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Cichlid Express
City, State: FL
Phone: (386) 253-0054
Web site: Click here
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Hurin has used this retailer 1 time. November 14, 2016
Overall Rating: 
"Satisfied Customer"
Just wanted to say that the cichlids showed up not only alive and well, but very colorful for their size. Way lot better than I expected. The questions and answers, ordering process were very informative and professional. Will definitely order from them again to complete the stocking of my 125 gal. aquarium. Had bad experience from ordering fish online from another place and was skeptical about doing it again, but Cichlid Express was so worth while to try it again. Billy was the fella I dealt with and he did a great job. Thanks!
JimCS has used this retailer 1 time. July 28, 2016
Overall Rating: 
"First class service and quality"
I ordered over 50 mbuna from Cichlid Express, they were forwarded to an international destination by a third party and despite the long trip all fish arrived alive given how well packed they were. Billy provided an extensive service and was able to obtain all the species and quantities required in a prompt manner. The quality, particulary the color, of the fish is top notch. As mentioned great quality along with reasonable pricing. Will continue ordering from them in the future. Highly recommended. Note: If you dont find a species in their online list, do ask if they can get it for you, they will most likely can
Roger That has used this retailer 1 time. October 7, 2015
Overall Rating: 
"Outstanding Service!"
I placed my first on-line fish order from Cichlid Express based on positive reviews and recommendations. I'm so glad I did!

I spoke in length with Billy about my tank setup and desired stocking list. They had everything I was looking for in the size and sex needed. Billy was very responsive and explained everything about the shipping process in detail and made me feel comfortable with the whole on-line ordering and shipping process of live fish.

My package of 36 fish arrived alive and well. It was packed really good and with a lot of care.

I received everything as expected and have some beautiful active fish. I already have two pairs spawning in less than a week.

I will be doing all of my business with Cichlid Express now and into the future!
fish face has used this retailer 1 time. November 7, 2014
Overall Rating: 
"Well Worth It !!!!"
I Have Used Other On Line Fish Retailers Before. None Compare To This One. I Think Cichlid Express Is The BEST. Got My Fish Last Friday. Right Away I Noticed That The Fish Are Very Healthy. Their Colors Are Beautiful And Look Great In My Tank. I Received Exactly What I Ordered. Only Males All At The Sizes I Had Asked For. You Can Tell These Fish Are Taken Care Of By Someone Who Knows Exactly What They Are Doing. I Like This Place So Much That I Will Be Using Cichlid Express Again.
rwhenchey has used this retailer 1 time. July 28, 2014
Overall Rating: 
""Quality Fish (Cichlids) Awesome Customer Service""
I ordered my cichlids (16 of them) online from Daytona Aquarium and worked with a gentleman named Billy. I have a 120 gallon cichlid tank and needed a specific selection of males and their associated females. This is the only place I've ever ordered from that is able to get you the size and sex of the species you're looking for. I could only find 3 types of Pecocks I thought would make good tankmates, but I wanted 5 in total. Billy was able to help me find the additional 2 types and they all arrived here in North Georgia before 10:00 am the next morning in fantastic shape. I acclimated them and here we are a day later and they're swimming around deciding which part of the tank to claim as their own and eating like Cichlids do. The colors are incredible and the fish are as healthy as I've ever seen. All the correspondence between me and Daytona's was done by email with one phone call at the end to verify and finalize the order. I will go back to Daytona's next time I'm in the market for Cichlids without even thinking about it. Great experience and incredible help and advice.
DaBus has used this retailer 1 time. July 27, 2014
Overall Rating: 
"Cichlid Express is the Best without question!!!"
I was a little hesitant to order fish online, but after speaking with Billy he reassured me that they take extreme pride and care in what they do. So,I placed an order of 3 males, just to be safe.But, once i received my fish,I was upset that I didn't place a BIGGER order.They fish were packaged with extreme care,arrived on the day and time that i requested, and the colors of are absolutely GORGEOUS.The 3 fish I ordered from Cichlid Express actually looked better than the 23 cichlids i currently have in my tank.So, without question I will be placing another order in the next severals weeks!! And it will certainly be more than just 3 fish. You guys at Cichlid Express, keep doing what your doing, because hands down you are truly the BEST AFRICAN CICHLIDS SUPPLIES!!!
BBWW has used this retailer 1 time. July 21, 2014
Overall Rating: 
Met Billy at the American Cichlid Association Convention in Louville so I decided to give them a try -I went through all my typical questions and talked to both Gary and Billy-Recieved a great deal of attention-Very knowledgable. Placed my order. They comunicated what day of the week they were shipping -Shipped overnight to NJ and am so happy all arrived healthy - nice vivid colors. This is my new favorite aquarium. Excellent service- Excellent stock - next trip to Florida I need to see this place and hopefully bring back some "Souvenirs"
Cich-Harry has used this retailer 2-3 times. March 1, 2015
Overall Rating: 
"The BEST OnLine!!"
I've purchased from several On-line retailers but these guys are the real deal.
Just made my 3rd purchase of 12 MALE Haps/Peacocks. Biily spent over 2 hours with me picking out phenomenal fish. Enjoyed every minute. Again and again these guys prove they are for real!!
When you buy Males you get MALES.
Fish are beautiful! You also get the size that you order. No Bull!
Also, if you live in Florida you can not beat the shipping charges. I paid less than $20 for 7 fish (3") shipped to Tampa via FedEx ground and received them at 10:30 AM!!! AGAIN, THESE GUYS ARE THE REAL DEAL!!! My 2nd Purchase was as good as the first!!! STILL the BEST on The WEB!!!!!
olzkool has used this retailer 2-3 times. March 19, 2014
Overall Rating: 
"One of the best I have ever dealt with"
I have ordered twice from billy now. Both orders were very large, very expensive orders that required a lot of personal attention. Billy's knowledge and willingness to take the time and talk to you was well worth the cost. Not many people in retail are willing to devote the time needed for a great overall experience. He was able to get me exactly what I needed. The fish I received on both occasions were A+ top notch stock. Absolute stunners. He was also able to successfully pick juvenile males out with unbelievable accuracy. He made recommendations and all were right on. There were some things I was looking for specifically and even though they didn't have them, Billy was able to track them down and get them in for my order. They were able to ship to meet my schedule, and made sure pick up times would work and packed the fish with care. I have ordered a lot of fish in the past and Cichlid express is one of the best I have ever dealt with. They have a great selection and have some rare fish you just don't see very often. I am looking forward to my next order.
gmanizzle has used this retailer 2-3 times. January 20, 2014
Overall Rating: 
"Creme de la creme one stop shop for all your cichlid desires"
I had the privilege of visiting Billy in person at the shop and was thoroughly impressed with the selection and HIGH show quality fish. Billy is not only very knowledgeable he is very personable and helpful in picking suitable tank mates and cares about customer satisfaction and he's pretty funny as well. After visiting the shop I decided I needed more cichlids so this time I ordered them to be shipped to me and he had all 20 fish arrive in wonderful condition and all were stunning fish. I would not hesitate ordering from Billy again. If you don't see it he can get it. All around great experience.
bolly has used this retailer 2-3 times. January 18, 2014
Overall Rating: 
"Great, Wide Selection"
Very nice people and quality fish. Good for getting a certain sex's
ladystoneheart92 has used this retailer 1 time. December 7, 2013
Overall Rating: 
"quality and quantity ! beautiful and healthy fish! will shop again!"
v1ol3nt has used this retailer 1 time. November 9, 2013
Overall Rating: 
"Look no further for a quality fish retailer ! - Purchased beautiful Mbuna"
I like many others worked with Billy for my first fish purchase and couldn't have asked for a better experience. After calling some of the "bigger" retailers and finding they didn't have all the species I was looking for to get a single shipment I found some reviews for CichlidExpress and gave it a shot.

They had all 4 species I was looking for to put in my mbuna tank. Being on a budget I was concerned with buying juvies and ending up with all males but Billy went out of his way to do a great job making sure I was able to get some small colonies and not have to worry about it. He also set me up with some great shipping calling around to get times for flights the next day to get my fish the very same day he sent them out for what I considered a very reasonable price for being so quick.

These fish are absolutely gorgeous.

If you are looking for a place to order your fish and have questions or concerned about sounding silly or being blown off, dont! Billy is extremely personable and will get you what you need!!
Michael_S has used this retailer 2-3 times. October 20, 2013
Overall Rating: 
"This Place is Great"
I talked to Billy on the phone when I ordered my cichlids. He was very good. He even vented the fish when I requested even if they were small. He told me the quality of the fish that I was going to receive and overall he was very open. Also he would give me an extra fish if he couldn't completely identify one. Very pleased with this business. Can't wait to order again.
armartin has used this retailer 1 time. October 2, 2013
Overall Rating: 
"Amazing fish and great customer service!"
My experience with Cichlid Express was fantastic. They were friendly,knowledgeable, and prompt. The quality of their stock is outstanding! Fish cost and shipping were great especially considering the quality of the fish. Thanks so much Cichlid Express!
kevin flournoy has used this retailer 1 time. July 23, 2013
Overall Rating: 
"The "WOW" factor All fish SHOW QUALITY"
I decided to buy fish base on the review of others. I’ve been in the hobby for over 25yrs. and have bought fish (Peacocks and Haps) from other vendors on this site. I have to say as far as getting show quality fish, Cichlid express is the clear winner. Whether getting fish with some size to it or smaller one this place stands alone. I was more than satisfied with my purchase. So if you are like me and want that WOW factor when someone sees your show tank better get with CICHLID EXPRESS.
RedFaceMac1 has used this retailer 10 or more times. July 20, 2013
Overall Rating: 
"Top Quality Stock!"
I have been keeping African Cichlids for about 15 years and have yet to run into quality and selection that is at Cichlid Express. Billy is not only a bank of information but has a passion for what he does!
This is the only shop I get my cichlids from because of the attention you are given and the quality of their stock.
doeboy2245 has used this retailer 1 time. July 19, 2013
Overall Rating: 
"Great experience!"
This is my first time caring for African Cichlids. After joining a couple of Facebook Cichlid groups I was recommended Cichlid Express. Billy was everything they said he was. Very helpful. I will recommend to anyone. 5 Stars!!!!!!
akito has used this retailer 1 time. July 16, 2013
Overall Rating: 
"Fantastic Service !!!"
I worked with Billy for an order of 3 synos and a copadichromis mloto undu. He was very prompt and responsive to my inquiries. He also mentioned that I should consider a trewavasae lupingu that he had, suggesting that I may be happier with that one. I trusted Billy and I was not disappointed. The fish arrived healthy and the trewavasae looks great. Thanks Billy.
Floridagirl has used this retailer 1 time. July 13, 2013
Overall Rating: 
"Great Experience"
Billy was a pleasure to deal with. All fish arrived healthy and stated sizes. I will definitely order from them again! A+++
cyberaquarist has used this retailer 1 time. July 13, 2013
Overall Rating: 
"Best Source for African Cichlids Period"
I stopped in Daytona Aquarium/Cichlid Express while vacationing in Florida. I have been in the hobby for 30+ years and have been to Tropical fish stores from coast to coast. When I walked into Daytona Aquarium's facility, I was simply amazed. Billy greeted me immediately and treated me as if we were long time friends. I was looking for a Lemon Jake and a Ruby Red peacock hoping they would have at least one of them. They had both, as well as every other cichlid I could think up. Billy gave me a tour of the facility and showed me the best looking cichlids that I have ever seen. He made several recommendations that would mix nicely with my current stock. Billy is extremely knowledgeable and committed to his job and the hobby. We made up a list, and Billy made certain to have all of the fish waiting for me to pick up on my last day of vacation. I ended up taking home a Red Top Lawanda, Ruby Red peacock, Benga Sunshine, bi-color 500, Protomelas ornatus, yellow blaze lithobates, and a Cherry Red Zebra. All of the fish were top quality specimens and very reasonably priced. Billy knew that I was only traveling six hours, but he packed the fish as if they were being shipped across the country. Needless to say, all of the fish made it home alive and are settling into my aquarium nicely. If you are looking for the best cichlids around at an affordable price with friendly service, then look no further than Cichlid Express. Cichlid Express is your best source for African cichlids.
DaveFe has used this retailer 1 time. July 2, 2013
Overall Rating: 
"Great Help For My First Tank"
Had a great experience with Billy at Cichlid Express. He was very helpful and the fish look great. This was my first time buying fish online so I was nervous about the shipping but the packaging was excellent. I will definitely do business with Cichlid Express in the future.
scizzasistas has used this retailer 3-10 times. June 30, 2013
Overall Rating: 
"Great Company"
I usually don't write reviews but I have used cichlid express 4 times now and I though I should post a review. I have 5 tanks and I have gotten fish for three of my tanks from these guys. Very knowledgeable people and Billy was really easy and pleasurable to work with. I feel like we are friends now. Anyways back to the fish. I have a 125 peacock/ peaceful hap tank with 3 inch and 4 inch peacocks. I ordered a lot of different peacocks in the 3 inch size and I have to say I especially love my sunshine benga and red top lwanda. I also have a mbuna tank and received some outstanding mbuna from them. If you are looking for OB fuellebornis make sure you get some. Really good quality. A few others I got that were really nice were aurora, jewel spot, mpanga elongates, williamsi. I will deff use them again and I recommend you to use them! Thanks Cichlid Express
cichlid11 has used this retailer 1 time. June 2, 2013
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Billy helps you order fast and simple. The selection is the best I have seen on any website. They have options for every size, gender, and color. ORDER FROM HERE
Bandit12oClock has used this retailer 1 time. May 27, 2013
Overall Rating: 
"Good distributor of hard to find stock."
I have great local retailers in my area, but only limited selections of African cichlids. CichlidExpress had everything I was looking for and all my fish came in healthy. I'm looking forward to ordering from them again in the future :)
stage3srt has used this retailer 3-10 times. May 9, 2013
Overall Rating: 
"hands down best cichlid retailer"
I have ordered several times from cichlid express,and every time i do they find a different way to amaze me.Billy is the store manager and he knows more about cichlids than anyone i know.They ship the fish fast and billy always makes sure you get the best looking cichlids around.Every fish i have bought has been healthy and beautiful.You will never find a better place to buy cichlids online or from a store.If you need a cichlid give them a call,you wont be dissapointed.
reepicheep has used this retailer 1 time. April 8, 2013
Overall Rating: 
This is my third time purchasing fish online though I am using Cichlid Express for the first time and I must say that CE stands out in in both stock and service qualities! I contacted Billy via email after reading the reviews posted here on this forum and I am definitely happy that I had chosen CE. For 2 weeks Billy and I communicated via email discussing suitable species of hap/peacocks for setting up an all-male tank. Billy made great recommendations and answered all my questions and concerns. He also took care in explaining to me shipping options at best prices. The fish arrived in perfect condition, all of which are vibrant and healthy. They also seemed larger in size than described and most of them have nice colors already! In general I am very happy with my purchase and would definitely use this retailer again!
dgreive has used this retailer 1 time. March 27, 2013
Overall Rating: 
"Great Company"
Billy took care of me via phone and e-mail. Kept up reliable conversation for 2 weeks as the order solidified. Got 7 healthy fish. The blue dolphin manda and 2 cookoo catfish are beautiful. Very happy with my buying experience. I love my aquarium!
phillips.smac has used this retailer 1 time. March 26, 2013
Overall Rating: 
"Big Mbuna Order"
Very few retailers have the availability and quality of stock that CE does. I can honestly say this becasue I spent literally months comparing retailers the OCD/Excel spreadhsheet way. Billy worked with me nearly a month to make sure my order of 25 mbuna was right down the line. When the fish arrived I was impressed with the care that was taken during shipping. All fish arrived healthy and aclimated well. I would highly suggest giving them a call if you're in the market.

Good Job Guys!
imgnthat has used this retailer 1 time. March 17, 2013
Overall Rating: 
"Great Fish Great Service"
Ordered 15 fish from CE and all of them came in great shape. All acclimated well and are doing great.

Thanks, will do business again.
Wichita, KS
PCDAVE has used this retailer 1 time. March 15, 2013
Overall Rating: 
"Very Helpful"
I ordered some male Haps and Peacocks. Good communication via email and phone as I decided on which fish to get. Fish were bigger than I expected with some color to verify they were males. Exactly what I wanted.
Grill88 has used this retailer 1 time. March 15, 2013
Overall Rating: 
"Cichlid Express was great!"
I ordered (4) Female Afra Cobue, (8) Yellow Labs, (8) White Tailed Acei, and one sailfin bristlenose pleco from these guys. All the fish arrived on time and in great shape. They even ate right away after all the stress of traveling all the way to Nebraska, healthy fish! Would definitely recommend Cichlid Express for anyone looking for those hard to find fish.
velenc has used this retailer 1 time. March 15, 2013
Overall Rating: 
"Great Experience"
I just received a shipment of 14 Mbunas. All are extremely healthy. Billy was great to work with. We had multiple conversations over the phone and via email. He was extremely knowledgeable, and gave great advice as I am a novice to Mbunas. He was courteous and friendly. I will definitely order from him again.
stogs1 has used this retailer 1 time. March 14, 2013
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I ordered a couple of haps and peacocks. Very accurate on sizes and all in all darn good looking fish!
Tankdawg76 has used this retailer 1 time. March 8, 2013
Overall Rating: 
"I'm a very happy camper."
Billy was great he was very helpful. This is my second time ordering fish online and this was by far the best experience. The fish are beautiful and the seem to be larger then they were listed as. I will definitely be ordering from them again.
fishing12 has used this retailer 1 time. March 1, 2013
Overall Rating: 
"Quality All The Way!!!"
Look no further than Cichlid express. Billy and Gary have many years of experience and the passion to back it up. I ordered 14 Male Haps/Peacocks and they are ALL Beautiful! No hormoned fish or hybrids here, they are what they say they are. If you dont see what you want on the website call and speak with Billy, he will work to get you what you want. I wanted a no hassle trouble free experience and that is what I received. Excellent communication, knowledge and customer service in a professional friendly manner. Billy also at no charge included a Beautiful Rhoadesii, these guys get it. I finally have the stock I wanted and I'm extremely Happy! Thank you again Billy and Gary you have a customer for life!
oranjegurl has used this retailer 1 time. February 27, 2013
Overall Rating: 
"Wonderful experience!"
I was looking to order 14 Malawi cichlids and found Cichlid Express to have the best selection and customer reviews. I corresponded with Billy via email. He's the best! So friendly, understanding, extremely knowledgeable, and organized! We emailed each other over the course of a couple weeks because he was waiting to stock a couple fish I wanted. When we spoke over the phone to complete my order, he remembered every detail of my order request, each specific fish and my shipping address! He was also so kind to sex my fish on request. The fish were delivered well-packaged and labeled. All 15 of them (Billy was so generous to give me an extra rusty!) survived the trip all the way from Florida to Los Angeles, CA! They were all very active and eager to explore their new home. I had a great experience ordering from Cichlid Express and am looking to order from them again in the future! Thanks, Billy!
BaldyBob has used this retailer 1 time. February 18, 2013
Overall Rating: 
"Awesome experience and fish"
Billy, was very helpful and patient and very easy to deal with. Fish were beautiful and in great health when they arrived. I will definitely call Billy next time I want to buy some more fish.
kslbenz has used this retailer 1 time. February 16, 2013
Overall Rating: 
"Great Customer Service"
Billy was the best! I feel like I gained a new friend, the service was excellent! I will definitely use them again!
jmetz8402 has used this retailer 1 time. February 7, 2013
Overall Rating: 
"I will only use Cichlid Express"
Billy made this experience painless. They had the best variety I could find. Every fish that I received is beyond what I expected. The customer service was beyond expectations as well.
TheMinority has used this retailer 1 time. February 3, 2013
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I've just started out with cichlids after having raised many freshwater aquariums for years. Billy helped to answer my questions thoroughly and easily, and I placed my order after he helped me decide what fish I should add to my tank. He suggested types that were very compatible, and even suggested some cuckoo catfish. I ordered the fish and every single one came in alive! I was worried, since I know that sometimes shipping is hard on the fish and there's nothing the retailer can do, but every fish was alive, vibrant, and eager to swim in their tank. They were able to pick out male and female fish for me, and each were labeled clearly so that I am now able to identify them in the tank more easily. The catfish are adorable, and I'm so glad I listened to his suggestion! All my fish are doing well and are healthy. Billy was nice enough to include an extra female rusty for me as a birthday gift. Thanks again, Billy, and I look forward to buy again from this website!
Pseudeotropheus BB has used this retailer 1 time. January 24, 2013
Overall Rating: 
"Top notch fish"
This is the first time I have ordered fish via mail-order and Cichlid Express made me realize there is no better way to purchase fish. Billy went out of his way to make the experience totally enjoyable and provided excellent customer service. I am restocking my 100G all male Mbuna tank and purchased 18 different species. All fish arrived in perfect condition and are thriving in their new home. I will definitely be purchasing from Cichlid Express in the near future and highly recommend them.
captainp243 has used this retailer 1 time. January 4, 2013
Overall Rating: 
"First class fish and service. "
Billy came through in a huge way for me. The fish were absolutely beautiful, and alive!! LOL It was a great experience and I even got a freebie. Thanks guys.
Hap man has used this retailer 1 time. February 4, 2013
Overall Rating: 
"Great Experience"
purchased a pair of Exochochromis anagenys, male Rostratus, pair of Bucco. nototaenia and a pair of Nimbochromis Fusco. Billy went out of his way in communication and service and was very pleasant to deal with. Fish were outstanding! I would reccomend them to anyone who wants to order fish online. I will definitely use them again in the future.
Byrne2533 has used this retailer 1 time. November 10, 2012
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I have ordered online from many different shops. I have to say Billy and Cichlid Express did the greatest job!! I ordered 14 Demasoni and 5 yellow labs. Great quality stock!!! Very professional packaging! I cannot say enough about them. If you are going to order online at least take a look at their site. Oh and btw Billy added one extra demasoni as a free surprise.
TheCichlidKid15 has used this retailer 2-3 times. November 8, 2012
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Love ordering fish from this place! Customer service is excellent, fish are great and prices are good as well!
Steve C has used this retailer 1 time. November 6, 2012
Overall Rating: 
"Absolutely Great"
First time ever ordering fish online so I was very very scared of doing it since I had never bought fish this way before. But Billy at Cichlid Express/Daytona Aquarium made the entire process a breeze. When you call ask for Billy, super friendly guy, knows his fish inside and out, and he will pick out some perfect fish for you. Mine came today and they were all alive & healthy and seem very happy in their new home. I will use Cichlid Express and Billy for all my future fish purchases without a doubt.
R6RaVeN37 has used this retailer 1 time. November 4, 2012
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"Cichlid Express rocks!!!"
After deciding on which fish I wanted (Mosobos, Rusties, Pearlmutts, and Demasonis) I started looking online for a place to buy. Most of the other online retailers either didnt have all the fish I wanted in stock, or just didnt carry them. Cichlid Express had them all so I decided to go with them. I emailed them with what I was looking for, and Billy promptly replied. After several friendly and prompt emails between Billy and myself, we had worked out the numbers of fish and the shipping. I ended up ordering thirty fish and had them shipped Delta Air Cargo. The price for the fish and the shipping were excellent. The fish were shipped out in the morning, and I had them by that evening. The fish were well packaged and all arrived alive and in good shape. To my suprise, when I opened the box I found that Billy had thrown in two free fish (Demasonis) and a free sample of their home made pellet food. All of the fish are of excellent quality and have very nice coloration. They range in size from 1.25 inches to 2.50 inches and most of them are already starting to color up nicely. Billy made my first online fish buying experince fantastic. For price, quality, and selection of fish Cichlid Express is top notch. Billy's customer service and friendlyness is out of this world. I would reccomend Cichlid Express to anyone looking for exceptional customer service and outstanding fish. Billy and Cichlid Express just earned a new lifelong customer.
adotson85 has used this retailer 1 time. November 1, 2012
Overall Rating: 
"Great Experience"
After looking at several online options, I decided to give Cichlid Express a go. This was my first time buying fish online and I must say I was more than pleased with my experience. Billy was very knowledgeable and adament about his cichlids. He also provided great communication throughout the whole process. I called and ordered 30 cichlids on Monday and had them set-up to be shipped on Wednesday. He sent me an email Wednesday afternoon stating that the fish had been sent out and should be at my destination in a little over 6 hours, which is pretty good for a 600 mile trip. The fish arrived just as he said and in great condition. They were packaged very well and all the fish were very good quality. Wouldn't hesitate to do business with Cichlid Express again.
ThunderChichlds35 has used this retailer 10 or more times. September 20, 2012
Overall Rating: 
"best place for large full color cichlids"
just orderd 3 adult peacocks and WOW! THEY WERE ALL FULL COLOR...they will help u find what you need and only give you the best colors..i did buy from livefishdirect but there colors were only par and there fish were not as big cichlid express has more adult male cichlids than any other site i have been to....just call and ask for billy ..he wont let you down
docj7979 has used this retailer 1 time. September 20, 2012
Overall Rating: 
"Amesome Fish!!!"
I searched for weeks to find one place to order all of the fish on my all male malawi wish list. Not only did they have all of them in stock, they had them in the same size for a quater of the price my LFS wanted. Billy was great and answered all of my questions. He is super friendly and knows his fish. The fish all arrived alive and well. I will definitely use cichlid express again. These guys are AWESOME!!!
Cajen has used this retailer 1 time. July 4, 2012
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"Gorgeous fish! Great service! FAST delivery!"
I struggled for weeks attempting to find a single on-line retailer to purchase stock for my 2 new tanks. I was stocking a Tanganyikan 29g and a Mbuna 55g. It seemed that I was going to be forced to order from 2 suppliers. I live in AZ and there are just no good places to buy African Cichlids of any variety. After reading the reviews for ALL of the Mail Order Fish suppliers, I found CichlidExpress.com They did not seem to have a lot of reviews (15 total, but all positive) so I got on the phone to speak with them. Billy was absolutely totally helpful and we literally talked for quite some time discussing options and the wide selection of fish. It was my first time with mail order fish, but I will gladly state it was a GREAT experience. Billy was
VERY knowledgeable and you could just tell, he loved his fish. I bought 31 fish Monday morning and picked them up at the airport in Phoenix Monday night. Billy had told me what a nice strain he had for the Msobo and especially the Chailosi. The fish are ~2" and already the Msobo show very nice color and great patterns and color on the Chailosi. In all honesty, there was ONE DOA out of 31 fish ordered. I was not really even worried about it, but when Billy followed up to see how I liked my fish I told him how totally stoked I was and how much I appreciated the great service and fantastic fish! When I mentioned the ONE DOA he immediately offered to refund the cost. WHAT? No store credit? No hassle?

Great retailer!!!
fmkeylock has used this retailer 2-3 times. December 1, 2011
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talked to Billy was very friendly took time explained everything including all my "newbie questions. Set up and shipped my order exactly as agreed, all fish were healthy and looked fantastic, and were size we talked about. i am ordering again no hesitations.
DJW_Florida has used this retailer 2-3 times. October 8, 2011
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Not only did Billy give invaluable assistance and advice in setting up my all male peacock & hap show tank, he also took the time to select 20 of the most stunning cichlid varieties. All fish arrived happy & healthy and are showing incredible show quality colors! Having researched a number of online options, you will not find a better, friendlier, or more professional service than Cichlid Express, whether online, or in person, and the service does not stop once you've ordered. Thanks to your passion Billy & Gary - Cichlid Express Rocks..!!!
mrLscichlids has used this retailer 10 or more times. October 4, 2011
Overall Rating: 
"Awesome, friendly, knowledgable service."
I have been buying all of my African Cichlids from Gary for a few years. I have NEVER had a bad experience with the livestock or the service. Gary and Billy always take the time to answer any questions my wife or I have and have always made our experience at the store enjoyable. Their extensive knowledge of the many cichlid species has been extremely helpful when stocking new tanks we have set up. I would recommend this a visit to this shop to anyone interested in visiting, you will not be disappointed. Thanks to Gary and Billy for the outstanding service you have always given to us.

Bill Linane
Kissimmee, FL
DennisDesp has used this retailer 10 or more times. September 30, 2011
Overall Rating: 
"Gary and Billy at cichildexpress.com are Top Notch"
I have been dealing with Gary and Billy for a couple of years now. It started off visiting their store in Daytona Beach. I have to say they have one of the cleanest cichlid stores I have been to. Their knowledge is unsurpassed. they create a friendly environment for the beginners,and have no problem answering any question you may have.
When I moved from Florida to NY they held my cichlids for 2 weeks (for a very reasonable price)then shipped them to me when I was set up again. I will not use anyone but them!

Dennis D'Esposito
ZACKV29 has used this retailer 2-3 times. June 28, 2011
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I have ordered from several online places before. None were more friendly than cichlidexpress.com. Billy and Gary are the best. There selection of african cichlids is the best I have ever seen and I have seen dozens across the usa from CA,AZ,TX and FL. You WILL NOT be disappointed with the quality of fish you receive. There shipping and prices are fair compared to other retailers but again no one else can match there selection and quality of hard to find fish. Also the fish arrived quickly and in excellent health. They were showing great color right away! Whether you are brand new or been doing it for years you can't beat cichlidexpress.com for great fish. Thank you Billy and Gary!!!
nicksdsm has used this retailer 1 time. June 25, 2011
Overall Rating: 
"Awesome Friendly Service"
I emailed them about my first shellie tank. Billy responded to my email the next day. We wrote back and forth for about 3 weeks before I was able to make my purchase. Billy helped me choose my first shellie's. He helped me choose a very fun species, Multi's. I bought them late in the afternoon on a Wednesday and they arrived the next day. All the Multi's were healthy and looked great. Billy was extremely helpful and a appreciate his friendly service. Thank you!!!
Swamplander has used this retailer 1 time. June 11, 2011
Overall Rating: 
"Fantastic in-store experience!"
I'm about an hour north of the store. Gary spent a ton of time with my son & I as we came in to get 10 fish to stock a new-ish 120g. He took a lot of time explaining each option for what we were looking for. Amazing breeding operation too out back. I'll certainly return... very impressed with the Gary and his stock!
AlphaWild has used this retailer 1 time. May 26, 2011
Overall Rating: 
"Satisfied Customer"
They were the only source I could find for a particular Victorian species. Never having ordered fish online, I was a little nervous, but Billy was excellent with communications and details about the fish and transaction. The price seemed steep at first, but only because I'd never had to pay retail before. Considering how hard it was to find, it was worth the price. Great guys!
brinkles has used this retailer 2-3 times. March 29, 2011
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I've bought fish from the store front, and they are extremely knowledgeable and helpful. Gary was happy to show me the breeding operation, which was a unique experience. Well worth a trip if you're in the area.
firemedic1169 has used this retailer 1 time. March 19, 2011
Overall Rating: 
"Extremely helpful-Great fish!"
I sent an email regarding the availability of specific species of sexed fish. Billy replied quickly and after many phone conversations, emails and alot of patience on his part, worked hard to get me the fish I was looking for. The fish were delivered in great shape, were extremely active and ate on the first day! If you don't see what your looking for on the website stock list, don't hesitate to call or send an email. You won't be disappointed!
Mike_Snyder has used this retailer 2-3 times. March 8, 2011
Overall Rating: 
"A great place to shop for cichlids"
Two plastic tents outside full of vats of healthy cichlids of various sizes. Many tanks inside displaying a wide variety of the family. Friendly, helpful and knowledgeable staff, and reasonable prices. What more could you want?
Lennycp has used this retailer 10 or more times. March 7, 2011
Overall Rating: 
"Great Strains! Awesome Selection! Extremely Knowledgeable Staff..."
Wow! Arguably one of the most prolific selections of cichlids in Florida. Multiple strains ranging from juvenile to medium size with color to larger size full blown spectrums of the rainbow. In addition to the great selection, you can also purchase hard to find top quality pellets and flakes, shell gravel, and really cool lava rock for your tanks… Call Owner Gary and Breeding Dir Billy personally to narrow down your search or anything that may not be on the website.
bandicoot72 has used this retailer 3-10 times. March 4, 2011
Overall Rating: 
Great selection, great prices,lots of cichlids, always very friendly and helpfull !
MONEYCYCLE has used this retailer 1 time. November 23, 2010
Overall Rating: 
"Great selection & service"
I visited this store and purchased a few fish. The tanks were well stocked with alot more than the website shows. Great strains and specific attention to african cichlids, knowlegable staff. Green house breeding. I was very pleased and am sure to return.
IsItUsOrnatus87 has used this retailer 1 time. November 13, 2010
Overall Rating: 
I was extremely happy with my order from Cichlid Express. I ordered a couple different Mbuna. Chewere Cobue Red Exasperatus and a couple others and was extremely pleased. Thanks Gary for all the information.
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