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



This was my first time ordering fish online and it couldn't have been a better experience for me. They have great selection, prices were great, and Jay went above and beyond to ensure everything went as smoothly as possible. I had a severe flood in my area and Jay double checked to make sure there w....

- Eric (Florida)

I have bought fish from Jay numerous times and am impressed with his quality of fish every time! He has a wide variety of fishes and they always arrive healthy, in great shape and in great packaging. Jay is a very knowledgeable person and replies with prompt answers. Highly recommended seller of hig....

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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. Live fish arrival guarantee. 

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 fro more information. 

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 Sprilina 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 and oxyben for shipping or local pick up. Shipping by Fed EX or SWA Cargo. Live Arrival Guarantee.  Everything is done to ensure you receive a quality fish for a fair price. 

See Local Pick Up Page for meeting location. Closed Sundays. 

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)

New Shipping options for 11 x 11 x 6 Boxes are now available for smaller orders (Including Fed EX One and Two Day Air Service and UPS Two Day AM Service). See for instructions how to order one to three 2.5" to 3.5" fish or a single 1" or 1.5" Sex Uncertain Six Pack. The web site cart is currently not set up for this option. However, it can be requested by email. My web site developer will update the cart as soon as he can. 

To determine if you live in my shipping areas, please go to my shipping page. A list of the areas not covered are at the bottom of the shipping page as well as a list of the areas not covered in colder weather. 

Second day shipping and 12 x 12 x12 box shipping is limited to areas where temperatures stay above 45F. One Day Ground is now limited to the larger more expensive 18 x 18 x 10 box when tempatures are below 45F as well. One Day Ground and SWA Cargo Shipments are avialble as long as the temperature does not drop below 33. Small Boxes are available when tempatures 45 F and Above. Please note we can only ship to the US and PR.  Local Pick Up by Appointment, Monday through Saturday, see Local Pick Up Page. Summer Shipping Conditions. Fed EX One and Two day as well as SWA Cargo shipping options are now available. Lowest shipping rates of the year. (No need for heat packs or foil inserts which add to shipping costs). SWA Cargo to Wichita, KS starts July 14, 2016. 

Shipping Special in effect. If you buy fish amounts that require use of a larger box (18 x 18 x 10) (10 to 16, 3.5" or smaller fish or 2 to 3, 4" or larger fish) they will be shipped in a used box saving you the $5.75 off the new box fee as long as the used boxes last or until this special ends which ever come first. 

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)

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 AMAZON Prime day is cominmg on July 12, 2016. Watch for for special deals starting July 5

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 our Shipping Page for more information).  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 (ground one and two day) options. No shipping below 32 F, heat packs can freeze and fail. I have removed Fed EX air rates from the cart because they are too high. 

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 2" sex uncertain six packs for those looking to breed them or in 2.5" to 3.5" males as they grow out. Most larger females are kept for in house breeding purposes. Occasionally pairs or 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.

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. 

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.

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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