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.
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.
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.
5.2 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.
7.1 Class A (5 points)
7.2 Class B (10 points)
Pygmy Chain Sword
7.3 Class C (15 points)
Aponogeton species (except Madagascar lace plant)
Echinodorus species (except Pygmy chain sword)
7.4 Class D (20 points)
Madagascar lace plant
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.
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.