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Don't throw your goldfish into lake and ponds

 Don't throw your goldfish

At first glance, goldfish seem harmless, running around in circles in their tanks, waiting to be fed!

However, it is important to know that under its passive appearance, the goldfish can turn into a real voracious animal if it is released in the wild.

Also known as the golden cyprin, it is usually bought as a back-up pet, less social than a dog or a cat.

Thus, it can happen that you get tired of your goldfish and want to give it back its freedom... Except that you should not do that!

Don’t throw your goldfish into lake and ponds

Throw your goldfish into lakes: A common story

A family gets a goldfish, but then their child gets tired of it - maybe soccer, guitar lessons or homework is a priority.

The family wants to get rid of the fish but doesn't want to hurt it, so they release it at a local Waterway or flush it down the toilet.

A well-intentioned move, to be sure, but it's causing environmental problems.

Last week, officials in Burnsville, a Minnesota city south of Minneapolis, urged residents to stop throwing goldfish into ponds and lakes.

"They get bigger than you think and contribute to poor water quality by removing sediment from the bottom and uprooting plants."

The city's official account tweeted, "Groups of these large goldfish were recently found in Keller Lake."

They included photos of some of the fish they found in the lake that was bigger than you'd think.


Goldfish, a devastating danger for biodiversity

Indeed, releasing a goldfish in a lake, a river, or a pond can be devastating for... the biodiversity of the water body.

On the other hand, the fish will live very well with its situation since it has a superb capacity to adapt to all aquatic environments.

Notably thanks to its omnivorous diet.

The goldfish eats everything! It uproots aquatic plants it ingurgitates buried feelings, eggs, insect larvae and other fish that populate the water.

Thus, it endangers its entire environment, not hesitating to devour the litters of rival fish.

An example was published by environmental specialists in Minnesota, USA.

They photographed goldfish with a size much more impressive than the one you can put in a jar.

They took the opportunity to remind us of the danger of releasing a "golden fish" into the wild.:

 "Please, don't release your goldfish into ponds and lakes, they grow much bigger than you think!

As an alternative, it is advisable to simply entrust your goldfish to someone else who can take care of it.


Goldfish can also transmit parasites

Goldfish can also transmit parasites, and they are an incredibly resilient species that cope with high turbidity.

Also, they cope with dramatic temperature changes and low oxygen levels.

So once they enter streams, they can stay there for years.

Goldfish can also transmit parasites

Moreover, they have a very fast reproduction capacity, can travel great distances, and thus colonize other environments.

In short, a real scourge for biodiversity!

Females produce up to 40,000 eggs a year, which is far more than most freshwater fish species.

Because they have no natural enemies in American freshwater ecosystems, many of these offspring can survive and run amok.

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