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 - February 5th

Program: Christine Neumeyer & Jamie Smith, owners of Freshwater Exotics - "A Journey Downriver: From the Amazon to Your Aquarium"

JamieSmith_and_Christine Neumeyer

A video log of their travels in Brazil and what they learned about the supply chain of wild-caught tropical fish from the river to you.

Christine and Jamie are co-owners of Freshwater Exotics, importers of wild caught South American fish. Jamie has been importing for over 25 years; Christine joined him 12 years ago. Together, they have been dedicated to supplying the U.S. market with wild caught fish. A strong belief in supporting the wild caught ornamental fish industry has taken them on a lifelong journey of discovery and continuing education. By sharing their journey and business endeavors with hobbyists, breeders and enthusiasts, they hope to enlighten you as to why wild Amazon fish are not only sustainable, but how this industry actually supports the environment and economy in the Amazon.

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March Meeting - March 5th

Dr. João Pedro (JP) Fontenelle - "The diversity of the Neotropical Freshwater Stingrays (Potamotrygoninae): Evolutionary perspectives and Aquarism"

Dr. João Pedro (JP) Fontenelle

Introduction to the colorful and venomous neotropical freshwater stingrays, and how their natural history is intimately related to the aquarium culture surrounding them.

João Pedro ( JP) Fontenelle is a Brazilian ichthyologist and evolutionary biologist currently living in Toronto, Canada. JP has a PhD in ecology and evolution by the University of Toronto, and his thesis work focused in how ecological and geological differences affect the evolution and diversification of Amazon fish groups. JP has been working with the Neotropical Freshwater Stingrays (subfamily Potamotrygoninae) as a study group for more than a decade, using morphology and molecular data to investigate the evolution of this group in the wild. During this period, JP has worked in different museum collections, which resulted in describing 4 new stringray species to date, and has participated in expeditions in the Amazon, interacting with these stingrays in their natural habitat. JP has a series of peer-reviewed publications about the biogeography and evolution of the Neotropical freshwater stingrays, and is author of the most recent and complete molecular phylogeny (hypothesis of relationship) for this group. Currently, JP is part of the IUCN elasmobranch specialist group finalizing the most recent conservation assessment for the Potamotrygoninae.

Info on photos provided: (note: I’ve already created the collage for advertising). Collage shows from left to right:

  • JP and an adult Potamotrygon rex from the Tocantins river, Brazil
  • A sample of the morphological diversity of the four genera of Neotropical Freshwater stingrays (adapted from Fontenelle, et al. 2021b)
  • JP and two adult Potamotrygon boesemani from the Corantijn river, Surinam.

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Program: March Meeting - April 2nd

Program: Julie Tran - "About Flowerhorn Cichlids (Hybrid Cichlasoma)"

Julie Tran

Info on the Origin of Flowerhorn, The different types, and Competition info.

Julie obtained an import license so that she could work directly with farms overseas, thinking she could get lower pricing to pass on to customers. She ordered from Vietnam and Thailand regularly, and around 2005, she was asked to help transship for a Thailand exporter who had lost his previous importer. Since then, Julie has been the local transhipper for Thailand shipments, serving mostly orders from Aquabid, Ebay and direct sales from flowerhorn, betta, and guppy sellers. Through her adventures in transshipping, Julie was introduced to flowerhorn fish. She was invited to be the group buy transhipper for a flowerhorn forum, Her first job was to debunk info about importing flowerhorn: Locally at the time, there was one shop that claimed they were the only company that could import flowerhorn from Vietnam; their price was $2500 for a newly developed King Kamfa! Julie worked with the admins and they were able to bring in King Kamfa at much lower pricing.

Julie built relationships with breeders and hobbyists, and she just fell in love with the fish. Her full-line mini pet store slowly became taken over by flowerhorn. Her siblings decided to move on with their education and careers, so Julie inherited the business and decided to focus only on transshipping and selling flowerhorn. Since 2005, Julie is still working on spreading the information on these fish, sharing their personalities and traits and how they have changed throughout the years. She has also become a preeminent voice promoting flowerhorn interest in the hobby, and supporting venues for showcasing high quality flowerhorn in competitions for everyone to enjoy. You can find her store online at

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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

03/07/2021 - Zebra Mussels are being found in "moss balls" (aka marimo balls)

Zebra Mussel Photo By Vitalii Hulai

Zebra mussel (Dreissena polymorpha). Photo by Vitalii Hulai

The invasive and highly distructive zebra mussel (Dreissena polymorpha) are being found in moss balls that are being imported from Ukraine. If you have bought any moss balls in the last few months check them closely for zebra mussels. Check out this article from our sponsor Amazonas.

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.