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 Meeting - November 2nd

3:00 - 10:00pm - Special DOUBLE-HEADER Event - A Joint Marine Aquarist Roundtable of Sacramento (MARS) and Sacramento Aquarium Society (SAS) Program: Bob Fenner - "Coral Compatibility: Reducing Captive Negative Interactions Between Cnidarians"

Bob Fenner

The diversity of life has always fascinated Bob Fenner. More than any other animal group, he was blown away by the expansiveness and mystery of fishes and aquatic life. Bob was born in Rhode Island, but grew up in the Orient as his father was career military. There were very few jobs "on base" for the "dependents" but Bob was fortunate to secure employment at a fish store that was associated with a restaurant in downtown Sasebo. Other vainglorious work overseas included two years working for a Betta culture business, and collecting/processing marines in Manila. Back to the U.S. in the late sixties, Bob was a retail clerk and a livestock wholesale worker (for Pratt's in San Diego), then eventually formed his own aquarium service business with a school friend. It grew into an employee-owned corporation with aquaristic retail outlets, fabrication (principally large acrylic systems), water feature construction, manufacturing and distribution divisions. Later, Bob also worked as a consultant and buyer for PetCo, during their bid to upgrade stores by incorporating livestock. Bob has been an avid hobbyist since his first memories: Active in the local SDTFS from the sixties; helped in development of all three goldfish/koi clubs in San Diego. He sees no difference between what he does for money and for a living. He writes articles and books for the diving/underwater natural history and ornamental aquatics interests, and manages rentals and securities. A/The central thread to everything Bob does in writing, presentation or action in the interest has been/is "to enhance people’s love of their own lives through an appreciation of the living world". Looking forward, Bob sees the hobby/business evolving, with a real interest in biotopes, the underlying science, understanding the technologies employed.

The Sacramento Aquarium Society (SAS) and the Marine Aquarist Roundtable of Sacramento (MARS) are excited to offer a DOUBLE-HEADER Saturday, November 2nd when we host Robert (Bob) Fenner in Sacramento.

  • 3:00pm - 4:30pm: MARS will host Bob for an open Q&A forum.  The forum will be preceded by a raffle. This is a great opportunity for you to speak 1-on-1 with Bob and get your aquarium questions answered.

  • 4:30 - 6:00pm: Dinner break.  If you eat dinner at Round Table and let them know you’re with the fish club, you’ll get 10% your entire food order that night. Over dinner, stay and chat with other aquarium hobbyists!

  • 6:00pm - 10:00pm: SAS will host Bob for the presentation, followed by an auction featuring live fish and plants and aquarium equipment and supplies, another raffle, and a bowl show. Bob will give a presentation entitled, “Coral Compatibility: Reducing Captive Negative Interactions Between Cnidarians," discussing the problems that can occur between different corals when building a reef aquarium, the causes of those problems, and how you can reduce them to create a beautiful healthy reef tank.

This is the first joint SAS-MARS meeting in a long time, and it’s the first saltwater talk at SAS in years... and it's going to be a good one.  Don't miss this combined event!

Everyone is welcome. Attendance is free.


08/12/2019 - Raffle


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.