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    Meet the Gorgeous Goldfish!
    Lori Wildrickon April 28th, 2012

    The Persian new year “Nowruz” meaning “New Day” celebrates the beginning of spring on the vernal equinox. This year it fell on March 20. And, since keeping a goldfish symbolizes a happy life, full of activity and movement, let’s take this holiday as an opportunity to talk about the goldfish!
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    Fun facts
    Goldfish (Carassius auratus) are one of the most common pet types in the world. They tend to be a child’s first pet, or at least one of their first pets. They exist in plenty of pop culture references from Dr. Seuss, to Disney’s Pinocchio, and TV shows like Sesame Street. Goldfish even show up in fine art from China and Japan.

    Goldfish have been bred for different characteristics, including, but not limited to, finnage, body shape and even eye shape. They also exist in a wider variety of colors and patterns than their name implies. Domesticated goldfish have been kept in China for thousands of years.

    They are not tropical fish, but are sometimes incorrectly regarded as cold water fish. Instead, “cool water fish” is a much more appropriate term, as they prefer to be in mid-60 degree waters, but can survive in a wide spectrum of temperatures. Goldfish also prefer slow currents similar to a lake and to currents like a fast-moving river. The fish prefer to drift and slowly swim around a tank rather than swim like they’re on a treadmill!

    Gender
    Determining the gender of a goldfish can be difficult before they reach maturity. There are a few methods of figurinng this out, but we will focus on one distinct feature that distinguishes a mature male goldfish from a mature female goldfish.
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    A mature male goldfish

    On a goldfish’s gill covers (aka operculum) and the first ray of its pectoral fins,a male goldfish will develop breeding stars, or breeding tubercles. To the untrained eye, these may look like a disease or a parasite. Fear not, as natural for a male goldfish to have these stars or spots…or pimples.

    Diet
    One thing to keep an eye out for is that goldfish are opportunistic eaters, meaning they will eat any food given to them regardless if they are hungry or not. Uneaten and excess eaten food will at best lead to bad water quality, and at worst could be fatal with the fish’s digestive system failing.
    Goldfish need low carbohydrates, but a good amount of protein. A goldfish-specific flake or pellet will meet these requirements, but can also be supplemented with boiled peas or bits of lettuce leaves. On a very positive note, goldfish will also eat and control fast-growing, undesired plants such as duckweed.

    Contrary to popular belief, goldfish do have stomachs, albeit a relatively small one. They’re grazers by nature and will constantly eat throughout the day.

    Goldfish or koi?
    What’s an easy way to distinguish a goldfish from koi? Koi have barbells by their mouths and goldfish do not.
    And, because it’s springtime, outdoor ponds are thawing out, new ponds are being installed, and not all that glitters is gold…except maybe goldfish!

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    Wow.Really Gorgeous Goldfish!
     
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    I miss having fish for pets, but haven't been able to get more, because I still have the same "fish-killer" cat in the house.:(
     
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