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I've had my females do the shake. And the male doesn't usually make a nest/den unless the type of cichlid is a spawning type (instead of a mouthbrooder--like most Africans). Both sexes will also dig in the substrate, but males do it more commonly. If you can't tell by obvious coloring (if sexes are dimorphic), then you have to rely on venting or if the fish holds.

Sexual maturity varies, but usually it's around 2-3" long. But I've had some fish hold sooner, and some much later (3" and still haven't).
 
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