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3,000 gold fish compete at 1st Chinese gold fish beauty contest

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More than three thousand ornamental gold fish took part in the inaugural International Goldfish Championships held in Fuzhou city of China on September 16. The gold fish competed in twelve categories to grab the title “World Gold Fish Queen

The first  International Goldfish Competition  opened during the 2012 Cross-strait Fishery Week in Fuzhou in east China’s Fujian Province.


Bubbly eyes, butterfly tails, lionheads…tens of thousand of goldfishes have joined the first International Goldfish Competition in Fuzhou city. The event not only provides visitors with an extravagant showcase of goldfish, it also offers the booming goldfish industry many commercial opportunities.

Click  here  for information and a video about the event.

Goldfish (Carassius auratus) are the most popular of all ornamental fish and are known for their attractive bright colours. Goldfish originate from temperate climates and in the wild they live in cool streams, lakes, and ponds throughout Asia and parts of Eastern Europe. Today, there are a wide variety of goldfish available.

Goldfish are social and intelligent animals and are regularly seen interacting with each other and their human caregivers whom they can learn to recognise. Goldfish have a lifespan averaging about 10-15 years, with some varieties living up to 30 years when provided with proper care. Unfortunately, many goldfish do not reach their lifespan potential due to inadequate housing conditions. Housing needs to meet both their behavioural and physiological needs.

While I don’t agree with keeping a Goldfish in a tiny goldfish bowl, there is alot of information available on how to keep Goldfish, such as on the RSPCA Australian site.

A mixture of specialised goldfish flakes & granules are a good staple diet suitable for goldfish.  Ideally supplement this with live brine shrimp and a mixture of frozen brine shrimp, daphnia and veggie mix. The diet can also be supplemented by scalded peas, small invertebrates and duck weed. The goldfish diet should contain a high carbohydrate level. Any freeze-dried food should be soaked first to avoid digestive upsets.  Feed 2-3 times daily.

The variations of goldfish are listed below.

Butterfly Moor
Bubble eye
Celestial eye
Common Goldfish

Other sources of information.





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2 thoughts on “3,000 gold fish compete at 1st Chinese gold fish beauty contest

  1. Intesting article. I agree with you. Never keep goldfish in a bowl. I might add that goldfish are vegetarian so feeding them lots of veggies can be beneficial.

    • Hi Johno, thanks for your input ! I do remember we had a few Gold-fish in our big tank at home (when I was quite young) but they didn’t fare all that well (from memory) – maybe their needs were too particular for whomever was looking after them at that time.

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