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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



From start to finish everything with this transaction was flawless. This was my first time ordering fish online and I was hesitant to say the least. The fish arrived in a timely manner and most importantly with zero casualitites. After an acclimation to the tank the fish were released to their new....

- Brad (Pennsylvania)

Once again another successful purchase from Cichlids Are Special. My order arrived very carefully packed with enough insulation and heating pouches to keep the water temperature ideal while in transit. My fish arrived in very good condition and ate immediately after I acclimated them to the tank. I....

- Dion (Queens, NY)

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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. Two Day Shipping now avaialbe in areas where the weather stays above 45F.

CAS carries Lake Malawi Peacock Cichlids, Lake Malawi Haplochromis, a few Mbuna. and a few Lake Victorian Cichlids. Our focus is teo fold: 1) for customers wanting fish that can be housed in male only color tanks, and 2) for customers than like to breed individual types of these fish. Therefore, CAS sells single males for color tanks as well as three and six packs and an occaional trios or groups for those looking to breed. If you are new to these fish, please check out our advice pages. 

Closed Sundays. 

Credit card payments are accepted through secure 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 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 HBH Cichlid 4 Flake Premium food. Most fish are breed in house. Some are brought in from a fish farm wholesaler who is a source for several other fish farms and a number of 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. 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. 

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

Here is another unpacking video & review:  

Video fo fish one week after arrival:

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. 

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