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Hi there,

I have a pair of Auratus which I have been holding in a separate tank for about 2 months. Guessing from the colour, I think one of them is male and another one is female, but I read somewhere that a female can change colour to look like a male.

I tried venting them but not sure what they are.

Any help please

Also, is it possible to breed with only one male and one female, or do you need more than one female?
 

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I will leave the vent question to others. The risk you take with one female is that the male will kill her unintentionally but it is a high risk. Seven females with one male in a 72" tank (and 2 other aggressive species 1m:7f) would be ideal.
 

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Vents to be a male and female to me.

That said, the advice you've received above is pretty bang on... one of the most aggressive mbuna, that is best kept in very large groups. A pair is unlikely to work in any normal sized home aquarium, unless somehow you've got much larger and more aggressive fish in the tank than these guys. I've bred them in 4ft 75 gallon aquariums, but it was a group like suggested above.... many females to the male.
 
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