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RetailersMail-Order FishUSCA California Cichlids
California Cichlids
City, State: Fresno, CA
ZIP: 93727
Phone: (559) 252-6242
Web site: Click here
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Robertjr77 has used this retailer 1 time. September 12, 2018
Overall Rating: 
"Wild caught Mikula Frontosa"
Joe is very quick with responding back with E-mails. I was a little worried about ordering such expensive fish online. So it took a bit for me to actually order them. I ordered six and they were here the next day beautiful and healthy. I will be ordering his last 3 next week. Thanks
paulhj has used this retailer 1 time. February 22, 2018
Overall Rating: 
"Top Notch!!!"
I bought some of the most beautiful fish from California Cichlids. A real Top Notch online fish store. I bought 10 fish and 10 arrived. Very healthy, great colors, better than expected. I usually don't write reviews but this place really deserves it. Got the fish in a day in a half. I've bought fish from another retailer before and very unhealthy. The ones I got today were already eating and all over the tank. I talked to Joe at the shop. He is very knowledgeable, courteous, and honest. Great doing business with him he's very personable. Give him a call for all your Cichlid needs. I will be doing business with him many more times. Tell Him Paul sent you. Lol
Avicularia has used this retailer 2-3 times. March 5, 2017
Overall Rating: 
"Don't stop doing what you're doing Joe"
After 25 years in the cichlid hobby,the first time i ever ordered fish online was when i saw the exotics on californiacichlid's stocklist. Unfortunately shipping had a delay and one day off schedule can be terible for some of the real delcate tanganyikans. Even though the fish still had a few last breaths in them upon arrival before expiring, which technically means they were not dead on arrival, Joe went and credited me for the losses anyway and what we're left with is a very happy customer. Joe is clearly no stranger to customer service and will help you personaly to get what you want. I have ordered a few times from Joe at californiacichlids.com now as well as from a couple other places and Joe's livestock are among the most rare, well bred and healthy little beauties out there!
mdoka_matt has used this retailer 2-3 times. February 20, 2017
Overall Rating: 
"Great quality, great inventory"
Since reentering the hobby in northern California, I have had the opportunity to make a couple of orders from Joe Candeleria of California Cichlids out of Frezno California. I have been very impressed with the quality of the fish, as well as the professionalism of the packing and shipping procedures Joe provides. He has a nice variety of cichlids including some relatively unusual, wild, and F1 fish. Thank you for the fish Joe!
Fast Ram has used this retailer 10 or more times. June 29, 2016
Overall Rating: 
"Excellent !! Can't Praise More"
I live in the Fresno area and pick up my fish or food.

Great Prices.

Great healthy Fish.

Joe is a great person to deal with.Honest...
Dr.Vince has used this retailer 2-3 times. November 25, 2015
Overall Rating: 
"Commendable and will buy again !"
I saw a Black Friday Special on Petricolas, and was intrigue to order quite a few. And I've been looking for some good N. Festae .. but they are either overpriced, and/or the drive was so far from my house, and no shipping. I gave it a go .. my tanks have completed the cycle .. zero NH3, NO2, and 40mg NO3..I ordered my fish. UPS was delayed one day, so I was worried that if the box was not properly packed, the fish would not arrive alive. But the website guarantees LIVE ARRIVAL. After another UPS mess up, finally got the fish, and WOW !! Very beautiful stock and the packaging is phenomenal. I just checked over the inventory, and I know I am going to order more very soon ! I am just waiting for the 180 gallon tank setup. It is worth mentioning that while I was worrying about the condition of the fish because UPS messed the delivery.. Joe was there every step of the way. I figured I am not the only customer, so I did not make any phone call, just emails, and Joe responded to every inquiry, and assured me that the fish will be OK.. I also want to say that I've been canvassing for prices of these fish I bought, and they are a fraction of a cost compared to the many sellers I visited, and believe me... I visited LOTS of places ... and I will say this. DO NOT HESITATE to buy .. the stock are not weak, and low quality. In fact, it is the opposite ! Thank you Joe ! We will talk again for sure !
esther has used this retailer 3-10 times. January 20, 2015
Overall Rating: 
"Decades of experience, Great Seller, Great Quality Fish. Answered all my questions professionally"
I have bought fish from CaliforniaCichlids.com a few times for my moms tank, She is under nurses care and her aquarium helps ease her stress. The fish I got from CaliforniaCichlids.com have been excellent quality and health. My mom always comments about which one is in charge of a certain area or which one is breeding with another. If you have any questions about his listings a simple phone call will get them answered and I am sure you will be impressed with the vast years of knowledge Joe has with Cichlids. I don't need go anywhere else for my fish,, if Joe doesn't have it in stock,, he can more then likely bring it in on his next wholesale order. My mom with time on her hands has googled some fish she likes and Joe got them for her in a couple weeks,, Professional customer service at the best prices. If you live in California his shipping prices are the best in the state for live fish,, get a quote,, no one in CA beats his prices and quality. Thank you for the great experience with these wonderful fish Joe they certainly brightened up my moms day.
fishboy38 has used this retailer 2-3 times. May 28, 2014
Overall Rating: 
"Deplorable treatment of a customer...."
I am quite beside myself at how poorly Joe represented himself and his business during my most recent inquiry into a fish he had for sale. I was feeling pretty good given my first two orders with no issues, but the romance ended when he not only was very rude and swore at me multiple times, but called me a knucklehead(idiot) and even refused to sell me the fish I expressed interest in. He misrepresented his fish by trying to convince me I hadn't seen it listed a certain way by changing it after I brought it to his attention in a question via e-mail. He had done this once before, so this time I took pictures of his page open on my computer before and after he changed it to what he claimed it had always been. I don't appreciate being lied to and I told him that. I wish I had room to post every email back and forth but I don't, nor can I post the picture proof, but message me and I can provide it. His responses were just unbelievable. Here I gave him proof and he calls me names, and repeatedly changed the description as we were emailing to cater to his story. I have pictures of all of this as proof and the full emails as well if anyone wants them. Pathetic service and no way to treat a customer. He eventually removed the fish for sale and told me it was no longer available. I would not ever recommend him.
Skie has used this retailer 1 time. April 28, 2014
Overall Rating: 
"joe is great"
i found Joes website on page 5 of google late one night not expecting much... boy was i wrong. Although he didnt have alot of fish he had very unique animals and supplies that mostly were sold in breeding groups and were WC and were sexed based on venting. i emailed him about a purchase that night and he emailed me the very next day. He was upfront and honest about everything he had stock and what was coming in. i wanted a WC breeding pair of white and yellow calvus and he told me they would be in the following week. one week later he emailed me to tell me they were not shipped to him yet because of easter. the monday after easter joe sent me a pleasent email saying he had the whites but no yellows. i subbed the unavailable yellows for a WC trio of kilesa. i was lucky because he sold out of his fish in only a week but he kept his word and kept me in the loop. His prices are very competive (425$ for WC kilesa trio and WC calvus pair and 3 egg tumblers) and shipping was only around 40-50$ even though i live across the whole country in MA. Joe was very friendly, full of info and respectful. I will be going back to Joe soon and would recommened him to anyone !

skeletor18 has used this retailer 1 time. March 5, 2013
Overall Rating: 
"Fast and great quality"
First time every ordering fish online and I will only buy online now! Great quality and showing great colors. Got 5 Cyn Afra and are stunning colors. Packaging was superb!! Emailed a few questions and very fast response! Order a month ago and fish are healthy!!!
a.wiatrowski has used this retailer 1 time. August 3, 2011
Overall Rating: 
"Different experience"
I had originally wrote a long negative review but i'm now editing my review. I originally ordered 7 multies and all arrived dead. I was extremely upset. UPS was to blame for handling the package with no care. So we tried again. Paid for shippin was again and recieved live multies and more then i paid. all are still alive and doing well.
clos has used this retailer 1 time. November 18, 2010
Overall Rating: 
"great fish great price"
just recently recieved tropheus from joe and they look and are doing well and even tossed in a extra one for free. thanx again
LKO316 has used this retailer 1 time. May 9, 2010
Overall Rating: 
"very good online seller"
Joe sold me the petricolas two weeks ago are doing very good in my tank. Fast shipping and good communication . Very friendly and good advice. That was the first time i ordered from him but will order again soon. If you located in CA his shipping cost unbeatable .
Pundamilia has used this retailer 1 time. April 29, 2010
Overall Rating: 
"Very Satisfied"
It has since
been a year since I purchased fish from Joe at California Cichlids and all 5 of the fish I purchased are living and healthy. These
could be the best fish I have ever purchased, local or online. They showed
up extremely healthy and active and never once did it seem like one was
going to die. I live in Minnesota and was a little worried about the colder
temperature during shipping, but there were absolutely no issues. I highly
recommend you to anyone who is looking at setting up an aquarium.
SDTang has used this retailer 1 time. April 17, 2010
Overall Rating: 
"Great Fish - Great Guy"
1st time I have ordered from Joe. I was greatly happy.
The fish were all of the size
and were nicely bagged. I have to say that I was a little reluctant to use USPS priory. They came in great and I was impressed. These happen to be the first fish in my new established tank. I will do business with Cal Cichlids again. Thanks
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