January 23, 2007 11:46am CST
i lkie gold fish very much and tel,me who have gold fish
• New Zealand
2 Feb 07
I have four gold fish, 1 bronze tail, 1 black moor and 2 comets, i have another 2 comets in a separate tank at my dads, They were small, but with the change of tanks to bigger ones they are getting big. My Bronze one is about 17 cms and is the biggest. My partner has tropical fish, 1 sword, 3 blue neons, heaps of baby swords, an orange neon and one other one. They are all really cool to watch
25 Jan 07
I have four gold fish in my small aquarium. This is just information for you :  History During the Tang Dynasty, it was popular to raise carp in ponds. As the result of a dominant genetic mutation, one of these carp displayed "gold" (actually yellowish orange) rather than silver coloration. People began to breed the gold variety instead of the silver variety, and began to display them in small containers. The fish were not kept in the containers permanently, but would be kept in a larger body of water, such as a pond, and only for special occasions at which guests were expected would they be moved to the smaller container. A crucian carp carrying a mutation for yellow pigment. Some of the first goldfish may have looked like this.In 1162, the empress of the Song Dynasty ordered the building of a pond to collect the red and gold variety of those carp. By this time, people outside the royal family were forbidden to keep goldfish of the gold (yellow) variety, yellow being the royal color. This probably is the reason why there are more orange goldfish than yellow goldfish, even though the latter are genetically easier to breed. As time passed, more mutations occurred, producing new color variations, and fancier varieties of goldfish were developed. The occurrence of other colors was first recorded in 1276. The first occurrence of fancy tailed goldfish was recorded in the Ming dynasty. In 1502, goldfish were introduced to Japan, where the Ryukin and Tosakin varieties were developed. In 1611, goldfish were introduced to Portugal and from there to other parts of Europe. Goldfish were first introduced to North America in 1874 and quickly became popular in the United States.  Varieties of domesticated goldfish Selective breeding over centuries has produced several color variations, some of them far removed from the "golden" color of the originally domesticated fish. There are also different body shapes, fin and eye configurations. Some extreme versions of the goldfish do need to be kept in an aquarium — they are much less hardy than varieties closer to the "wild" original. However, some variations are hardier, such as the Shubunkin. The main goldfish varieties are Black moor, Bubble eye, Butterfly tail, Calico, Calico fantail, Celestial eye, Comet, Common, Crown pearlscale, Fantail, Lionchu, Lionhead, Oranda, Panda moor, Pearlscale, Pompom, Ranchu, Ryukin, Shubunkin, Telescope eye, and Veiltail.  Chinese goldfish classification In Chinese goldfish keeping, goldfish are classified into 4 main types, which are not commonly used in the west. Dragon eye - Goldfish with extended eyes, e.g. Black Moor, Bubble Eye, and telescope eye Egg - goldfish without a dorsal fin. e.g. lionhead (note that a bubble eye without a dorsal fin belongs to this group) Wen - goldfish with dorsal fin and a fancy tail. e.g. veiltail ("wen" is also the name of the characteristic headgrowth on such strains as oranda and lionhead) Ce (may also be called "grass") - goldfish without anything fancy. This is the type that is usually used in Japanese carnivals, especially for "goldfish scoops". Jikin and wakin - goldfish with double tails, but with the body shapes of comets.  Goldfish in ponds Goldfish are popular pond fish, since they are small, inexpensive, colourful, and very hardy. In a pond, they may even survive if brief periods of ice form on the surface, as long as there is enough oxygen remaining in the water and the pond does not freeze solid. Common goldfish, London and Bristol shubunkins, jikin, wakin, comet and sometimes fantail can be kept in a pond all year round in temperate and subtropical climates. Moor, veiltail, oranda and lionhead are only safe in the summer. Goldfish pondSmall to large ponds are fine though the depth should be at least 80 cm (30 in) to avoid freezing. During winter, goldfish will become sluggish, stop eating, and often stay on the bottom of the tank. This is completely normal; they will become active again in the spring. A filter is important to clear waste and keep the pond clean. Plants are essential as they act as part of the filtration system, as well as a food source for the fish. Plants are furthermore beneficial since they raise oxygen levels in the water. Compatible fish include rudd, tench, orfe and koi, but the latter will require specialized care. Ramshorn snails are helpful by eating any algae that grows in the pond. It is of great importance to introduce fish that will consume excess goldfish eggs in the pond, such as orfe. Without some form of population control, goldfish ponds can easily become overstocked. Koi may also interbreed to produce a sterile new fish.