Thats odd. In my 55 i Have Cynotilapia afra "Cobue", Yellow labs, Melanochromis Interruptus, Pseudotropheus Polit. My polit male is always colored up. Maybe its because the cobue are smaller. Don't know, but cobue are going to be changed with some other cynotilapia.
Polit males tend to show colour off and on by 1.5 inches. I've seen little 1 inchers show nice colour momentarily. Females will be a drab brown colour, not much to look at, but I've seen worse with other species. You would still want 3 or so females per male.
They mature at a small size, I've had one inch female polits produce 10-15 fry.
tdb, by "colour down" I meant that my male polits didn't hold their nice colour constantly, as I would have liked. But, neither did the afra when I housed the two species together. The demasoni were always boss, but when I tried my group of polits with them, the males did the same thing. Maybe I just had some wimpy polits!
In one of my 29g's with polits i have 3 full colored males at 2" and then a couple other smaller males who can show full color at any time. In my 55g with:
1m/3f WC Met. callainos pearl
2m/4f Ps. polit
6m/6f Met. zebra manda
1m/3f Ps. ndumbi
My F1 dominant male in his non-hyper-active colouring - more of a blue face than black
This guy and his girls were kept with a group of 12 or 13 demasoni for about a year. From my experience with mixing polits with other mbuna, the demasoni were probably one of the better combinations - and yes, as Kim mentioned earlier, I've managed to keep two adult males fully coloured up in the same tank for some time. I no longer have that second male, but I do have an almost full grown male in the tank now (the dom male's son) who is almost fully coloured all the time, and his dad here never fades.
That's one spectacular fish there. Are they really that bright white or do the bulbs or camera flash help? Either way youâ€™ve sold me on them. I canâ€™t wait to get off work now lol. Oh can you post a picture of you female if you can?
They are really that bright white when fully coloured! The males are amazing looking, and SK has some really nice ones. I don't think I have any female pics - not really the prettiest fish to photograph...I think SK does!