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Common Carp
Public DomainCommon Carp - Credit: National Image Library

The common carp is a fish native to Asia that was domesticated in Europe as food fish by monks between the 13th and 16th centuries. Common carps are schooling fish that thrive in groups of five or more, in large bodies of slow or standing water and soft, vegetative sediments. Common carp feed on water and also scavenge for insects, crustaceans and worms. A typical adult fish can lay 300,000 eggs in a single spawning.