No, Cynotilapia are mbuna.
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!