Goldfish are now the most popular aquarium fish in the world – yes, you read it right. In fact, they are now the most popular pets available ever. With over 48 million being sold every year, you might ask why, when you can’t touch them and they don’t speak. However, the following fascinating facts might change your mind!
You can tell how old your goldfish is by its scales
Every year of your goldfish’s life, it grows another ring on its scales, so if you have the patience and determination, sit down and count the number of rings to find out its age! If your goldfish is well cared for, they can live for over twenty years.
Goldfish can recognize faces
Next time you go up and say hello to your pet, ensure you devote time acknowledging that you recognise them too. Goldfish get bored by themselves, so make sure you spend time and care in keeping them amused as well!
You can teach your goldfish to do tricks
Most people aren’t aware how intelligent goldfish are. Teaching your goldfish to do a trick and in return giving it a reward is actually possible. Why not try getting your goldfish to swim through a hoop or do an obstacle? With patience and time, you could even teach your pet to eat out of your hand. The possibilities are endless!
Goldfish can live up to three weeks without food
Goldfish are extremely clever and store fat within themselves in case they struggle to get food. So next time you’re off for a weekend away, don’t panic! Your goldfish can look after itself, but make sure you have the right goldfish aquarium and care to keep them healthy and happy – and never neglect them or their feeding if possible.
Of course, goldfish are also beautiful to look at, so even if you don’t fancy engaging with your pet, they’re still a delight to have in your home. Keep up to date with our goldfish blog for more advice about keeping your goldfish happy.