BAP Points & Categories

 

Category 1: 10-Point Fishes

  • Any Species of livebearing fish, except as noted elsewhere
  • Any Species of cichlid, except as noted elsewhere
  • Any species of Cyprinid (barbs, danios, white clouds, etc.) except as noted elsewhere
  • Any species of rainbowfish, except as noted elsewhere
  • Any species of plant/mop spawning killifish, except as noted elsewhere

Category 2: 15-Point Fishes

  • Any Gambusia species, except as noted elsewhere
  • Brachyrhaphis rhabdophora
  • Heterandria bimaculata
  • Any species of dwarf cichlid (under 4" at maturity), except as noted elsewhere
  • Any endemic Rift-lake substrate spawning cichlid, except as noted elsewhere
  • Any species of Geophagus, except as noted elsewhere
  • Angelfish (freshwater)
  • Cyphotilapia frontosa
  • Goldfish & Koi
  • Rainbowfishes of the genus Glossolpsis
  • Bottom spawning African Killifish (see Appendix I: Killifishes)
  • Any species of Anabantoid, except as noted elsewhere
  • Any species of goby, except as noted elsewhere
  • Badis badis
  • Elassoma evergladei

Category 3: 20-Point Fishes

  • New World large cichlids, except as noted elsewhere
  • Chromides (Etroplus)
  • Any species of catfish, except as noted elsewhere

Category 4: 25-Point Fishes

  • Bottom spawning South American killifish (see Appendix I: Killifishes)
  • Any species of Characin, except as noted elsewhere

Category 5: Difficult species, 30-Point Fishes

The following species whose spawnings have been recorded, but are still rare or considered difficult.

  • Anableps species
  • Belonesox belizanus
  • Any species of discus (Symphysodon)
  • Cichlasoma severum
  • Crenicara filamentosa
  • Geophagus Jurapari
  • kissing gourami (Helostoma)
  • chocolate gourami (Sphaerichthys osphromenoides)
  • Neon tetra
  • Cardinal tetra
  • Any species of silver dollar or piranha (Serrasalmus, Rooseveltiella, Pygoncenturs, Metynnis, Myopus, etc.)
  • Any species of Rosbora
  • Any species of puffer (Tetraondontidae)
  • Any species of whiptail cat (Loricaria)
  • Any species of bristle-nose cat (Ancistrus)
  • African butterfly (Pantodon bucholzi)
  • Any species of leaffish (Monocirrhus, Polycentopsis, Polycentrus, etc.)
  • Any species of halfbeak (Hemiramphidae)
  • Any species of stickleback (Gaserosteidae)
  • Spotted headstander (Chilodus punctatus)
  • Non-designated species - A difficult species of the breeders choice may be substituted for one of the above. In order to qualify species for this, the breeder must submit a written request to the BAP Committee prior to the awarding of points. A complete explanation of the request is required. This sub-category may be used more than once to qualify for Master Breeder status.

Category 6: Target Species, 50-Point Fishes

The following are species whose spawnings have not, or very rarely, been reported by the home aquarist.

  • Any species of loach
  • Any species of Loricariidae, except as noted elsewhere
  • Glass Catfish
  • Any species of Scatophagus
  • Any species of headstander (Anostomidae), except as noted elsewhere
  • Any species of fish naturally found exclusively in saltwater, except as noted elsewhere
  • Any species of hatchetfish (Gasteropelecidae)
  • Any species of glassfish (Centropomidae)
  • Non-designated species - A difficult species of the breeders choice may be substituted for one of the above. In order to qualify species for this, the breeder must submit a written request to the BAP Committee prior to the awarding of points. A complete explanation of the request is required. This sub-category may be used more than once to qualify for Master Breeder status or Grand Master Breeder status.

Category 7: Special Assignment

  • 7A 10 points, less than 10 fry of the following will be accepted.
    • Heterandria Formosa
    • Poecilia latipunctata.
  • 7B 15 points, less than 10 fry of the following will be accepted.
    • Cyprichromis nigripinnis
    • Lamprologus meeli

Appendix I: Killifishes

The three different categories into which killifish are divided in this program reflect the varying degrees of difficulty found in spawning these fishes.

  • Category 1: 10-Point Fishes covers all of the plant spawners. They spawn readily in mops or in a planted tank and the eggs hatch in about two weeks. In general the fry are not difficult to raise.
  • Category 2: 15-Point Fishes covers the African bottom-spawners. While they are usually spawned over a peat or fine sand bottom, many of them will spawn on bottom mops. The usual method of hatching involves storing the eggs in peat moss for a period of several weeks or months during which time the eggs may be lost to fungus or bacteria. It is this additional step that gives the added point value to these fishes.
  • Category 4: 25-Point Fishes covers the South American spawners: Cynolebias, Pteolebias, Austrofundulus, Rachovia, Simpsonichthes, etc. These are the true "ploughes" who completely bury themselves in the spawning medium (usually peat) before the eggs are released. They have been found to be more difficult to maintain and to spawn that the African bottom-spawners and the fry are generally more difficult to raise.

Appendix II

The names, both common and scientific, used above are to be considered as an aid to identification and placement of species only. A fish may be known under a number of different common names, and scientific names may change. If there is any doubt about placement of identification of a species consult the BAP Committee for assistance.