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Vagabond Butterfly
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Vagabond Butterfly
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With a white body and diagonal stripes forming chevron-like markings, the Vagabond Butterflyfish makes a captivating addition to any tank. It thrives well in a temperature range of 75-82 degrees Fahrenheit and pH of 8.1-8.4. The Vagabond Butterfly prefers to live in pairs and grows up to 9 inches in length in the wild but is imported much smaller, therefore needs a large aquarium of 55 gallons. It mainly feeds on algae, anemones, and coral polyps, accepts most meaty preparations. The Vagabond Butterfly is not a good choice for a beginner aquarist and is considered difficult to keep and feed. The Vagabond Butterfly may nip over the corals as food and is considered unsafe to keep in reef tank. It is considered one of the most durable butterfly fish. The Vagabond Butterfly should be housed in a large aquarium with plenty of swimming space. Juvenile Vagabond Butterflyfish resembles the adults, but has a black spot at the rear of the dorsal fin.
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These quiet butterflies are found in reef flats, lagoons and seaward reefs, and sometimes in turbid waters subject to freshwater runoff. They are omnivorous, known to feed on algae, coral polyps, crustaceans and worms. These butterflies are monogamous fish and form pairs with both members jointly defending a feeding territory against other pairs. However they often accompany other species without being aggressive.This fish will grow to 9 inches in length.Offer frozen butterfly food, chopped clams, enriched flake food or small pellets.
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