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RetailersMail-Order FishUSPA Cichlids Are Special
Cichlids Are Special
City, State: York, PA
ZIP: 17402
Phone: (717) 843-7650
Web site: Click here
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workharddieproud has used this retailer 3-10 times. October 12, 2014
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"5 star's "
I've ordered from Cichlids Are Special several times over the past year and NEVER had a bad experience. Period, great service, stock quality is great, prices and shipping. Will continue to purchase from JAY, thank you.
m1ke715m has used this retailer 1 time. July 13, 2014
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not only did this guy send me the wrong species of fish. but they were also the wrong sex. supposed to get male mylochromis ericotaenia sent unknown female protomelas. had to give away for free after i realized what they were. not only did he send me the wrong fish and wrong species but out of the 2 other fish i got 1 of them was deformed when it grew out. emailed him he basically told me i was beat. this guy resells florida fish farm garbage fish. much better places to buy fish than from this joker.
CichlidShizz has used this retailer 1 time. May 2, 2014
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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 would be no delays with my order's arrival. He also offered alternative shipping methods to make sure my cost was a low as possible too. Excellent follow up and customer service! I will definitely be a repeat customer!
Wayknow has used this retailer 1 time. April 6, 2014
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""Makes Everything Easy..Really Cares""
This was my first time ordering online. Jay made everything a breeze. He was very helpful and paid attention to all details. The shipping wasn't bad used SWA (would recommend this over Fed-ex)Fed-ex toooo high. Ordered 17 fish all arrived healthy and were very nice in color. Would recommend this site to all interested in a great online ordering experience.
Schticky Schnauzer has used this retailer 2-3 times. March 24, 2014
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"Good Quality Stock, Higher than average shipping"
Have ordered from Jay twice in last 8 months. 1st time was in the summer, only 2 fish ordered. A Star sapphire, and a Blue Orchid Peacock. Shipping was a little high to me. Both fish arrived on time, excellent packaging. Fish were healthy, and have been just fine. Quality is excellent. 2nd order was in the dead of winter. Ordered 18 fish total, all juvies. Shipping was exorbiant, as in triple digits. But...it was Mid Winter, warranting extra care in shipping,still seemed excessive though. Ordered yellow fin Borleyi, red fin Borleyi, and Paralabidochromis Chromogynos. All were healthy, all were beautiful. NO COMPLAINTS with fish quality at all. I will order from Jay at Cichlids Are Special again.
jeffreydiefenderfer has used this retailer 2-3 times. January 6, 2014
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"Stand behind your product."
My son and I went in together on an order from CAS This is the second time I have purchased fish from them. The first time I picked up the stock and had no issues, the fish were nice and as advertised. The second time was a far different story we received the fish and I believe there were three or four dead and one fish had a deformed spine, (why would you send a deformed fish?) My son immediatly took pictures of the dead fish and sent them out to Cichlids are special and was contacted back saying a credit memo would be e-mailed out to him. Nothing was received and after two more callbacks and assurances that indeed we would receive the credit that Cichlids are Special advertises for fish that are dead on arrival as long as photos are taken and sent the same day. This has happened months ago and to this date no credit memo no contact back even after I have sent out another message in the feedback section of their website. I will never purchase stock from Cichlids are special and would think that in these competitive days keeping good customers would be a priority.
kwilliby has used this retailer 1 time. April 7, 2013
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Jay gives top notch cutomer support.he was so patient with me and helped me select the right fish. His compatibility chart is awesome. Thanks jay.

rogerg has used this retailer 1 time. April 6, 2013
Overall Rating: 
"very happy"
I have gotten fish from other places and Jay is by far the best in every way, fish quality, size,packing, etc. . I live in New York and all 9 fish came healthy this is a first for me, they ate right away and fit right in with my other fish. I am very happy and will use Jay again.
jed clampett has used this retailer 1 time. October 3, 2012
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The best selection, price, shipping, fish quality, service, etc.! After my first experience with this outfit I won't be looking anywhere else for my fish and other supplies. Thanks Jay!
jed clampett has used this retailer 1 time. October 3, 2012
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The best selection, price, shipping, fish quality, service, etc.! After my first experience with this outfit I won't be looking anywhere else for my fish and other supplies. Thanks Jay!
christinaeckhart has used this retailer 1 time. September 27, 2012
Overall Rating: 
"A Perfect Experience"
Jay was very helpful when I was deciding which fish to order. He spent a lot of time with me corresponding to make sure they fish in my tank would get along well with the ones I was choosing. I felt his prices with shipping were very reasonable compared to my local pet stores. When they arrived, I was impressed by their size, coloring and health. They acclimated perfectly and were an excellent gift for my boyfriend. I am so happy to be able to provide an excellent recommendation for Jay. His professionalism and knowledge will keep me referring to him and returning for future purchases myself!
Rostasteve has used this retailer 1 time. February 8, 2012
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"Great vendor with a wide Victorian selection"
They have one of biggest selections of Victorian cichlids I've seen. Their Malawi selection is extensive too, with some Tangs and misc fish. The site (especially the redesigned one) is easy to navigate with lots of info and Jay did an exceptional job of answering my questions. He really seems to care more for the fish than just making a sale. Most fish are offered in different sizes, sexed, unsexed, and pairs. Everything is priced very competitively and shipping is the lowest I've seen on the web. My fish arrived in 1 day in great condition and bigger than advertised. Well worth checking them out!
eswanson has used this retailer 1 time. January 15, 2012
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razman52 has used this retailer 1 time. January 14, 2012
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"Great Selection And Price"
This was my first time dealing with this supplier and found every thing was better than I expected,the shipping time was right on time and the shipping box's were top notch. It looks like I found a new Fish store'
duke105077 has used this retailer 1 time. January 4, 2012
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"awesome site"
C.A.S. is an awesome site because of the great selection, quality of fish, prices. also, if you are lucky enough to be located in his "ground zone", there's very inexpensive shipping. jay is a pleasure to do business with.
bman21069 has used this retailer 3-10 times. December 22, 2011
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"pleasure doing business"
Jay responds very quickly to emails and his cichlids are very healthy.I bought many times from him.A+
Johnscottanthony has used this retailer 3-10 times. December 21, 2011
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"The only place to go for cichlids"
Large selection of cichlids for amazingly low prices. I don't know how you do it Jay, but I'm glad you do. Try Cichlidsarespecial today. You won't be disappointed.
anduswong has used this retailer 1 time. December 21, 2011
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"Great communication, great selection and high quality cichlids"
I am a beginner of cichlids and have been keeping these guys for a few months - used to get cichlids from one aquabid seller. Found Jay through aquabid and he is a great guy to deal with since he has fast communications and he spends time to answer your questions! He also has great collection of wonderful cichlids and he gives great advices for beginners. I ordered 12 fish from him, got them today, they are all bigger than described and look very healthy! They have wonderful color, too! The packaging was awesome and professional. One fish is missing and he quickly refund me with the price therefore he really cares about his customers and wouldn't disappear after money is sent. I am going to upgrade my current tank in the near future and will definitely purchase fish from him again! I don't think there is other places with this high quality of cichlids and low price. You will definitely get so much more and better than you ask for!
dhile3803 has used this retailer 2-3 times. December 21, 2011
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"Awesome Fish, Great Guy, Great Shipping"
I have dealt with Jay on several occassions purchasing mail order fish, and its been an absolute pleasure. I routinely go to my local cichlid store each weekend for 20+ years, only to watch it decline in quality and species selection. Since I found Jay, I must admit I havent been back. Selection is good, shipped professionally, and never an issue whatsoever. Will be using him for all my fish purchases.
conjewel has used this retailer 10 or more times. December 21, 2011
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"The ONLY place to buy Africian cichlids in Pennsylvaniua!"
I have been buying all my Africian cichlids from Jay fot almost three years now. Since I live only about 45 miles from him, I e-mail my orders and pick the fish up from him. He is always prompt, and corresponds with me quickly. I have never had a problem with the fish, they are are always larger than expected, packed well, and very healthy. (Jay would never sell a sick fish). As for the prices, you can't do better anywhere, not for the great quality cichlids he sells. I get all my cichlids ONLY from "Cichlids are Special" (I have a 120 gallon Africian cichlid tank.) You can't beat his excellent communication, promptness, good advice, special orders, and prices. Jay really knows and enjoys cichlids.
frkyltn has used this retailer 3-10 times. December 17, 2011
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"low prices, high quality, large selection"
I dont look to buy fish anywhere else since finding this place online. They have the lowest prices for high quality fish and a large selection of you not so typical LFS fish. Jay always replies quickly to my questions and I always recieve the fish the next day and well packaged. Gives me the best shipping rate around.Just like it says on the site "Why shop anywhere else"
dovetail has used this retailer 1 time. March 22, 2011
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"Great Guy....Great Fish"
Purchased Some great cichlids from Jay. A real nice selection and will special order. I've found my mail order fish store.
dipseydodunkaroo has used this retailer 1 time. January 30, 2010
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This was my first time dealing with mail ordered fish and as a first timer i was pleased. I bought some haps and peacocks that looked good and were offered at a good price. The owner Jay is a really nice guy and will help you with anything. He even does local pick up which is a positive. Also if you have any problems with the fish or ones you dont like he will arrange something to make the customer happy.
bcbulldog32 has used this retailer 1 time. February 8, 2009
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"Great Service with Low prices"
I bought 7 fish from this dealer and the fish were bigger than expected and in great shape. We corresponded via e-mail, they answered all my questions and helped me with compatibilty with my current stock. Since I was local, the dealer was able to work with me to deliver the fish directly to me at a specific time and place at my convenience. I would highly recommend this dealer for your fish purhases. He has some rare stock at great prices. They have a passion for cichlids. Next time I need to add to my aquarium, they will definately be one of the first web sites I visit.
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