by informing the chairman that a particular spawn or spawns be considered. Only one will be awarded yearly, the recipient will be chosen by the chairman from among those requests recieved. It is possible that this award may not be given out each year, however, it will not be carried over to succeeding years.

For the purpose of this program, awarded memberships may be revoked if the breeder does not actively participate in the society. A minimum of two regular meetings a year must be attended. The breeder must request the chairman to review the records when the breeder feels he has accomplished the requirements for any award.

Part III. Requirements
The following requirements must be met in order for an award to be presented.

1. A standard spawning report must be filled out and returned to the breeder award program chairman. The form should include all information relevant to the spawning and rearing of the fish.
2. One of the following conditions must be satisfied:
a) Submit a written report of the spawning for publication in the society newsletter. This report should contain everything relevant to the spawning and rearing of the fish.
b) Bring six fry to a meeting for auction. The following conditions apply to the fry:
i) Must be between 30 and 210 days old. This is defined as the fry's life. Egg life does not count toward this time. For example, if a fish spawns on January 1st and wrigglers are seen January 5th, then the fry are 30 days old on February 4th .
ii) Must not require special fry foods.
iii) Must be able to survive the moving and auctioning process. Fry should never be endangered.
c) Present a talk or lecture at a meeting regarding the spawning.
d) Auction the breeding parents.
3. When a hardship case exists (eg. moving the fry would endanger them) or when the breeder exercises option 1,3, or 4 above, the spawn can be verified in situ by any member. The member must be from a different household. When this is done, person making the verification must sign the breeders spawning report (below or beside the breeders signature).
4. Eligibility; any species of fish may be turned in for awards, however, crossbreds will not be accepted. Color or finnage varieties will be considered repeats after the first one. Exceptions and doubtful cases may be approved by the chairman.
5. Credit will be given in the year that the requirements are completely fulfilled. (For example: fish spawned 10/86, requirement 1 met 11/86, requirement 2 met 1/87, credit will be given in the year 1987)

Part IV. Classes
The following is the list of classes. Classes will be modified or added as needed.

1. Livebearers (Families Anablepidae, Poeciliidae, Goodeidae, & Hemiramphidae)
2. Catfish (Order Siluriformes)
3. Barbs, Minnows, & Rasboras (Sub-Families Cyprininae, Leuciscinae, Rhodeinae, Rasborinae, & Abraminae)
4. Tetras and Characins (Sub-Order Characoidei)
5. Killifish (Family Cyprinodontidae)
6. Anabantids (Sub-Order Anabantoidei)
7. Cichlids (Family Cichlidae)
8. Sharks, Loaches, and Eels (Sub-Order Gymnotoidei, Families Gyrinocheilidae & Cobitidae, & Sub-Family Garrinae)
9. Marine vertebrate or invertebrate (Salt water animals only, brackish not valid)
10. Native (Native to the continental US, introductions not valid)
11. All Other Varieties (NOT VALID AFTER 12/31/2001)
12. Rainbows (Family Bedotiidae, Melanotaeniidae, & Pseudomugilidae)
13. Gobies (Sub-Order Gobiodei)

The following are the requirements for ADVANCED BREEDER AWARD for each class.

1. Livebearers - 8 distinct species
2. Catfish - 5 distinct species
3. Barbs, Minnows, & Rasboras - 5 distinct species
4. Tetras and Characins - 5 distinct species
5. Killifish - 5 distinct species
6. Anabantids - 4 distinct species
7. Cichlids - 9 distinct species, comprised of 5 mouthbrooders and 4 substrate spawners
8. Sharks, Loaches, and Eels - 1 specie
9. Marine - 1 specie, vertebrate or invertebrate
10. Native - 4 distinct species
11. All Other Varieties - (NOT VALID AFTER 12/31/2001)
12. Rainbows - 5 distinct species (to be reviewed 1/31/2003)
13. Gobies - 5 distinct species (to be reviewed 1/31/2003)


The following are the requirements for the SPECIALIST AWARD for each class.

1. Livebearers - 21 distinct species
2. Catfish - 10 distinct species
3. Barbs, Minnows, & Rasboras - 10 distinct species
4. Tetras and Characins - 10 distinct species
5. Killifish - 21 distinct species
6. Anabantids - 10 distinct species
7. Cichlids - 40 distinct species (at least 5 mouthbrooders and at least 4 substrate spawners)
8. Sharks, Loaches, and Eels - 5 distinct species
9. Marine - 5 distinct species
10. Native - 10 distinct species
11. All Other Varieties - (NOT VALID AFTER 12/31/2001)
12. Rainbows - 10 distinct species (to be reviewed 1/31/2003)
13. Gobies - 10 distinct species (to be reviewed 1/31/2003)

The following are the requirements for the MASTER SPECIALIST AWARD for each class.
1. Livebearers - 31 species covering at least 15 genera with at least 20 Poeciliidae & at least 5 Goodeidae
2. Catfish - 15 species covering at least 6 genera
3. Barbs, Minnows, & Rasboras - 15 species covering at least 6 genera
4. Tetras and Characins - 15 species covering at least 5 genera
5. Killifish 31 species.comprised of the following:
a) at least 15 different genera
b) at least 10 different species from the Old World
c) at least 10 different species from the New World
d) at least 10 different mop spawning species
e) at least 10 different peat spawning species
6. Anabantids - 15 species covering at least 5 genera
7. Cichlids - 70 species (at least 5 mouthbrooders and at least 4 substrate spawners) comprised of the following:
a) North & Central America - at least three different genera and at least five different species
b) South America - at least seven different genera and at least twelve different species
c) Africa
i) Lake Malawi - at least seven different genera and at least twelve different species
ii) Lake Tanganyika - at least seven different genera and at least twelve different species
iii) Lake Victoria - at least three different species
iv) All Other - at least three different genera and at least three different species
d) Breeder's Choice - twenty-three different species
Special Note: Any Cichlid species from Madagascar can be used as a replacement for any Cichlid species requirement.
8. Sharks, Loaches, and Eels - 10 distinct species
9. Marine - 10 distinct species covering both vertebrate and invertebrate
10. Native - 15 distinct species
11. All Other Varieties - (NOT VALID AFTER 12/31/2001)
12. Rainbows - 15 distinct species within at least 5 genera (to be reviewed 1/31/2003)
13. Go0bies - 15 distinct species within at least 5 genera (to be reviewed 1/31/2003)

Part V. Other Notes

1. "Native fish" are defined as fish native to the waters of the continental United States and do not include those species introduced by man.
2. Class Eligibility - As some fish fall into more than one class (e.g. native and livebearer), it is noted that the breeder must select under which class the spawn is to be considered.
3. In cases of any dispute, the decision of the chairman will be final.
4. Spawns may be combined in order to obtain the required number (6) as outlined above. However, there must be at least one fry between 30 and 210 days old. This allowance is made for young breeders and fish with small spawns.
5. Credit will be given only once for each species.
6. Eggs must be spawned in the breeder's own tanks. They cannot be obtained elsewhere, then hatched. Livebearers must mate within the breeder's own tanks, fry from females purchased pregnant are not eligible.
7. Following a successful spawning, it is the breeders responsibility to see that their spawns are recorded properly.
8. In the case of fish which are new to science or otherwise unrecognized, the breeder may be required to submit a picture and/or description for permanent inclusion in the BAP files. In these cases, the decision of the FAAS BAP will be used to determine eligibility.
9. Upon nomenclature changes, the records of the BAP will be changed to reflect these changes. However, this will not effect any previous awards given on a yearly basis.
10. Upon acceptance of these rules, anyone that would be in line for an award due to a change, will become eligible after turning in another species in that class.
11. For purposes of this program, auctions will be 75/25 split (75% going to the breeder). Exceptions to this rule will be when the auction has a different split (for example, spring and fall auctions).
12. All recorded spawns will be posted on the GCAS Web Page.

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