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1.1 To recognize & encourage achievement in growing & propagating aquatic plants.
1.2 To gather information & knowledge of aquatic plants & their requirements; with the additional bonus of having more beautiful aquariums.
1.3 To identify new aquatic plant species & conditions required for their care in the aquarium.
1.4 The Sarnia Aquarium Society will supply a code in regards to 1.3; this code will apply to a plant until proper identification is confirmed.
1.5 To establish a record of aquatic plant species & conditions required for their maintenance, which will be available to all S.A.S. members.
2. Eligibility
All Sarnia Aquarium Society members are eligible for the Aquatic Horticultural Awards Program (A.H.A.P.)
3.1 The A.H.A.P. committee will consist solely of a Chairperson, with. one or more extra appointed members, designated by the Chairperson, if required.
3.2 The duties of the Committee will consist of witnessing the propagation of aquatic plants as outlined. They will maintain an accurate record of points standings, report these to the membership & present awards.
3.3 They will supply a code for an unknown plant & will ensure proper identification as it becomes available.
3. Committee
All Sarnia Aquarium Society members are eligible for the Aquatic Horticultural Awards Program (A.H.A.P.)
1. Purpose
4. Awards
4.1 Beginning Aquatic Horticulturist
The aquarist will accumulate a minimum of 50 points. These points to include at least 3 different classes.
4.2 Aquatic Horticulturist
The aquarist will accumulate a minimum of 125 points. These points to include 2 plants from Classes C & D, & 1 from Class E.
4.3 Expert Aquatic Horticulturist
The aquarist will accumulate a minimum of 250 points. These points to include 2 plants from each Class of D, E, & 1 from Class F.
4.4 Master Aquatic Horticulturist
The aquarist will accumulate a minimum of 500 points. These points to include 3 plants from each Class of D, E, F, & 1 plant from Class G.
4.5 Grand Master Aquatic Horticulturist
The aquarist will accumulate a minimum of 1,000 points. This will include at least 80 species. The aquarist will be required to perform one of the items below:
A. Minimum of 3 lectures.
B. 3 photo essays of 10 pictures each. They are to include rootstock, stems, leaves, flowers, & seeds.
C. An article of identification of a plant to include at least 2,000 words for use in local or national publications.
5. Reproduction Requirements
5.1 For all species: verification & registration of propagation in Classes A & B may be witnessed by any active member. Any other persons in the same household are not eligible to witness. For Classes C & D, by A.H.A.P. Committee Member, once when flowering & at each stage of seed & when young plants are old enough to recognize.
5.2 Floating plants: double the original amount.
5.3 Bunch plants: double the original height of plant.
5.4 Reproduction by runner or division: 1 healthy plant capable of living independently of the parent plant.
5.5 Reproduction sexually: 1 plant reproduced from seed from the aquarists own plant in his/her aquarium or pond.
5.6 Flowering: must be verified when in full bloom, attached to S.A.S. members own plant; in the aquarists own pond or aquarium.
7. Point Classification

7.1 Class A (5 points)

Azolla species
Ceratophyllum species
Ceratopterus species
Egeria densa
Elodea species
Lemna species
Riccia species
Salvinia species

7.2 Class B (10 points)

Ambullia species
Acorus species
Bacopa species
Cardamine species
Cabomba species
Eleocharis species
Fontinalis species
Hygrophila species
Hydrocotyle species
Heterandria species
Hydrilla species
Limnophila species
Lobelia species
Ludwigia species
Myriophyllum species
Nomophila species
Najas species
Nitella species
Nymphoides species
Potamogeton species
Pygmy Chain Sword
Rotala species
Sagittaria species
Samolus Valerandi
Utricularia species
Vallisneria species
Water Wisteria
Alternanthera species
Lysimachia nummularia
Vesicularia dubyana

7.3 Class C (15 points)

Aponogeton species (except Madagascar lace plant)
Bolbitis species
Cryptocoryne species
Crinum species
Didiplis species
Echinodorus species (except Pygmy chain sword)
Isoetes species
Lararosiphon major
Marsilea species
Microsorium species
Nymphaea species
Pistia species
Trapa natans

7.4 Class D (20 points)

Aldrovandia species
Anubias species
Barclaya longifolia
Lagenandra species
Madagascar lace plant
Ottellia alismoides
Spatterdock

7.5 Class E - Flowerings
Extra points will be awarded for all reported flowerings of aquatic plants. Such points will be equal to the points for the class the plant is in.

7.6 Class F - Seeds
Extra points will be awarded for all seeds. Such points will be equal to the points for the class the plant is in.

7.7 Class G - Sexual Reproduction
Extra points will be awarded for sexual reproduction. Such points will be equal to the points for the class the plant is in.

Aquatic Horticulture Awards Program
AHAP Rules
AHAP Form

6.1 Plants reproduced must conform to the following definition of an aquatic plant: 'an aquatic plant is one which in the wild or native state, can be grown in the submersed, emmersed, or immersed (minimum of 1" water above substrate) state.
6.2 Plants must be identified by the aquarist and verified according to section 5.1. For identification purposes the following will be useful:

a) Encyclopedia of Water Plants by Dr. Jiri Strodola
b) Aquarium Plants: Their Identification, Cultivation and Ecology by Dr. Karel Rataj & Thomas J. Horeman
c) The Complete Guide to Water Plants by Mulberg
d) A Manual of Aquarium Plants by Shirley Aquatics, Colin D. Roe
e) Aquarium Plants by Christel Kasselmann

6.3 In order to have his/her points recorded, the aquarist must complete the A.H.A.P. template
6.4 For All Classes, additional points will be awarded if the aquarist, chooses to submit an article of at least 300 words, or give a short talk, (approximately 10 minutes) or make a donation to S.A.S. of the plant reproduced.
6.5 In regards to section 6.4: article or talk must be submitted no later than 30 days after the plant propagation is witnessed. This deadline can be waived at the discretion of the AHAP chair with legitimate cause.
6.6 The propagation of all plants must take place in the aquarist's own aquarium or pond.
6.7 Any plant not included in the point classification will be assigned points by the A.H.A.P. committee on request.
6.8 Questions you may have as to the interpretation of the rules and/or suggestions as to their improvements should be submitted to the A.H.A.P. committee.
6.9 All propagations are recorded and kept on file. Points will be awarded only once for any plant in a given class.
6.10 All completed A.H.A.P. forms must be submitted to the A.H.A.P. Chairperson.

6. Additional Criteria