This fish eats mollusks. Small snails are cracked between the pharyngeal jaws (within its mouth) while large ones are tackled with the mouth. It crushes snails mainly with its mouth. In the aquarium, it can be observed sucking larger snails from their shells. In the wild, schools of C. rhoadesii numbering several hundred can be found, with a single male showing breeding dress. The other males assume a female coloration. As a group, C. rhoadesii forage across muddy bottoms for mollusks..
These cichlids are tank raised indoors by a proffessional breeder. Most of the fish are first generation from wild collected parents (f1)
ALL OF THESE FISH ARE SOLD AS UNSEXED JUVENILES. DIFFERENT SIZES WILL BE DESIGNATED IN THE SIZE CHART BELOW. GENDER CHOICE WILL BE AVAILABLE ON SELECTED MEDIUM AND LARGE FISH ONLY.
Small: 1 inch (some shell dwellers maybe less than one inch)
Regular: 1.25 -2.25 inches
Medium: 2.5 - 3 inches
Large: 4-6 inches
If you are stocking a new tank or a tank with cichlids under 3 inches you will be safe with small , and regular sizes. If you are stocking a tank that has existing cichlids that are over 3 inches you should only choose regular, or medium sizes.