Breeders Award Program – Guidelines
For those of you that enjoy the breeding and raising of tropical fish, this program is designed to recognize your efforts. Everything from guppies to discus is eligible. The harder a fish is to spawn, the more points earned. Additional points are given upon submission of a written report which may be published in our monthly bulletin, ‘tank talk’. Gold seals are affixed to a framed certificate at various levels of accomplishment.
1. To encourage participation in club activities.
2. To expand club activities.
3. To share knowledge and techniques of spawning fish.
4. To recognize achievement in breeding and rearing aquarium fish.
- The Breeders Award Program Committee shall consist of: the Breeders Award Chairman, the Bulletin Editor, members holding a CAOAC Intermediate Award or higher, members achieving Senior Award level if they wish.
- Each species or classification can be awarded points for first breeding only.
- All fish must be distinct species; ie. colour and locality variations and albinos are considered the same species.
- Members must contact the Breeders Award Chairman, giving the date of spawning, common and proper name of fish, and the chairman or person designated by the chairman must view the fish in the early stages of development and at a second time about two months later.
- Fish must be spawned and young raised to a suitable size and number before points will be awarded. If considering applying for a CAOAC Breeders Award, the applicant should attempt to raise a quantity of fry that approaches production capability of the species in question.
- A challenge to point value of a given fish, or fish not listed in the schedule, must be submitted in writing to the Breeders Award Chairman for consideration by the committee.
- Decisions of the committee are final and will be based on acceptable literature.
- Records must be kept on the breeding, spawning and rearing of the fish and an additional 5 points will be awarded on receipt of a written report of the breeding and rearing acceptable to the Editor for publication in the DRAS bulletin.
- Anyone joining DRAS will be allowed to transfer points from another club having acceptable rules, after scrutinizing by the Breeders Award Committee.
- The Committee, at its discretion, may award points for special line breeding or colour specialization.
Points will be awarded only once, according to the attached schedule, to an individual, group or family. Awards will be presented as follows based on the accumulation of points:
- Novice Award – 50 points from any class.
- Junior Award – 100 points; at least 30 points to be from class B, C or D.
- Intermediate Award – 250 points; 100 points from Junior Award and at least 45 points from class C or D.
- Senior Award – 400 points; 250 from Intermediate Award and 150 from any class.
- Advanced Award – 500 points; 400 from Senior Award and an additional 100 points. Must include at least 1 (one) species from class D.
Special award appliques will be added to the Advanced Award for each subsequent 200 points earned.
Point Classifications of Fishes Spawned
– These Livebearers: Poecilia, Gambusia, Xiphophorus
– Any mouthbrooding Saratherodon (Tilapia), Haplochromis multicolor Cichlasoma Nigrofasiatum, Victorian Haplochromis
– Any Danio or Brachydanio, White Clouds and Bloodfins
– These Anabantids: Paradise, Blue Gourami, Betta Splendens
– These Killifish: Aphyosemion gardneri and A. australe, Aplochleilus lineatus and A. panchax, Epiplatys dageti, Pachypanchax playfairi, any Rivulus species
– Any Oryzias
– The following snails: any Ampuria species, Vivipara species, Campeloma species and Marisa rotula
– Any Livebearer not listed in classes A, C or D
– All Barbs not listed in classes C or D
– These Chichlids: Pterophyllum scalare, Geophagus rhabdotus and braziliensis, any Hemichromis, Pelmatochromis or Pelvicachromis, Aequidens, Haplochromis, Aulonacara, Gymnogeophagus, Mbuna
– All Anabantids not listed in classes A, C or D
– Black Tetras, Buenos Aries Tetras, Flame Tetras
– Halfbeaks, Belonesox species, any member of the family Goodeidae
– Any mop-spawning Killies not in class A
– Any Badis species
– Any Rainbow species
– Any Goldfish
– Any Rasbora
– Any African species not listed in classes A, B or D
– All Apistogramma, Etroplus, Geophagus, Crenicara and Crenicichla species not listed in class B
– All Cichlasoma (Heros) species not listed in classes A or D
– Sticklebacks, Sunfishes and American Minnows
– All Characins not listed in classes B or D
– All Corydoras and Ancistrus species
– All soil-breaking Killies except those in class D
– Moonlight, Croaking and Snakeskin Gouramies
– Any Belontia species
– Filament, Arulius, Clown and T-Barbs
– Anableps, Pantodon, Monodactylus, Symphysodon, Astronotus, Uaru, Crenicichla, Teleocichla, Pterophyllum altum and dumerili, Cyanthopharynx, Opthalmotilapia, Tropheus species, Xenotilapia, Aulonocranus
– Asiatic Algae-Eaters
– Brochias species
– Old World “Sharks”
– Congo, Neon, Black Neon and Cardinal Tetras
– Any Hatchetfish
– Silver Dollars and Piranhas
– Kissing, Chocolate and true Gouramies
– Ambystoma mexicanum (axoloti)
– Loaches of the genus Acanthophthalmus
– All Catfish not in class C
– All Syngnathid Fishes that bear live young after having previously maintained in the breeder’s tanks past the gestation period of one spawn
– Tinfoil Barbs
– Glass Fish, Bumblebee Gobies
– Pseudoepiplatys annulatus
– Pterolebias Killies