How often do Goldfish lay eggs?


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I am not sure how often one fish will spawn, but I know I have seen spawning type movement in my pond through the month of August, sometimes September.
I just watched them inhale a bunch of eggs about a week ago. They went crazy.
 

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I have never seen any eggs but I do see them chasing starting in the Spring and all through Summer. Once in awhile now I see a baby but not this year yet.
 
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That is the question.
I'm sure you know this but goldfish don't actually lay eggs. The eggs get pushed out by the male by squeezing the female against a hard surface and then fertilizes them. If you see a lot of different looking bubbles in your pond close together most likely it's from spawning and a sure sign your fish are still producing eggs. I just saw some the other day. There are a lot of things that promote breeding like temperature change and changes in the water chemistry. For some reason I never see any fry and then late August and September I see all these 1-1.5 inch babies. Now they are brave enough to swim with the other fish!
 

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Mine are still chasing, I watched a bunch of pushing and bumping yesterday. Then the fish go crazy inhaling the eggs.
 
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More often than one might wish! They are prolific breeders and the mood strikes them whenever. Like @CometKeith said - water changes, temperature changes, lots of rain... just about any change can spur them to spawn.
 
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I've read that spawning is typically once a month during spring and summer.
 
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