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There Are Goldfish in My Boat!

The hardy goldfish can survive and breed just about anywhere — even in a pond made out of a broken canoe.

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Usually, we are the ones in a boat. However, due to an unfortunate moving event and my wife’s seemingly odd idea, we have a canoe full of goldfish in our backyard.

Because of my thoughtlessness, a good old 17-foot fiberglass canoe was split almost in half during its move to our new home. Other than using it as a planter, my thought was to cut it into small pieces for the garbage. My wife Susan had other ideas. In early spring of 2006, she turned it into a backyard pond. I was skeptical. I doubted that her sealing would hold, but it did. She added some rock, pond plants, including water lilies, and then five 29-cent goldfish. They were only about an inch long. It was becoming an interesting experiment.

Want to read the full story? Pick up the September 2010 issue of Aquarium Fish International today.

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