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  • FNZAS Breeding Scheme

    The FNZAS runs a national breeding and rebreeding scheme.

    These schemes acknowledge the achievements of FNZAS members breeding fish, with certificates being awarded, the accumulation of points towards  the annual award of national trophies.  The scheme also allows fellow FNZAS members to become aware of what fish are being bred by other people - this can often lead to an exchange of information or fish trades.

    New Breeding:  a member registers a species breed the first time they successfully breed that fish.

    Rebreeds are registered when that member breeds a species of fish they have previously registered a breed for. A member can only register a rebreed of a particular species once in a single breeding year (1 April – 31 March).

    Download a Breeding Registration Form  breedingregoform.pdf

    Online Breeding Registration (Financial Members Only)


    FNZAS Breeding Scheme Rules 

    The rules came into force 1 April 1995 (and have since been amended and clarified)

    • The breeder must be a financial member of a FNZAS affiliated club at the time of spawning.
    • The breeding competition year will be for fish qualifying from 1 April to 31 March inclusive.  Fish hatching on or after 2 March will qualify for the next competition year.
    • The breeder is to have possession of both parents at the time of spawning.  This rule is designed to clarify the situation where the breeder acquires either a mouthbrooder with a mouthful of eggs, a fertile livebearer, or acquires spawn such as killifish eggs.
    • A certificate will be awarded for each new species bred and registered in accordance with these rules.  Certificates will be sent out at the end of each month in which the FNZAS Breeding Co-ordinator receives the data.
    • A point is awarded for each new breeding where 10 or more fish survive for 30 days and are witnessed alive after this period.  Where less than 10 fish survive, a further spawning will be necessary and the qualifying date will be 30 days after the 10th day free swimming.  All 10 fish must be alive and in the possession of the breeder at the qualifying date.
    • Only one point per species with the exception of goldfish where all 11 classes as recognised by Judges and Standards will be treated as separate species. Both parents are to conform to the Type test.  In addition, some different populations of killifish are also treated as separate species.  The various species of discus will each receive a point but as most discus sold by the importers are an unknown mix of species the breeder and club breeding co-ordinator must be certain of the species of the parents.  If there is doubt as to the parentage then the claim should be under the classification of Symphysodon spp. and one point will be awarded.  To obtain any further points for discus then the exact species of further breedings must be known.  Colour varieties, Albinos etc. are NOT considered separate species.  If unsure please contact your FNZAS Breeding Co-ordinator for verification.
    • Hatching date is date fry are first seen free swimming.
    • Qualifying date is 30 days after hatching.
    • Spawnings are to be witnessed by another financial FNZAS member (except partners or family members.  Where a member lives in a rural or remote area of the country,  or due to time constraints or availabilityphotographic evidence (which may include still or moving images) to be supplied - of the parents and the fry at first day free swimming and again at 30 days.  
    • In order for a registration to be eligible for the Breeding, Rebreed, and Club Points competitions, ALL information must be communicated to the FNZAS Breeding Co-ordinator within 60 days of hatching (including details of the witness).  Providing your club breeding co-ordinator receives a completed signed form (and keeps this on file) the registration data can be communicated (by the member or club co-ordinator) to the FNZAS Breeding Co-ordinator by Email, Post, social media, by handing over a copy of the information in person or by filling out the online "register a breeding" form on the website.  In the occurrence that your club does not have a breeding coordinator or a member is restricted through time constraints a member may submit the registration data on their own account to the FNZAS Breeding Co-ordinator... (as written above).  In this case one copy of the form is to be submitted.
    • Spawning must be registered not later than 60 days after hatching date on the FNZAS registration form.
    • Late registrations will still qualify for certificates but will be ineligible for ALL competitions.
    • A rebreeding is a re-spawning of a species that the breeder has previously registered.  A species can be entered in the rebreed scheme in the same year as it was originally registered if it is bred twice.  Rebreeds can, but do not have to be from the same parents as the original breeding.
    • Clubs are to appoint a club breeding co-ordinator whose duties will include the checking, communication to the FNZAS Breeding Co-ordinator, and maintaining the clubs filing, of all registrations made by their clubs members.  Any club having difficulties in appointing a person to this position are required to let the FNZAS Secretary know as soon as possible of their AGM (when this position should be filled), or at such time as a vacancy occurs.
    • The FNZAS breeding coordinator is not eligible to enter either the breeding or rebreeding competitions but may register spawnings towards pins.
    • Any member breeding fish in a commercial facility is ineligible to enter the breeding of the species in the FNZAS breeding competitions.
    • Contestants registration data will be included in the digital Aquarium World and listed on the FNZAS (Aquarium World) website.
    • The FNZAS National executive will rule on any disputes and their decision will be binding.
    • These rules apply to both the Breeding and Rebreeding Schemes.

    29 June 2015

    Amended;26 January 2016

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