Office Hours

Local Pick Up by Appointment Monday Through Saturday at my pick up spot. (See FAQ) Best time for Local Pick Up Hours is 1:00 to 4:00 pm. and 7:00 to 8:00pm. Ocassional lunch time hours 11:30-12:00 may be avaialbe as well. Best time to reach us by phone is 7:00 to 8:00 pm. Monday through Saturday. 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. It is very tough for me to do a morning pick up during this time. 

(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. (See Club Meetings Page)

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



Just wanted to say Thank You Jay! I have placed 2 orders both 30+ fish. Both orders came in on time as we agreed to, all fish were double bagged and healthy. They all came labeled, correctly sized, and were eating well an hr after hitting the tank. I've have used quite a few suppliers and none of th....

- Cordero O. (Illinois)

This was our second order from Cichlids are Special. We are BEYOND PLEASED!!There really isn't any place locally that sells cichlids so we turned to this online site. Working with Jay is an absolute pleasure. He's EXTREMELY helpful & very quick in responding back to my emails. We received 15 ci....

- Debbie (Connecticut)

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Welcome to Cichlids Are Special

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. 

Local Pick UP spot  has changed. See Local Pick Up Page at the top of this page for new locations.

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)

Second day shipping and 12 x 12 x12 box shipping is limited to areas where temperatures stay above 45F and is not currently avialable. One Day Ground is now limited to the larger more expensive 18 x 18 x 10 box due to lower temperatures. One Day Ground and SWA Cargo Shipments are avialble as long as the temperature does not drop below 33. Please note we can only ship to the US and PR.  Local Pick Up by Appointment, Monday through Saturday, see Local Pick Up Page. Weather delay for shipping is in effect until the temperatures get above 32F day and night during transit. 

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. 

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

Welcome to the Colorful world of African Cichlid Fish. African Rift Lake Cichlid Fish For Sale are located on our Livestock pages. Rare Afrcian Cichlids For Sale as well. Our fish are for Sale Online or by Local Pick-up by appointment. Local pick ups by appointment, we are primarily an internet store due to township rules. We offer shipping by Fed EX Ground or SWA Cargo (see below and our Shipping Page for more information).  

CAS caries Peacock Cichlids, Lake Malawi Haplochromis, a few Mbuna. and Lake Victorian Cichlids. 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 Club)

Our fish are primarily sold in 1 to 1.5" sex uncertain six packs for those looking to breed them or in 2" to 3.5" males as they grow out. Occasionally trios are offered as well. Check out our Livestock pages to find out what is currently available. Click on the drop down to see all of the sizes and sexes available for a specific fish. Fish are measured from the snout to the tail with a American Standard ruler. Size is based on last count. It takes about three weeks to complete a full cycle of counts. If the fish grows between the time it is counted and posted and the time it is purchased, there is no extra charge for the increase in size. 

Live fish arrival guarantee. Gift certificates are given for fish that die during shipment. Refunds are given for fish not available at time of shipment including over charge for shipping. It is very important that your email address in your account is correct and does not contain any spelling or typing error which can cause gift certificates and refunds not to go through. Please see or terms and conditions page for more information.

In addition to Low Priced Fed EX Ground and SWA Shipping, we are now offering shipping discounts to reduce the cost of your shipping based on the amount of regular priced fish (Sale fish do not count) that you purchase. See our shipping options page above for full details. For safer two day in transit shipping of 2.5" or larger fish I suggest requesting a winter time Styrofoam interior box. If you are ordering nine or less fish, there will be a $12.00 fee sent by Pay Pal Invoice for this upgrade. If you order Ten to Sixteen, the cart will charge you for two smaller boxes and I can convert your order to one 18 x 18 x 10 box with a Styrofoam interior box for no extra charge. To request a larger box, please put a note in the comments of your order. 

Low priced reliable Ground One Day Shipping by Fed Ex is available for customers in PA, NJ, New York City, Maryland, DE, southern NY and CT, Eastern OH,  northern VA,  and northern WV. Use this service to get your live cichlid fish shpped direct to your home. Low priced second day ground shipping requires the weather stays above 45F for my area, in transit areas, and delivery areas overnight and during the day.  Second day shipping has ended until weather warms. Check out the Fed Ex map on my shipping page to see if you are in one of my one or two day shipping zones. I rarely loose any fish using these two shipping (ground one and two day) options. No shipping below 32 F, heat packs can freeze and fail. Fed EX Orders will be shipped in the order they are received. SWA orders will be worked in with Fed EX orders as time permits. 

SWA cargo is the least expensive way to ship fish to areas outside of my Fed EX one and two day ground zones. Fed EX Air is far too expensive. It averages at least $100 for a box of nine or less fish, and can be as high as $200 to the west coast. SWA Cargo Freight Service to an airport near you (You have to go to the airport cargo unit to pick up your fish) averages $60 to $70 for up to two full larger boxes (thirty-two 3.5" or smaller fish).  When using SWA cargo, the more fish you order, the more fish you get for your shipping cost. See my shipping options pages for a list of airports served by SWA Caro. When ordering fish to be shipped by SWA Cargo, after the order is processed, I will obtain a quote for you for the shipping cost. You can then decide if you want to go through with the order and have a Pay Pal invoice sent to you or to cancel the order. Since SWA orders require at least $100 worth of fish in the order, they also qualify for at least a 10% discount on the fish cost. See my floating banners at the top of this page. 

Current Conditons allow  for One DayShipping and Two Day Shipping by Fed Ex Ground and Fed Ex Home Delivery.  SWA Cargo Shipping is avialable as well. I have removed Fed EX air rates from the cart because they are too high. 

We ship to the Continental U.S by Fed Ex or SWA CargoHonolulu Hawaii is now available through SWA/ Hawaiian Airlines Cargo. All shipments to Hawaii  require a customer import permit. San Juan, PR is also now available through SWA Cargo for Arrival Tuesday through Friday.  We do not ship outside of the US,  to Alaska or by USPS (except for Paradigm Food which can be shipped separately by USPS Priority Mail). 

Our fish are carefully packed for shipping in individually tagged bags. Shipping boxes have either strofoam or foil inserts. Newspaper is used for additional packing. Heat packs are added in cold weather. See  

If you are new to these fish, please take note only male Peacock (Aulonocara), Lake Malawi Haplochromis, and Lake Victorian Cichlids show color. Both sexes of Mbuna show color. Please check out my advice pages, before you order. Best thing to do is to go through the compatibility chart, make a list of the fish you like that are compatibile and then buy all males from there unless you are planning on breeding.  

Cihlids are Special is now a proud dealer of Paradigm Fish Foods. You can find what we have in stock on our Paradigm Fish Food Page. Check out the article about this food in my article section. 

CAS is the best place to buy your African Cichlids and get free advice. We carry primarily community tank African Cichlids that can be mixed together to produce an extremely colorful tank. Please visit our compatibility chart for more information about mixing these type fish in a community tank and out Suggested Show Tank Page for a list of how to mix most of our fish to get great color. If you are looking to breed these fish, check out my breeding recommendations page. Unlike some retailers, I offer this advice so that both you and your fish will be happy, in hope that you will return for more fish later.

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, and Syndontis Catfish to the hobbyist at a fair price and 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.

Support small family owned business and local pet stores if you want these fish to remain avialable. See Article: Where has my Fish Store Gone

We are closed on Sundays. Emails and internet orders received on Sundays or other days that we are closed will be processed the next business day. Closed for most CCA and some CCY meetings (see club meetings page). 

Most of our fish are grown at our facility. A few of our fish still come from wholesale sources. 

Minimum Fish Order using Pay Pal is $25.00 unless a gift coupon is used for part of the payment. This amount does not include any shipping fee.

Second Day Shipping is limited to areas where the temperatures do not drop below 45F durng transist. Next Day and SWA Cargo Shipping requires 32F or higher during transist for safe shipping. 

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 and our About US page. Please feel free to check these pages out.


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