Common goldfish myths

Cartoon of a goldfish squeezed into a small bowl

Goldfish are some of the most widely studied and understood of all of the popular pet fish species. However, there are still a huge number of myths and misconceptions about them.

For instance, do goldfish really only have a memory span of a few seconds? This is one of the most commonly stated goldfish “facts,” and one that is totally inaccurate!

Read on to learn more about some of the most common myths and misconceptions that surround keeping goldfish, plus the truth behind them.

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Do Goldfish Really Have a 3 Second Memory? The Truth Behind the Myth

Cartoon of a goldfish with a thought bubble showing it struggling to remember where it left its keys

MYTH: Goldfish memory spans are just three-seconds long FACT: Goldfish can remember things for months! Most goldfish keepers will have heard the “fact” that goldfish memory spans are just three seconds long – but is it true? The answer is a very definite no! Scientist have proven that goldfish memory spans are nowhere near as short … Read more