5 GOLDFISH MYTHS BUSTED
That denizen of bowls throughout the country is deserving of so much more…
1: IT’S FINE TO KEEP GOLDFISH IN SMALL BOWLS
Nope. While goldfish
can survive in cramped conditions, it’s not good for them. To live to their full lifespan and size (they can reach 45cm), they need properly aerated, treated and filtered water.
2: EACH VARIETY OF GOLDFISH IS A DIFFERENT SPECIES
Wrong again. All goldfish are the same species, Carassius
auratus, a type of carp originally from East Asia that’s been selectively bred for hundreds of years.
3: YOU CAN’T TRAIN A GOLDFISH TO DO TRICKS
Yes you can! Like training a dog with food rewards, you can teach goldfish to swim through hoops, slalom between posts and even push a mini football into a net.
4: GOLDFISH HAVE A THREE-SECOND MEMORY
Wrong! Goldfish remember things for months. Feed your pet goldfish at one end of their tank each morning and the opposite each evening, and they’ll quickly learn where to wait.
5: GOLDFISH ONLY LIVE FOR A COUPLE OF YEARS
Not true. In fact, the average lifespan of a captive goldfish is 5 to 10 years, and if they’re carefully looked after they can live well into their 30s or 40s.