Apparently, goldfish owners who tire of having a finny family pet sometimes launch them into public bodies of water. That’s not a great concept. The city of Burnsville, Minnesota, described Friday why family pet owners should not simply dispose their fish into the nearby lake.
Alongside 3 images of massive, football-size goldfish, the city composed, “Please don’t release your pet goldfish into ponds and lakes! They grow bigger than you think and contribute to poor water quality by mucking up the bottom sediments and uprooting plants. Groups of these large goldfish were recently found in Keller Lake.”
According to the Washington Post, Burnsville homeowners just recently started grumbling about “a possible infestation” in the lake, and the city and surrounding Apple Valley sent out a water-pest business, Carp Solutions, to inspect it out.
Twitter users reacted, with a single person sharing an image of a similarly big goldfish they likewise discovered in Keller Lake.
“That’s where I found this one a couple years ago,” Josh Holt composed, sharing an image of a dead goldfish the size of an athletic shoe.
Some individuals compared the giant goldfish to the fishlike Pokemon animal Magikarp.
“A few goldfish might seem to some like a harmless addition to the local water body, but they’re not,” the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources stated back in January. “Goldfish are in the minnow family and can work their way through city stormwater ponds and into lakes and streams downstream with big impacts, by rapidly reproducing, surviving harsh winters, and feeding in and stirring up the bottom like their close relatives, the common carp.”
And a short-term choice to re-home a family pet fish can impact a lake or other body of water for a long period of time to come.
“Illegal stocking can upset the delicate balance of existing fish communities, spread fish disease, and bring other unintended consequences that can linger for years,” the DNR post states.
There are other alternatives for undesirable fish. The United States Fish and Wildlife Service recommends finding another person who desires your fish, perhaps by contributing it to a family pet shop or school, or asking in an online forum of fish owners.