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 5:00 pm on the first Saturday of each month. We are a 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 - July 2nd

Dick Au - "Enjoying Discus - A Journey of Learning and Discovery"

Dick Au

For over seventy years, the hobby of keeping Discus has evolved from trying to keep wild caught discus alive and healthy in aquariums; from achieving a successful and repeatable spawning environment; to artificially raising fry and producing Discus of all colors of the rainbow. Dick will describe the status of the discus hobby today and how basic principles of keeping discus still apply.

It was in the early 1950’s when Dick first observed a pair of brown Discus nursing a school of fry at a tropical fish farm in Hong Kong. He was so fascinated by what he saw, for the next sixty plus years, Discus have always been the center piece of his fish room. During his pursuit of knowledge about raising and breeding discus, he visited discus farms in Asia and became acquainted with many pioneers of the discus hobby. Dick is also a master breeder of many aquarium fish species. Dick became a seminar speaker and show judge at various Discus conventions such as ACA, NADA and Aquarama.  He is the author of “Back-to-Nature guide to Discus”; “Trophy Discus – The art of Selecting, grooming, and showing discus” as well as many articles for TFH and Amazonas magazines. Dick is a past officer, life member, and auctioneer for the San Francisco Aquarium Society

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August 6th

Dr. Chris Martin - "The most wonderfully playful fishes named after puppies: research, fieldwork, and museum

Dr. Chris Martin

The Sacramento Aquarium Society is excited to host Dr. Christopher Martin, who will give a presentation entitled, "The most wonderfully playful fishes named after puppies: research, fieldwork, and museum collections," discussing some of his latest research, fieldwork, and captive husbandry efforts involving pupfishes. He may also talk about some of his collecting trips for Cameroon crater lake cichlids, the other major focus of his lab. His presentation will be livestreamed on the SAS YouTube channel:

Chris Martin is a tenure-track Professor of Evolutionary Biology in the Department of Integrative Biology and the first Curator of Ichthyology at the University of California, Berkeley. His lab studies the evolution of new species of pupfishes from an integrative perspective. He has extensive field experience leading expeditions to study and sometimes export fishes from Cameroon, Malawi, Zambia, Bahamas, Mexico, Dominican Republic, Trinidad, and Peru. Chris has been raising fishes since he was 8 years old, beginning with the Betta fish, of course. His current fish rooms surpass 100 tanks.

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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.

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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.