Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Sleeping Goldfish

As we move deeper into Autumn our residents are making their own preparations for the arrival of winter. We'll follow up with a blog post on the difference between sleeping and hibernation in the coming weeks but thought we'd leave you with an interesting bit of trivia.

The Sleeping Goldfish

Did you know you've probably owned a hibernating animal at one point in your life? The Domesticated goldfish that live in outdoor ponds hibernate to get through the winter.

They float at the bottom of the pond below the winter ice in a state of reduced metabolic activity. The greatest danger to the goldfish is the accumulation of ammonia in the water from their own waste and decaying plant matter.