The BAP was established in 1972 with four main goals:
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The Montreal Aquarium Society has established the following levels of
achievement within the program, and awards trophies for those members
who achieve them.
Breeders Award: the aquarist must accumulate a total of 50 points.

Advanced Breeder: in addition to completing the "BREEDER" requirements, the aquarist must also accumulate an additional 50 points, for a total of 100 points.
Expert Breeder: the aquarist must accumulate 300 points.
Master Breeder: the aquarist must accumulate 500 points.
GrandMaster Breeder: the aquarist must accumulate 1,000 points.

Points are given for each successful spawning according to the class assigned for each species. A member may only receive points once per species spawned, however, a member may
submit reports on any given species more than once with the understanding that the reports will be considered "For Their Record Only". This ruling also applies to different color "morphs" if
the member has already filled a report for that species. In all cases, a successful breeding shall consist of 10 (ten) fry raised to a minimum of 30 days of age.

Class A-5 points. It is not necessary to have the fish witnessed at exactly 30 days. Verification may be made by any club member.
Class B-10 points. Verification can be made by the BAP chairman or any members who have reached Breeder Status.
Class C-15 points. Verification can be made by the BAP chairman or any member who has reached Advanced Breeder Status.
Class D-20 points. Verification must be made by either the BAP chairman or other member who has reached Expert Breeder Status. The member must also submit a written report to the
BAP chairman for inclusion in the club bulletin. The report must contain pertinent data found on the BAP report form as well as any personal observations regarding spawning. This written
report may be neatly handwritten or typed. The bulletin editor will have editing powers in order to ensure that the report confirms to his/her own criteria.

The BAP report has been designed to enable other aquarists to duplicate conditions for a healthy spawn. Since many members donate fry for the auction or circulate them among other
members, it is to your own advantage to insure that the form is filled in completely and has all the needed information. The BAP Chairman reserves the right to reject any report that she/he
believes to lack the needed information. In many cases a person will not have the testing kits regarding water chemistry/quality, however, if you state that you use your own original tapwater,
and list any additives such as peat-filtered or dolomite, etc., another member will have a fair idea of the water chemistry/quality. Please ensure that you make a complete report.

The BAP Chairman will only accept reports for HYBRID or cross-breeding between species on a discretionary basis. Generally, only Class A hybrid are accepted, but you can check with
Chairman before submitting such a report.

The BAP Chairman reserves the right to inspect any fish submitted in order to confirm identity. He/she may enlist the aid of a person who is knowledgeable in that field to do so.

The judgement of the BAP Chairman is absolute in any matter regarding the BAP, except in case of identification. If a member disagrees with an identification matter, he/she may enlist the
aid of any member of Expert Breeder status or higher to help argue the case. You must be able to show conclusive proof such as a published article or photo that helps to state your case.

Montreal Aquarium Society Breeders Award Program (BAP)Master Species Directory

This directory is meant to replace all other listings previously issued by the BAP. Since the beginning of our BAP in 1972, many of the species kept and bred by our members have had their
names changed due to re-classification by the international committee of nomenclature, the ruling body for the naming of fish species. This has created several problems in our program,
the obvious of which is keeping track of what fish is what. On some occasions, program members have submitted reports for breeding the same fish twice, but under different names, and
received points for both. It also became a problem in determining who was the first in the program to breed a species for the first time. The result of all this confusion was that our
recordkeeping became disorganized and difficult to work with. It is not the fault of any of our previous BAP Chairmen that this situation occurred, as their efforts and hard work have
enhanced our program, which is not an easy one to administer.

In order to make this directory more user-friendly, major change in format was necessary. Instead of listing BAP classes by points, and then listing the various species under the Class
heading, the author has instead divided the species into 17 different groups or sections, such as the system used by the Federation of American Aquarium Societies (FAAS) in their
SPECIES GUIDE FOR NEW SHOW JUDGES. Within each section, the species were listed alphabetically by proper scientific name, and followed by the common name(s), BAP class, and
number of times bred by the program members. An example is shown below:

BARBUS AURULIUS............Aurulius Barb.
LONG-FIN BARB..............C1.B...(1)

Previously, our filing system for the reports submitted by program members was filed under the members' names. In compiling the directory the author has filed each report under the
species name, which was verified with the reference materials. This alone has revealed that the BAP members have reported 2,143 sucessful spawnings of 429 different species. A further
result of this method of filing will enable the Chairman of the BAP to make available upon request copies of reports to those members who may be experiencing problems in spawning
those particular species on file.

The reference materials used in compiling this directory and in the verification of species names are as follows:

i)Federation of Aquarium Societies Guide For Show Judges, FAAS, 1989.
ii)Dr. Herbert Axelrod's Atlas of Aquarium Fishes, mini edition, TFH Publications, 1987.
iii)Dr. Axelrod's Atlas of Freshwater Aquarium Fishes, second edition, TFH Publications, 1986.
iv)Baensch Aquarium Atlas, Tetra Press, 1994.
v)Baensch Aquarium Atlas, Volume II, Tetra Press, 1993.
vi)Ad Konings Cichlids of Lake Malawi, TFH Publications, 1990.

While every attempt was made to use current scientific names in species classifications, in some cases, particularly with killifish, an older name was used in order to keep a more accurate
record. Some may also notice that the various cichlasomine species listed may have what appears to be an outdated species name, but in those cases the Baensch Atlases were used,
along with what appears to be the current (Heros) name. In any case, the author feels enough information is supplied to avoid confusion.

Future plans regarding the BAP include computerization of our records and periodic updates of this listing. The author will also review the files of each BAP member and make the
necessary corrections where there is a need. Some individual point totals may change, but it is felt that it is more important to keep an accurate record. The author also will endeavor to
publish a listing showing who bred what species first in the program history.

It is hoped that this comprehensive directory will be of use to those who wish to participate in the program, and that it will be an important tool and addition for this part of the hobby.

Gary Elson  BAP Chairman
Breeders Award Program
To recognize outstanding achievements in the breeding of fish.
To encourage the spawning of aquarium fish.
To share knowledge of breeding techniques.
To enable more club members to participate in these activities.