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How Goldfish Came To Be -goldfish History
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Have you ever wondered why of all fish one could take care of, one will most probably choose a goldfish ? Even in the case of Americans, if ever they only have one fish in the house, it is a goldfish. Besides from being cheap and abundant, goldfish care is a fun and great hobby.

Goldfishes are considered as a common type of domesticated pet fish. They are descendants of the Prussian carp, which is a native to the eastern and southeastern part of Asia. They are dominant in rivers, streams, lakes and ditches, on running, still and stagnant waters. It was the Chinese people who first domesticated these members of carps. The carp family is the largest family among the freshwater families in the seas. Other members of this family are the zebra fish and minnow fish.

Supposed to be, wild Prussian carps are colored gray but due to genetic mutations performed by scientists before, it was made possible to produce orange, red and yellow ones. The Chinese people are the known pioneers for this kind of experimentation on the species of goldfish as they thirst for aesthetic purposes of these species starting with their colors. From then on, those that successfully go through the mutation are kept as ornamental pets.

Human husbandry has revealed the great potential of goldfish in genetics which cannot be ordinarily found on some fish. However, it still costs a great amount effort and man power to efficiently perform the operations for the success of the genetic combinations. Goldfish species are the only species in the animal kingdom that were manipulated to give such grotesque and funny appearances.

Until today, it was believed that, years ago, goldfish were used in different kinds of religious practices. Although they have no sufficient tools to use, they were still able to perform transformations that are in accordance with the natural laws. This matter is still a mystery for everyone especially scientists today. Also, some believe that goldfish actually carries good luck along with them. Chinese people strongly believe in this myth. In a Chinese restaurant, more often than not, if you get to see an aquarium, the fish that you will see there is a goldfish, as it is believed that they can actually deliver prosperity on the business inside the restaurant. Aside from luck and religious practices, in Japan, the type of goldfish one is taking care of greatly defines the social stand of the family of that person. They use the quality and beauty of the goldfish in one’s house to determine if the family living in it is poor, middle-class or rich.

Goldfish do not only offer beauty in the real world. It can also teach man the proper way of living his life under the influence of the community where he settles in.

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