Office and Phone Hours

Mon/Wed/Thu: 9:00am - 8:00pm EST
Tue/Fri/Sat: 10:00am - 8:00pm EST
Local Pick: Mon - Sat (Appointment Only)
Phone Accessible: Mon - Sat: 7:00 - 8:00pm AND 1:00 - 4:00pm EST

The fastest way to get a response is to email:

(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)


Just received my cichlids,BOY!!! They look amazing....My first time ordering over the internet, not going to lie was a bit doubtful about the whole idea...Can't say that anymore....cichlids look healthy and i'm a happy customer...Will be placing future orders for sure...Services and products are up ....

- Amaury (Astoria,ny)

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)

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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. Spread the word about our fish to your friends that keep fish.

Live fish arrival guarantee, see terms and conditions page for more information. Two Day Shipping now available 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 two fold: 1) for customers wanting fish that can be housed in male only color tanks, and 2) for customers that 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 occasional trios or groups for those looking to breed.

If you are new to these fish, check out our forum

Closed Sundays.

We are in the process of a major upgrade to this site. The upgrade is being delayed by Hurricane IRMA. My web site developer works for the Airforce and is currently tied up helping out with Hurricane IRMA clean up and assistance to victims. If you have problems with the site, please email me at see:

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 fed freshly hatched baby Brine shrimp daily. Juveniles and adults are feed Xtreme Cichlid PeeWee and HBH Cichlid 4 Flake Premium food. Most fish are bred 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. 

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Video for fish one week after arrival:

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.

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