Indian Vagabond Butterflyfish

(Chaetodon decussatus)

Chaetodon Butterflyfish should be added to well established aquariums with plenty of room to swim. Plenty of rock work should be provided for grazing and hiding. Chaetodon Butterflyfish may pick at corals and crustaceans. A diet of meaty and algae based foods should be provided multiple times daily. Multiples can be added simultaneously to a large aquarium. Chaetodon Butterflyfish tend to be shy and peaceful but can become territorial if their aquarium is to small.

The Indian Vagabond Butterflyfish is also known as the Black Finned or Blackened Butterflyfish. An ordinally seen fish in the aquarium trade. The Indian Vagabond Butterflyfish is mainly a silver to white colored fish with gray lines that are slanted in two different directions. They have a black vertical stripe that runs through the eyes, the back half of the body is mostly black with a yellow stripes on the anal and tail fins. The Indian Vagabond Butterflyfish can grow to 7".

We recommend a minimum aquarium size of 70 gallons or larger for this species.

Water conditions: Salinity 1.020 - 1.025, Temp (F) 72 - 78, pH 8.1 - 8.4, Alkalinity 8 - 12 dKH

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