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 - April 6th

Mega Auction

Mega Auction

Mega Auction begins at 6:00 pm. Check-in for auction items begins at 4:00 pm. 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 (3) 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 4:00 and 6:00 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 .

May 4th - Mark Duffill - "Loaches are for Life not just for Snails"

Mark Duffill

Mark Duffill was born in 1972, he has had an interest in fish from a very young age. He got his first fish when he was 6 years old and was 'hooked' immediately. As soon as he was old enough he became a junior member of the local fish keeping club and soon got the bug for showing fish and winning prizes, Mark progressed in the club as a committee member and eventually club secretary. As well as the fishkeeping Mark owns and helps out with several websites and Facebook groups including Loach Fanatics.

This aside he also advanced to become an A-class judge for the North East Federation of Aquarist Societies. The hobby of fish keeping took a back seat for a while due to work commitments, however unfortunately his career as an electrician ended in 1999 when he was diagnosed with fibromyalgia and spondylosis in the spine. Since then he channelled his time, energy and passion for fish to keeping, breeding or catching and collecting them.

Mark works primarily with Loaches, Rasboras and other Asian species, although he has periodically diverted his attention to other fish including African Rift Cichlids, Characins, Corydoras, Discus, Livebearers of all descriptions and even at one point had nothing but Rainbow fishes, but no matter what he has kept he was always drawn back to Loaches, Barbs, Danios and Rasboras.

In 2009, Mark became the founder of the International Loach Association, formerly Loach Association of Great Britain. Mark has written books on loaches and also had his articles published in several magazines around the world and had them translated into numerous languages and has been invited to travel to clubs within the UK and now around the world to give presentations on Loaches.

Mark's passion for Loaches has seen him successfully spawn numerous species, which for some time Loaches were considered unbreedable but thanks to Mark and people like him, this myth has been dispelled. So far he has spawned 30+ loach species including Yasuhikotakia sidthimunki, Micronemacheilus cruciatus, Sewellia lineolata, Sewellia sp spotted, and Paracanthocobitis nigrolineata, also firsts such as Botia kubotai, Botia histrionica, Botia striata, Acanthopsoides species and Yasuhikotakia splendida.

Website: (also, he has two FB pages: “International Loach Association” and “Loach Fanatics”)

Upcoming Events

AGA 2019

3rd Annual West Coast Goldfish Palooza


02/01/2017 - General Meetings

General Meetings start at 7:00 pm. Socializing times are between 4:45 and 7:00 pm. Auction check in is between 6:00 and 7:00 PM. No auction Items will be checked in after 7:00 pm. 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.