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There are many historical facts about goldfish in this passage. Goldfish evolved from 'dull-brown domestic carp' when the Chinese brought them into the house over a thousand years ago.

They had a common household pet in China by the fourteenth century. In the early eighteenth century, the fish were brought from Asia to Europe. By the middle of that century, the goldfish had been accepted as a domestic pet and breeders began to develop many varieties.