Office and Phone Hours

Local Pick Up by Appointment Monday Through Saturday at my pick up spot. See Local Pick up page for locations and times. Best time to reach us by phone is 7:00 to 8:00 pm. Monday through Saturday. Phone may be answered between 1:00 and 4:00 pm. Monday through Saturday as well when not too busy cleaning, packing fish, or meeting customers. The fasest way to get a response is to email:

Sunday: Closed

Monday through Wednesdays tend to be my busiest times due to cleaning and shipping. 

(NOTE: Closed Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year's Day and during certain Cichlid Club of York (CCY) and CCA (Capital Cichlid Club Meetings) that I am attending or to which I am delivering fish. (See Club Meetings Page)

The fasest way to get a response is to email me at



My 3 beautiful Africans arrive today. Shipping was promt. Fish are healthy and were eating withing the first half hour after being acclimated and put into my 75 g. Thanks guys

- Briana (Ohio)

When I purchased from you I was very satisfied. The fish you sold me were healthy, they acclimated very well and your shipping was tight. I have since recommended you to a friend that also had a positive experience buying from you. Keep on doing what you're doing and you won't have any problems.

- Chris (Pennsylvania)

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Welcome to Cichlids Are Special

Welcome to the Colorfuworld of African Cichlid Fish. CAS is your #1 source for high-quality African Cichlid fish at low prices. We not only sell these fish, we try to advise our customers on which fish work best together and how best to keep these fish. We take pride in our customer service and do everything we can to make your fish purchase from us enjoyable. email address is:  The best way to contact me for Customer Service is by email. Check us out on facebook as well. Please like our facebook page. Spreed the word about our fish to your friends that keep fish.

Live fish arrival guarantee, see terms and conditons page for more information.  

CAS carries Lake Malawi Peacock Cichlids, Lake Malawi Haplochromis, a few Mbuna. and a few Lake Victorian Cichlids. Our focus is on fish that can be housed in male only color tanks, and for customers than like to breed individual types of these fish. If youy are new to these fish, please check out our advice pages. 

Cichlids Are Special is an online store. We are restriced by local township regulations from having customers come to our location. For a local pick up order, please order the fish you want on line at least one business day in advance. CAS will respond to your order and set up a local pick up time at a nearby local church. See our Local Pick Up Page for more information.

See our Shipping options page for shipping options and any delays caused by colder weather. Closed Sundays.

Credit card payments are accepted through Pay Pal. You do not need a Pay Pal Account to process a credit card payment through them.

Cash as well as credit card payments are accepted on local pick ups or deliveries to the CCA and the CCY (Fish Clubs).

Our fish receive 75 to 90% water changes weekly. Each tank has at least one sponge filter which is cleaned frequently. Fry are feed freshly hatched baby Brine shrimp daily. Juveniles and adults are feed Xtreme Cichlid PeeWee and Blue Cobalt Cichlid Flake food. Most fish are breed in house. Some are brought in from a fish farm wholesaler who supllies several other fish farms and a number of stores and on-line stores. A few come from an older wholesale fish farmer. New arrivals from a wholesaler are quarantined for two weeks before offered for sale. Fish are individually bagged with fresh treated water for shipping or local pick up, Shipping by Fed EX or SWA Cargo. See Shipping options Page for our shipping options Live Arrival Guarantee.  Everything is done to ensure you receive a quality fish for a fair price. 

CAS has partnered with to provide a long list of Aquarium Products including Airline, Airline Stones, Air Pumps, Aquariums, Cichlid Food, Dehumidifers, Filters, Fish Books, Gravel & Substrate, Heaters, Lighting, Ornaments, Stands, Test Kits, Timers, UV Sterlizers, Water Conditionders, and more at prices to meat our customers aquatic needs. Please go to our Supplies Link on the left side of this page to see all the items we offer through our Affiliate Store. Prime Members can get free second day shipping on their items. To join Prime go to

Check out one of our customer's unpacking videos here:

Here is another unpacking video & review:  

Video fo fish one week after arrival:

I will do my best to match a competitors price on the same fish in the same size and sex. (See Terms and Conditions page)

Please take note that sale priced fish do not count toward the floating discounts at the top of this page.

GOAL: To carry, maintain, and sell high-quality African Cichlid Community Tank fish stock available in the Mid-Atlantic Region at low affordable prices, and to provide information through my advice and other information pages to help my customers choose the fish that will work best for their set up.

MISSION: To provide quality African Cichlid Fish to the hobbyist at a fair price with excellent customer service, promoting the fish keeping hobby so that these fish, particularity those in the C.A.R.E.S. program, can be enjoyed for generations to come.

The lowest price listed for a fish, other than a sale price, is for the smallst size (1" Sex Uncertain), for additional sizes and prices, including sexed males, use the drop down located in each fish's profile. 

More information is available on my FAQ (Frequently asked Questions), Terms and Conditions Page, Advice pages, Ways to Keep African Cichlids, Policy Pages, Shippping Options, and our About US page. Please feel free to check these pages out.


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