Giant Goldfish Invade Lake Tahoe

Giant Goldfish Invade Lake Tahoe

A goldfish measuring a foot and a half long has been found in Lake Tahoe.

Huge goldfish have been found by researchers studying invasive species in Lake Tahoe, on the California-Nevada border. Goldfish measuring up to 1.5 feet (0.5 meter) long have been found. Normally, this would just be an oddity, but the giant fish are apparently multiplying - scientists are finding more and more larger fish. The people responsible for these oddities of nature are likely well meaning pet owners who would rather dump the fish than keeping it until it dies or killing it, but the goldfish are actually a threat to the lake. Goldfish are bottom feeders who root in sediment - stirring up matter into the water and threatening the lake's famously clear waters. Goldfish are a double threat, too, because of their mineral rich poop - which provides a better environment for algae in the otherwise clear lake.

According to an OurAmazingPlanet.com report, the global aquarium trade has contributed about a third of the world's worst aquatic invasive species to the environment. Lake Tahoe is already dealing with a different invasive species, the large mouth bass, which decidedly outnumbers the goldfish - so no worries of the lake turning into a giant fish bowl. Whether or not the goldfish surviving and breeding is a threat to the lake remains to be seen. "We know that we have a giant goldfish, the question now becomes how long has it been there and how many others are there in the lake?" Dr. Sudeep Chandra, an associate professor at University of Nevada, Reno told local station KCRA-TV.

Source: Huffington Post

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How much longer until our waterways are full of Mirelurks? I wouldn't mind having a monster goldfish though, maybe someone could set up a shop catching them from the lake and selling them or cooking them. I bet there is some good eating on a jumbo goldfish.

Captcha: "what's that" well Captcha, it's a monster from the Fallout series that lives in water.

CriticalMiss:
How much longer until our waterways are full of Mirelurks? I wouldn't mind having a monster goldfish though, maybe someone could set up a shop catching them from the lake and selling them or cooking them. I bet there is some good eating on a jumbo goldfish.

These aren't "giant" goldfish so much as "adult" goldfish. People think goldfish are just tiny fish, but really adults are similar in size to bass and trout, and everything you see at the pet store is just a baby.

1. Is there a chance of this species of gold fish becoming too large of a population?
2. How would they taste if cooked properly?

Atary77:
How would they taste if cooked properly?

We did it with a goddam woolly mammoth so I say, do it! Do it For SCIENCE!

Atary77:
1. Is there a chance of this species of gold fish becoming too large of a population?
2. How would they taste if cooked properly?

1. With few if any predators (definately no natural predators there) they could really make a mess. With their large size, pretty much the only thing that'll go after them are maybe some larger birds of prey.

2. I'd assume muddy. I can't imagine an exotic ornamental fish would be all that tasty.

Azuaron:

CriticalMiss:
How much longer until our waterways are full of Mirelurks? I wouldn't mind having a monster goldfish though, maybe someone could set up a shop catching them from the lake and selling them or cooking them. I bet there is some good eating on a jumbo goldfish.

These aren't "giant" goldfish so much as "adult" goldfish. People think goldfish are just tiny fish, but really adults are similar in size to bass and trout, and everything you see at the pet store is just a baby.

Goldfish were originally bred from carp, so think in those terms for average size; they stay tiny in fishbowls because the high nitrate levels stunt their growth

What's potentially problematic is that, under the right conditions, ample food, lack of predators (aka: this), relative species like carp & koi have been known to get pretty monstrous in size. They live for decades & never really stop growing.

Ok, I'll be honest: Lake Tahoe, home of the Giant Goldfish sounds pretty sweet

If some frat house in California/Nevada tells you to swallow a gold fish, for the love of god SAY NO

I want a pond in my back yard with a bunch of those things.

We better catch those things before they hit level 20. The last thing our ecosystem needs are friggin' sea dragons.

We tried to warn them that Yucca Mountain was a bad idea.

But did they listen?

Mumorpuger:
I want a pond in my back yard with a bunch of those things.

As long as it's not in Vermont where the Heron come down and it's basically like fishing in a barrel for them. Your nice expensive gold fish become a tasty snack.

about the only things that'll pick one of those up (of the size shown in the article) are bald or golden eagles. Heron's, falcon, osprey's, etc wouldn't even have a chance with one of them

"I like Gold" !!!

Giant Goldfish is my wiggles cover band.

Evil Smurf:
Giant Goldfish is my wiggles cover band.

That avatar man... XD

OT: I wonder if they have a survival rate that's more than a day, unlike their tiny counterparts.

This sounds... fishy to me.

.. They seemed pretty big, surprisingly.

But France's gold fish- holy crap now that's big. Huge actually.
Wonder what would happen if their species just kept getting bigger .. hmm.

Would that be good, or bad?
Probably bad, because I am unsure if they change their eating habits if enlarged.

DrunkenMonkey:
That avatar man... XD

OT: I wonder if they have a survival rate that's more than a day, unlike their tiny counterparts.

Not if cats have a chance to eat them >:D

Caramel Frappe:
This guy

actually fixed up my avatar, made it fix the escapist he did.

Phoenix8541:
"I like Gold" !!!

lol nice

ot: well i better go buy some food the goldfish swarm is starting to take hold, soon goldfish trying to fit in frats will have to swallow a human to get in, dont say i didnt warn you guys

Those fools!

The real danger is when that bastard turn into a Red Gyarados!

remember that goldfish you flushed as a child you thought was dead? he wasnt, hes pissed and hes started his own genetic engeneering aquatic super soldier program

but aren't gold fish supposed to be genetically enginerd (fancy word for mating control) koi fish (which are already large) to be small, by making dwarven ones mate with other dwarf fish so they get smaler and smaler... Im comfuseld

we must eradicate the gold fish in lake tahoe before they turn emerald bay into poo colored bay

Daawwww, look at the cute fish.

MAN THE HARPOONS!

WendelI:
but aren't gold fish supposed to be genetically enginerd (fancy word for mating control) koi fish (which are already large) to be small, by making dwarven ones mate with other dwarf fish so they get smaler and smaler... Im comfuseld

They're not dwarf carp. It's either nitrates, as said above, or the lack of space that stunts their growth, but goldfish, when given enough room, food and safety, they will just keep on growing. It's their environment, not their breeding.

Jaeger_CDN:
about the only things that'll pick one of those up (of the size shown in the article) are bald or golden eagles. Heron's, falcon, osprey's, etc wouldn't even have a chance with one of them

clearly we need to introduce aligators into the eco-sytem.

wait, probably too cold for aligators...

Aha! Sharks!

CriticalMiss:
How much longer until our waterways are full of Mirelurks? I wouldn't mind having a monster goldfish though, maybe someone could set up a shop catching them from the lake and selling them or cooking them. I bet there is some good eating on a jumbo goldfish.

Captcha: "what's that" well Captcha, it's a monster from the Fallout series that lives in water.

It's funny, I was thinking of that old movie, Humanoids from the Deep, featuring fish that have been artificially-induced to grow larger for better catches...and then evolve into walking predators.

Azuaron:

These aren't "giant" goldfish so much as "adult" goldfish. People think goldfish are just tiny fish, but really adults are similar in size to bass and trout, and everything you see at the pet store is just a baby.

Oh, don't be Koi with us. If it's news, then it means the fish are growing to a size not normal for even a big goldie.

Atary77:
1. Is there a chance of this species of gold fish becoming too large of a population?
2. How would they taste if cooked properly?

{1} Sounds like it.

{2} Carp and the like are referred to as 'junk fish'. You can eat them and some people do, but they're boney and not as good as salmon, trout, tuna, cod, RED SNAPPER, fluke, shark, and other assorted tasty fish.

Phoenix8541:
"I like Gold" !!!

Midas touch. He touched too much.

Shiny.

TheRightToArmBears:
This sounds... fishy to me.

YEEEEEEEEEEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!

Caramel Frappe:
.. They seemed pretty big, surprisingly.

But France's gold fish- holy crap now that's big. Huge actually.
Wonder what would happen if their species just kept getting bigger .. hmm.

Probably a re-enactment of that one fight from Resident Evil 4.

socialmenace42:

clearly we need to introduce aligators into the eco-sytem.

wait, probably too cold for aligators...

Aha! Sharks!

The real solution:

Seaking, I choose you!

When it grows a third eye, then I will be impressed.

TheSYLOH:
If some frat house in California/Nevada tells you to swallow a gold fish, for the love of god SAY NO

some people like a challenge.

PureIrony:
We better catch those things before they hit level 20. The last thing our ecosystem needs are friggin' sea dragons.

well seeing as their main worry about the goldfish has to do with tourist I think it would be solved when they have a pokemon in their lake. Hell maybe their ends up being a shiny and you'll here stories of all those fishermen trying to catch it. Though imagine it hitting level 20 just after you catch one on your fishing rod.

I had no idea goldfish were so gross. as for the size, i always heard that fish will grow according to the size of their environment, so it's no surprise they got so big.

loa:
Seaking, I choose you!

SEAKING?! YOU SONOFABITCH! THAT IS CLEARLY A MAGICKARP THAT WILL TURN INTO GYRADOS IF YOU BRING HIM INTO BATTLE TO SPLASH THEN SWITCH BACK.

okay, i 'm calm now... almost had an episode there... seaking... if i wasnt on the crappy xbox browser i would post a farnsworth link. "i don't want to live on this planet anymore."

Forget about zombie apocalypses...
Forget about robot uprisings...
Forget about alien invasions...

For ages they've been locked up in small fishbowls...
But now they're free...
And they want revenge...
The Goldfish Apocalypse is coming soon...
In a theatre near you...

Do why is it now that we are getting huge Goldfish? I mean what is the cause of the sudden growth size?

 

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