"In KDE when I minimize
a Konsol (one of say 10 or more) it drops down to the bottom
tray and is difficult to tell which is which."
I suggest that you make the icons easier to read by making the bottom panel larger. Also you could make the bottom panel a hidden panel so that it does not take up any screen space when not in use.
To configure your panel, start kcontrol (control center) and click on Desktops -> Panels
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