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THE JOY OF GOLDFISH
 

What is more mesmerizing than sitting by an aquarium, watching little goldfish swimming back and forth, in and out of plants, while totally unaware of their beauty and grace?

 

Goldfish are native to East Asia, and a pet in your aquarium can reach 8", and in a spacious pond, 12" to 18", living as long as 20 years.

 

The Koi species is a fancy version, and a Japanese Sanke Koi can reach 23", live for 60 years, and sell for $4,000! They have been prized among nobility for centuries.

 

I recall buying 12 goldfish for $1.00, and I read that they are happy being alone in an aquarium and can actually recognize their owners.

 

Although those Koi have barbels (whisker-like, sensory organs near their mouth to enable them to dig), can jump out of the water, and cost a lot, I'm partial to those simple little goldfish who are so beautiful, and are content to swim around their aquarium or outside in a pond, unaware of the joy they bring to others.

 

 


Written by:  Sr. Joel:  a Dominican Sister of Peace who lives in Springfield, KY.  She is a native of New Orleans  and has been a teacher, school and parish administrator, social worker, religious educator, and missionary.  She has written "Breath of Ecology" for local newspapers and has published a book under the same title.


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