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Vagabond Butterflyfish

posted: 05/15/12
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Vagabond Butterflyfish
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The Vagabond Butterflyfish is primarily white with diagonal stripes forming chevron-like markings. It has a black eye band, and the dorsal, caudal, and anal fins are yellow with two black vertical bands.

The Vagabond Butterflyfish should be kept in a 70 gallon or larger aquarium and may be kept with most other butterflyfish, holding its own against more aggressive tank mates.

The Vagabond Butterflyfish feeds on algae, anemones, and coral polyps in the wild, and will accept most meaty preparations and graze on filamentous algae.

Like other butterflyfish, they are generally compatible with: Dwarf Angelfish, Large Angelfish, Anglers & Frogfish, Anthias, Basslets, Batfish, Blennies, Boxfish, Cardinalfish, Clownfish, Filefish, Goatfish, Gobies, Grunts & Sweetlips, Hawkfish, Hogfish, Parrotfish, Pseudochromis and Puffers.

Fish Facts

Name: Vagabond Butterflyfish (Chaetodon vagabundus)

Family: Chaetodontidae

Range: Indian and Pacific Oceans

Size: Up to 8 inches

Diet: Carnivore

Tank Set-up: Marine: Coral or rock, plants

Reef Compatible: No

Tank Conditions: 72-78°F; sg 1.020-1.025; pH 8.1-8.4

Minimum Tank Capacity: 70 gallon

Light: High

Temperament: Semi-aggressive

Swimming Level: No specific level

Care Level: Moderate

Care Level: Egg Scatterer

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