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Old 04-08-2015, 08:49 AM   #1
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Colorado Lake Goldfish

Wondered if this could be true?!


Ecosystem threatened as thousands of goldfish infest Colorado lake - 9news.com.au
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Old 04-08-2015, 10:02 AM   #2
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Yes, it probably is. We have a pond here behind the local pizza store, and it's full of bull frogs and all that good stuff. Someone dumped a few 6" feeders in there a years back, and now when you walk by the pond, you can see tons of them schooling like shad and eating from the surface! I bet the situation in Colorado lake isn't that different.

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Yikes! All the carp would eat them here but they are an introduced species as well....
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Yikes! All the carp would eat them here but they are an introduced species as well....

Carp wouldn't eat goldfish. There actually very similar species


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Well, well - disappointing. The law used to be in Eastern Australia that you couldn't return them to the water if caught.
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I started a thread on this yesterday and yes its certainly true.

Originally posted here yesterday at Interesting goldfish in lake article
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Hardly surprising. We deal with a similar situation here all the time. People get tired of taking care of their pet goldfish and dump them in the local pond/lake. Since they are a cold water fish (basically just a mutated carp), they survive just fine and most continue to grow. We watched an Osprey pull two goldfish, both over 12" long, out of a local pond a few years ago, one right after the other.
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I find that amazing on the population growth rate. Never seen that here in ponds or lakes so just incredible. Carp in rivers here are the closest analogy I can find.
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I did a little further research on this and the ironic thing is that it is a man made lake. If you read the quote carefully the spokesperson is angry that the goldfish are disrupting the false ecosystem that they created.


While it is wildly irresponsible to put aquarium fish into any wild or mandamde ecosystem - even if they are native to the area - the attitude of the spokesperson is ridiculous. First she's outraged the goldfish have flourished, then cops an attitude towards people wanted to help remove a few.
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Goldfish can and do survive here (Ontario, Canada). I saw a 2 footer many years ago in the Second Marsh near Oshawa. It was just as bright as any I have ever seen, although they are supposed to fade over time.
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