June 2016 Breeder’s Award Program (BAP) Report

The month of May brought BAP entries from two former “Breeder of the Year” award winners. President Frank Montillo only had one entry, but it was a significant one, as he became the first person to earn a specialty award in the new BAP Specialty Program. Frank entered the black finned goodeid livebearer (Goodea atripinnis) and earned his “Livebearer Specialist” award by spawning 16 different species of livebearers (16 spawns) with at least two species other than Poeciliids. Frank owns another “first” as he was awarded the initial “Breeder of the Year” award in 2011. Elvin Eaton moved into second place in the BOY standings with four entries. Elvin showed his fish breeding versatility with two livebearers, a catfish, and one of his trademark African cichlids. Members should remember Elvin’s talk on breeding Frontosa a few months ago. The livebearer entries were black mollies (Poecilia sphenops) and red swordtails (Xiphophorus helleri). Elvin also entered the cave spawning blue eyed pleco (Ancistrus sp. L-144) and the mouth brooding Lake Tanganyikan cichlid Pseudosimochromis curvifrons. Club members (yours truly included!) should be anxiously awaiting these two species at future auctions!