Breeders & Horticulturist Directories

Updated December 9. 2017

Download a copy of the 'First In' fish breeders directory here. Updated September 7, 2015

Download a copy of the horticulturist directory here. Note: Microsoft excel viewer or some other spreadsheet software is required to view the file.

Updated June 15, 2011

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About the CAOAC Fish Breeders Directory

A Fish Breeders Directory for CAOAC member clubs was first proposed by Tom & Pat Bridges in 1982. The idea was approved and the first directory was prepared and submitted for the 1983 Convention Update. It has been updated annually since that time. Most, but not all, member clubs have submitted breeding data for the Directory at one time or another over the 24 years of its existence. If a club does not update its entries for three consecutive years or, at least, indicate an interest in remaining part of the Directory, its old entries are removed from the published directory but retained in the CAOAC database. They can, upon request, be reactivated and published again at some future date.

The idea behind it was simply to be another service that CAOAC could provide for its members. Fish breeding is an important aspect of the hobby and the main focus for some hobbyists. The Directory gives recognition and therefore encouragement for breeding achievements beyond the level of the individual club. Some felt that it might provide a source of information and possible stock for hobbyists. There is very little evidence that it has been of much use in that regard. On those occasions when it has fallen into the hands of fish breeding hobbyists, other than binder holding executive types, the diversity of species bred by fellow hobbyists may have been an inspiration.

How clubs can get and/or stay involved
Most clubs already have in place a Breeders Award program with a chairperson in charge. If any club doesn't have one they might like to check out the CAOAC guidelines. Where results have met the requirements of the club's Breeding Program, in addition to recognition at that level the BAP Chair or another appointed contact person may submit the breeders' names, the fish bred, (Scientific name please - common name, if any, may follow in brackets), and the classification. (Optionally they may indicate whether the fish in question are being maintained but this feature is so little used that it may be discontinued in the future.)

For the purposes of the Directory the classifications are:
(1) Livebearers (2) Catfish (3) Barbs, Minnows & Rasboras (4) Tetras & Characins (5) Killie Fish (6)Anabantids (7) Cichlids (8) Sharks, Loaches & Eels (9) Marine and (10) All Other Species. (Rainbows and blue eyes are included in AOV.)

The information can be sent by postage mail, e-mail or hand delivered at a CAOAC meeting or any club event where we are present (please email the Fishbreeders chairperson for an address to send to). It is suggested to turn in your information monthly as needed. It does not need to wait until the end of the CAOAC year. Upon request we will send the contact person a printout of his/her club's submissions to date. Please make sure to mark the person`s name and club they are in.

CAOAC has instituted a recognition program for hobbyists who are the first among those within clubs belonging to CAOAC to breed a species of fish and submit it to the Breeders Directory. When a submission containing a first breeding, (a species that is not listed in the CAOAC Breeders Directory Database), is received from a club, a suitable certificate will be sent or delivered to that club for presentation to the hobbyist in question. If possible, the achievement will also be published in the CAOAC newsletter. Any species that have been previously done (but not before the inception of the program - 1987) may receive a First In Award when the species becomes described. (e.g. Genus sp. `locale`) BAP Chairs are encouraged to get results in promptly because first means the first claim to be submitted, not the actual date of the successful breeding. This means whoever turns in the records first will receive the award. If two or more hobbyists are credited with breeding the same fish in a single club submission, it will be up to the BAP chair to determine who actually bred it first.


The Fishbreeders Directory is a listing of fish bred by the various members of C.A.O.A.C.’s many clubs. This list helps keep track of who has bred what fish.  It also allows for a special award based on the Fishbreeders Directory.  This award; called the “First In Award”,  is presented to the person who is first in Canada (who is part of a CAOAC club) to breed a specific fish.

1.      All submissions should be done by the club’s Breeders Award Program chairperson.

2.      Submissions for the directory should be done monthly to help the right people receive the First In Award.

3.      Each species is counted once per person.  No colour varieties will be counted as two submissions.

4.      Locales of specific species should be turned in separately.  Occasionally a locale is described as a new species and is thus available for a First In Award.

5.      It is recommended to turn in undescribed species.  Once a species is described, a retroactive award will be awarded to the person who first bred the fish.

6.      Awards given are based on the DATE they are turned in to the Fishbreeders Chairperson; not on the date the fish is bred.  

7.      In case two or more people turn in the same fish in the same month; the BAP chairperson for each club will be contacted to determine the actual date of the breeding to determine who was first.

8.      All decisions made by the Fishbreeders Directory Chairperson are final.

When turning in fish, the BAP chairperson shall make every effort to use the latest up-to-date scientific nomenclature.  If a fish is received as Species cf. name, then that whole name is what should be turned in to the Fishbreeders Directory Chairperson.


Once the fish is reported to the Fishbreeders Chairperson and registered,  a club report will be sent back to the club BAP Chairperson.  Any award(s), if applicable will be sent out as soon as possible to the appropriate club. 


If you have suggestions as to how the directory and their place in it can be brought to the attention of the fish breeding or potential fish breeding hobbyists at the club level, please pass them on. Any other positive suggestions will also be welcome. E-Mail

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