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Goldfish- The Royalty Fish

Goldfish are now no longer restricted to royalty, being kept by the common people as well. Goldfish are curious fish that will quickly become bored without items or other fish to interact with. Goldfish are minimally territorial, so if your aquarium is already too small for one goldfish, it will certainly be too small for two or more.  Color varieties of goldfish are caused by the varying amounts and arrangement of the pigment cells in the skin. Goldfish are first raised in bowls indoors, allowing for the selection of mutations that might have gone unnoticed in a pond environment. 

Goldfish are normally active, swimming throughout the aquarium.  They are social and can display schooling behavior when kept with the same goldfish for longer periods. Goldfish are often found in association with freshwater vegetation. Goldfish are similar to carp in many respects other than appearance. They are popular pond fish, since they are, inexpensive, colorful, and very hardy.

Goldfish are not a delicate fish as some other fish might be, they can survive in water that has some amount of waste or pollution in the water, but of course to a limit. Common Goldfish are a type of goldfish with no other modifications from their ancestors other than their color.  Common goldfish come in a variety of colors including red, orange/gold, white, black and yellow or ‘lemon’ goldfish.  Common goldfish are social animals that prefer living in groups.  It can be kept in outdoor ponds throughout the year with similar care but they may become sluggish and stop feeding in the winter.

Common Goldfish were first introduced to Japan in the 1500s, to Europe in the 1700s, and to the United States in the mid 1800s. Common goldfish are hardy creatures that can survive even in less than optimal conditions. Common goldfish, London and Bristol shubunkins, jikin, wakin, comet and sometimes fantail can be kept in a pond all year round in temperate and subtropical climates.

The common goldfish are the species most raised in water gardens around the world. Breeding usually happens after a significant change in temperature, often in spring.  Breeding often results in up to 1,000 eggs, with fry hatching in 5-6 days. Goldfish come from temperate regions of the world, and are therefore seasonal breeders. Goldfish are fairly intelligent creatures and will remember the person who feeds them regularly and will remember associations.  Goldfish are coldwater animals that need room to move, breath? and filtration, circulation to remove their copious wastes.

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Rotem Gavish is a fish expert. Dedicating his life to this beautiful hobby, his expertise is in all related to aquarium world such as fish, plants and invertebrates. Rotem established his site with the vision of sharing tips and free information.

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What You Need to Know about Koi

The term “koi” actually means “carp” in Japanese. They are domesticated common carps. Koi breeding started in Japan in the 1820’s. To date, koi breeding is very popular and an extremely  lucrative business. Koi fish now come in various color patterns and combinations that can involve black, red, orange, yellow, silver and green.

Backyard koi ponds, with the wonderful sound of running and cascading water, can provide relaxation to the mind and soul. They give owners their desired peaceful and tranquil environment.  These ponds can be amazing sights especially when koi owners introduce living plants to the koi ponds, replicating in the process a real pond environment.

In a few instances, though, these koi fish and plants cannot seem to co-exist.  Koi fish could at times be very difficult to manage especially when mixed with plants.  Owners often try to place these potted plants on the pond floor and allow them to sit there.  Larger koi can sometimes knock off these potted plants and create real problems to the owners.

Koi can also have the tendency of “digging” up the soil.  But, that does not mean you cannot have any plants in your pond at all.  Koi pond owners can be really creative in finding solutions to these problems.  You can wrap netting over the tops of the pots to keep the koi from digging in them.

Pea gravel placed on top of your plants can also solve the problem.  Larger and bigger pots can take the weight of river stones.  With the stones on top of the pots, the koi fish will have a harder time knocking them over due to their weight and they will not be able to get to the dirt underneath the stones in order to dig it up.

Water lilies can provide a great look to your koi pond.  They come in several different varieties including ones that grow well in shallow water and ones that grow better in deeper water.  They really provide your koi with shade and shelter even if they are not oxygenating plants.  Plus, having plants in the water will attract insects.  Koi fish are omnivores and will search the plants’ foliage to seek out insects and larva to munch on.

Other than the insects that the koi fish search out from the plants, they can also be looking for some other types of food.  It is not unusual for koi fish owners to mention that they successfully trained their fish to eat out of their hands.  Koi fish have the ability to be able to recognize the person who feeds them and will approach that person during feeding time.  Watermelons, lettuce and peas are favorite foods of the koi fish, other than the usual pre-made koi food.

It is really an amazing experience to watch your koi fish in various colors swim with grace in your backyard pond. They give their owners so much pleasure and in return, these owners reward the koi with unrestricted generosity and care.

JAMES FIELD is a koi fish expert. For more great information on koi fish, visit http://www.koifishadvice.com/.

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