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 - August 3rd

Program: Randy Carey - "Breeding the Scatterers (tetras, barbs & danios)"

Randy Carey

The "scatterers" (tetras, barbs, danios, rasboras) are very prolific in the wild, but they do not commonly reproduce in the home aquaria.  We will look at why this is and then what you can do to increase your success rate and yield.

Randy Carey has developed a reputation with tetras, barbs, and other "scatterers." He has spoken to over 40 aquarium societies on the topic, most of the 200+ species that he bred are scatterers, and his 70+ tank fishroom centers on these fishes.  From 1999-2010 Carey wrote frequently for TFH: a column on characins, feature articles and photography, and the book Tetras and Barbs.  The late Stanley Weitzman, curator at the Smithsonian, informally mentored Randy with their shared interest in the characins.

Shortly after his first tank in ’89, Randy became active in the Minnesota Aquarium Society and eventually become its first lifetime member.  His ‘90s website launched the first aquarium-based blog (1997-2004) as well as his practice in digital aquarium photography.  As an independent web developer and software engineer, these days he makes time for his hobbies of aquaria and cycling.

September 7th

Program: Joe Cutler - "Magnificent Mormyrids – Unlocking Secrets of Electrocommunication in Fishes "

Joe Cutler

Mormyrid fishes may be among the smartest fishes in the world and use electricity to orient, navigate and communicate. Joe Cutler has been conducting fieldwork in Gabon and studying cryptic mormyrid diversity for four years, he will share stories from the field and updates on mormyrid science.

Joe Cutler is an ichthyologist and conservationist who works in central Africa. He has conducted several fish sampling expeditions, collecting hundreds of fish species — including dozens new to science. Using this data, coupled with museum records, Cutler provides guidance to central African governments and conservation NGOs on balancing development and freshwater conservation. Joe Cutler is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and currently serves as the president of the pilot California Chapter of National Geographic Explorers. Cutler’s stories, writing and photographs have appeared in several of National Geographic’s media outlets..

IG/Twitter @Cutlers_Catch


05/04/2019 - Monthly Auction Rules Updated

General Meetings start at 7:00 pm. Socializing times are between 4:45 and 7:00 pm. Auction lists 1-20 items must be checked by 6:30pm, auction lists more than 20 items must be checked in by 6:00pm. Auction check in ends at 6:30pm sharp. Click here for Monthly Auction Rules. Also keep in mind that we now ask for membership cards to be shown when checking in.

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.