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Vagabond Butterfly Fish - Chaetodon vagabundus - Indian Vagabond - Crisscross Butterflyfish

Vagabond Butterfly Fish - Chaetodon vagabundus - Indian Vagabond - Crisscross Butterflyfish
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Aquarium suitability:
Care level:
Moderate
Behavior:
Semi-aggressive
Minimum tank size:
100 Gallon
Maximum size:
9.0 inches
Reef compatibility:
No
Diet:
Carnivore, Clam
Origin:
Indian and Pacific Oceans
Family:
Chaetodontidae
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Regular Price:
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Small 1" - 2"
Medium 3" - 4"
Large 5" - 6"
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Vagabond Butterfly Fish - Chaetodon vagabundus: Vagabond Butterfly Fish is one of the more durable butterflyfishes. It will accept a wide range of aquarium fare and can withstand some neglect. (keeping in mind optimal water quality will help ensure its good health, and even the hardiest butterflies are still somewhat delicate). It may behave aggressively toward similarly colored butterflies. It can be employed to clean live rock of glass anemones; however, it will also feed on some of the more desirable invertebrates living on the rock, like fan worms. Like all butterflies, this fish should be housed in a big aquarium with plenty of swimming space.

The Vagabond Butterflyfish has a white body with two series of narrow dark lines set at right angles. A broad black band passes through the eye and yellow horizontal lines cross the interorbital region. A black band is present at the rear of the body and another through the caudal fin. The soft dorsal, anal and caudal fins are yellow.

Juvenile Vagabond Butterflyfish resemble the adults, but have a black spot at the rear of the dorsal fin. This species grows to 23cm in length.

Vagabond Butterflyfish inhabit coral reefs and lagoons, often in areas of high turbidity and freshwater influxes. This fish is usually seen in pairs or small groups. It is found in depths from 1m to 30m.

The Vagabond Butterflyfish feeds on coral polyps, anemones, polychaete worms and algae. This species occurs in tropical marine waters of the Indo-West and Central Pacific, from East Africa, north to Japan, south to Australia and east to the Tuamoto Islands. In Australia it is known from the north-western coast of Western Australia, and the northern Great Barrier Reef, Queensland to the southern coast of New South Wales.

The Vagabond Butterflyfish is closely related to the Indian Vagabond Butterflyfish C.decussatus, which has dark pigmentation on the soft dorsal and anal fins. The Indian Vagabond Butterflyfish is not found in Australia.

Maximum Size: The Chaetodon vagabundus grows up to 8 inches.

General Size Specifications: The small size will come to you generally 1 to 2 inches; the medium generally 3 to 4 inches; the large generally 5 to 6 inches not including the caudal fin.

Minimum Tank Size: The Vagabond Butterfly prefers a tank of at least 80 gallons with plenty of places to hide & swim.

Water Conditions: Keep water quality high (SG 1.020 - 1.025, pH 8.1 - 8.4, Temp. 72 - 78 F).

Habitat: Natural geographic location:

This species occurs in tropical marine waters of the Indo-West and Central Pacific, from East Africa, north to Japan, south to Australia and east to the Tuamoto Islands.

Feeding and Diet: This fish consists of many scallops, and worms. If fed with worms, you have to dip it with water. The vagabond butterfly fish will also eat apples, and occasionally oranges.

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