The Breeders Award Program (BAP) is designed to stimulate interest and foster knowledge in the husbandry of Cichlids. Participation in this program will encourage research into the conservation of the family Cichlidae and recognize the achievements of participating CCA members.
All members of CCA in good standing may participate in the program.
BAP CHAIR AND BAP COMMITTEE
The CCA President, with the proviso that a five-member committee be formed, shall appoint the BAP Chair. The Chair, with the consent of the Board of Governors, shall appoint the remaining four members. The current CCA President is ex officio a member of the committee.
FUNCTIONS OF THE BAP COMMITTEE
The BAP Committee shall manage and impose the rules and regulations governing the BAP. These duties include verification and awarding of points to the members who have met the criteria, keeping the proper records, and supplying the qualified members with the appropriate awards. The BAP Committee shall periodically review the rules and regulations for possible improvements. The Committee will adhere to the following procedures regarding changes to the rules and regulations.
A Committee member shall propose a change in writing.
Any CCA member in good standing may propose a change to a Committee member,
who then will propose the change to the Committee.
The Committee will vote on the proposed change. A majority vote is needed to carry the change.
The Committee will choose a date for implementation of the change.
The proposed change, with the effective date, will be published on the CCA website/forum and in the club newsletter.
Any CCA member in good standing may appeal a BAP Committee decision or ruling. All appeals must be made in writing to the CCA Board of Governors, which, after consultation with the BAP Chair, will make a final decision.
If a rule/category change results in the reduction of points awarded, the change will not affect previously awarded points. However, if a rule/category change increases the amount of points awarded, the breeder may be eligible for the additional points provided that all other requirements (including any new requirements that may result from the change) are met.
In order to qualify for the benefits of the Program, the following criteria have been established:
For a breeding to be eligible for the BAP, the spawning – defined as the physical mating of fish that produces fertilized eggs – must occur in the tank of the CCA member. Broods that are the result of obtaining eggs or gravid females from another individual, with the fry subsequently being hatched in the member's tank, are not eligible for the BAP.
No hybrids are eligible. If a hybrid is discovered at a later date, the originally awarded points will be deducted from the member's total and a 10-point penalty will be assessed.
Fish have been divided into 2 groups, Old World and New World . Each of these groups has been further divided into 4 categories based on ease or difficulty in breeding a certain species or group of fish.
For any Category A fish, a minimum of 6 fry must be raised for 60 days after hatching, or release of fry in the case of mouth brooding fish. For all other fish, a minimum of 3 fry must be raised for 60 days.
All BAP spawns are subject to 2 checks.
First check can be made, in person (at the breeders house) by any current member of the CCA, by emailing a photo of the fry to a BAP Committee member, or by posting a photo (in the BAP Participants area) on the Forum.
Second check must be made, approximately 60 days after the spawn, by a BAP Committee member. This can either be done at the breeder's house or, the appropriate minimum amount of fry can be brought to a regularly scheduled CCA meeting for verification.
The Bap Chair or Committee members may not verify their own spawns.
It is the breeder's responsibility to assure his/her points have been properly verified and reported, to the BAP Committee, by filling out the required spawning report form and acquiring the required signatures for verification.
Completed BAP forms should be submitted within 90 days of the spawning.
No points will be awarded for any fish not on the species list until the BAP Committee determines the point category for this fish. The points will be held until this determination is made. The BAP Committee will place the fish on the list within 60 days.
Any new varieties developed exclusively by a CCA member (i.e., albino forms, long-finned forms, etc.) will be awarded bonus points not to exceed double the original point value of that species. The new line must be standardized and accepted into the hobby to be valid.
Family memberships will have their points awarded to the family. Individual memberships will have points awarded to the individual.
The BAP Chair will maintain the official record of BAP standings. These standings can also be posted on the CCA website, in the CCA Forum, and in the Biotope.
Once the above criteria are met, the CCA breeder will be awarded points according to the following point schedule.
Point Schedule for Categories:
Category A: 10 points - easy to breed.
Category B: 20 points - more challenging because of greater aggression or size, or diet or water quality requirements.
Category C: 30 points - demanding to breed. These fish require specific maintenance conditions in regards to water parameters, aggression control, and/or diet. They are typically considered "rare or uncommon."
Category D: 50 points - most demanding. These fish are rarely bred and require great effort on the part of the breeder due to their size, sensitivity to water conditions and quality, and/or specialized dietary requirements.
First to breed.
The first CCA member to breed a species will be awarded bonus points equal to the number normally awarded for that fish. For example, the first member to breed a specific Category A fish will receive the standard 10 points plus an additional 10 points for being the “first to breed”.
A spawn that is recognized as the first breeding of a species in the United States will be awarded the normal points plus a bonus of 50 points.
“First to breed” points can be held for 90 days if there is a question as to which member was the first to spawn a specific fish. The BAP Chair will determine the recipient of these points.
A CCA member who breeds any species recognized as endangered in the wild or that is included in a Species Survival Program will be awarded 25 bonus points. Breeder will then be awarded 5 bonus points for each successful spawn thereafter (maximum of 5 spawns).
A CCA member who auctions off the fry from a successful spawn will be awarded points equal to the category of the species. The fish must be of decent size, about 1”, and in good health. The BAP Chair reserves the right to refuse any fish deemed undersized, in poor health or deformed. All normal rules of the Auction/Mini-Auction will apply. Please designate on the bag and auction form that these fish are eligible for BAP points.
A CCA member who provides a written account of a successful breeding that is published in The Biotope or other cichlid/aquarist publication will be awarded 25 bonus points.
A CCA member who makes a formal presentation at a CCA meeting or event, regarding his or her experience with a successful breeding will be awarded 10 bonus points.
Achievement Level Awards.
BAP Awards will be presented to CCA members who attain the following levels of breeding achievement:
Breeder (Level 1) – 70 points (minimum of 5 species) – Club announcement
Grand Master – 2000 points (minimum of 100 species) – Plaque & bonus award*
*Bonus award to be determined by BAP Committee
Annual Top Breeder Award. A Certificate will be awarded, each year, to the CCA member who has accumulated the most BAP points during the year. “The year” will be defined as the 12 months between the annual December meetings (Holiday party).
Rarity Breeding Award. On occasion, and with the consent of the current CCA President (or Vice-President, should the President be under consideration for the award), the BAP Committee may elect to recognize a singular breeding achievement by a CCA member. That member shall receive a special certificate recognizing his or her achievement.
Offered up are my group of 8 Paretroplus Menarambo. These are a Malagasy(Madagascar) cichlid, and they are currently on the IUCN red list as critically endangered. The habitat and numbers of ciclids endemic to that region are in serious danger due to over fishing and environmental issues. The largest of these beauties is approximately 9" TL(pictured), and they can possibly get a few inches larger. M/F ratio is unknown, but I'm pretty confident that there are 2 females that have spawned. They have spawned multiple times, but I have had difficulty keeping the fry alive. Because of those difficulties and the fact that they are endangered, I feel it is critical that offspring should be saved from them to help preserve the species, so that is why I am posting them. So please only reply if you are willing to give the necessary effort to at least try to accomplish that goal. I can give advice as to when they have spawned and the minimal effort it takes to get them to. They are not overly aggressive, even when spawning, and are not picky eaters that require a specialty diet, just feed good quality pellet and flake foods. They will require a large tank, 6' long and 150g minimum, obviously bigger is better. Because they form a heirarchy that can cause problems if the group is broken up, they will be sold together. Even though I have shipped many fish up to about 4", I can only offer local cash pickup in Central NJ at this time because of their size. Shipping would only be an option if the buyer is willing and can pre-arrange something as far as packaging goes. Contact me with any questions.
Shipping delay in effect until the weather overnight is forecasted to be above freezing. I may be able to ship to some closer by areas early in the week of January 27 if it does not drop below freezing to very late overnight.
Make your plans early to attend this great event. This year's event is Friday, March 13 and Saturday, March 14 at the Holiday Inn in Gaithersburg, MD. The main event is on Saturday with a Marketplace (Vendors from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm) and Rare Fish Auction from 5:30 to 7:30 pm. For more details see https://capitalcichlids.org/bigfishdeal/I hope to see a large number of my customers at the marketplace on Saturday between 11:00 and 3:00 pm this year
Labidochromis sp. "Mbamba" (Yellow Top Mbamba) (Yellow Fin Mbamba) Three 3-inch males Clearance price $6.40 each, One 3 inch male plus two 2.5-inch females (trio) Clearance Price $15.00, Two 2.5 inch males Clearance Price $5.30 each, One 2.5 inch male plus five 2 inch females Clearance prick $21.25
My plan for 2020 is to concentrate on breeding more and growing out of smaller sizes of better sellers. Slow sellers will move to the Special order lists which will only occur when I have sold enough fish to make room for more. I need your help to clear space. Please order fish when you can and especially try to purchase those on clearance so I can clear those tanks. The next special order list will likely occur around February 16 or 17 with fish come on February 25 so they will clear two-week quarantine in time to be available for delivery to the BFD on March 14.
I'm searching for Nimbochromis linni for a very special memorial tank in honor of my stepfather. He was one of the pioneers in the PNW in breeding African cichlids starting in 1971 in Washington State. He was known in the community for raising enormous bright colorful fish. Us kids all grew up with tanks everywhere in the house, even the bathrooms. Are livingroom had the 200 gallon tank with Nimbochromis linni we would talk and watch them and he would always say at the end linni are my absolute favorite cichlid. If anyone can point me in the direction of finding juveniles or adults would greatly appreciate it.