Goldfish are a kind of carp. Carp are
usually found at the bottom of slow rivers or in
lakes and ponds. People often keep goldfish and
other carp either inside or outside. They can
stand a fairly wide range of temperatures but do
best around room temperature (about 70 Farenheit
or 20 Centigrades). They will lose their color
if you keep them in the dark.
Carp are not picky eaters. They usually eat
insects, small shrimp-like animals, and plants,
and will eat whatever else is around and small
enough to swallow.
Goldfish are a domesticated fish, just like
dogs are domesticated wolves. Both are pets
that were bred from wild species a long time
ago. Wild carp are silver or green, but breeding
by humans produced the colors we see today. For
hundreds of years, only Chinese royalty were
allowed to raise the special, brightly colored
carp. Today, their “habitat” is fish tanks,
just like the habitat of dogs is human homes.
Goldfish are actually pretty smart and can be
trained. Some people say that goldfish can
recognize the people who feed them. How would
you test this with an experiment?
Thanks for asking,
A goldfish is a type of carp that has been
domesticated from the Prussian Carp. In the
same way dogs were domesticated from wolves,
goldfish were selected and bred for different
colors and other decorative features.
The carp, the goldfish were bred from, are
omnivores, which means they graze from a variety
of food sources, from plants to invertebrates
and other fish.
Goldfish do not really live in the wild.
They were bred to be pets and are now in
aquariums all over the world. The Prussian
carp, the goldfish, were bred from Asia.
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