Can you flush a goldfish down the toilet?

FAIRPORT HARBOUR, Ohio (WJW) – The Ohio Wildlife Division reminds pet fish owners not to release their aquarium fish into state waters as they may harm native fish species.

Technicians found what appears to be a foot-long goldfish during a fish survey this month on lake erie in Fairport Harbor, Ohio, the division posted on its Facebook page on Monday.

According to The Ohio State University.

Goldfish are a non-native, invasive species of fish – meaning they’re not meant to be here and can take food from other native fish, the university College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences reported in 2017.

They actually come from Asia.

“These invasive goldfish can grow to massive sizes by taking food resources from native fish species, the college reported. “They have also been found to eat the eggs of other native fish species, further harming their future populations. Goldfish also occupy habitats that native fish use for breeding as well as for nesting. harbor and are even capable of interbreeding with common carp to produce larger hybrid species that are equally detrimental to native populations.

Improper disposal of dead goldfish can also introduce parasites and other diseases to native fish, according to the college.

We have heard these warnings before. Last summer, Minnesota officials reported finding more giant goldfish in waterways, urging citizens to stop illegally dumping their unwanted fish into ponds and lakes.

Goldfish can grow to the size of a football and are able to survive in frozen lakes and those with very poor water quality as they can live without oxygen for long periods of time.

Ohio State University, citing NPR fish biologist Ben Swigle, recommends freezing dead goldfish overnight before disposing of them in the trash. For live fish, you might consider bringing them back to the pet store or giving them a new home (in an aquarium, that is).

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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