Title: Schleierschwänze (Fantails)
Artist: Norbertine von Bresslern-Roth
Media: Color Linocut
Dimensions: Image: 200 x 242 mm (7 7/8 x 9 ½ in.)
Country: Austria Source:de Young Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco
Goldfish myths are embedded in our culture. Here’s a closer look at many misconceptions people have about them. As a goldfish owner/lover myself, I think it’s important when anyone new to the hobby learns why these myths hurt goldfish as a pet, and how to properly care for them so they can reach a nice ripe age of 10-20. I’d love it if these myths could be dispelled to the point where no one believes goldfish belong in fish bowls. :) Here are the links for the references:
Thousands of goldfish threaten a whole lake ecosystem
Officials in the US are seeking information on the person(s) responsible for releasing goldfish into a Colorado lake. The introduced goldfish have multiplied so successfully that what may have started out as four or five unwanted pets released a couple of years ago into Teller Lake #5 in Boulder, has become a population of 4,000 or more.
“Goldfish are not a native species and are very harmful to the local aquatic ecosystem,” said Kristin Cannon, district wildlife manager for Boulder. “We strongly encourage the public not to dump their unwanted pet fish in our waters. It is bad for our environment as well as illegal.”
Wildlife officials say they have two options: draining the lake and rebuilding the natural fish stock from scratch, or electrofishing the lake to collect the goldfish, which would then be sent to a raptor rehabilitation centre for food.
“Non-native species can be devastating to native populations by causing disease outbreaks and creating competition unbalance. It’s an issue that anyone concerned with our environment should know about,” said Ken Kehmeier, senior aquatic biologist for Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW).