The Breeder’s Award Program (BAP) is designed to encourage all
hobbyists to spawn their aquatic pets. It is open to any member of
the GSAS. Participants accumulate points for each different species or
color form they are able to reproduce successfully. Species are
grouped into six classes according to degree of difficulty. Species not
listed will be credited and class assignment will be made on an
individual basis by the BAP coordinator, and/or the GSAS Board.
Participants can earn five different levels of breeders awards. The
highest level, the Master Breeder award, has additional levels awarded
for each 100 points earned; resulting in Master Breeder Level 1,2,3
Points earned in all classes are cumulative. Only the first spawn
of each species or color form will be awarded points.
Eggs of the Susalwesi Rice Fish Oryzias woworae (click to enlarge)
Participation is easy.
Just fill out the online BAP
While not required, it would be a good idea to invite another member
to observe your fry. To qualify for points you should have at least
10 fry that survive in your tank for at least thirty days after they
are free-swimming. For certain species fewer than ten fry might
qualify for points at the discretion of the BAP coordinator. Have fun!
Breed your fish, and share your experiences with your fellow
Members can also view their submissions (pending or reviewed), and
view every member’s approved submissions.
A Lamprologus signatus shelldweller fry attempts to swallow a whole frozen bloodworm (click to see its parent!)
- Participants must be GSAS members in good standing.
- Points will be awarded only once for each species or color form
- Parents of fry must be owned by the member.
- Fish not listed in the classification will be evaluated and assigned to a
class by the BAP coordinator and/or the Board.
- The BAP coordinator may alter any of the program regulations or
classifications in order to maintain the quality of the program, or to
resolve unforeseen problems.
BAP Chairs presenting yearly awards at the 2013 Holiday party.
- Novice, 25 points
- Intermediate, 50 points
- Advanced, 100 points
- Senior, 200 points
- Master Level 1, 400 points
- Master Level 2, 500 points
- Culture Award, 25 points max in Class F
- Class A: 5 points
- Livebearers, Tanichthyes (White Clouds), Brachydanios,
Convict Cichlids, Tilapia (mouthbrooding)
- Class B: 10 points
- American Flag fish (Jordanella), Shrimp, Badis badis,
Gouramis (large), Bettas, Paradise fish, Tilapia (non-mouthbrooding),
Copeina sp., Angels, Mouthbrooding Cichlids, Pelvicachromis,
A. cacatuoides, Aquidens, Geophagus,
Julidochromis, Neolamprologus, Rainbow fish
- Class C: 15 points
- Small Gouramis, Barbs, Killifish, Corydoras, Crenicara,
Oscars, Chocolate Cichlid, Chromides, Pencil fish, Microgeophagus,
Apistogramma, Urau, Headstanders, Goldfish, Koi, Otocinclus,
Cichlasoma, Anomalchromis, Chromidotilapia,
South American Cichlids, Gobies, Gudgeons
- Class D: 20 points
- Synodontis, Discus, Neon Tetras, Anableps, Hatchetfish, Cardinal
Tetras, Silver Dollars, Pantodon, Marine Damsel fish, Glass fish,
Archer fish, Ctenopoma, Chocolate Gouramis, Axolotl, Bumblebee Goby,
Monos, Scatophagus, Leporinus, Sucker mouth Cats, Pike Cichlids
- Class E: 25 points
- Arowana, Eels, Knife fish, Loaches, Elephant Nose, Pirana Sharks,
- Class F: 5 points
- This class is reserved for all cultivable organisms that provide food to aquatic inhabitants for breeding and raising to adulthood. Examples would include snails, brine shrimp, and worms. Points apply to Culture Award.