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RetailersMail-Order FishUSAZ Cichlid Lovers Tropical Fish
Cichlid Lovers Tropical Fish
Address: 2126 S. Miramonte Strav.
City, State: Tucson, AZ
ZIP: 85713
Phone: (520) 881-6662
Web site: Click here
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amulletman has used this retailer 1 time. March 18, 2013
Overall Rating: 
"Best in Arizona"
Phoenix is still limited on African Cichlid suppliers. Like the restaurants in Phoenix the big chains have pushed out most of the Mom and Pop businesses. I was in Tucson for the weekend form Phoenix and had thought I would research stores and suppliers in Tucson to pick up some fish for my tank when in town. I found Cichlid Lovers on the internet. Cichlid Lovers is a mail order supplier but will allow you to pick out and pick up fish by appointment. I spoke with Alan on the phone the day before my trip and set up an appointment for the weekend. It was a delight to see such a variety of fish. The shop is not exactly a show room but the fish looked healthy. I also picked up some catfish and bushy mouth plecos. He had a great assortment of Peacocks, Haps and Mbunas. Cichlid Lovers packaged the fish up nice for my trip back to Phoenix. I will do business again and recommend Cichlid Lovers. Two thumbs up and a snap.
puffer88 has used this retailer 1 time. May 4, 2008
Overall Rating: 
"Fish smaller than advertised"
Purchased over a dozen of Tropheus that were supposed to be 1.25" and even called to verify how big they were. Lynette sold me that they were plump and very healthy.
Received the fish and they were skinny and only about 3/4 inch.
Not very honest and didn't care much about customers.
Should've trusted my instincts when they couldn't or didn't care to answer some of my simple questions. Ignored it as I was too excited to buy a new group for my tank.
Wouldn't buy from again.
jcookaz has used this retailer 1 time. November 21, 2007
Overall Rating: 
"Great quality fish, price and service!"
I purchased a very nice male Dimidiochromis compressiceps and a male Aulonocara "Chipoka sunshine yellow. The fish are very high quality, I also purchased Spirulina Plus Flake and Super Color Flake which all my fish really like. I spoke with Alan about the fish on the phone and exchanged email communications with Lynette. I live in Phoenix and Lynette was able to deliver the fish and food to me on her trip to Phoenix a few days later. I would highly recommend Cichlid Lovers Tropical Fish and will do business with them again in the future.
daniel505480 has used this retailer 1 time. September 14, 2007
Overall Rating: 
"So many tanks in one room! Best place for cichlids in AZ"
I couldn't count how many tanks they had but they have 3 rows floor to ceiling, down every wall and a double aisle down the middle.

Walking around and choosing my fish was a nice bonus. They had good stock and a large selection. Getting to view their breeding stock was nice too. They have some great deals on special from time to time. I picked up some Adult Mpwimbwe Vetntralis for a steal. I will definitely do business with them in the future.
MNcichliddude has used this retailer 2-3 times. July 25, 2007
Overall Rating: 
"Worth a look "
I've ordered from these guys twice now. Both times I was satisfied with the order. If you take avantage of their monthly pecials you can get a pretty good deal on some nice fish. My last order was 10 Hap. Half-crimson albinos, and 10 Aul. Huseri. The Half crimsons took less than a month bfore the males started coloring at barely even 2 inches. The Huseri are just now starting to color a little, so it's too early to judge the quality of them. Both times, the packaging was sound and their response was prompt, no DOA's either time, and they threw in a few extras on both occasions.
WakinAZ has used this retailer 1 time. August 18, 2006
Overall Rating: 
"Local pickup went very nicely"
I e-mailed Alan and arranged a pickup of some Elongatus Chewere and some Synodontis Multipunctatus. I got lost finding his house (my fault) and called him for directions, which he provided. The fish were nice and prices reasonable. Alan is not real chatty on the phone, which might put some people off, but in person he was nice and helpful. One of his pet peeves for local pickups is people who call ahead to come over but don't buy anything - so go to buy, not to browse.
DOC355 has used this retailer 1 time. June 11, 2006
Overall Rating: 
"Great people, Great fish"
Since I live close, I had the privilage to go there and look at there stock and pick the fish I wanted. Never been happier with fish that I've purchased. 0 losses and friendly affordable service will keep me going back for my future fish selections.
Sarah Ann has used this retailer 2-3 times. February 2, 2006
Overall Rating: 
"Great Fish, Mediocre Service"
Living in Phoenix, I was very pleased that they let us come down and pick out or own fish. The fish are fantastic, and we always leave with more species than we came for. We have visited Cichlid Lovers twice. The first time was nothing but positive and very friendly. We just went back and picked up some more stock. We got home with two less fish than we paid for. I called Cichlid Lovers that day and got no response. I recalled them 2 days later and Alan maintained that he counted the fish, but we definitely did not recieve them all. Lynette said that she would bring them up next time she comes to Phoenix. I am hoping that they pull through.
Theresa_M has used this retailer 1 time. January 5, 2006
Overall Rating: 
"first time=last time"
The selection of fish and prices are good. Communication-both by phone and by email-were slow & not overly friendly. The fish were shipped to a different FedEx location than the one I was told to expect them at. I personally wouldn't think bagging 7 species of fish in only 2 bags would be good; maybe I'm wrong. In any case, my calvus arrived DOA; will wait to see if I get a response. I too received a bonus fish: a very small meleagris with an obviously deformed spine and what appears to be a permanently wide-open mouth; not gasping but hanging open. I'm very disappointed.
Gryph has used this retailer 2-3 times. April 8, 2006
Overall Rating: 
"Never Again"
I have purchased here three times now. The first time, I wrote a glowing review. I now have to change it, as I will never shop here again.

I live local to them, and I went down to look at their selection of Petrochromis. I was told they had been there "a while", but could get no accurate length of time from them. They seemed healthy, although one can tell little from the dimly-lit tanks in the fishroom. I was assured multiple times that the fish were very healthy and growing, and was given an excellent price for them.

When I got them home, I noticed the fish acting oddly. Further observation showed that four of them were completely blind. When I called them, I was suddenly told that Alan had been "hesitant" to sell them, although no hesitance had been mentioned to me. In fact, he had been advertising these fish on his website for sale.

To their credit, I was given a prompt and courteous refund. This was easily enough accomplished, as I could drive there and hand the fish back. Oddly, five minutes after being put into an open-topped bag for return, two of the fish promptly died.

The quality of fish from this store is questionable, as is the service and advice. They didn't even know what specific species the petros were. I cannot recommend them, and I will not shop there again.
MikeTing has used this retailer 3-10 times. June 25, 2005
Overall Rating: 
"Best fish! Best Prices! #1 Breeder"
I have bought from Alan and Lynette many times. I recently stocked my new 125 and couldn't be happier with the fish. My 5 A. comps Mwela I bought 2 years ago are incredible. He even had 6 callipterus yellow fins in stock that are now flourishing in my tank. If you want great fishat a great price I highly recommend Cichlid Lover!
imatrout has used this retailer 1 time. March 16, 2005
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I recently bought some fish from them. Living close by in Phoenix, I was very pleased that they would bring my order to Phoenix on one of their weekly trips from Tucson. I figured no shipping and far less stress on the fish. That part was good, but the fish I got were not very good. The Calvus were so small they almost looked like they should not have been moved. Literally, they were MAYBE 3/4 in. from stem to stern including their tails. The Buerscheri were a little bigger, but not much. Also, like some others who posted here, they looked like F-12's
dsm1268 has used this retailer 1 time. January 25, 2005
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I am 110% satified with my order! They have great services,kindest people and the best cichlids. This is the best place to get your priceless fish.
Macrophage has used this retailer 1 time. January 13, 2005
Overall Rating: 
"If you're going to do e-business, check your email"
Like another store I've written a review about, I emailed Cichlid Lover's with some simple questions about the Melanochromis cyaneorhabdos I wanted to order along with P. acei and S. petricola. Its been a week and no reply. If these stores really want to do business over the internet, perhaps they should check their email. Will spend my money elsewhere.
bigsink has used this retailer 1 time. January 11, 2005
Overall Rating: 
"Great Experience!"
A great transaction. 6 months later and the fish are doing great! A true pleasure to deal with.
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