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P. saulosi breeders - need help

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Hi all - need some advice

I have purchased a bunch of good size P. saulosi from 4 different places and successfully established a colony. One was an adult male that I have now removed (to see if there are other males) and the rest were purchased as girls. One young fish has turned a little blue, but many of the others show faint bars and some black on the dorsal fin from time to time and some are displaying to each other. I know this species can be male heavy, but have some questions.

1. Do females circle each other and get faint bars as a threat display?

2. Do dominant females establish territories and show faint bars to defend the site?

Would appreciate any advice. Every time I think I have worked out the sexes they surprise me. Obviously, I am concerned I have mostly males. 

Note: I have vent sexed them and believe most are females. 

Thanks for your help

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Yes, dominant female saulosi will show pale blue colouration and bars and be territorial. 

Luckily they are quite easy to vent sex ;)

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Thanks for that. I will now just let them settle. 

There are some terrible looking saulosi around in terms of yellow coverage, so it would be nice to get these ones to breed. 

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Very few pure saulosi around, lots of crossbreeds getting around nowadays. Too many people trying to breed in community tanks.

Edited by DFishkeeper

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These were always a favorite of mine and I did breed them for many years. As Doug has said it is completely plausible that the females will look the way you have described and act the way they are.

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