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  • BAP Point Values

Class A 5 points
Livebearers: Xiphophorus helleri, Xiphophorus maculatus
Cichlids: Cichlasoma nigrofasciatum

Class B 10 points
Livebearers: Xiphophorus (except helleri & maculatus), Limia, Phallichthys, Heterandia, Goodeadae family
...all others except those listed elsewhere
Rift Cichlids: Aulonocara, Chalinochromis, Cynotilapia, Iodotropheus,Julidochromis, Labeotropheus, Labidochromis,Melanochromis, Pseudotropheus, Sarotherodon,Telmatochromis, Tilapia, Trematocranus,Lamprologus(except those listed elsewhere), Haplochromis, Malawian Haplochromines (except those listed elsewhere)
South American Cichlids: Aequidens sensu strictu, 'Aequidens' (pulcher type), Bujuraquina, Cichlasoma sensu strictu, 'Cichlasoma' (fasciatum type), Celithracara, 'Geophagus' (brasiliensis type), 'Geophagus' (steindachneri type), Guianacara, Heros, Krobia, Laetacara,Mesonauta, Nannacara, Pterophyllum scalare
Other Cichlids: Hemichromis, Pelvicachromis, Herotilapia
Catfish: Corydoras aeneus, paleatus, habrosus, Ancistrus spp. aff.temminckii (tank raised)
Killifish: Mop-spawning killifish
Anabantoids: Macropodus, Trichogaster, Betta splendens
Characins & relatives: Nematobrycon, Gymnocorymbus
Barbs and relatives: Puntius, Barbus, Danio, Brachydanio, White Clouds, Capoeta
Rainbows: Melanotaenia boesemani, sexfasciatus, praecox, Bedotia

Class C 15 points
Livebearers: Nomorhamphus, Dermogenys, Jenynsia
Rift Cichlids: Eretmodus, Haplochromis linni and rostratus,Altolamprologus calvus and compressiceps, Lamprologus(toae, tretocephalus, tetracanthus, moorii, cylindricus,buesheri), Cyprichromis, Spathodus, Xenotilapia,Aulonocranus
South American Cichlids: Acaronia, 'Aequidens' (rivulatus type), Apistogramma,Caquetaia, Chaetobranchopsis, Chaetobranchus. 'Cichlasoma' (Amphilophus), Crenicara, Crenicichla (<10"), Geophagus,Gymnogeophagus, Hypelacara, Papiliochromis, Retroculus,Tahuantinsuyoa
Other Cichlids: Etroplus maculatus, Teleogramma, Steatocranus
Catfish: All corydoras not listed elsewhere
Killifish: African bottom spawners, Cynolebias whitei
Anabantoids: Betta species, Trichopsis, Colisa
Barbs and relatives: Any Barb or similar species with adult size greater than 4 inches
Rainbows: Glossolepsis, Pseudomugil, Poppendetta, Iriatherina,Chilatherina, Melananotaenia
Characins and relatives: Hyphessobrycon, Moenkhausia, Megalamphodus,Phenacogrammus, Hemigrammus, Nannostomus
Others: Small gobies, Badis badis

Class D 20 points
Livebearers: Belanesox, Anableps
Rift Cichlids: Tropheus, Lepidiolamprologus spp., Lamprologus sexfasciatus "Gold", Petrochromis, Simochromis,Cyphotilapia, all Featherfins (Cyathopharynx, Cunningtonia,Opthalmotilapia)
South American Cichlids: Acarichthys, Apistogrammoides, Astronotus, Biotodoma,Biotoecus, Crenicichla (<10"), Dicrossus, Hoplarchus,Mazarunia, Pterophyllum (all other species), Satanoperca,Symphysodon, Taeniacara, Teleocichla, Uaru
Other Cichlids: Etroplus not previously listed
Catfish: Ancistrus (wild-caught, Honor System Please!), Otocinclus,Loricaria, Ricola, Sturisoma, Sturisomatichthys, Corydoras barbatus, macropterus, robinea, and all long-snouted species
Killifish: South American bottom spawners
Anabantoids: Parosphromenus, Pseudosphromenus, Ctenapoma,Helostoma, Osphromenus
Barbs and relatives: Barbs (>12"), any Rasbora, Goldfish or Koi
Others: Gobies >6", Blennies, Channa, Stickleback
Characins and relatives: Nannobrycon, Pyrrhulina, Copella, Paracheirodon

Class E 25 points
Miscellaneous: Brochus, Hypostomas, Farlowella, Lamprologus sexfasciatus"Blue", Sphaerichtys, Polpterus, Leaf fish, Puffers, Pantadon, Silver Dollars and their relatives, Hoplosternum and related genera, Eutropiellus, Auchenipterids and related families,Cyprinodon, and all marine fish, invertebrates, and soft-bodied animals



Point levels reflect an increasing challenge to the aquarist in successfully breeding a species in captivity.  By "breeding" we refer to the entire effort required of the aquarist from providing conditions to elicit a spawning to rearing the fry to at least 60 days of age.  We consider various criteria that contribute to this challenge:
  • special tank or water needs (e.g. large tank, special tank set-up)
  • food requirements for both adults and fry (from the ease of flake food to a need to culture live foods)
  • effort required to trigger a spawn
  • effort that leads to healty egg hatches
  • effort to nurture newly hatched fry and then the rearing of fry to a sellable size
  • known history of captive spawnings & rearings (compared to how frequently the species is kept)
  • etc. ...criteria that suggests effort and challenge as they correspond to success

As seen in the table above, points are assigned primarily at the 'family' and then 'genus' level, and only in rare cases is a species singled out for a different point level.  BAP does not attempt to micro-manage point assignments on a species-by-species basis (a time-consuming and an almost impossible task).  Rather a species is assigned points based upon the general challenge of its genus.  As a result, we acknowledge that some species within one genus may be easier or harder to spawn that some species in a differently classified genus.

Information sources used to determine characteristics: other clubs' systems, FAAS, books and other publications accepted by the BAP Chair, and fishroom experiences demonstrating the ease or difficulty of species.