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RetailersMail-Order FishUSNY Tomstanganyikans.com
Address: 1751 Aladdin Ave.
City, State: New Hyde Park, NY
ZIP: 11040
Phone: (516) 328-7088
Web site: Click here
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Dinny has used this retailer 1 time. January 18, 2016
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"What a wonderful way to buy Fish, Tom is great. "
Thank you Tom for inviting me in to your home to view your wonderful Tanganyikan Cichlids and for assisting me in stocking my Tanks.
A true gentleman. Really nice variety of species, especially the Cyps. What a pleasure it was purchasing from Tom. I will look to him again for more Tangs.
cdarminio has used this retailer 1 time. March 29, 2015
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"very nice guy with great fish"
I live near Tom so I just popped by his house to pick up the fish. He was very kind and welcomed me into his house and showed me his wide collection of fish. I ended up purchasing 8 cyps, and he gave me a 9th one for free! He was very knowledgeable and passionate . I look forward to buying from Tom again!
MobaBob has used this retailer 1 time. October 10, 2014
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"Awesome Experience!"
I've been buying fish for over 40 years and this is by far one of the best experiences I've ever had! Great communication, very professional packaging, healthy, beautiful Frontosa! Will I buy from Tom again?... you bet! Thanks Tom, let's talk about more fish soon!
jerryfishman has used this retailer 2-3 times. March 7, 2013
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"great value"
I got three different types of cyprichromis, a touchy fish to ship. compounding the difficulty for tom was shipping to cleveland in februaury. The fish all arrived healthy. The fish were also the size and sex he promised. i have ordered from tom before and have never had any losses.
AFD has used this retailer 1 time. February 15, 2013
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"Outstanding Transaction"
Purchased 3 types of microlepidotus, the fish were everything Tom said they would be.Shipping went extremely well and the fish are doing great.I will be doing future business.
blacia has used this retailer 1 time. January 10, 2012
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"Great first time experience"
My first order with Toms Tanganyicans turned out very well. I had been searching for Tanganyican Killie fish for quite a long time. These fish are nortorius for being difficult to ship. I was greatful that Tom knows how to ship these delicate fish. The fish were vibrant and acclimated well.
Myrock has used this retailer 1 time. February 17, 2011
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"The best!!!"
This guy is the best for Furcifers hands down. You know what your getting and they are nice. Good size, good health.
KATALE has used this retailer 10 or more times. January 17, 2011
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thanks tom for all the great fish i have purchased from u.. all r great and excellent quality. i will continue to buy from tom and recommend to others to do the same.. thanks again..(efharisto poli)
dmiller328 has used this retailer 2-3 times. February 8, 2013
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"Great 2nd Order,they all look awesome with no DOAs"
My first order from Tom a year ago came in too cold and had some doas but he did give a refund for the losses.I know first hand that things can go wrong shipping fish and especially in cold weather with the possibility of the heat pack failing and rough treatment of the fish by the carrier.I gave Tom a second chance and I am glad I did.Now I have a great breeding group of Cyprichromis microlepidotus Kassei,some N.buescheri Congo golds,and some more Xenotilapia ochrogenys Mzuri to add to my group.Thanks Tom!!
terrydover has used this retailer 10 or more times. March 3, 2010
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"Tom is one of the BEST in the u.s that's all I can say"
discman has used this retailer 1 time. February 25, 2010
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"Petrochromis Red Bulus"
I purchased a nice colony of Petrochromis Red Bulus. If you do not know these petros are almost impossible to get but thanks to Tom I have some beautiful very rare petrochromis. I can't believe how wild caught fish could be so well conditioned after only being in this country for a couple months. Tom, you did a great job with these beauties. I can't wait to breed them. Anytime I buy more cichlids I know where to go!! Toms Tangs can't be beat.
Jerry Connors has used this retailer 3-10 times. December 29, 2009
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"Great Fish from a Great Guy"
I just picked up some tropheus and cyps from Tom's Tanganyikans. Once again, I could not have been more pleased. If you are looking for hard to find, reasonably priced, high quality Tanganyikans from a very knowledgable guy, Tom is that guy.
Calvus King has used this retailer 2-3 times. November 19, 2009
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"Looking For That Special Rare Tanganyikan Try Tom's You Won't Be Disappointed !!! "
Just got my 3rd Order from Tom. The Fish arrived in Great Shape. The ALBINO CYP. KITUMBAS, ALBINO PARACYPRICHROMIS NIGRIPINNIS, NEOLAMP. NIGRIVENTRIS SHOW MALE, came in BEAUTYIFUL & HEALTHY and just what I was Looking for.
I will Order again from TOMS TANGANYIKANS.
Thank You Tom.
rastafish has used this retailer 3-10 times. April 19, 2009
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"It will be hard to find a better importer and breeder of Tanganyikan cichlids!!!!!!!!! "
On several occasions I have purchased various Cyprichromis leptosoma Kitumbas, microlepidotus Bulupint, and BuluPoint Sattelfleck----(EXTREMELY RARE Cyprichromis). His fish are vibrant and healthy. If you buy young adults, they will breed immediately, which is a sign that the stock is healthy. His featherfins are gorgeous and the Cyprichromis are the best I have seen. If you're looking to buy Tanganyikan cichlids, he is definitely a breeder and importer you will be happy to have found.
dww-law has used this retailer 1 time. August 27, 2008
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"Great transaction!"
I bought 18 Kitumba Congo Fronts and 12 WC Ikola Tropheus from Tom. The fish arrived via air cargo. Even though I bought 1.75-inch fry, the fronts are a nice blue. The Ikolas are very large with very large wide yellow bands. Tom provided great customer service and was prompt in his response to my questions. The transaction was smooth and business like. This is the way business should be conducted. I recommend Tom highly and will do business with him again. Quality stock, quality customer service, and does what is promised. Great overall transaction.
GJx has used this retailer 1 time. April 26, 2008
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"Mail-ordered fish from this breeder"
I had never bought fish from an online breeder & was VERY leary about doing so.

Purchased 8 Kitumba Frontosas (4 @1.5" & 4 @ 1.75 ") from Tom's Tangs that arrived in early February & had been waiting for the weather to send them since December.
Tom was pretty nice & helped me through the process.
The Fronts arrived in pretty good condition (from what I could tell.) Lost one in 10 days, but the other 7 are doing well three months later & growing rapidly.
Overall I don't think that I can complain & I'd consider doing busines with Tom again.

ssermo has used this retailer 1 time. March 18, 2008
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"First Order From Tom"
My first order from Tom was a colony of WC Kitumbas, 2M/6F. The fish arrived in fantastic condition and on time. This order will be the first of many.
Dunk has used this retailer 10 or more times. February 12, 2008
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I have ordered 3 female WC Kitumbas from Tom. Within 2 months all three females had dropped tubes. I have dealt with Tom several times, only to be amazed at the quality of his fish, and outstanding service he provides. He's extremely knowledgeable, and very friendly to work with.

His fish room has some of the nicest stocked fish i have ever seen. Frontosa, like always are simply amazing.

Being that I am a local hobbyist near Tom i was able to witness the care he puts into his fish room. It most definitely shows in his selection of some of the most finest, rarest fish. Highly recommend this retailer.
boquanzhu has used this retailer 2-3 times. May 20, 2007
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"Great guy with great fish"
I went to his house for the fish two times last week, just love everything he have. The fish i got are doing very good. and will buy from again. recomanded to everyone!
kaizorx7 has used this retailer 1 time. May 7, 2007
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"Great Guy - Great Fish"
Bought some O. ventralis juvies from Tom and they came in nice as expected. These were packaged well - the shipping company even damaged the box bad enough causing a bag to leak, and the fish still arrived alive and are doing great! All arrived in great condition. Great guy to deal with!
cagrant29 has used this retailer 2-3 times. May 6, 2007
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"Another great experience with Tom!"
Tom has the best fish room with the most rare Tang. stock that I have seen. Tom gives solid advice & is very experienced with Africans. This is my second purchase from him & the fish are in excellent condition.
SULLY1000 has used this retailer 2-3 times. February 23, 2009
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"Tom is the man. Couldn't be happier with my order again."
Ordered more cyps/featherfins from Tom again. Was extremely surprised at size and coloration. He understates his fish size and all fish were healthy as could be. Even if I don't NEED something, I always end up checking out his website as I can always make room for more great Tanganyikans. Thanks again, Tom.
Tim F has used this retailer 1 time. February 7, 2007
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"Very positve experience!"
I had a great experience with Tom. He is very friendly,his stock was great and packing and shipping was perfect. Not a problem here. I wouldn't hesitate to use again.
lumpy has used this retailer 1 time. November 20, 2006
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"bad order"
Had large fish order- Toms tanganyikans sent wrong frontosa on purpose- first said it was a mistake then said he sent them because he did not have what I had orderd. Probably hoped I did not notice ,then replaced my order with fry- not what I had purchased- This is not a reputable seller -Beware
hsmith62 has used this retailer 2-3 times. April 2, 2006
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"Nice quality fish"
This is my second order from Tom , very easy to deal with and he has quality fish .
JoseFF has used this retailer 2-3 times. March 20, 2006
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"Great Second Time Experience"
I ordered fish from Tom again because I know that his fish are of excellent quality and from an outstanding stock. Not only that, but I know Tom is a genuine and trustworthy cichlid enthusiast and someone who will help you out if you have any questions. A pair of my Reganochromis that I got from Tom last time have already bred and Tom gave me expert advice on how to raise them. I am definately going to order from him again in the near future and I am so glad I befriended someone like him.
nicky maz has used this retailer 1 time. March 13, 2006
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"Tom Terrific"
Great guy,very knowledgeable.Purchased four fish and all are doing great.Look foward to going back soon
Longstocking has used this retailer 2-3 times. March 31, 2007
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"Great fish...quick easy..."
I have ordered fish a couple times through Tom. Tom was great...no fuss, simple and to the point. His shipping practices are some of the best I've seen. I've had very sensitive fish shipped from him inlcuding Parcyprichromis, Cyprichromis, and feather fins. All made it alive and continue to thrive in my tanks.
oddbeme has used this retailer 1 time. February 17, 2006
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"10+ First Time Experience"
Tom will be my first call/email going forward for any fish or advice having to do with this crazy hobby! I recently visited his house to p/u a dozen Moba fry and some Tricoti - wow what a great customer service experience! His basement operation and live stock are incredible and his passion is truly infectious. He took the time to make certain I was getting what was best for me with a long-term outlook. The fish are magnificent - I'm already plotting my next visit.
STEVESMOKE has used this retailer 2-3 times. February 7, 2006
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"very good experience"
great quality fish, much better quality and price than any local fish store. Order was placed Thursday and filled by Saturday. Fish were already eating 1 hour after arriving at their new home. I also perfer to deal with a small businessman, who has a passion and knowledge of their business.
NewguyWA has used this retailer 1 time. January 31, 2006
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"Great Service"
I ordered a bunch of Cyps and a few shellies. Tom through in some extra cyps and adjusted my shellie order to larger, paired fish for the same price (totally cool and unexpected). Shipped from NY to WA and all fish arrived alive and healthy. Prompt response to emails etc. Would certainly recommend....but you have to place a fairly large order. Thanks Tom!
Axume has used this retailer 1 time. January 29, 2006
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Ordered 20 Cyprichromis Kitumba Juvies from Tom and they all arrived in good health, not one DOA. The fish were packed well and are all eating now two days later. Would go to Tom again without hesitation.
minos64 has used this retailer 1 time. December 7, 2005
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"Overall great experience"
Very pleasant and knowledgeable guy to deal with. Excellent collection of fish. Tom took a good care of the business and delivered exactly what he promised. One pair has spawned in my tank in less than a week after shipping !
I will definitely buy from him again.
sureshot1013 has used this retailer 1 time. November 18, 2005
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"best expierience buying fish from anyone"
All fish arrived healthy and in great shape. I placed a sizeable order and did not lose one fish. All e-mails were answered promptly. overall excellent
blue78 has used this retailer 2-3 times. September 21, 2006
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"once again excellent experience"
once again tom was a pleasure to deal with and quick to respond. he really takes the time to make sure you get what you want. will not get my zaires anywhere else.
wheights has used this retailer 10 or more times. March 5, 2008
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"Great Fish!! Great Customer Service!!!!!"
Have always dealt with Tom when it comes to African Cichlids, he is very knowledgable. I have brought from him at least 50+fish. Gives top quality service as well. If you are in to African Cichlids check Tom's website... I highy recommended him.
reN1824 has used this retailer 1 time. August 29, 2005
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"Helpful and Fish of great quality"
Couldn't be any happier with the Frontosa Kitumbas. They are gorgeous F1 and very good size. Very competitive prizing and responsive to emails. Also, thank you very much Tom for the follow up email after the fish were delivered. Looking forward to future order.
Joek has used this retailer 3-10 times. June 30, 2005
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"Nice man, nice fish, wise, experienced breeder"
My experiences in dealing with Tom have always been rewarding. I've obtained a number of different species from Tom such as his Kilesa and his Kitumba fronts, and have been very pleased with the quality of his stock. With Tom you know that you are getting what your paying for.
And its not just the quality of the fish he breeds, but all the freely given advice that comes with them. I always get the feeling that Tom wants me to be successful with the species I've purchased from him.
I've had the benefit of seeing his operation and even saw the breeding ritual of his Benthochromis Tricoti while there one afternoon. By the time I left the female had a mouthful of eggs, and I was in awe of what I had witnessed.
Thanks Tom for teaching me about various species of Tangs, and the patience necessary to succeed with them..
...No, no tricoti fry yet but at least he's trying. And if I only get to see the spectacular displays that is just fine with me.

Namor has used this retailer 1 time. December 2, 2006
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After reading everyones positive experience's with this guy,I had to make sure I was reviewing the correct retailer.
Unfortunately it turns out that I am,
however my experience with Tom was less than great.
In short, I won one of Tom's auctions on Aquabid for a "mated" pair of N.Speciosus.Communication was good and the fish arrived as promised,I left positive feedback for Tom and asked that he do the same as the deal was done. He replied that he would indeed leave positive feedback for me as well(I still have the e-mail), but he never left ANY feedback.
One day after being introduced into a 29g tank that my "pair" had to themselves the male started to beat his "mate" senseless, I e-mailed Tom letting him know the situation and asking if perhaps a mistake was made and my mated pair got crossed somehow while bagging/shipping as I noticed that he had another pair for sale on aquabid right after I had received my "pair".
I got a quick response that this was normal behavior,but a week later my female was pestered to death, I never did get the feedback I was promised and I will NOT buy from Tom again, once was enough.
He was never rude to me just short, and he did not get me the fish he advertised, or do what he said he would do regarding feedback...

Neptune has used this retailer 1 time. March 5, 2005
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"Thank you Tom"
I purchased some Paracyprichromis Nigripinnis Ablino and was not disappointed. Nice fish and a pleasure to deal with. Thanks again Tom.
JoseRiv has used this retailer 1 time. February 20, 2005
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"Tom is the Man!"
Tom is friendly, helpful, understanding and caring. His fish are simply marvelous! I visited his beatiful home from West Chester, PA, a 2 1/2 hour drive, and it was worth it. I've never seen so many Tanganyican Juvies in a fishroom. I saw no sick fish, he cares for them all. I bought Cyps and Xenos and I could'nt be any happier with my purchase. If you want quality African fish - Tom is the Man to go to!
cadets54 has used this retailer 1 time. January 2, 2005
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"Tom Is The Man!"
Tom was very thorough in every aspect when I asked him about his business and also very polite. We had a few phone conversations and after the last one, which was about two weeks ago, I made up my mind to deal with Tom in purchasing the Frontosa's. So this past Wednesday I took a trip out to New Hyde Park LI, which is about an hour and 45 mins from where I live with a friend of mine to meet Tom. Once we arrived there we were greeted with great hospitality and a BIG smile. After telling Tom that he had a beautiful home he gave us a small tour of the house, I must say it is a gorgeous place! Once we arrived down in his basement we were amazed with the maze of pipe lines and tanks that he has going. It was a little cluttered down there but we managed are way around the area. Tom is one special person that takes care of what he likes to do, raise GREAT LOOKING HEALTHY fish and his prices are reasonable. Man there was plenty of good looking fish to gander at. My friend and I spent a good hour gathering info from Tom and checking out his filtering system for all of his tanks. I was so excited after spending time at Tom's place, I couldn't wait to get my Frontosa's home and start caring for them. Oh by the way I also purchased a few Neolamprologus leleupi to go along with the Frontosa's. After all said and done, the only place I will be purchasing fish from is Tom's place. He is a great person to deal with and he knows his stuff! Can't wait to purchase some more of Tom's beauties. By the way Tom, I will be making another trip to your place in a few weeks! Thanks again and it was a pleasure meeting you and doing business with you. Hope to be fish friends! Frank Galka
cichlids01 has used this retailer 2-3 times. October 21, 2004
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"Multiple transactions - excellent quality"
I have purchased fish from Tom on several occasions. The quality of fish exceeded my expectations. I have recommended Tom to others and I would not hesitate to buy from again.
BumbleFish has used this retailer 2-3 times. September 19, 2004
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"Excellent quality, all wild parents."
I purchased cyprichromis leptisoma, altolamprologus Calvis "Black", and a few albino angelicus from Tom.

The Calvus were from wild parents, and the cyps came from multiple F0 wild parents, thus insuring a good genepool.

The fish are stunning and healthy. Tom's pointers on care and choosing suitable species for my aquarium were also invaluable.

A very polite and knowledgable man who certainly knows his stuff, to say the least! Thanks, Tom!

ApexPredator has used this retailer 1 time. May 5, 2004
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"Very Pleased."
I was very happy with the quality of fish I received from Tom. I would not hesitate to order from him again.
piggo31 has used this retailer 10 or more times. April 22, 2004
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"tom = cichlid master of LI"
beautiful fish from a awesome person...my first tanganyikans (enantiopus kilesa, paracyp blue neon, & xeno ndole bays) were from tom. he's very meticulous, proud, and caring of this hobby. his zaires, kilesas, leleupis, & paracyps are second to none.
lijeff has used this retailer 2-3 times. April 4, 2004
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"Great Experience"
Tom is not only an avid aquarist but a nice guy. My Zaire Blue Frontosa are beautiful specimens and the begginers of my colony.Toms Lelupi have the brightest color you will find out on the fish market.Thanks for the marvelous fish Tom and I look foward to buying many more from you.
Burner has used this retailer 2-3 times. December 24, 2003
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"Can't say enough good about Tom !"
He's one of those guys that seem like you've known forever when you talk to him. When you first chat with him you can tell he has a true love for the hobby. And it reflects in the fish that he sells and the way that he packs them. I have delt with other online breeders and by far Tom and his fish are the best thus far. So if you are looking for High quality fish at reasonable prices then Toms-Tanganyikans is the way to go.
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