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 September 3rd

Program: Michael Barber - Owner of Go Wild Peru

Fish keeper for over fifty years, parents started the journey with the gift of a five-gallon stainless steel slate bottom aquarium with box filter and stainless incandescent hood. Oh, the joys of spun fiber glass filter media and unexpected electrical groundings. Graduated from live bearers to egg layers before ten years of age - first egg-layer bred and raised was the Pearl Gourami.

Passion is Calichthydae and Apistogrammas (& Apistogrammoides pucallpaensis). At one time had over fifty species of Corydoras, Brochis and Aspidoras in the fish room with successful breeding of nearly all. Just a few others of note are Rio Nanay Angels (called the Peruvian Altum as a marketing gimmick), Mesonauta festivus, Otos, Ancistrus, Lima Shovelnose and many charicins.

Last rebuild of dedicated fishroom downsized tanks to about 60 with centralized filter system and automated water changes. A former laundry room serves as a support hub with water treatment and storage facilities. Summer rain water collection stimulates breeding activities utilizing five 55 gallon drums.

Blessed to venture to the Amazon basin to collect most of the fish kept and thoroughly enjoy introducing others to the collecting experience; especially mentoring them while they prepare for their first Amazon expedition. Co-leader, with Devon Graham of MT Amazon Expeditions fish collecting trips. In 2014, with the collaboration of a few friends in the DC area, began facilitating the trans-shipping of fish caught on these trips. In 2015, in partnership with Ian Fuller, we established a new fish collecting venture, GoWildPeru, in Puerto Maldonado, Madre de Dios, Peru.

Member of the Potomac Valley Aquarium Society (PVAS), Greater Washington Aquatic Plant Association (GWAPA), the Capital Cichlid Association (CCA), James River Aquarium Society (JRAS) and the Catfish Study Group. Currently serve as Treasurer and Past President of PVAS (2008). Past Co-Chair of the All-Aquarium Catfish Convention.

Current talks: The Fish of the Madre de Dios Drainage (Peru); The Perfect Fish Room; Collecting on the Peruvian Amazon; In Search of the Peruvian Wild Blue Gourami; available mid-2016 Annual Killifish Collecting in the Wet Season.


08/01/2016 - PayPal Monetary Donations

SAS has a easy way to make a monetary donation, if you wish. Click on the ad below to be redirected to PayPal's web site and enter any amount you wish to donate.

07/16/2016 - New SAS Bylaws

New SAS bylaws adopted at the June General Membership Meeting have been posted.

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.

03/18/2014 - New SAS Forum

SAS now has a new forum powered by Google. It requires participants to have a Google account. Google+, Gmail, YouTube, Picasa, Google Drive, Google Calendar, all these products can be used with the same account. If you already have an account for any of the Google products, you have an account to use this forum. If you don't have a Google account you will need to create one to use this forum.

The new forum is embeded into the SAS web site. You can always get to the forum by clicking on on the SAS Forum menu on the left of each page.

Members of the forum can invite new members.

Forum moderators/managers should use this link to manage the forum:!forum/sacramento_aquarium_society

"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.

Web Site Design

Please send content ideas, usability suggestions, or problems with this site to the SAS Webmaster Tony Griffitts.