Breeding Pond Goldfish
The more rounded female full of eggs attempt to flee the perusing males and are drawn to the vegetation of the aquatic plants. The vegetation of the aquatic plants is where the females will lay their eggs when they are ready. As a female drop her eggs (500-4000), several males will follow closely behind and attempt to fertilize the eggs. The eggs immediately fall onto the leaves of the aquatic plants where the fertilized eggs begin to develop embryos. The unfertilized eggs turn white and die within a few hours.
Surviving fry that are able to find food and grow into small fish are often brown or bronze in color. If the pond contains several goldfish species, many of these small fish are likely to be cross breeds. It is also possible for a goldfish to cross breed with koi and ghost carp with the same disappointing results.
Photo: Alice Chaos