Auratus Male?

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I have 3 auratus cichlids in my tank. The largest was bright yellow when I got him/her but I’ve noticed lately that his/her color looks to be darkening up a lot. I know auratus females and juveniles are yellow. Also my other two are about 1.5 inches (yellow) and the other is about 2 inches but he/she is a bluish color Not yellow at all. Please someone help me out and let me know what I’ve got here. I can post pics too if you need to see them

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Friends.NotFood. said:
I have 3 auratus cichlids in my tank. The largest was bright yellow when I got him/her but I’ve noticed lately that his/her color looks to be darkening up a lot. I know auratus females and juveniles are yellow. Also my other two are about 1.5 inches (yellow) and the other is about 2 inches but he/she is a bluish color Not yellow at all. Please someone help me out and let me know what I’ve got here. I can post pics too if you need to see them
 
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NavyChief20 said:
Yeah thats a male
Ok. I wasn’t sure but makes sense. I was thinking maybe something was wrong. You think that bluish one is male too?
 

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Itshard to tell on the blueish tint. give it some time maybe you will get a definitive color shift.
 

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The dark Auratus appears to be a dominant female, they often turn dark in the absence of a male. However, it could yet be a turning male; only time will tell. The little one is immature, sex has not yet been decided upon. the blue one is a hybrid Johannii type.
 
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