Unidentified Central American Cichlid

In Amatitlania siquia "Red Costa Rica" on November 17, 2011 at 12:37 pm

Found these while visiting a local heavy duty hobbyist. Interesting little Amatitlania sp? with reddish tail, orange-ish dorsal and anal fins, and tiny spots in some of the fins near the base.

These are supposed to be f1 from fish originally collected by Barry Mckee, but not sure where they were collected from.

UPDATE: I managed to contact Barry by email and he was kind enough to let me know that the parents of these fish were collected in 2003 in Costa Rica, just north of Tortuguero. Amatitlania siquia “Red Costa Rica” (in the video below, the cichlid is now settled in and is showing much more red than in the photos which were taken right after they were introduced to the tank).


The following photos were taken right after the fish were introduced to the tank. The fins all looked rusty red brown.

Dominant male of this unidentified Amatitlania sp.

Another male with the only female in the group

Another view of the dominant male

Amatitlania female

The third male least dominant of the group

Third male's barring looks more like the typical HRP that are available around here

Closer view of the female

  1. Wow that new Amatitlania sp female has some options.hopefully she has some hiding places.Very nice additions to your collection. Where did you find all this new room to house the fish, You must have cleared some stock recently! Great update by the way.

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