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Water flea

Water flea

European perch

European perch

Alpine bullhead

Alpine bullhead

Three-spined stickleback

Three-spined stickleback

Swan mussel

Swan mussel

Goldfish

Goldfish

Oriental carp

Oriental carp

Belica

Belica

European crayfish

European crayfish

Bitterling

Bitterling

Gudgeon

Gudgeon

Goldfish

Goldfish

Facts

LatinCarassius auratus
Size48 cm
FoodSmall crustaceans, insects, worms and parts of plants
HabitatRivers, streams, lakes and ponds
IUCN

Least concern

LocationNorth and South America, Europe, Africa, Asia, and Australia
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Aquarium fish living far from home

The goldfish is not found naturally in Danish lakes, but is often released into nature once it has served its purpose as an aquarium fish. The first goldfish were bred in China more than 1,000 years ago and are descended from the silver carp (photo).

Giant goldfish in nature

In captivity, goldfish can live to be more than 40 years old, but in nature they rarely get that old. Still, once in a while a giant goldfish is found in nature. This photo shows a 3 kg goldfish caught in a lake on the Danish island of Zealand.


Sturgeon

Danish stream

Under construction

Herrings in the Sound

Boulder reef in the Sound

Stone reefs and jellyfish

Sandy bottom

Eelgrass in the Sound

Faroese bird cliff

Seaotter

Pacific octopus

Japanese spider crab

American lobster