Gold-Fish, or Cyprinus au-ratus, L. is a native of the East Indies, whence it was introduced into England, about the latter end of the 17 th century.

These fish are very tender, even in their native climates; but they are now become so naturalized, that they even breed in this coun-try. They are chiefly kept in glass vessels for ornament; but it has lately been ascertained, that they thrive and propagate in ponds or other reservoirs ; where they grow much larger and come to greater perfection than in the East: hence it is proposed to rear them in preference to carp, on account of their possessing a liner flavour, and being much better calculated for the table than the common carp.