“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 Awarded||Species||Classes (at least)|
|Advanced Breeder (Grower)||20||3|
|Senior Breeder (Grower)||30||4|
|Expert Breeder (Grower)||40||5|
|Master Breeder (Grower)||50||6|
|Grand Master Breeder (Grower)||60||7|
Awarded after spawning at least 5 species and 10 spawns in a particular Class:
|Mouth Brooding Cichlids|
|Goldfish or Koi|
|Other Marine Animals|
|North American Native Fish|
|Loaches / Botias / Eels|
|IUCN Red List Fish (endangered or extinct categories)|
|Aponogeton & Crinums|
|Anubias & Lagenandra|
|Ferns & Mosses|
|Marine Plants & Algaes|