The B.A.P. as revised and adopted by The Greater Detroit Aquarium Society

Board of Directors – Form revised 2012

GDAS BAP form is available at the bottom of the page
or by clicking here.  


The GDAS Breeders Award Program was established in January, 1968 to recognize outstanding achievement in the breeding of various aquarium organisms.  The program is non-competitive; no one wins and no one loses.  Each aquarist moves at his own pace to the award goal of his own choosing.  To qualify for awards, an aquarist should follow the schedule outlined below:

Breeder Award – 50 points

30 points from Class A
20 points from Class B

Advanced Breeder Award – 100 points

Complete the Breeder requirements
30 or more points from Classes C or D
The remaining points to reach the 100-point mark may be selected from any Class.

Expert Breeder Award – 300 points

Complete requirements for both Breeder and Advanced Breeder
The remaining points to reach the 300-point mark may be selected from any Class.


Questions often arise as to WHY fishes were assigned to certain classes. The classes were determined by consideration of many factors including: 1) difficulty in husbanding the adults as well as rearing the fry for at least 60 days, 2) problems feeding the fishes, 3) compatibility of breeders, and other problems encountered by the first successful breedings in GDAS. A few fishes have been strangely evaluated – for example, the Rift Lake cichlids were considered difficult in the 1960’s and 70’s but once it was realized that they were colony spawners as opposed to being mated pairs as in the familiar American cichlids, it became apparent that they were originally over-evaluated for points in most cases.

Nonetheless, each aquarist benefits the SAME POINTS from any successes with a particular species.

Class A

The aquarist must spawn and raise at least 10 fry to 60 days of age. (Sixty days after hatching for egg-layers.)  Another club member must witness these fish after they are 60 days of age.  This may be done at the breeder’s own home or at a general membership meeting.

Class B

The aquarist must spawn and bring to a club meeting at least 10 living fry reared to 60 days of age.  The fry must be fully labeled as to age, identification, and breeder’s name.

Class C

All requirements as Class B fish, plus

Either a Breeders Award Committee member or a GDAS Officer (see inside cover of TTT) must visit aquarist’s home to witness conditions under which the fish spawned. Entrants must also submit a summary of spawning procedure written for publication in TTT or by special arrangement when accompanied by visual aids for an oral presentation at a club meeting. Written summaries must be at least 350 words in length for an article on a single species and at least 500 words in length if written on two related species.  Because many articles have been written on the more common 15 and 20-point fishes, often authors are discouraged in their attempts to be original. To address this issue; if a species’ spawning has previously been reported in TTT – and then only if the BAP’s chairman or editor has given approval – the aquarist may use a report of 350 words minimum on any 5 or 10-point fish or some relevant subject to the hobby to satisfy the BAP requirements for the species spawned.  Talks and/or articles should be completed within six months of the meeting at which the fish are verified as being 60 (+) days old.

Class D

All requirements as Class C fish, plus

A Breeder Award Committee member must be notified within 48 hours of spawning time.  Special petitions to extend the above time will be considered

Point Classification of Fishes Spawned

Class A – 5 Points

Any livebearer not listed in Classes B, C, or D.

Any mouthbrooding Tilapia (Sarotherodon or Oreochromis) or Haplochromis not in Class B.

AnyDanio and Brachydanio.

Any cichlids not in classes B, C, or D.

White Clouds and any Australian rainbows including Pseudomugilids.

All anabantids not listed in Classes B, C, or D.

The killifish: Aphy. gardneri and A. australe; Aplo. lineatus and A. panchax;

Epi. dageti; Pachy. playfairii; and Rivulus species.

AnyOryzias not listed elsewhere.

The following unisexual snails: Apple Snails (Ampullaria sp.), Hardy Live-bearing Snails (Vivipara sp., Campeloma sp.), Assassin Snail (Clea helen) and Rabbit Snails (Tylomelania spp.), and Colombian Ramshorn (Marisa sp.)

The parthenogenetic Marbled Crayfish; the small shrimps of the Caridinidae.

Class B – 10 Points

All barbs not in Classes C and D.

These cichlids: Pterophyllum scalare; Cichlasoma festae, C. festivum,C. dovii, C. labiatum, C. managuense, C. friedrichsthali, C. severum, C. urophthalmus, C. umbriferum, C. nicaraguense; any Hemichromis sp.; Anomalochromis thomasi; any non-mouthbrooder in genus Tilapia;Haplochromis euchilus, H. polystigma, H. livingstonei, H. compressiceps, and other large species.

These gouramis: Trichogaster leeri; any Colisa sp.; any Belontia sp.

All characins not in Classes C and D.

Halfbeaks;Belonesox sp.; any member of family Goodeidae; Brachyraphis spp.; Jenynsia spp.

Sticklebacks, sunfishes, and American minnows.

Any top spawning killifish not in Class A

AnyBadis sp.; Madagascar, New Guinean and Celebes rainbows.

Goldfish and koi carp

The unisexual crayfishes; the shrimps with planktonic larvae – e.g. Halocaridina spp.

Class C – 15 Points

Any African Cichlid not in Classes A, B, or D; any Etroplus sp.;

All Apistogramma, Geophagus,Crenicara, and Crenicichla sp.

Pencilfish and headstanders; Congo, phantom, and glowlight tetras;

Barbus arulius, B. filamentosus, and B. everetti.

All Corydoras including aeneus, hastatus, paleatus, and pygmaeus – not listed in D.

Aspidoras spp.

Loaches of genus Acanthophthalmus.

All soil breeding killifish; also Pseudepiplatys annulatus.

Glassfish and bumblebee gobies; African clawed frogs.

Kissing, moonlight, croaking, and the true gouramies (Osphronemus sp).

Class D – 20 points

Anableps, Pantodon; Monodactylus; Symphysodon; Astronotus.

Any Rasbora; Asiatic algae eaters and Old World “sharks”; Tin Foil Barbs.

Neon and cardinal tetras; any hatchetfish, silver dollars, and piranhas.

Chocolate gourami; Ambystoma mexicanum (axolotl).

All catfish and loaches not included in Class C – including Scleromystax.

All Syngnathid fishes that bear live young after having been previously maintained in the breeder’s tank past the gestation period of one spawn.

Needlefish (Belonidae).

Additional Notes

Effective immediately, The BAP Committee is making a few changes to the previously stated rules with regards to identifying the species submitted for points. The scientific community has created confusion for hobbyists in recent years by revising the relationships – and as a result the scientific names – of large numbers of organisms popular among aquarists. It is now YOUR responsibility to fully identify any species submitted for BAP credit.

Refer to a complete copy of the BAP RULES and note that the paragraphs 3), 4), 7), and 8) shown below have been adapted to reflect your responsibility to provide the needed information to the Committee.

1)    Points are awarded only once for any species.  Hybrids are not allowed.

2)    Fish in breeder’s own tanks must spawn the eggs; they cannot be obtained elsewhere and then hatched.

3)    Upon request, the Breeders Award Committee will assign a point value to any species not specifically mentioned in the point schedule. The schedules are considered to be guides. The FIRST time the species is presented to the BAP Committee, species can be evaluated and assigned points different than suggested in the schedule. Once the species has been assigned points, no future changes will be made. This is to achieve fairness to all BAP participants and to maintain stability over the long existence of this forty-year-old program.

4)    Following a successful spawning, it is the breeder’s own responsibility to see that his or her points have been properly recorded. The individual breeder is also responsible for keeping continuous permanent records for what has been bred previously. The Committee can not be expected to re-supply the past records repeatedly because an aquarist has “forgotten or lost” his own paperwork. Each BAP form once processed in Committee and returned will show the CUMULATIVE POINT TOTAL TO THE DATE OF CURRENT REGISTRY.

5)    Because of existing confusion in their names, points will be assigned only once for fishes in the following complexes.

a)   Astatotilapia (= Haplochromis) burtoniwingatiidesfontainesi.

b)   Cichlasoma (= Aequidens) portalegrense and Cichlasoma bimaculatum (including C. amazonarum and their allies).

c)   Bujurquina (= Aequidens) paraquayensismariae – zamorensis – vittatus

– potaroensis – syspilus.

d)   Julidochromis marlieriJ. regani;

e)   Julidochromis ornatusJ. transcriptus.

f)    Aequidens pulcher A. latifronsA. coeruleopunctatusA. sapayensis

g)    Confusion also exists regarding the proper identification and relationship in groups not specifically detailed above; in such instances the decision of the Committee shall be final.

6)    The Rift Lake cichlids are increasingly becoming a problem for BAP committees as result of:

a)    hybrids between species and even genera

b)    hobbyists who maintain and sell stock that is misnamed

c)    similarity between related species when small juvenile fish are involved

As a means of counteracting these problems and hopefully of encouraging aquarists to guard against hybridization, the Rift Lake cichlids (especially the mbuna and Haplochromis species) must be at least 60 days old and 1.5 inches long (snout to tip of tail) when submitted for verification. If doubt as to identity still exists, the Committee may require further growth before verification. To prevent hybridization it is strongly recommended that Rift Lake cichlids be housed as single species groups and not in community groups of different species.

7)    The aquarist should be forewarned that in instances of distinct, yet scientifically unidentified fishes points will only be considered if reference can be made to a published photograph – or if a recognizable photo is submitted for permanent retention in the BAP files. For some fishes, the committee may require the photo to be in color. The paperwork will be returned to the breeder until it is fully completed and re-submitted. Further,

8)     It is the aquarist’s responsibility that all forms be supplied with LEGIBLE and accurate published documentation supplied to the Committee including full scientific name and/or any other references relevant to paragraph 7.

Acknowledgement of Achievement

1)    Certificates of merit will be presented at the annual banquet to each award level attained.

2)    In addition, Expert Breeders will receive a trophy or plaque and a Lifetime Membership. This latter shall not be construed as divesting its possessor of any obligation to the G.D.A.S. The Society may require certain evidences of continuing interest in membership privileges; the least of which is to contact the Membership Chairman at the beginning of each year for renewal.

3)    For each additional 300 points accumulated, The Lifetime Membership will be extended to cover one additional family member who participated in the B.A.P. and who has been a paying member.

Specialist Classes

The Specialist Classes have been designed to give additional incentive to members of the Breeders Award Program to diversify their efforts into as many interest areas as feasible. Additional classes may be added in the future. To achieve any Specialist Class, an aquarist must breed a group of organisms whose assigned BAP values total 300 points and which fulfill the requirements of the particular class.

Catfish Specialist

The fishes bred must represent five different genera and three different families and total 300 BAP points.

Killifish Specialist

The fishes bred must represent at least ten soil spawners (not including switch spawners) and ten mop spawners; at least ten Old World species and at least ten New World species; at least ten genera; and total 300 BAP points.

Cichlid Specialist

The fishes bred must re present at least fifteen New World species from five different genera including Symphysodon; at least fifteen Old World genera including Etroplus and five from western Africa; and total 300 BAP points.

North American Native Fish Specialist

The fishes bred must represent at least two species from each of at least five families (or, the sum of ten reached by computing two points for each family in which two or more species have been recorded and one point for each additional family); no more than 150 points of the required 300 can be from any one family.

Livebearer Specialist

The fishes bred must represent at least fifteen genera in at least four families; no more than 150 points of the required 300 can be from any one family.

Point Transfer Between BAP Programs

Anyone joining GDAS will be allowed to transfer points from another club whose rules meet our criteria. Their points will be shown as transfer points from their old club. However, this is subject to written verification from that club’s BAP committee or, if that is not available, other reasonable proof. Their points will be subject to review and adjustment by the GDAS BAP committee. In order to get this recognition of his or her points, the individual will not be allowed to duplicate species for which points have been transferred, if he or she decides to strive further to achieve the GDAS awards and lifetime membership. The application for transfer must be accompanied by the appropriate GDAS BAP sheets fully completed. It will not be the  policy of GDAS to give awards for points earned in other societies’ Breeder Award Programs.