Office Hours

Mon through Saturday: 12:00pm - 8:00pm EST
Sun: Closed

(NOTE: Closed Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year's Day and during Cichlid Club of York (CCY) and CCA (Capital Cichlid Club Meetings) when attending.

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Jay is awesome. Cichlids should be happy to have him. Shipping, packaging and fish equaled a smooth, successful transaction. I wish I could just drive over and pick my fish up. Thanks Jay.

- Greg (North Carolina)

I received my first order of fish from Cichlids Are Special this week and must say that I am truly impressed. The fish were larger than expected, very healthy and are doing very well in my tank. The fish were packaged extremely well and arrived as promised. I will definitely be a return customer. ....

- John (Pennsylvania)

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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.

Fish for sale on this site are listed by group under Livestock .

Welcome to the Colorful   world of African Cichlid Fish. African Ciclid Fish For Sale on the stock pages of his web site.

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.

Most of our fish are grown at our facility. Some still come from wholesale sources. Home grown fish are priced lower than fish from a wholesaler source fish due to their difference in cost.

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.

Shipping sale on larger 18 x 18 x 10 and 20 x 16 x 10 boxes. Save the box fee ($11.71) on large fish box oders while used boxes last.

In case you are not familiar with these fish, only male peacocks (Aulonocara Types) and haplochromis types including Victorians show color. Females of these fish often are dull in color and many look similar. Male peacocks (Aulonocara) will cross breed with any other Aulonocara female. See my advice pages for assistance before purchasing these fish.    

Christmas Gift Certicate and Customer of the Year Contest: Every customer that purchases at least $100 worth of fish from Cichlids Are Special duing this contest will receive a Christmas Bonus Gift Certicate for 5% of their yearly total rounded to the cloest dollar. The person who purchases the most fish for the year during this contest will have an extra $25 added to their Christmas Gift Certificate and have their name announced in our Newsletter and on our Facebook page. Complete rules are on our Terms and Conditions Page.

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. Our phone is only monitored during business hours. Please take note of those hours on the top right hand corner of this page. Closed for most CCA and some CCY meetings (see club meetings page). Closed for CCA fish Club meeting Saturday September 13, 2014. CCY members see new rules for fish at CCY meetings on Club Meeting Page. Next CCY meeting is Septeber 27.

Wish lists are for customer view only. If you have a question about compatibility, please check the compatibility chart in my advice pages or send an email to the address below. 

Please take note our new email address is:  The best way to contact me for Customer Service  is by email. Our phine is acting up. It drops calls at times. If you try to call and either get the answering message or the line drops, please send an email. I am and have been working with our phone service to fix these issues. It may take some time until they get it right. 

Live fish arrival guarantee. Gift certificates are given for fish that die during shipment. Refunds are given for fish not avialable 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.

We ship to the Continential U.S by Fed Ex or SWA Cargo. Honolulu Hawaii is now available through SWA/ Hawian Airlines Cargo. All shipments to Hawai  require a customer inport permit. San Juan, PR is also now available through SWA Cargo.  We do not ship outside of the US,  to Alaska or by USPS.

Please note, I can bring fish to a CCY meeting or a CCA meeting that I am attending, for members only. For non-members CCY, you need to make arrangements to meet me in York. For non-CCA members, you will need to make arrangements to meet me outside in the parking lot at the CCA meeting place.

Second Day Shipping is now avaialbe. Fall is coming. Second day shipping will end when it drops below 45F. Get yor orders in before this happens.

Local Picks available during normal business hours by appointment.  CAS is an internet based store. We can not sell from our physicall address due to township rules.

If you are looking for males only, stick to buying the part color males and males listed on this site. If you need females from the sex uncertain, add a comment that you want females from the uncertain if possible.

The lowest price for a fish is for a single 1" Sex Uncertain size. The drop down under each fish, shows the price and quantity available for additional sizes.

Fish Sizes: To see all the sizes of each fish currently available; once you open an individual fish, click on its name and the drop down will show all the sizes and prices for that fish.

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 recommenadtions 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 one of the largest variety of 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 informations 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, particualary those in the C.A.R.E.S. program, can be enjoyed for generations to come.

If you buy C.A.R.E.S. Program fish in pairs, trios, or mixed sex uncertain from this site please register them through your local fish club or directly through the C.A.R.E.S. web site at

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.

Used Shipping boxes needed. 18" x 18" x 10" or 20" x 16" x 10" styrofoam with carboard cover are preferred. If you have any of these and can get them to me at my local meeting place, please contact me. Used boxes save my customers shipping cost and save me from having to put out money in advance to buy 100 new ones at a time.


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