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 6:00 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 Online Meeting - October 3rd

Pam Chin - "Swimming With Cichlids - Lake Tanganyika - Zambia"

Starts LIVE at 6:00 pm.

Pam Chin

Presentation information:
Talk Description: Swim with me across the southern portion of Lake Tanganyika. We will visit all the classic collection points where many Tanganyikan cichlids in our hobby were first collected. I am excited to show you my photos and videos from one of the largest freshwater lakes in the world.

Pam Chin has been a tropical fish enthusiast for years; cichlids are her passion. The organized hobby has been a big part of her fish keeping life and she enjoys the social aspect it offers. The hobby has given her the opportunity to find the fish she desires and to learn more about them. Over the years, she’s made lifelong fish friends and they have enriched her hobby even more.

Pam loves to travel with fish friends to see cichlids in their native waters. Pam is proof that you don't have to be a diver or a photographer to enjoy chasing cichlids. Over the years, Pam has become a better swimmer (ha ha!), and with the help of a GoPro she has lots of great videos. She says it's really fun and such a joy to see fish in the wild that you've kept in your own aquarium(s). There is no doubt that being able to observe fish in their natural habitat has made her a better fish keeper.

Pam is an Honorary Life Member of the Sacramento Aquarium Society, Pacific Coast Cichlid Association and the American Cichlid Association. She likes to write about her fish experiences and has been published in the Buntbarsche Bulletin, Cichlidae Communique, Cichlid News and aquarium societies from Australia to Sweden. She has received numerous writing awards from the ACA and FAAS, including “Best Continuing Column” and “Author of the Year.” Pam is honored to be named a “Fellow” of the American Cichlid Association and the Cichlid Room Companion.

Pam is also a founding member of “Babes In The Cichlid Hobby” which works to make a difference in cichlid keeping by raising money (over $150,000 to date) for Cichlid Conservation and Cichlid Research. Along with her husband Gary, Pam has about 150 tanks in their fish house, filled with cichlids from Lake Tanganyika and Lake Malawi.

09/05/2020 Online Meeting: Rich Bireley - Fish Room Tour

08/01/2020 Online Meeting:Dr. Ron Coleman - The Evolutionary Ecology of Fishes Lab at Sacramento State

07/11/2020 Online Meeting: Tour Jonathan Wardrip's Fishroom With Live Streamed Q&A

June 6th Online Meeting: Tour Larry Shankle's Fishroom YouTube Video


06/27/2020 - SAS Store

SAS Store

04/02/2020 - ACA 2020 CANCELED

01/03/2020 - New Article

A new article has been posted on the SAS website from Jeremy A. Rich - My 2019 Asian Thanksgiving

08/12/2019 - Monthly Auction Rules Updated

General Meetings start at 6:00 pm. Auction Lists are Limited to 20 items and must be checked in by 5:30pm. Click here for Monthly Auction Rules.

06/10/2015 - 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.