Welcome to Kentucky Cichlids

Kentucky Cichlids specializes in premium African Cichlids for sale online.  We ship cichlids direct to your door with a very aggressive guarantee.  We also sell premium fish food, medication, and as a free service we offer professional disease advice and free consultation on anything fish related.

Here at Kentucky Cichlids we define ourselves with a hands on approach.  That’s why you won’t find a “shopping cart” to merely drop fish into and hope they arrive like you imagined.  Instead, each and every order is handled individually and with our full attention so that we can ensure that upon opening that box you get exactly what you expected.  Moreover, a lot of people are just getting started in the hobby and may not know where to begin.  We can help!  We cater to all levels of hobbiests and are willing to spend whatever amount of time it takes.

To order look through our Cichlid Store and choose what you think will look great in your tank simply click the “Orders & Questions” tab on the menu above, fill out the form and one of us will get right back with you!  Additionally, you can always contact us using that same form and tell us what you are going for and we will be happy to suggest a stocking solution for you.

For those LOCAL KENTUCKY/INDIANA CUSTOMERS we offer a local pickup option to avoid the needless stress and expense of shipping. However, we are still an online company and there is no brick and mortar store to come and see.  All local customers intending on pickup must submit and pay their orders prior to pickup.


Most of our cichlids are bred by us right here in Kentucky; we breed over 30 different species.  Sometimes, to fill your orders, we need to call on other breeders.  But know that this a is a very select handful of designated breeders that we know and trust.  We never buy a fish from somebody we don't have a relationship with or plenty of experience dealing with.  We are not a reseller of farm raised fish grown in acre ponds and NEVER buy fish from wholesale farms.

Our hatchery is managed by Kentucky Cichlid's owner, Terry Boardman and our grow out facility is managed by Chris Mcgaughey.  Attention to every detail is our philosophy.  We don't cut corners and we don't overstock our tanks.  In fact, all of our grow out tanks are spacious closed systems with natural environments, ideal for each species.  Husbandry and water conditions are maintained at the highest standard to ensure healthy happy fish.  We never use preventative antibiotics, hormones, or anything other than quality environments, perfect water conditions, and our personal touch!  You simply cannot find fish raised under better conditions.  Studies have shown that the future health and quality of a fish is significantly influenced to its level of stress during its development stage, which is why Kentucky Cichlids puts so much emphasis on how our fish are raised.

Even for the most advanced aquarist issues and questions arise.  We are here to help you if your fish are sick- prescribing medication and treatment strategies.  If necessary we will accept biological samples for analysis and have the equipment to diagnose pathogens and to run sensitivity testing.

We frequently write articles related to cichlid care (breeding, feeding, disease, physiology, etc.) along with offering specials.  Please join our mailing list so that we can keep in touch with you.  CLICK HERE for our mailing list.  You can also follow us on Facebook!  Just CLICK HERE to join Facebook and for more videos join our YouTube Channel by clicking HERE.

We look forward to working with you, to ensure your expectations are exceeded!

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