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I bought a group of wc RR's from Greg back in December and they have been breeding real well for me. Now my question is 1 of the females that has never bred for me before is now holding. She's not the prettiest girls I own the yellow on her side is almost non existent. I'm sure a lot of people on here would cull her. Any way my alpha male is text book beautiful. I'm hoping the color will come to her offspring since the male is so colorful.

Any thoughts or comments please share. I just figured she was a young female and hadn't developed color yet. Well obviously at this point she may never have color.
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I had a Kasanga female in my group that was always pale but had the colors there... When I moved the last of them into another tank, she completely Bloomed! her colors are Text book now. So give her some time I would say. best way to tell is to keep her fry for yourself for now and see how they turn out. May take some time but that way you'll know.
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Thanks bud that was my thought. Maybe she just has recessive traits that won't pass on.
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Based on Colors There is no reason to ever cull a healthy fish. Unless you are breeding for a purpose of a show tank. As hobbyist I don't think we should ever cull healthy active fish. There is just no reason for it. That's just my opinion.
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I've never culled a healthy fish especially wc. I've paid a lot of money for these lol. I just hear a lot of talk on here about culling fish which is sad if they are healthy.
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How big is she?

Remember that the chain of dominance in tropheus can keep the less dominant fish from showing its colors.
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There exists the more dominant and less dominant fish both male and female.
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I will never Kill a fish that is healthy... I would give it away before that.

I'm aware of the culling process that most consider when using the word. But in my mind the use of the word cull is simply to remove it from the group used for breeding stock. Heck, stick it in with a bunch of others that have been culled (removed from their breeding group) and it might even show you a different side to it's colors.
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Yes, Cull is not Kill by any means. But I still don't think its a reason to upset the balance of a colony. that's my only thing. Its different if say you just received a colony and are picking through them before they go in the tank to make a colony. but to take from an established group is not cool.
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Yes, Cull is not Kill by any means. But I still don't think its a reason to upset the balance of a colony. that's my only thing. Its different if say you just received a colony and are picking through them before they go in the tank to make a colony. but to take from an established group is not cool.
I understand that its possoble for the colony dynamics to slightly be disturbed. But from my experience, colonies and their dynamics are not that fragile and actually seem to be the opposite as theyve always found a way to stabilize. The ranking might change if its a male and sometimes even with more aggressive females. But for a calm female not really involved in helping to control other aggressors, it wont make much difference if they are removed.

Also, what do you mean by not cool?
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