Sacramento Aquarium Society

Bringing Aquarium Hobbyists of the Greater Sacramento Valley Together Since 1952


The Sacramento Aquarium Society (SAS) is a local fish club that meets at 3:00 pm on the first Saturday of each month. We are a registered 501 C (3) non-profit organization with an objective to encourage and further the interest of the care and breeding of tropical fish and to promote the exchange of information between amateur aquarists. Meetings typically include a guest speaker, bowl show, raffle, attendance prize, and an auction which includes fish, aquatic plants, and aquarium supplies. Many of the auction items go for less than wholesale prices.

Next Meeting - April 1st

Mega Auction

Mega Auction

Mega Auction begins at 3:00 pm. Check-in for auction items begins at 1:30 pm and ends at 3:00 pm. This is a big fund raiser for the Society that is open to the public. Please see the Auction Rules for more detail.

Sacramento Aquarium Society (SAS) Mega Auctions are free to attend and participate in. You do not need to be a member of the SAS to sell or purchase items at the auctions.

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Auction Rules

Have questions please email Jan Nolta.

Auction Form Versions to Choose From:

FIN-DIG 2023

FIN-DIG 2023


Meeting - May 6th

Program: Josh Cunningham - "Fish Hobby or Business?"

Josh Cunningham

Josh discusses how to turn a hobby into a business and things to consider, and why he went into the fish business.

Josh Cunningham has been keeping and breeding African Cichlids for over 20 years. He started with African Cichlids from Lake Malawi and a couple from Lake Victoria in a 400 sq ft basement. Eventually he expanded to a basement fish room. Designs were made and tanks and fish purchased and a 'Fish Alcoholic" was born. Today he has spawned over 200+ kinds of African Cichlids and has achieved Master Breeder status in the Michigan Cichlid Association and Ohio Cichlid Association. He was also named Grand Champion Breeder of the American Cichlid Association in 2015 for most spawns in a year. Josh has spent six years on the Board of Directors of two local fish clubs. He served on the Board of Directors of the Ohio Cichlid Association for two years and on the Board of Directors of the Michigan Cichlid Association for four years, serving three of those years as President including Chairman of the 2017 American Cichlid Association Convention that took place on July 13-16 in Novi, Michigan.  After his time as President of the Michigan Cichlid Association, Josh severed two years on the Board of Directors for the American Cichlid Association. Currently, Josh is serving as Vice-Chairman of the American Cichlid Association and President of the Southeastern Michigan Aquarium Society.

Josh has been running a company called Cunningham Cichlids, LLC which has been in business since 2012.  Cunningham Cichlids specializes in African Cichlids and is now branching off to carry other categories of fish and plants as well as a complete line of quality fish foods.

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Meeting - August 5th

Program: Alex Martin - "Vallisneria (Hydrocharitaceae): Describing a new species, resurrecting old names, identifying cultivated plants, and presenting evidence of hybridization"

Alex Martin

Alex explains how he tied his aquatic plant hobby with scientific research to earn his Master’s degree. The presentation covers the systematics of Vallisneria, its phenotypic plasticity, identifying popular Vallisneria plants in the hobby and describing a new species using DNA sequencing, plus evidence for artificial and natural hybrids. This presentation will be live streamed on YouTube:

Alex Martin started growing aquatic plants in 2010, and he’s devoted himself to learning more about this hobby ever since. He spent many hours reading posts on various aquatic plant forums hoping to get as much information as possible, and his curiosity ultimately led him to higher education. In 2017, he left a career in Law Enforcement and moved to Lawrence, Kansas for college, where he earned Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. His school work included data collection and report writing for aquatic ecosystem research funded by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment in partnership with the Kansas Biological Survey. He also worked for multiple botany labs examining the evolution of flowering plants, population genetics, and soil microbe interactions. After finishing his Master’s thesis on the genus Vallisneria, Alex now works as the Freshwater Science Specialist with The Nature Conservancy in New Jersey.

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02/01/2023 - FIN-DIG, June 3 - 4, 2023

2023 Sacramento FIN-DIG
June 3-4, 2023
Lions Gate Hotel
3410 Westover St, McClellan Park, CA 95652

6 Speakers
Vendor Room
Massive Mega Auction


Museum of Aquarium and Pet History
Ichetucknee River

04/09/2022 - Google Photo Library of Five Florida Springs taken between 03/26 - 03/27/2022. Click on the Info icon (three verticle dots upper right corner on mobile phone) to see information about each photo. By Tony Griffitts

Trichromis salvini

02/22/2022 - New SAS Article "Breeding Critically Endangered Rainbowfish - Melanotaenia ajamaruensis" - By Amaru & Travis Gillmor

Trichromis salvini

02/22/2022 - New SAS Article "Melanotaenia picta - Painted Rainbowfish" - By Amaru & Travis Gillmor

Trichromis salvini

12/19/2021 - New SAS Article "Trichromis salvini, The Yellow Belly Cichlid" - By Richard Griffiths

Test Charts

11/23/2021 - New SAS Article and Tool- "Aquarium and Pond Log" - By Tony Griffitts

Test Charts

10/06/2021 - New SAS Article - "Ammonia Test Result is More than Ammonia" - By Tony Griffitts

04/28/2021 - In July 1955 the First Tropical News was Published

July 1955 Tropical News Cover

Here is a link to the July 1955 Tropical News

SAS Store

Visit the SAS Store for SAS branded products.

SAS Store

Historic Tropical News Online

Modesta Moréy has digitized historic Tropical News going back to 1955 and they are now available via Google Drive for those members that have a Google account. If you have a Google account and you do not see the Tropical News in your "Shared with me" folder send me (Tony Griffitts) an email and I will share it with you.

"Members Only" Web Pages

The Members Only section is available to members of the Sacramento Aquarium Society. It currently contains articles, current and past digital issues of the Tropical News newsletter, email addresses for club members, contact information for club officers and committee chairs, a list of sales table products, and Board of Directors meeting schedule.

Contact Tony Griffitts (SAS Webmaster) for access.

Website Design

Please send content ideas, usability suggestions, or problems with this site to the SAS Webmaster Tony Griffitts.