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Thinking about a goldfish?

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26-Jun-2009 11:36 a.m.

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The goldfish is undoubtedly the most popular aquarium fish in the world, so much so that it, more so than any other aquarium fish, needs no description to the average person. Most of us have kept goldfish when we were children or have a least seen them in the homes of friends. In spite of the enormous developments that have taken place in the keeping of tropical fish, the goldfish remains, along with the dog and the budgerigar, the world’s senior pet. The reason for this is not difficult to understand, for the goldfish is an amazingly hardy animal that can withstand all sorts of deprivations.

Exactly when the goldfish was first kept in captivity by man is not known for sure, but it is generally though that it was during the Chinese Sung dynasty (960-1279AD). At that time Chi-you (golden fish) were kept in the vicinity of temples along with the wild types from which they were bred - probably the crucian carp.  From China, goldfish first went to Korea and by 1500 arrived in Japan. The first goldfish to reach Europe - as early as the 16th century - probably originate in China. By the 18th century goldfish were becoming quite widespread.

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