Breeders Award Program

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The Breeder’s Award Program (BAP) is designed to encourage all hobbyists to spawn their aquatic pets. It is open to any and all members of the SCAA. 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 SCAA 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 etc.

Points earned in all classes are cumulative. Only the first spawn of each species or color form will be awarded points.


Participation is easy. Just fill out the online BAP submission form. 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 hobbyists.

Members can also view their submissions (pending or reviewed), and view every member’s approved submissions.

  • Participants must be SCAA members in good standing.
  • Points will be awarded only once for each species or color form spawned.
  • 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.

Awards Levels
  • 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, Copeina sp., Angels, Mouthbrooding Cichlids, Pelvicachromis, A. cacatuoides, Easy & Intermediate Killies, Aquidens, Haplochromine, Aulonocara, Mbuna, Tilapia (non-mouthbrooding), Geophagus, Julidochromis, Neolamprologus, Rainbow fish
Class C: 15 points
Small Gouramis, Barbs, Advanced Killies, Corydoras, Crenicara, Oscars, Chocolate Cichlid, Chromides, Pencil fish, Microgeophagus, Apistogramma, Urau, Headstanders, Goldfish, Koi, Otocinclus, Nannochromis, Gobies, 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, Seahorses
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.

Note that members and the South Carolina Aquarium Association benefit financially when they submit BAP fish for the auction. Members receive 70% of any auction proceeds while the association garners 30% to offset club expenses. It is important to note that there is one other way that members can earn points towards their breeder awards. An additional five points can be earned when an article is written on a ten, fifteen, or twenty point fish submitted to the BAP Program. These articles will be kept in our reference library and will also be published in our Association Newsletter. While these guidelines don’t have to be strictly followed, an essay of approximately 250 to 400 words discussing the fish characteristics, the breeding environment, water parameters, and the growth cycle of the fry would be appreciated. In other words, what would someone need to know in order to breed a particular species provided that they have a mature pair?