1.) Plants must conform to the following definition of an aquatic plant: An aquatic plant is one which, in the wild or native state, can be found in the submerged or floating form as a normal occurrence at some time during the course of any one complete season.
2.) Noxious, illegal or invasive species on local, state or Federal lists are prohibited.
3.) Plant reproduction must take place in the aquarist’s own tank or pond.
4.) Plants are to be identified by the aquarist and only true identified plants (not color variations or hybrids) will be accepted.
5.) Unidentified species will be assigned a code number for recording purposes until correctly identified. Points will be awarded only if reference can be made to a published photo, or if two (2) colored photos of a fully developed specimen are submitted for retention in the HAP files.
6.) The book “Aquarium Plants, Their Identification, Cultivation, and Ecology” by Rataj and Horeman will be the main source of identification for most plant species.
7.) 10 points will be awarded, once per species for reproduction and once per species for flowering as shown in the categories of rule Number 14.
8.) Points will be awarded to the member and the member must be in good standing
9.) In case of a family membership, points will be awarded to the family only.
10.) Reproductions must be presented to the HAP chairperson for permanent record and auction.
11.) The HAP registration form must contain the scientific name, as well as the aquarist’s name.
12.) Flowerings must be reported to the HAP chairperson for visit verification by the HAP chairperson or his/her designated representative. If impossible to visit, dated color photographs will be accepted with prior approval from the HAP chairperson.
13.) Plants are to be properly bagged and clearly labeled with the scientific name and type of reproduction, the aquarist’s name and the HAP number from the registration form.
14.) There are four (4) categories of plant reproduction and the requirements are as follows:
Category A Floating and Bunch Plants
Floating plants is doubling of the original amount; Bunch is determined by the root count of
growing stems for bunch plants.
Category B Reproduction by runner or tuber
One healthy plant that is capable of living independently from the parent while the parent plant is still alive and in good health. Bunch type plants are not allowed in this category.
Category C Flowering
Points will be given for aquatic plants that flower. Verification must be done while the plant is in full bloom and attached to the aquarists own plant in his/her own aquarium or pond.
Category D Reproduce sexually
One plant reproduced by sexual means from the aquarists own plant. Seeds and reproduced
plants must be from the aquarists own plant, not from a supplier or breeder.