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When the state or county fairs started a long time ago, and they still have them today, they used to put goldfish in very small bowls and for a price you would get so many ping pong balls and the object was to throw a ping pong ball and land it inside of the bowl, and if it did land in a colored water bowl you won the fish that was in that bowl thus earning the name goldfish bowl, some also say here in the United States goldfish were kept for petsbefore tropical fish and at the time it was the only way you could enjoy a gold fish, but you are right the smaller the bowl the less likely your gold fish will live. Goldfish like to have a current in their tank and need cold water; a bowl is no place for a gold fish.

The above history of the goldfish bowl is correct. This was so in the UK and Australia too. Now the continuing sale and use of them can be put down to pet shops making money without conscience and total ignorance on behalf of the buyer or for any consideration for the well being fish.

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