Amatitlania: Named for the type locality of the type species; 'Amatitlán' means 'a place abundant in amate' in Nahuatl, 'amate' is a kind of rustic paper made from the bark of Ficus petiolaris or Ficus indica
A. kanna is a very adaptable and hardy species. Wild caught Panama convict cichlids have a well deserved reputation for being very aggressive even more so when breeding. They are able to co-exist alongside much larger cichlids provided that there are sufficient hiding places and they will bully other mild mannered cichlids of any size.
Wild Panama convict cichlids Feed on worms, crustaceans, insects, fish and plant matter. In captivity they will accept all food. Convict cichlids are bold aggressive feeders who will always get their share even when housed with much larger species. Use a varied diet which includes a good quality flake or granular food supplemented with live or frozen blood worms, daphnia, glass worms, chopped prawns and shell fish.
Males are larger and have longer and more pointed fins, females have gold coloured scales along their flanks.
A. kanna is more difficult to breed than other fish in the genus but they are still relatively easy to breed.
The wild population has not been evaluated but all convict cichlids are very prolific . They are not facing any major threats across their range. Almost all Panama convict cichlids offered for sale are bred in captivity.
Juan Schmitter Soto’s paper, “A systematic revision of the genus Archocentrus (Perciformes: Cichlidae), May/June 2008.
pH: 7 - 8
dGH: 9 - 20
Temperature: 22 - 28°C (72 - 82°F)
Size: 10cm (4in)
Min tank size: 100 litres
Difficulty level: Intermediate
Aquarium type: Community
Swimming level: All levels
Origin: Central America: Atlantic Panama.
Habitat: Adults inhabit flowing water from small creeks and streams to the shallows of large and fast flowing rivers. Prefer rocky habitats and finds sanctuary in the various cracks and crevices provided by this type of environment, or among roots and debris. They occur in warm pools of springs and their effluents
Species: A. kanna Schmitter-Soto, 2007
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Synonyms: Archocentrus nigrofasciatus, Cryptoheros nigrofasciatus