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 - 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

October 5th, 5:00pm - 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 .


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.