International Goldfish Championship in China
The first international goldfish championship started on September 14. Over 3,000 ornamental fish have been entered in championships to fight for prizes in 12 categories.
Whilst some goldfish can enjoy the quiet life of a glass bowl, others are bred for competition.
Some of the more prominent contenders include a 14.2in long Black lion-head goldfish hoping to swim away with the crown in the longest goldfish category.
Meanwhile a 3.3lbs streaky sulfur goldfish, presented by Wang Zhangliang from Zhangzhou, China, competes in the heaviest goldfish contest.
Goldfish fans from all over China came to watch the prized specimen show off their swimming skills in rows upon rows of white bowls.
The judges have begun their assessments, walking from bowl to bowl, measuring and weighing each goldfish before crowning the winners.
Preparation for goldfish competitions is not a game. Goldfish breeders looking for a top placement have to look after everything from the fish’s diet to water quality, temperature and PH level to make sure the champions are in perfect condition as they go before the judges.
The competition is held in Fuzhou, capital of southeast China's Fujian province.
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