How to prevent monster avatar take-over of local avatars on bp install?

I have a multi-author multi-site blog (in beta) regarding Urban Planning & Design. I am using a local avatars plugin by Peter Sterling and a List Avatars plugin widget in the sidebar. I installed the BP Daily Theme, and per the instructions, I also installed the BP plugin. I activated both BP and the BP Daily Child Theme. To my horror, monster avatars replaced all my local avatars. I deactivated the theme but there was no change. I deactivated BP, and my local avatars returned. How do I prevent this upon activation of BP? (BTW, I don't really need BP active right now - but the installation instructions state:

However to get the full features of these themes you need to first install BuddyPress.
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