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*This fish is a marine species*

The Vagabond Butterflyfish is suited for the beginner to intermediate aquarist. It is a calm, quiet and cheeky species and is known for its chevron-like markings. It has a mixture of colours with a black eye band. The dorsal, caudal and anal fins are yellow with two vertical black stripes.  

This species is native to many areas within the Indo-Pacific region.

Also known as the Crisscross Butterflyfish.


Features of Vagabond Butterflyfish

  • Yellow, black and pearly-white in colour
  • Grows up to 22cm
  • Care level: Moderate
  • Semi-aggressive
  • Distinctive criss-cross line markings across body

Tank Mate Compatibility:

Here’s a list of some of the best tank mates for your Vagabond Butterflyfish:

  • Clownfish
  • Gobies
  • Fairy wrasses
  • Dartfish
  • Tangs

They are a good match with many other peaceful fish. The Vagabond Butterflyfish can be housed with another Vagabond if in a pair or other species of butterflyfish. They are not reef safe as they nip at corals and small invertebrates.



Vagabond Butterflyfish are omnivores so their diet should consist of a variety of live foods and vegetable food. This could include live brine shrimp, food flakes and prepared formulas including plenty of greens such as spirulina or nori seaweed.




Vagabond Butterflyfish require a minimum tank size of approximately 350L as they are active swimmers and require large open areas to swim. They also like places to hide and feed in crevices so rocks are a great addition along with plenty of algae growth.

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Vagabond Butterflyfish prefer water temperatures between 22°C - 27°C.

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Replicate natural conditions with artificial lighting (8-10 hours of light every 24 hours.)

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Filtration & Water Movement:

Vagabond Butterflyfish require good filtration and water quality.

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This species prefers a substrate mix of sand, coral and rubble. Also include live rock and plenty of foraging spaces.

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Decorations for Vagabond Butterflyfish:

This species likes to hang out in open spaces and as well as hide out in crevices. It also likes to forage for algae so be sure to have established algae and well-developed live rock with crevices and overhang. 

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