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 - December 1st

Program: Dr. Andrew Whitehead - "Evolutionary Transitions Between Marine and Freshwater Environments in Fish"

Dr. Andrew Whitehead

Subject of presentation: Speciation between marine and freshwater environments is important for generating the incredible species diversity that we observe within the fishes. Our research program explores the mechanisms that contribute to evolutionary adaptations between these very different habitat types.

Andrew Whitehead earned his B.Sc. from the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada, his Ph.D. from the University of California at Davis, followed by post-doctoral research at the University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, and was an Assistant then Associate Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at LSU before moving to UC Davis in summer 2012. Research interests include evolutionary and ecological functional genomics, population genomics, conservation genetics, stress physiology, and ecotoxicology. He is a member of the Population Biology Graduate Group, the Graduate Group in Ecology (Chair of the Ecological Genomics and Genetics AOE), the Integrative Genetics and Genomics Graduate Group, and the Pharmacology and Toxicology Graduate Group. He is a member of the UC Davis Center for Population Biology, and the Coastal and Marine Sciences Institute.

Activities in the Whitehead lab revolve around Environmental, Ecological, and Evolutionary Genomics research. These lines of research seek to understand how genomes integrate cues from, respond to, and are shaped by the external environment. The lab examines genomic responses to stress that occur over physiological timescales (acclimation responses) and over evolutionary timescales (adaptive responses). Many complementary approaches are integrated into their program, including genome expression profiling, population genetics/genomics and phylogenetics, and physiology, to study how individuals and species respond to and adapt to environmental stress. Stressors of interest include those that are natural (temperature, salinity) or of human origin (pollutants, climate change). They have both a basic science angle to their research program, and also an applied angle that leverages genomic information to diagnose and solve environmental problems.



08/05/2018 - SAS Video - Interview with James Krause, Rivers to Reef

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.

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.

"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.