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Goldfish was bred from wild types of carp, around 960-1279 AD in China. Gradually they were introduced to Korea, Japan in 1502, and in 1611, goldfish were introduced to Portugal and from there to other parts of Europe. They came to America sometime during the 1800's. Today there are over 500 species of goldfish found throughout the world.

Goldfish come in different colors such as gold, pink and bronze. They possess the sub-colors such as calico and metallic. The colors on goldfish come from their skin, not their scales. Their scales are transparent. Goldfish skin will "tan' like human skin, and for the same reason. So goldfish kept in ponds (sunlight), will be darker and have more vibrant colors due to more pigmentation. If a goldfish is left in the dark it will turn almost white.

Goldfish have the longest lifespan of any fish ever domesticated by humans. An average lifespan of a goldfish is about 5-10 years, they can live 20 years or more if properly cared for. The oldest recorded goldfish was one raised by a couple in England.It lived to be over 40.

In Chinese, Korean and Japanese culture, goldfish is considered as an invitation and magnet to wealth, prosperity, and harmonious movement, especially in business and personal affairs.

In Chinese, goldfish is pronounced Jin Yu. Yu sounds exactly like bounty/surplus. Therefore goldfish became a symbol of surplus and wealth, and a gift of goldfish is a blessing in the hope of good fortune. In Feng Shui, a painting of goldfish is regarded as having the same effect as an actual goldfish tank by practitioners.

In ancient Greece, people believed goldfish enhanced good luck in marriage and relationships.

Ancient Egyptians kept goldfish in the house as a lucky omen for the family and helped cheer up domestic situations.

During the 1620s, it became a tradition in Southern Europe for married men to give their wives a goldfish on their one year anniversary. People believed goldfish signify good luck and fortune.

As one of the most beautiful and versatile species of fish, goldfish is one of the most attractive creatures in an aquarium, home, hotel, restaurant and malls, or parks. It makes the surrounding pleasant and lively because its lovely appearance and elegant movements. They are adored by their beautiful colors and body configurations. But goldfish may not only be a thing of beauty.

This fascinating creature have strong associative learning abilities, as well as social learning skills. They are able to distinguish their owners from strangers. Goldfish can also recognized the voice, vocal vibration, or sound of their owners and people around them.

Goldfish have a memory-span of at least three months and can distinguish between different shapes, colors and sounds. The goldfish can be trained to recognize and to react to light signals of different colors or to perform tricks, such as the limbo, fetch, and soccer.

Goldfish can be taught tricks. The adorable youtube video can just prove that.

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