Sacramento Aquarium Society

Bringing Aquarium Hobbyists of the Greater Sacramento Valley Together Since 1952

Welcome

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 November 4th

Program: Jim Cumming - "The Cichlids of Madagascar – A Land in Crisis"

Jim Cumming

Jim Cumming hails from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada and is a lifelong fish keeper, having been involved in this wonderful hobby for over 60 years. Other than a fifteen year sojourn into the world of killifish (his online name is ‘notho2000’) he has kept and presently keeps mostly Central and South American cichlids, but he currently devotes about one third of his 40 aquarium fish room to Madagascan cichlids and the Etroplus genus from India. He has given presentations on Madagascan cichlids and their plight to the Winnipeg and Saskatoon Aquarium Societies, the New England Cichlid Association, the Bermuda Aquarium Society, the Dead Fish Order, the Ohio Cichlid Association, the Greater Chicago Cichlid Association, the Durham Regional Aquarium Society, the Great Salt Lake Aquarium Society, the Rocky Mountain Cichlid Group in Denver and a ‘workshop’ weekend with the Aquarium Club of Edmonton. Jim has also had extensive collecting experience in Mexico, Belize, Cuba, Brazil and the southern U.S.

He maintains a very active YouTube channel with around 550 videos at last count, highlighting the fish he keeps or has kept, with the emphasis on maintenance and breeding. Jim has been a moderator for several Facebook forums, contributes regularly to other on-line forums as well (CRC, ACA, MFK, and the Winnipeg Fish Forum) and has had articles published in Amazonas and Cichlid News magazines. He is also a Species Specialist and a speaker for the CARES program. He looks forward to enthusiastically spreading the word on this magnificent group of fishes.

December 2nd Meeting

Program: Matthew Schauer - "K.I.S.S. Corys"

Matt Schauer

Matt was born and raised in Central Wisconsin. When he was a child his parents owned a small shop in Mequon focusing primarily on freshwater tropical fish and exotic birds. They had 72 tanks in the store and another half-dozen at home. They left the business when he was 8 but some of the knowledge stuck with him. In ’06 he was given his first tank, a 75 gallon, by a friend whose former roommate had left it behind. At the age of 26 his passion began. The intent was a nice looking planted community tank. Within a few months of its setup; the breeding of Badis badis, Corydoras paleatus and Nomorhamphus liemi (Celebese Halfbeak), quickly had it cluttered with fry boxes and breeder baskets. It wasn’t long before a few more tanks were added. He tapered off at 5 tanks until he moved from Wisconsin to Northern Illinois in 2008. In a new town with few friends he had little better to do than sit online shopping for new tanks and fish to play with.

Matt’s love for Silruiforms started early during his fish keeping when he saw his first Royal Whiptail for sale at a local shop. Before that he was not familiar with anything but common plecos and corys with the occasional synodontis or other basic species being offered. This peaked his curiosity and he began scouring the internet astounded at all the species that existed. In 2010, with a catfish collection of less than 10 species, he attended the All Aquarium Catfish Convention. He had loads of fun, learned a lot, and met some great people. Matt then started collecting many species; but due to space constraints, focused on the Callichthyidae and the Loricariidae types that remain small. By 2011 he had acquired quite the collection of species and launched a website. Even then he would have never thought he would be attending subsequent Catcons with a healthy supply of tank raised fish to sell and trade. Matt is currently running near 100 tanks, his main focus being Catfish. He is keeping more than 70 species of catfish and has been successful with more than 35 species of Corydoradinae and near 20 species of Loricariidae.

Matts Talk “K.I.S.S. Corys: Tips for keeping, breeding, and raising some of the most popular aquarium Catfish” will be a good follow up to Mark Soberman’s Corydoradinae Talk at the Fall Fish bowl. Matt will spend little time on introductory information and move quickly into spawning these little gems.

Announcements

05/30/2017 - OBITUARY: DR. HERBERT R. AXELROD

practicalfishkeeping.co.uk

02/03/2017 - Membership Dues Change March 4th

SAS membership dues change will go up at the March 4th General Meeting. SAS offers two types of memberships, digital (email copy), and snail mail (printed copy) newsletter. Annual membership dues will go up to $30 for snail mail, and $20 for digital. You can join or renew your SAS membership now for $24 for snail mail, and $14 for digital via PayPal through March 6th.

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.

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.

02/18/2016 - Google+ Community - Sacramento Aquarium and Pond Hobby

Google+

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.

"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.


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