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"While these fish are a joy to have outdoors, they are susceptable to many dangers if mixed with koi, which produce far too much ammonia. As well, the larger they grow the more they require brackish water. This is usually obtained when water is 1.010 (1 tablespoon aquarium salt to every 5 gallons water) I have found that a 35+ gallon tank(55 gallon) is a good "only" tank that is prepared using a crushed coral or sand substrate (dont bother with "live" sand, your salinity will be too low to keep it that way). They like warm conditions as well, 78-80 degrees F. preferred. The younger fish around 3 inches or less are more comfortable if they have Plants around the surface of the water. Mangroves (as they are their native habitat) are best, as well as Java Moss. Both these plants thrive in Brackish water, that excludes most common Aquarium live plants. Fellow tank mates can include Figure 8 puffers, Knight Gobys, Mudskippers, Scats, Mollies, and fiddler crabs, as well as some other brackish friendly fish. Again, this is not a freshwater fish, so use caution if you tend to want a community of fish that are readily available from your local fish store. But by the same token, these fish are so entertaining and expressive and unique that building a tank around them is a true hobbyist adventure."

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