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 (may change to 2nd Saturday because of a holiday weekend) 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 - July 8th

Program: Ryan Chan - "Avatar Aquatics - Breeding the Amano Shrimp"

Ryan Chan

Ryan will explain the detailed process of breeding Amano shrimp, Caridina multidentata, including the life cycle, setup, water parameters, and timeline of spawning.

Ryan Chan received his Bachelor of Science at UNC Chapel Hill in North Carolina, and is currently finishing on his PharmD/MBA at UNC. He is the creator of YouTube channel Avatar Aquatics, dedicated to breeding fish and aquaria. He has over 6,000 subscribers and has spoken for aquarium clubs around the country. He incorporates scientific, repeatable methods in his breeding projects and in addition to Amano shrimps, have documented success with cardinal, neon, rummynose tetras and many other South American species.

Ryan’s social media and websites:

Instagram: @AvatarAquatics

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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


Plant Ferts

05/23/2023 - Primary Lines Liquid Fertilizer Breakdown - By Chris Fassett

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.