5 GOLD­FISH MYTHS BUSTED

That denizen of bowls through­out the coun­try is de­serv­ing of so much more…

Focus-Science and Technology - - Zoology -

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.

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