May 2006


For info and updates on the Goldfish Report, take a look here for info from the editor on upcoming issues of the Goldfish Report and the publication schedule.

If you have let your membership lapse or have been thinking about joining the GFSA, now is a great time - here is a form you can print. To submit material for the Goldfish Report to our editor, please see the updated society contact info. Articles and photos in electronic form are particularly appreciated.

The current line-up of people filling the GFSA offices is on the society officers page. The GFSA Board of Directors kicked off 2006 with a renewed effort to ensure that the society is undertaking activities and providing services that our members want. Tell us if there is something you really want (even better, volunteer to help us do it).

Interested in joining the GFSA but still not sure? We have two sample Goldfish Reports available to download, to demonstrate that every issue is packed with thought provoking information and pictures available nowhere else. We are also promoting an electronic membership option that significantly lowers the cost of membership.

Lessons Learned "Quick Hits"

We are soliciting short lessons-learned from hobbyists: events that possibly left you sadder, but measurably wiser. Have a good one? Please send it to the  . Here is a brief diatribe from the Webmaster:

Look for spawning behavior as the days lengthen, the water warms and spring gets into full swing. Often a rain storm will trigger active spawning. Be careful to check that females do not become too tired from the males chasing. It is also a good time to remove sharp or abrasive objects from the containers housing the fish, so that scale loss or other damage does not occur.

From last month, what is happening here: "A fellow replacing my gutters last week related an interesting anecdote. He has a pond with goldfish, Koi and native species. He had a number of crappies in the pond (a fish in the sunfish family), and all but one jumped out of the pond mysteriously. He came out one day and saw the last crappie behaving strangely. It appeared to be falling over, but then two goldfish would push it upright again. He thought it was so amazing that the goldfish would help this poor sick crappie." Probable answer: the behavior the goldfish were showing to the crappie is consistent with what male goldfish do to female goldfish when they are spawning. For some reason the crappies were able to trigger this behavior. Probably the relentless harassment and driving by the goldfish caused the other crappies to jump from the pond, and left this last one stressed and exhausted. It would be interesting to know if anyone else has observed this kind of behavior of goldfish towards other species.