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Breeders Award Program

The purpose of this program is to promote not only the spawning and raising of cichlids, including the dissemination of fry, the sharing of information and pictures of cichlids, and also recognizing the persons participating in the BAP program through awards. Awards will be given at the 350, 1000, 2000, 3000, 4000, 6000, 8000, 9000, 12000, 15000, 18000, and 21000 point levels. Special BAP awards may be given annually at the discretion of the BAP Chairperson and the Board of Directors. The BAP Chairperson is responsible for handling all questions and all decisions are final.

All “first spawn” fish will stay in the first spawn category for three months. This means that if someone else had the first spawn, you will still collect the first spawn points for the duration of the three months after the first spawn has been turned in to the BAP Chairperson.

An article that summarizes your observations on keeping the species is worth 50 points. A publishable photograph of the species taken by you is worth an additional 50 points.

Each entry must be accompanied by the donation of at least two fry. All fry that are donated must be larger than ¾” in length. Points will be awarded for the number of fry donated for auction up to a maximum of six fry per species. Two or three fry will give you 1 times the category points, four or five fry will give you 2 times the category points, and six fry will give you 3.5 times the category points. Half points will be rounded off to the higher number. Special consideration will be given for spawns that are small, and/or the fish are expensive, to receive the maximum number of points (i.e. Tropheus). To receive your points, you must have the Auction Chairperson initial in the appropriate spaces on the BAP Report Form (.pdf format).

A summary of the award points levels is shown on the following page, and the point categories of fish are shown below. Not all fish are listed, but a good rule of thumb is that like species of fish will be in the same category, for they are just as easily spawned as their counterparts. The point categories are determined by the size of the adults (larger fish take more time to grow), and the quality of the water that they are raised in (very soft water is more difficult to maintain than neutral water). Check with the BAP Chairman for the correct point category.

If you do not think that you are receiving enough points for a fish, you may “Challange” the BAP Chairman to prove your case. This means that if you think that the water conditions required more work to maintain or the fish took longer to grow than normal or that the size of the fish was bigger than first thought. The BAP Chairman’s ruling is final.

Please enter as much information as you can on the BAP Report Form to allow the BAP Chairperson to properly categorize each fish. To help identify the fish, include a photographic reference (if possible) on the Report Form. For the reference include the book’s or magazine’s name, page the photo is on, and the date of publication. If this fish is from a known source (i.e…. I got them from Joe Fish, or I collected them at Rio Lobo), then include that information as well.

The BAP Lite special for January to March will be any cichlid from Africa. Remember, the BAP Lite special will help you accumulate points faster because you will receive first spawn totals.

Submissions have dropped way off but spring is coming so they should increase in a few months. – Jim Ellenberger