1 million goldfish dive into Tempe Town Lake near Phoenix

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TEMPE, Ariz.  — More than 1 million goldfish now have a giant fishbowl to call home in a Phoenix suburb.

Tempe officials dumped roughly 1.2 million goldfish and minnows into Tempe Town Lake on Friday.

They say the fish will serve as a natural insect control for midge flies’ larvae, which are at the bottom.

KPNX-TV in Phoenix reports that the fish were transported from Arkansas by truck.

The man-made lake already has a variety of fish including bass and carp. The goldfish are expected to be a food source for the larger fish.

The lake was drained in March to replace a dam its west end. The lake is expected to reopen in May.

Officials say the new dam will be more cost-effective, dependable and last for at least 50 years.