Butterfly Fish

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Vagabond Butterflyfish

Common on many Indo-Pacific reefs, the Vagabond Butterflyfish is one of the hardiest of the butterflyfish species. As a larger fish, it needs plenty of swimming room. Not recommended for reef aquariums. Will quickly devour stony corals and many soft polyp corals. Will also nip at the tentacles and bases of larger stinging anemones and will pick at mushroom anemones.

It will accept a wide range of aquarium feed, including chopped fresh or frozen seafood, brine shrimp and flake food. Feed (2-3 daily) marine fish, crustacean flesh, mysid shrimp and enriched foods to retain its brilliant colors. Will pick filamentous algae off the substrate or aquarium glass. Can be kept in pairs or with other butterflyfish species and will hold its own with many more-aggressive tank-mates once fully acclimated to its new home. (Credit - "A Pocket Expert Guide, Marine Fishes")


Scientific Name: Chaetodon vagabundus
Common Name(s): Butterfly Fish
Family: Chaetodontidae
Care / Experience Level: Moderate / Intermediate
Coloration: White, Black & Yellow
Reef Compatible: No
Disposition: Semi-Agressive
Minimum Tank Size (Gal): 100
Full Grown Size (inches): 9
Diet: Carnivore
Supplements: NA
Origin: Indo-Pacific
Water Specific Gravity: 1.020-1.023 
Water Temperature (F): 72-78
Water pH: 8.1-8.4
Water dkH: 8-12



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