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 7:00 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 - January 5th

Program: Phil Farrell - "Collecting in the Southern USA"

Phil Farrell

Subject of presentation: Natives for the Aquarium: My trip to the 2018 NANFA Convention in Georgia. In June I went on a 10 state, 20 day collecting trip ending in Georgia at the Young-Harris College Campus where the NANFA Annual Convention was held. I collected over 100 native fish species and brought back 20 species for my aquariums

ASince I was 5 years old have wanted to become a taxonomic ichthyologists, after my first 2years at the Santa Rosa JC system I transferred San Diego in the UC system and started working on my basic biology degree, loved it so much I decided to stay. I (along with my wife and a partner) opened our retail fish and reptile store, and began my future career as a collector during an opportunity to travel and collect in Sulawesi. After selling the store we moved to South Florida where for the next 7 years or so I managed the South American imports for Dolphin Int. Ltd. during my time I continued to collect and travel, making 19 trips to New Guinea as well as return trips to Sulawesi, many trips to India, Indonesia, south east Asia, Mexico and all over the unites states including Hawaii.

During that time I got my licenses to keep different mammals, reptiles, and birds. At one time I had a zoo that included big cats, hoofed stock, reptiles, birds and anything else you might think of! Now I'm just keeping a few things, mouflons, zebras, servals, and my fish, all natives.

I do not have sponsors but I promote NANFA, I sculpt nature to help fund my trips (see photos) and I sell native fish identification guides to those who are going to collect or are just interested.


08/05/2018 - SAS Video - Interview with James Krause, Rivers to Reef

02/01/2017 - General Meetings

General Meetings start at 7:00 pm. Socializing times are between 4:45 and 7:00 pm. Auction check in is between 6:00 and 7:00 PM. No auction Items will be checked in after 7:00 pm. Click here for Monthly Auction Rules. Also keep in mind that we now ask for membership cards to be shown when checking in.

02/18/2016 - Google+ Community - Sacramento Aquarium and Pond Hobby


Bringing together aquarium and pond hobbyist of the greater Sacramento area. Some of our sponsors and many SAS members have already joined. A great place to share information with other hobbyist in the area.

A link has been added on the left side menu of this home page for you to find it quickly.

Have you joined yet?

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.