F1 Pundamilia nyererei Makobe Island

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F1 Pundamilia nyererei Makobe Island

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I picked up 13 juveniles a couple weeks ago. Four are larger than the rest so I moved them to a separate tank. The larger ones are about 2-2.5" and the smaller ones are 1.5".

I finally got around to taking a couple photos of the largest which is presumably male although he's not showing any colour yet. He did square off with the male Labidochromis caeruleus "Ruarwe" briefly and flash some of the dark markings but then he quickly went back to begging for food. Didn't get a very good pic of him when he was fired up.

Here's a couple pics of the largest male. Just a hint of red so far.
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I'll try again in about a week and see if there's any colour progression.
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Would love to see a progression series of photos.
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I'll see what I can do. They seem to love begging for food so it's tough to get a shot when they are acting naturally. Haha.
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So I vented all the larger ones and they all appear to be females. The slight bit of colour is likely just a show of dominance.

I'm hoping that one of the smaller juveniles starts showing some male coloration but it's not looking good. Appears I have all girls. :? 12 girls and no boys...but time will tell I guess. In the mean time, I've started searching for any males available in the area.
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Give it some time. With 12 fish, the odds are really good there's some males in there.
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Update:

I added a male Haplochromis sp. 35 "Tomato" to help spark things up a bit. Three of the four Pundamilia nyererei I have in the tank are gravid with eggs, and the largest one has been more aggressive since the new addition. I'm still not convinced it's a male but I'm on the fence a little more. The slight tint of red along the top might be from my lighting (LED) which is set to enhance reds.

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I'll try to get a shot of the other Punds for comparison sakes.

Things that could point to it being a male afterall.
-Larger than the other three
-Only one sporting egg spots, despite them being small spots with no dark halos.
-Head/forehead is shaped slightly differently
-Only one sporting hints of colour
-Dorsal is starting to show some orange iridescence towards the front.

I guess time will tell.
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I want to say the pic you posted of your largest male looks more to be female than male being that there's two small age spots on the anal fin that are more towards the back and also yellow fins
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