The Black Vagabond Butterflyfish (Chaetodon vagabundus) is a popular fish species for marine aquariums, including reef tanks. They are generally considered safe for reef tanks as they are not known to be aggressive towards corals or other invertebrates.
However, it is important to note that butterflyfish can sometimes nip at soft corals, particularly if they are not getting enough food. It is also important to ensure that the fish is not overfed, as excess food can lead to poor water quality and potentially harm the reef environment.
Overall, Black Vagabond Butterflyfish can be a great addition to a reef tank as long as proper care is taken to ensure their well-being and the health of the surrounding environment.
Here are some general care guidelines for the Black Vagabond Butterflyfish:
Tank size: Black Vagabond Butterflyfish require a minimum tank size of 75 gallons (284 liters) with plenty of swimming space.
Water conditions: The water in the tank should be kept at a temperature between 72-78°F (22-26°C) and pH between 8.1-8.4. The specific gravity should be kept at 1.023-1.025.
Diet: Black Vagabond Butterflyfish are omnivorous and require a varied diet consisting of both meaty and vegetable-based foods. They will eat a variety of marine foods including frozen shrimp, mysis shrimp, and marine algae. It is important to feed them small amounts of food several times a day rather than one large feeding to prevent overfeeding and poor water quality.
Tankmates: Black Vagabond Butterflyfish are generally peaceful but can be aggressive towards other butterflyfish. They are compatible with other peaceful fish such as tangs, gobies, and clownfish, but may prey on small shrimp or other crustaceans.
Lighting: Moderate lighting is sufficient for Black Vagabond Butterflyfish. They do not require high-intensity lighting like some coral species.
Habitat: Black Vagabond Butterflyfish are found in coral reefs in the wild, so it is important to provide them with plenty of hiding places and live rock to mimic their natural environment.
Behavior: Black Vagabond Butterflyfish are active swimmers and need plenty of open swimming space. They are also known to jump out of the tank, so a tight-fitting lid is recommended.
By following these guidelines, you can provide a suitable and healthy environment for your Black Vagabond Butterflyfish in a reef tank.