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Set B7 - Freshwater Fish - card information

6. Goldfish
(Carassius auratus)

6. Goldfish

A fish from the Far East which has been introduced in many ornamental ponds; it often reaches sizes rivalling those of the Crucian Carp, which it closely resembles in the wild state (even in colour). It must not be confused with the golden varieties of the Carp, Tench or Orfe, frequently seen in aquaria and garden ponds. Fish breeders have evolved many varieties of Goldfish with an astonishing assortment of freakish colours and appearances. There are no sporting records, but the Goldfish may reach 4 or 5 lbs. in weight.