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What is the biggest goldfish on record?

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According to the BBC, a goldfish from the Netherlands approaching 20 inches in length is the largest on record. "Goldie," a goldfish living in the U.K., is believed to be the second largest in the world at 15 inches in length and more than 2 pounds in weight.

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Goldfish are freshwater fish and members of the carp family. In ancient China, carp were selectively bred for vibrant colors, and the domesticated goldfish is the result of this process. Among different breeds, goldfish can vary tremendously in size, shape, fin arrangement and color. Common colors of the goldfish include orange, white, black, red and brown. In early 17th century southern Europe, goldfish came to symbolize good fortune and prosperity.

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