I hate pizzas!
The three (four?) Amphilophus
species in Laguna Xiloá are difficult to distinguish. Fortunately each one prefers a certain type of habitat. Amphilophus amarillo
can be found in shallow water above the Char
a fields; Aphilophus sagittae
usually occurs above sand (where it is easy to catch prey); Amphilophus xiloaensis
prefers the rocky parts.
Shallow water can be found in the south eastern part of the lake whereas the north western part (adjacant to the slopes of Apoyeque) has a steep and rocky slope. I dove extensively in the following locations (see map below):
A. close to our base at the shore of Xiloá
B. at the former military "Club Nautico"
C. close to Apoyeque
D. at a place where sulphuric gases escape from the bottom
E. at a place close to the village "Bosques de Xiloá".
We usually found amarillo
at locations A., D. and E., while xiloaensis
were abundant at locations B. and C. I suspect you have visited location E. although I cannot remember having to pay a fee to get in.
Fot comparison, here's a picture of Amphilophus amarillo
(wild) in my Cichlidarium (collected from location A.):
and one of Amphilophus xiloaensis
(wild) from location B>):
More information is available on the DVD "Nicaragua, cichlids from the crater". (sorry, that's one I
could not resist).