AHAP

The Aquatic Horticulture Award Program

AHAP

The Aquatic Horticulture Awards Program recognizes outstanding achievement in the growth and propagation of aquatic plants.The AHAP also seeks knowledge of aquatic plants and their requirements, with the added benefit of gorgeous aquariums. The AHAP Program also hopes to establish a record of aquatic plant species and their required conditions, to be available to all members

All members are eligible for the Aquatic Horticulture Award Program. If a member
does not renew his/her membership, their points will be kept on the “inactive”
list until they renew their membership once again.

All members are eligible for the Aquatic Horticulture Award Program. If a
member does not renew his/her membership, their points will be kept on the
“inactive” list until they renew their membership once again. The AHAP committee
consists of a chairman and at least 2 additional appointed members the current
AHAP committee is listed on the
Contact CNYAS
page.

The committees duties are witnessing the propagation of aquatic plants,
maintaining an accurate record of the points standing, and reporting to the club and
obtaining/presenting awards. A list of the current standings will also be posted under
the AHAP
Leader board.

Aquatic Horticulture Award Program Rules

REPRODUCTION REQUIREMENTS

1. For all species, verification and registration of propagation
in Groups A through E may be verified by a member of the AHAP Committee
in the active member’s residence.

2. Floating plants. Doubling of the original amount/area.

3. Bunch plants. Doubling of the original plant in height.

4. Reproduction by runner or division. Reproduction is achieved
when a newly formed plant is grown in aquarist’s tank from a runner
or rhizome that was grown in the aquarist’s tank. The newly formed
plant must live independently from the parent plant for 30 days while
the parent plant is still alive and in good health.

5. Flowering. Must be witnessed when in full bloom, attached to the
plant, in the member’s aquarium/pond.

6. Reproduction sexually (from seed). One plant reproduced by sexual
means from an aquarist’s own parent plant. Seeds and reproduced plants
must be from the member’s own parent plant, not from a supplier or
breeder. The Chairman of the AHAP Committee witnesses new plant 30
days after developing into a miniature plant. The reproduction must
be verified at least twice; once when flowering and once when the young
plants are old enough to be recognized as being the young of the parent plant.

ADDITIONAL CRITERIA

1. Plants reproduced must conform with the following definition of an
aquatic plant: “An aquatic plant is one which, in the wild or native state,
can be grown in the submerged state as a normal occurrence at some time
during the course of any one complete season.”

2. Plants must be identified by the aquarist and verification made by
the AHAP Committee. A good book for identification is Aquarium Plants:
The Practical Guide by Pablo Tepoot or Aquarium Plants by Dr. Rataj & Thomas Horeman.

3. In order to have his/her points recorded, the aquarist must submit
a completed, witnessed Report Form. A club member may review the forms on
file from the Chairman who will make them available at all club meetings.

4. For Groups E and F the aquarist must write an article for publication
in the club bulletin or orally at a meeting.

5. The propagation must take place in the aquarist’s own tank.

6. Any plant not included in the point grouping will be assigned points by the AHAP Committee upon request.

7. Any questions you may have as to the interpretation of the rules or
any suggestions as to their improvements should be submitted to the AHAP Chairman.

8. All propagations are recorded and kept on file.

9. It is mandatory that completed sheets be submitted to the AHAP
chairman before points are to be awarded for any group.

 AWARDS

Beginning Aquatic Horticulturalist: 50 Pts.
Aquarist must accumulate a total of 50 points.

Aquatic Horticulturalist: 100 Pts.
Aquarist must accumulate a total of 100 points. In addition to completing the Beginning requirements, an additional 50 points must be earned.

Senior Aquatic Horticulturalist: 150 Pts.
Aquarist must accumulate a total of 150 points. Aquatic Horticulturist plus 2 species from Group C, and 2 from Group D, and propagate 20 species total.

Expert Aquatic Horticulturalist: 200 Pts.
Aquarist must accumulate a total of 200 points. Senior Aquatic Horticulturist plus 1 species from Group E and propagate 28 species total.

Master Aquatic Horticulturalist: 300 Pts.
Aquarist must accumulate a total of 300 points. Expert Aquatic Horticulturist plus an additional species from Group E and a total of 35 species propagated.

Grand Master Horticulturalist: 450 Pts.
Aquarist must accumulate a total of 450 points. Master Aquatic Horticulturist plus an additional species from Group E, 1 species from Group F, and a total of 55 species propagated.

Species Award
Given to participating AHAP members who complete 11 of the 14 species classes.

 Leaderboards

GROUP A

5 POINTS

or counts as one species

Azolla species (floating fern)

Ceratopteris species

Ceratophyllum species

Elodea species

Hygrophilia species (except H. difformis)

Lemna species

Riccia species

Sagittaria species

Salvinia species

Vallisneria species

GROUP B

10 POINTS

or counts as one species

Bacopa species

Cabomba species

Cardamine species

Echinodorus tenellus only

Eleocharis species

Fontinalis species

Hydrocotyle species (pennywort)

Hygrophila difformis (water wisteria)

Limnophila species (ambulia)

Lobelia species

Ludwigia species

Myriophyllum species

Najas species (pondweed)

Nitella species

Nomophilia species (temple plant)

Nuphar species except Spatterdock

Nymphaea chromatella

Rotala species

Utricularia species

Vesicularia dubyana (java moss)

GROUP C

15 POINTS

or counts as 1 species

Aponogeton species (except Madagascar Lace)

Cryptocoryne species

Didiplis diandria (water hedge)

Echinodorus species (except Pygmy Chain Sword)

Eichhornia crassipes (water hyacinth)

Isoetes species

Marsilea species

Microsorium pteropus (java fern)

Pistia species

Trapa natans (water chestnut)

GROUP D

20 POINTS

or counts as 1 species

Aldrovanda species

Anubias species

Any Marine Plant

Aponogeton madagascariensis

Bucephalandra Sp.

Lagenandra species

Nuphar luteum

Ottelia alismoides

GROUP E

FLOWERING

Additional points for flowering will be the same as the

propagation of the plant: ie., Cabomba – 10 points,

Echinodorus – 15 points

GROUP F

SEXUALLY REPRODUCING PLANTS

Extra points as for the species group as outlined in

Group E above.