These are the rules and guidelines for our HAP.
Heart of America Aquarium Society of Kansas City
Horticultural Award Program (HAP) rev. 2020
-To promote and encourage the keeping and propagation of Aquatic Plants.
-To gather and disseminate information about Aquatic Plants, their cultivation, and propagation methods to insure the availability of a variety of aquatic plant species for Aquarium Hobbyists and Water Gardeners.
-To share their aquascaping efforts with each other, and to learn better techniques through the display and evaluation of those efforts. By holding contests will also allow hobbyists to compete for awards.
An Aquatic Plant is a plant species which, in the wild or natural state, can be found growing wholly submersed; growing emersed with its roots submerged; or floating; as a regular, normal occurrence required for it’s survival at some time dur- ing the course of one complete growing season.
An Aquascape is the result of arranging aquatic plants, as well as rocks, stones, cavework, or driftwood, in an aesthetically pleasing manner within an aquarium- in effect, gardening under water. Aquascape designs include a number of distinct styles, including the garden-like Dutch style and the Japanese-inspired nature style. Typically, an aquascape houses fish well as plants, although it is possible to create an aquascape with plants only, or with rockwork or other hardscape and no plants.
Only aquatic plants, as defined below, are eligible for this program:
- An aquatic plant is defined as a plant that can live, grow and propagate while submerged in water for a period of more than one year.
- Floating plants are also eligible. They are considered floating if their natural state is to be floating on top of the water and not rooted in any substrate. They must be able to live, grow and propagate in this state.
- Marginal, marsh or bog plants are not eligible for this program. These plants live, grow and propagate while partly or mostly submerged. They may be submerged periodically, but this is not the state in which they thrive. Typically, they are not able to live, grow or propagate in a continually submerged state.
- Identification will be according to recent texts on aquatic plants.