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					Think of the Carassius auratus auratu; in simple words our very own graceful little
goldfish, and what comes to mind is a bright red fish with a flared tail, swimming
with the grandeur of a mer-princess in light blue waters. They, quintessential to
aquariums at homes and offices alike, has long been domesticated and kept as a pet.
The fish not only has a certain royal touch to it, but also has many interesting
qualities.

Fancy goldfish was once the sole property of the Royal families in China to keep.
Specially bred yellow or reddish yellow ones were kept in ornamental ponds and
smaller containers. However, it now exists in various colours including silver, white,
yellow, orange, red, brown, and black. This species of fish has good cognitive skills
and can be conditioned and trained by its owner. It also has intense visual and hearing
abilities which allow it to differentiate well between individual humans.

These fishes are cold-water fishes, are members of the carp family, and feed on flakes,
plant matter, cooked peas, and insect larvae. The variety of colours and types these
fishes now exist in is a result of years of breeding. This makes fancy goldfish even
more delicate to handle. These fishes need to be fed carefully as they do not stop
feeding on their own and overfeeding may be very dangerous. Also, they can be kept
with only those other varieties of goldfish that have similar swimming speeds and
body characteristics to avoid uneven feeding. They cannot tolerate wide fluctuations
in temperatures although the hardier varieties survive in extreme cold temperatures as
well with adequate oxygen supply. Temperate climate is ideal for them. Typically they
are very active in summers and sluggish in winters. They have a lifespan of more than
10 years.

These fishes have very interesting behavioural patterns. For one, they get accustomed
to their owners to such an extent that in a family of 4 members they can distinguish
each one and respond according to the source of stimulus provided. They can also be
taught to do certain tricks. They are essentially 鈥渟 ocial 鈥? gregarious, and friendly.
They hardly ever hurt other fishes. They are thus easy to look after.

So if you are still wondering whether to bring home a fancy goldfish and how to go
about it, just log on to www.newlynpetsonline.co.uk. You 鈥檒 l find all details about
their varieties, how to take care of them, and food fish sources etc

				
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