- To recognize the achievements of A.L.A. members in breeding livebearing species and to collect and convey information on successful breeding to other aquarists.
- To encourage the propagation and preservation of the captive livebearer stock to deter continued exploitation of wild populations and help assure the survival of livebearing species threatened or endangered in their native habitats.
AWARDS View BAP Standings
MERIT BREEDER–Receives a Certificate
Breed and raise twelve (12) or more individual species.
SENIOR MERIT BREEDER– Receives a Certificate
Breed and raise twenty-five (25) or more individual species from at least two (2) families, with no more than eighteen (18) from any one family.
MASTER BREEDER– Receives a Plaque
Breed and raise fifty (50) or more individual species from at least three (3) families, with no more than thirty-five (35) from anyone family. Two (2) or more TARGET species must be included.
GRAND MASTER BREEDER - Receives a Plaque
Breed and raise seventy-five (75) or more individual species from at least four (4) families, with no more than sixty (60) from any one family. Four (4) or more TARGET species must be included.
CENTURY BREEDER - Receives a Plaque
Breed and raise one hundred (100) or more individual species from at least four (4) families, with no more than eighty (80) from any one family. Eight (8) or more TARGET species must be included.
FELLOWS' BREEDER - Receives a Plaque
Breed and raise one hundred-fifty (150) or more individual species from at least four (4) families.
LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT BREEDER - Receives a Plaque
Breed and raise two hundred (200) individual species from at least five (5) families.
Note: For species identification, the California Academy of Sciences Catalog of Fishes, electronic version is used as the defining source document: http://research.calacademy.org/research/ichthyology/catalog/fishcatmain.asp
Note: In defining families for these awards, species of the genera Jenynsia and Anableps are considered separate families
REQUIREMENTS BAP Form
- The member must submit a completed ALA BAP form for each species bred to the BAP chairperson. Spawns before membership in ALA will be accepted if attested to by any other ALA member in good standing or registered with a breeder award program of another aquarium society.
- For each species bred, the member must raise a minimum of ten (10) fry to an age of sixty (60) days, from one spawn except with the approval of the BAP chair.
- For every four species credited, the member must submit either (a) a donation of six or more unsexed fish of one of the species sixty days or older or a sexed pair for auction at an ALA convention; (b) an article on the breeding of one of the species suitable for publication in Livebearers; (c) a black and white photograph of the adult fish suitable for publication in Livebearers; or (d) a color slide of the adult fish suitable for the ALA slide program. In addition, a donation, article, photo or slide is required for every TARGET species credited. Articles and photos may be published in Livebearers at the discretion of the editor; slides may be reproduced as part of the slide program at the discretion of its chair.
- All awards are based upon cumulative totals. A species counts only once. If a subspecies is elevated to species status, it will be recognized if bred and reported to the BAP chair.
- The following species are designated as TARGET species for the MASTER BREEDER, GRAND MASTER BREEDER and CENTURY BREEDER awards:
any livebearing Stingray
any Anableps species
any Girardinichthys species
any Hemirhamphodon species
any Nomorhamphus species
any livebearing Clinid
any livebearing Ophidoid
any livebearing Scorpaenid