Indian Vagabond Butterflyfish

Greek Name: Chaetodon decussatus



The Indian Vagabond Butterflyfish is a moderately-sized butterflyfish and a excellent aquarium fish. It has an average length of around 8 inches. This butterflyfish with a chevron pattern is located in the Indo-Pacific. It is known as the Indian Vagabond Butterfly is visually attractive with its silvery white body color, with grey lines which form the chevron pattern, which is attractive to the eye.
This Indian Vagabond Butterflyfish boast distinct marks, sporting two vertical black/dark brown bars. The first bar begins at the forehead and continues horizontally across its face and through its eyes. The second bar is a long distance that runs along the back of its body. The anal and caudal fins are yellow and have black markings.


Once it is acclimated to the environment, Indian Vagabond Butterflyfish will be a great addition to a marine aquarium that is at around 75 gallons Aquascaped with plenty of live rock and plenty of space to swim in. As with many butterflyfish, this one Indian Vagabond Butterflyfish does best when it is a mature or established system that has high quality water.


Indian Vagabond Butterflyfish are solitary as young ones and are usually are paired off when they reach the age of adulthood. The butterflyfish of this species is a great addition to a community tank along with other species that aren’t too aggressive or territorial. Give the Indian Vagabond Butterflyfish various meaty food items,


Approximate Purchase Size: Small: 1-1/2″ to 2-1/4″; Medium 2-1/4″ to 3-1/2″; Large 3-1/2″ to 4-3/4″


Care Level




Color Form

Black, Brown, Silver, White, Yellow



Reef Compatible


Water Conditions

sg 1.020-1.025, 72-78° F, dKH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4

Max Size



Western Atlantic

Minimum Tank

75 gallons


Indian Vagabond Butterflyfish Information

The Indian Vagabond Butterfly, Chaetodon decussatus has a white body with black chevron-like diagonal stripes and a black eye bar, and a yellow-striped tail. They are extremely durable and peaceful and are best kept in a peaceful tank with other fish, however, they can become hostile towards other Butterflies with similar patterns or colors when kept in tanks of smaller sizes.

They’re not good reef fish as they may nip and consume soft corals as well as algae and coral polyps, and ornamental shrimp tubes, anemones, and tube worms. Its diet should contain a wide range of mysis, vitamin-enriched brine shrimp and spirulina, nori marine algae, seaweed and other algae-based food items, 3-4 times a day.

Additional information


Large, Medium, Small

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