Hi All. For those of you who know of the Aquatic Horticultural Award Program (AHAP) run within the Greater Pittsburgh Aquarium Society Inc. (GPASI), there will be some changes made to the program by the end of this month. I wanted to post some of the changes here for everybody to review and give their opinions and thoughts. Even if you don't participate in the AHAP program I think that you will be able to help out. I know there are some excellent plant growers in our club that are not in GPASI. For information about the AHAP program and its rules go to: GPASI : AHAP
Anyway, I’ll start with Class G – Stem Plants
Here is the old Class G:
Class G - Stem Plants Biological types 8 Plants with long stems with leaves which root in the mud. They are dependent on life in the water, but at the same time can have contact with the air. (floating leaves, immersed part of the stem and the blossoms). Many aquarium species belong to this group. Alternanthera reineckii Ammannia senegalensis gracilis Bacopa amplexicaulis caroliniana monnieri Cabomba aquatica caroliniana furcata Cardamine lyrata (bittercress) Didiplis diandra (waterhedge) Eichhornia diversifolia azurea Elodea canadensis (Anacharis) Gymnocoronis spilanthoides Hydrilla verticillata Egeria densa Hottonia palustris (water violet) inflata (tropical water violet) Hygrophila corymbosa (giant hygrophilia) polysperma difformis (water wisteria) Heteranthera zosterifolia Lagarosiphon major Limnophila (ambulia) heterophylla aquatica sessiflora Ludwigia arcuata glandulosa inclinata repens Lysimachia nummularia (loosetrife) Lobelia cardinalis (water lobelia), Myriophyllum mattogrossense pinnatum spicatum (milfoil), Najas flexilis guadalupensis, Potamogeton gayi perfoliatus, Rotala macrandra rotundifolia wallichii, Shinnersia rivularis, Zosterella dubia. To complete this class one must propagate six (6) species.
5 points: all Elodea species, Hygrophilia polysperma
10 points: all Hygrophilia species (except H. polysperma) and all species not mentioned in other groups
15 points: all Myriophyllum species, Ludwigia glandulosa, Cabomba caroliniana
20 points: Hottonia palustris, Eichhornia diversifolia and azurea, Ammania species, Nesaea pedicillata, Cabomba furcata and aquatica
Targets: Ludwigia inclinata, Eusteralis stellata, Rotala wallichi and macrandra, Nesaea sp “red”, Blyxa alternifolia
Here is the new Class G that Bill Wells and I have been working on:
Class G - Stem Plants (10 species)
Plants with long stems with leaves which root in the mud. They are dependent on life in the water, but at the same time can have contact with the air. (floating leaves, immersed part of the stem and the blossoms). The roots must remain moist, but the stems can grow in or out of the water. Many aquarium species belong to this group.
5 points: all Elodea species, Hygrophila polysperma, Rotala rotundifolia
10 points: All Hygrophila species (except H. polysperma and H. balsamica) and all species not mentioned in other groups.
15 points: Cabomba caroliniana, Ludwigia glandulosa, Rotala sp.‘Colorata’, Bacopa sp. ‘Colorata’, Hemigraphis traian, Ludwigia arcuata, Juncus repens, Rotala pusilla, Rotala sp. ‘Nanjenshan’ and all Myriophyllum species.
20 points: Hottonia palustris, Eichhornia diversifolia, Eichhornia azurea, Ammania species, Nesaea pedicillata, Cabomba furcata and Cabomba aquatica, Rotala sp.‘Goias’, Rotala ramosior, Rotala sp. ‘Vietnam’
Targets: All varieties of Ludwigia inclinata, Pogostemon stellatus, Rotala wallichi, Rotala macrandra, Nesaea sp “red”, all Tonina species, Egleria fluctuans, Ludwigia sp. ‘Guinea’, Pogostemon helferi, Hemianthus callitrichoides
This is a class that I think needs severe updates and changes. I’m sure it still needs some changes so if you get a little time give me some feedback.