The goldfish - now a staple in most pet stores - was once a much valued item. In fact, in southern Europe in the early 1600's, a married man would give his wife a goldfish on their first anniversary to symbolize years of prosperity to come. Sadly, the tradition lasted about as long as
most domestic goldfish's lives. Partly because goldfish became much more common, and partly because many wives prefer a different type of gold for an anniversary gift. "