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What is goldfish? How do goldfish live? Where do goldfish live? What do goldfish eat? What are some goldfish habitats?
Question Date: 2012-10-11
Answer 1:

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,

Answer 2:

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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