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 - October 5th

Program: Mega Auction

Mega Auction

Mega Auction

Mega Auction begins at 5:00pm. Check-in for auction items begins at 2:30pm and ends at 4:30pm. This is a big fund raiser for the society that is open to the public. Please see the Auction Rules for more detail.

Sacramento Aquarium Society (SAS) Mega Auctions are free to attend and participate in. You do not need to be a member of the SAS to sell or purchase items at the auctions (for info about non members, see items #8 and #11).

Auction Rules


  1. Fish should be at least 1” total Length (Nano species excluded)
  2. Fish should be secured in appropriate bag / container (No Ziploc). Inappropriate or leaking bags may be replaced at the expense of the seller ($1 Per Bag).
  3. Each bag of fish or plants must be labeled with:
    1. Item number: Each item shall be numbered with a sequential (unique) number beginning with seller's initials (e.g. ABC101, ABC102, etc.).
    2. Species (if known) and/or common name
    3. Number of fish or plants in the bag
    4. Sexes (if known)
    5. Minimum bid (if any). Be careful about this; if an item does not sell for the labeled minimum bid, it will NOT be re-offered at a lower price. Apply a minimum bid ONLY if you are not willing to go lower.
  4. Each seller is limited to a maximum of five (5) bags per species, unless approved by the Auction Chairperson.
  5. Equipment should be labeled with:
    1. Item number (following the style and sequence of fish/plants)
    2. Condition (new/used, working/broken, complete/missing pieces, etc.)
    3. Minimum bid (if any; see 3.e above)
  6. Sellers must complete the AUCTION CHECK-IN FORM prior to checking in at the auction. Speed up your check-in by clicking HERE and bringing the completed form with you to the meeting.
    1. Sellers must fill out their own forms; our Auction Chair cannot do this for sellers at the auction.
    2. Each item for sale must have a separate entry on the check in form, identified on the form using the corresponding “Item number” labeled on the bag or item.


  1. Sellers must “check in” all items with the Auction Chair between 2:30 and 4:30 pm by presenting a properly completed “Auction check-in form” to the Auction Chair. We recommend you arrive early to check-in.
    1. After items have been checked in, they cannot be removed from the auction.


  1. Sellers are entitled to a split of the selling price for each item they registered as follows:
    1. For SAS members, the sale price of all non-donated items will be split 70% to the seller and 30% to the SAS for items less than $20; 80/20 split for items between $20 and $50; and 85/15 for items over $50.
    2. For non-members, the sale price of all non-donated items is split 50%/50% between the seller and the SAS.
    3. 100% of the selling price of donated items goes to the Society. Sellers are encouraged to donate at least one item to the Society.
  2. All sellers will be paid at the end of the auction. Sellers not in attendance at the end of the auction will be mailed a check for their sales, provided they supply a valid mailing address.
  3. Any unsold items should be reclaimed by the seller at the end of auction. Unless other arrangements are made, unsold items not reclaimed by the seller after the end of auction will become property of the SAS and may be sold as “donations” at a future auction.


  1. SAS members in good standing are entitled to run a charge account (tab) for items purchased in the auction. To run a tab, members must obtain a numbered “bidder card” from the Auction Chair prior to the start of auction. All tabs must be settled at the end of the auction.
  2. Non-members can bid on and purchase any items in the auction, but cannot run a tab. Nonmembers should obtain a "CASH" bidder card from the Auction Chair prior to auction start. All non member purchases must be paid in full at the time of their winning bid; nonmembers may pay for items using cash or paypal.

Have questions please email Joshua Black .

November 2nd, 3:00 - 10:00pm- Special DOUBLE-HEADER Event - A Joint Marine Aquarist Roundtable of Saramento (MARS) and Sacramento Aquarium Socienty (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.