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Time to take a closer look at the goldfish

Time to take a closer look at the goldfish

The goldfish may be the most classic pet out there. Just thinking about goldfish can bring up images of childhood, pet stores, county fair prizes, and even crackers. The common goldfish, however, is often misunderstood. There exists a fascinating history for these little friends.

The goldfish may be the most classic pet out there. Just thinking about goldfish can bring up images of childhood, pet stores, county fair prizes, and even crackers. The common goldfish, however, is often misunderstood. There exists a fascinating history for these little friends. Today, we would like to take some time to teach you about the goldfish as well as how to best care for these beloved creatures. As a classic pet, the goldfish will always be a household favorite. Let’s make sure we get to know them.

The goldfish was first domesticated in China 2,000 years ago. Believed to be a symbol of good luck, these fish were used as an ornamental piece in the homes of members of the Song Dynasty. Goldfish are a type of carp and can range in size from 4.7 inches to 16.1 inches. When kept in captivity, these creatures can live up to 10 years, but in the wild they commonly have an average lifespan of about 40 years. While we think of goldfish as orange, these fish can also be red or yellow and originate from fish that are gray-green in color. As the first foreign fish species introduced into North America, sometime in the 1800s, goldfish have quite the history among us.

Interestingly, goldfish have very good senses of smell and hearing. They do not have taste buds or teeth like some other fish, but instead crush their food in their throats when they eat. The fins of a goldfish come in two types—paired and single fins. Goldfish will sometimes become a part of a school of fish in the wild, but they are also quite happy living alone in captivity. These pets are very adaptable to temperature, pH, and other water fluctuations. Naturally omnivores, goldfish will eat worms, crustaceans, and larvae in the wild in addition to live greenery. Adding live plants and supplementing your goldfish’s normal pellet or flake diet will ensure they are happy and healthy.

One of the most commonly overlooked ways of properly caring for a goldfish is its tank. The size of a goldfish is constrained by the tank it is kept in. When housing a goldfish, tanks ought to be 20 gallons at a minimum. Keeping a goldfish in a small bowl will shorten its lifespan and not provide for many of its needs. Goldfish do best in cooler tanks and do not require a heater. Additionally, if plants are kept in the tank, make sure they are compatible with the goldfish. These entertaining pets also require entertainment themselves. Believe it or not, goldfish do best with lots of room to swim and decorations to stimulate them. 

At Pet World, we love the classic goldfish and we think of these creatures as great family pets. Like all animals, it is important to take the time to get to know the specific requirements of goldfish in order to provide them with the proper living environment to ensure they are the happiest they can be.

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