Breeders & Growers Award Programs

“What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals.” — Henry David Thoreau

The SAWGG Breeder & Grower Award Programs recognize the accomplishments of our Members, help with the conservation of endangered species, and facilitates the exchange of livestock among Members. Participation is optional.

SAWGG members earn points and awards for fish or inverts spawned by natural means and delivered to one of our auctions with a completed submission form. CO2 supplementation is acceptable for plant submissions.

Breeder and Grower Ranks

Awarded based on the number of species or established hybrids bred, or plant species or cultivars propagated, across a fixed number of classes (see below). To be credited in the Program, submissions must be auctioned at a SAWGG event. Points are only awarded one time per species.

FISH & INVERT Submission Criteria (aquarium or pond bred):

5 fish from a spawn that are,

at least 45 days old, and of

auctionable size and health (would you buy them?)

PLANT Submission Criteria (aquarium-grown):

-a cutting or grown division from a mother plant (simply growing a plant larger does not qualify as propagation), that has

-an established and independent root system, and of

auctionable size or quantity (would you buy them?)

Pond-grown plants are eligible for a Specialist Certification only (see below).

Rank AwardedSpeciesClasses (at least)
Breeder (Grower)102
Advanced Breeder (Grower)203
Senior Breeder (Grower)304
Expert Breeder (Grower)405
Master Breeder (Grower)506
Grand Master Breeder (Grower)607

Specialist Certification

Awarded after spawning at least 5 species and 10 spawns in a particular Class:

Labrynth Fish
Mouth Brooding Cichlids
Substrate-Brooding Cichlids
Goldfish or Koi
Substrate-Spawning Killifish
Water-Spawning Killifish
Marine Fish
Other Marine Animals
North American Native Fish
Loaches / Botias / Eels
Other Invertibrates
IUCN Red List Fish (endangered or extinct categories)
Stem Plants
Aponogeton & Crinums
Floating Plants
Rosette Plants
Anubias & Lagenandra
Ferns & Mosses
Aquarium Waterlilies
Pond-Grown Waterlilies
Pond-Grown Plants
Marine Plants & Algaes

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