Leslie's historic UK Guide Badge Syllabuses

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1960 POR - Aquarist Badge


1) Own, or part-own, an aquarium of not less than three fishes.  Be responsible for the care of the fishes, including feeding and cleaning, for at least six months.

2) Know the general requirements for setting up an aquarium so as to maintain a balance.

3) Know the temperature requirements for cold water or tropical fishes.

4) Recognise four common varieties of cold water or twelve varieties of tropical fish.

5) Identify the external visible features of fishes.

6) Choose four of the following aquarium appliances and show that she understands their uses: feeding rings; thermometers; filters; heaters; syphons; aerators; thermostats.

Note: The tester is to inspect the aquarium more than once in order to see that it is correctly maintained by the candidate.

1961 (July) POR - Aquarist Badge


1) Own, or part-own, an aquarium of not less than three fishes.  Be responsible for the care of the fishes, including feeding and cleaning, for at least six months.

2) Know the general requirements for setting up an aquarium so as to maintain a balance.

3) Know the temperature requirements for cold water or tropical fishes.

4) Recognise four common varieties of cold water or twelve varieties of tropical fish.

5) Identify the external visible features of fishes.

6) Choose four of the following aquarium appliances and show that she understands their uses: feeding rings; thermometers; filters; heaters; syphons; aerators; thermostats.

Note: The tester is to inspect the aquarium more than once in order to see that it is correctly maintained by the candidate.

1964 (March) POR - Aquarist Badge


1) Own, or part-own, an aquarium of not less than three fishes.  Be responsible for the care of the fishes, including feeding and cleaning, for at least six months.

2) Know the general requirements for setting up an aquarium so as to maintain a balance.

3) Know the temperature requirements for cold water or tropical fishes.

4) Recognise four common varieties of cold water or twelve varieties of tropical fish.

5) Identify the external visible features of fishes.

6) Choose four of the following aquarium appliances and show that she understands their uses: feeding rings; thermometers; filters; heaters; syphons; aerators; thermostats.

Note: The tester is to inspect the aquarium more than once in order to see that it is correctly maintained by the candidate.

1965 (July) POR - Aquarist Badge


1) Own, or part-own, an aquarium of not less than three fishes.  Be responsible for the care of the fishes, including feeding and cleaning, for at least six months.

2) Know the general requirements for setting up an aquarium so as to maintain a balance.

3) Know the temperature requirements for cold water or tropical fishes.

4) Recognise four common varieties of cold water or twelve varieties of tropical fish.

5) Identify the external visible features of fishes.

6) Choose four of the following aquarium appliances and show that she understands their uses: feeding rings; thermometers; filters; heaters; syphons; aerators; thermostats.

Note: The tester is to inspect the aquarium more than once in order to see that it is correctly maintained by the candidate.

1968 Guide Handbook - Aquarist Badge


1) Own, or part-own, an aquarium if not less than three fishes.  Be responsible for the care of the fishes, including feeding and cleaning, for at least six months.

2) Know the general requirements for setting up an aquarium so as to maintain a balance.

3) Know the temperature requirements for cold-water or tropical fishes.

4) Identify the external visible features of fishes.

5) Recognise six common varieties of cold-water or eight varieties of tropical fish.

6) Choose four of the following aquarium appliances and show that you understand their uses: feeding ring; thermometer; filter; heater; siphon; aerator; thermostat.

Note: The tester will inspect the aquarium more than once, to see that you are looking after it properly.

1973 Guide Handbook - Aquarist Badge


1) Own, or part-own, an aquarium if not less than three fishes.  Be responsible for the care of the fishes, including feeding and cleaning, for at least six months.

2) Know the general requirements for setting up an aquarium so as to maintain a balance.

3) Know the temperature requirements for cold0water or tropical fishes.

4) Identify the external visible features of fishes.

5) Recognise six common varieties of cold-water or eight varieties of tropical fish.

6) Choose four of the following aquarium appliances and show that you understand their uses: feeding ring; thermometer; filter; heater; siphon; aerator; thermostat.

Note: The tester will inspect the aquarium more than once, to see that you are looking after it properly.

1978 Guide Handbook - Aquarist Badge


1) Own, or part-own, an aquarium of not less than 2.7 litres, i.e. 45 cm x 25 cm x 25 cm, and be responsible for its total care and maintenance for a minimum of six months.

2) Understand the general requirements for the setting up of an aquarium and maintaining it.  Identify six plants; three rooted and three cuttings.

3) Know the temperature range of fish being kept and that they are capable of being kept in harmony together.

4) Identify the external features of a fish.

5) Recognise six varieties of cold-water fish or eight of tropical fish.  Name the area they come from and the type of food they eat.

6) Explain and demonstrate the use of the following equipment: thermometer; siphon; planting stick; feeding ring.

Note: The tester will inspect your aquarium several times to note the number and types of fish and plants present and to check that they are still there.  If they are not, you will have to give a good reason for their disappearance.

1983 Guide Badge Book - Aquarist Badge


1) Own, or part-own, an aquarium of not less than 2.7 litres, i.e. 45 cm x 25 cm x 25 cm, and be responsible for its total care and maintenance for a minimum of six months.

2) Understand the general requirements for the setting up of an aquarium and maintaining it.  Identify six plants; three rooted and three cuttings.

3) Know the temperature range of fish being kept and that they are capable of being kept in harmony together.

4) Identify the external features of a fish.

5) Recognise six varieties of cold-water fish or eight of tropical fish.  Name the area they come from and the type of food they eat.

6) Explain and demonstrate the use of the following equipment: thermometer; siphon; planting stick; feeding ring.

Note: The tester will inspect your aquarium several times to note the number and types of fish and plants present and to check that they are still there.  If they are not, you will have to give a good reason for their disappearance.

1986 Guide Badge Book - Aquarist Badge


1) Own, or part-own, an aquarium of not less than 2.7 litres, i.e. 45 cm x 25 cm x 25 cm, and be responsible for its total care and maintenance for a minimum of six months.

2) Understand the general requirements for the setting up of an aquarium and maintaining it.  Identify six plants; three rooted and three cuttings.

3) Know the temperature range of fish being kept and that they are capable of being kept in harmony together.

4) Identify the external features of a fish.

5) Recognise six varieties of cold-water fish or eight of tropical fish.  Name the area they come from and the type of food they eat.

6) Explain and demonstrate the use of the following equipment: thermometer; siphon; planting stick; feeding ring.

The tester will inspect your aquarium several times to note the number and types of fish and plants present and to check that they are still there.  If they are not, you will have to give a good reason for their disappearance.

1989 Guide Badge Book - Aquarist Badge


1) Own, or part-own, an aquarium of not less than 2.7 litres, i.e. 45 cm x 25 cm x 25 cm, and be responsible for its total care and maintenance for a minimum of six months.

2) Understand the general requirements for the setting up of an aquarium and maintaining it.  Identify six plants; three rooted and three cuttings.

3) Know the temperature range of fish being kept and that they are capable of being kept in harmony together.

4) Identify the external features of a fish.

5) Recognise six varieties of cold-water fish or eight of tropical fish.  Name the area they come from and the type of food they eat.

6) Explain and demonstrate the use of the following equipment: thermometer; siphon; planting stick; feeding ring.

Note: The tester will inspect your aquarium several times to note the number and types of fish and plants present and to check that they are still there.  If they are not, you will have to give a good reason for their disappearance.

1991 Guide Badge Book - Aquarist Badge

You can take this badge with either cold water or tropical fish.
1) Own, or part-own, an aquarium of not less than 2.7 litres, i.e. 45 cm x 25 cm c 25 cm.  Be responsible for its total care and maintenance for at least six months.
2) Understand the general requirements for setting  up an aquarium and maintaining it.  Identify six plants (three rooted and three cuttings).
3) Explain and demonstrate the use of a thermometer, siphon, planting stick, magnetic cleaner.
4) Know the causes and treatment for a number of common diseases including white spot, fungus and dropsy.
5) Recognise four varieties of cold water fish or eight tropical fish and name the are of the world they originate from .  Know how regularly and what amount fish should be fed.
6) Explain the advantages and disadvantages of using:
a) a mechanical filter
b) a biological filter
7) At the test identify two types of live food and two species of plants and demonstrate the use of a siphon.
Note: The tester will inspect your aquarium at the beginning and end of the six-month period.
1995 Guide Badge Book - Aquarist Badge

Note: You can take this badge with either cold water or tropical fish.
2) Own or part-own an aquarium of not less than 27 litres, i.e. 45cmx25cmx25cm.  Be responsible for its total care and maintenance for at least six months.  The tester will inspect your aquarium at the beginning and end of the six-month period.
2) Understand the general requirements for setting up an aquarium and maintaining it.  Identify six plants, three rooted and three cuttings.
3) Explain and demonstrate the use of a thermometer, siphon, planting stick, magnetic cleaner.
4) Know the cause and treatment for a number of common diseases including white spot, fungus and dropsy.
5) Recognise four varieties of cold water fish and eight tropical fish and name the area of the world they originate from.  Know how regularly and what amount fish should be fed.
6) Explain the advantages and disadvantages of using:
a) a mechanical filter
b) a biological filter
7) At the test identify two types of live food and two species of plants and demonstrate the use of a siphon.
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