Animal Stories - Shubunkin Goldfish


Animal-World Information about: Shubunkin Goldfish

The Shubunkin Goldfish have a wild calico patterning set on a blue background... a color which is quite rare in goldfish!
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Sharon Jones - 2014-01-31
Hi I have a shubunkin colored blue background with different colour marks on it. It's about 6/7 inches...I would like to know what other fish can I put with it? It's in an about 90 litre tank with a phelc... I've tried another fish like a fantail, had to take it back to the shop because mine kept chasing it all the time...also had another white one nearly as big, the girl said it was the same as mine but again mine was chaseing it all the time...I would love another one or 2 but don't know what to do...please can you help me out...thank you so much...sharon...united kingdom...

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-01-31
    A couple of ideas... add 3 or more to cause distraction. Also, you can rearrange the tank when you add new fish, so that your Shubunkin has to get use to a 'new' home and so is not so bent on chasing new arrivals.
  • Sharon Jones - 2014-02-01
    HI clarice thankyou for your reply ...do you mean for me to put another shubunkin with mine or a different fish ?...they sell shubunkins in my pet shop but they are much smaller than mine...there is no where i no that has bigger ones,,,i see some ppl on here have certain fish with theres so i dont no what to do shall i try different fish which i have but i dont think it was happy with them lol xxx He/she eats well and seems happy its just me thinking another one would be nice
  • Clarice Brough - 2014-02-01
    These are very social fish, and do like company. But your Shubunkin is going to be around 4' when it grows up, and with your tank size that's really all the goldfish types it will be able to handle. (Goldfish put a heavy bioload on the tank.) Still its quite small right now, so perhaps you could try a few other relatively peaceful fish like mollies or guppies. (I say 'relatively peaceful' because you never know when you're going to get a jerk that doesn't follow the general behaviors for their species!)
  • Sharon Jones - 2014-02-02
    hi clarice thankyou for your reply ...my shubunkin is already about 7/8 inches could i still put the fish you said in with him/her and theyl be fine ...regards sharon
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Fiona - 2013-10-05
Hi, I've had my tank for almost 2 years, I have a comet, shubunkin, a pearlscale, 2 orandas a lionhead and white and red goldfish, they are all healthy, happy, playful, greedy fishes. Over the past couple of days I have noticed a yellow kind of mucus on the shubunkin, it's not on any other fish and doesn't seem to bother him at all, no flicking or rubbing it doesn't appear to fit the symtoms of anything I've re about, any one have any ideas what this could be, appreciate any help?

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Charlotte - 2013-08-30
I have an outdoor pond and I put 3 Shubunkins in it. One morning, all but 1 were gone. Most of the plants were in the filter for some reason so I thought the fish were in there as well but could never find them. Does anyone know what might have happened? Also, I constantly have to get them out of the filter. How can I keep them from swimmiing into the filter? The net catches them so they don't get hurt but I would like to keep them out of there.

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2013-08-31
    It is possible they died and are hidden on the bottom of the pond? Have you scooped around the bottom to check? Or, they could just be hiding really well in the plants?
  • Tammy - 2013-09-04
    Sounds like a raccoon may have paid a visit to your pond.
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Mary Lou - 2013-07-06
I have to put my shubunkins out of my pond and into a aquarium. How do I put then safely into my aquarium? I want to make sure they will live I have no choice I am moving so I need to put them in a aquarium but I don't know the best way to adjust them to the different water.

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2013-07-09
    The main thing you should be concerned about when transferring them is water temperature. Try to make sure the temperature of the aquarium water is very close to the same as the pond water. Do you have other fish in your aquarium? If not, you may want to just put the pond water into the aquarium so that you can be sure your fish won't feel shocked in new water. To transfer them use a large net if you have one.
  • Mary Lou - 2013-07-19
    Thanks my Shubunkins have been in my 120 gallon aquarium for 5 days and they are doing great. One of them is doing really good but has trouble getting to the top for food. She was fine in the pond, could she be pregnant or trying to adapt to the aquarium?
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Anonymous - 2005-02-12
yeah! this website helped me with my science project, plus now i get goldfish!

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Lizzie Buxton - 2007-04-24
Hello from England. I have had my beautiful London shubunkin - 'Dotty' for the last four years. He happily lives with a gorgeous Wakin, two other comet goldfish and an albino xenopus toad. Fantastic website, keep up the good work.

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Jason Hamblett - 2011-01-10
Hi can anyone help me? I bought four shubunkins 2 weeks ago and they are in a four foot tank. Recently 1 died, I don't know why so I have treated the water for any diseases. The 1 out of the three is always on its own and doesn't interact with the other two. Please some 1 help me.

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  • bob - 2013-04-01
    I have three danios and at first one would not interact at all but after a few feedings together he started to interact so don't worry
  • angie - 2013-04-04
    Hi I have 2 shubunkins they require at least a 20 to 29 gallon tank because they get very big. I have had mine about 4 months and they are now 8 inches long, started with 4 and 2 died. They need an extra air stone for extra oxygen and they put off a lot of ammonia in the water so I put ammonia tablet mixed with chlorine free water once a week. They cannot be in a small fish tank need a larger one. They like to dart back and forth in the tank and some can get as big as 12 inches. Hope this helps.
  • Terry - 2013-05-06
    I have 2 beautiful Shubunkins. They are now about 8 months old and about 5' long they are in with 3 Gold Gouramis and 6 Austrailian Rainbows,an 8' Plecostomus and a Pictus Cat. All in a 38 gal. tank. They all get along great.
  • Jeremy Roche - 2013-05-06
    Check all your water levels.  Sometimes it is a simple adjustment.  Goldfish make a lot of amonia.
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Leo - 2013-03-25
Hi, it’s me again, back to the shubunkin scenario of appearing to be sleeping lots lately. On my last discussion I fail to mention about the minnows. I had about a 15 white clouds and 12 rosy red minnows for a while and removed the remaining 6 two weeks later because the shubunkin was eating them. A few days later the two oldest shubunkins seem to be sleeping a lot lately and they’re not eating all their food. Occasionally they would sleep with their heads in the back corner not moving. They appeared to be ill and I did several water changes to possibly help to the situation. One of the water changes was 80% but I made certain the water temperature was the same and kept the filters unchanged to maintain the bacterial. Sadly to say but my 7' shunbunkin died yesterday along with 1 comet and 3 cories. The remaining one 6' shubunkin, 2 at 3' and 4 cory cats were transferred to a 20-gallon quarantine tank and will be staying there until I know they get better. What can I put in the 20-gal. to help recover their illness? I’ll be cleaning the 80-gal. tank and all its components before reactivating. Is it possible one or two of the minnows were deceased when the 7 incher ate it? Is it possible one of the other fish were ill and infested others? Is it possible the cories became ill and infected others? Go ahead give heck, I can take it and if ya don’t have an answer that’s ok too.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-03-25
    Gosh Leo, sorry to hear about your larger Shubunkin. Other than 'sleeping' and a low appetite, your challenge is that you haven't identified disease or infection, so its hard to say what to treat for. Checking the water temperature, and parameters (ammonia, nitite, nitrate) are usually the first things to look at. And then a water change (with a water conditioner to remove chlorine and chloramine) is usually the first place to start. From your description, it doesn't sound like your water changes were a problem. Still there are a number of illnesses that can affect goldfish, I'm kind of wondering if maybe they a swim bladder disorder. Also, watch for any changes in their behavior/eating since you moved them into the quarantine tank, as that could indicate a problem with the main tank. I think you may have to do more indepth research on goldfish diseases...  fortunately there's lot of info available.
  • Leo - 2013-03-25
    I can’t thank you enough for a response. Yes, I suspected a swim bladder issue, constipation, Itch, stress or even a lodged piece of gravel. However, I’ll let you know what I find out later and how the others are doing in the quarantine tank.
  • Leo - 2013-03-30
    A follow up on the shubunkin appearing to be sleeping lots. I hope the following information will be useful to others. The result of the seven incher shubunkin that died is considered as an unknown factor. Two of the 3 ½' shunbunkin also followed the death of their tank mate and hopefully we’ll revive the others. The swim bladder disorder was a possibility and the suspicion of ichthyophthirius and/or lymphocystis being introduced by feeder comets and minnows is probably the cause. I just didn’t notice the spots on the beautiful all white comets early enough and I didn’t follow my own proceeder of quarantining the feeder fish. I was being unnecessarily cocky. A lesson well learnt to quarantine all fish prior to being introduced to the main tank. My twelve-year-old granddaughter with better eyes noticed the spots on their fins. The 20-gal. quarantined candidates are having a none raised temperature salt bath to hopefully remedy their long term issue, and it will. I’ve done this many years ago and was successful with explicit and careful instructions that are time consuming. The 6 incher that appeared to be sleeping lots the same as the 7 incher that died is now giving me the impression of getting better by being a little more active and the cories are also appearing to be doing well. I’ve stripped the 80-gal. tank and washed everything including filtration components with a bit of bleach to disinfect the unknown possibilities and of course thoroughly rinsed, washed again and rinsed, and rinsed again. Startup, decorated, water de-chlorinated and a biological cycle conducted that evening. All other feeder fish from five other tanks were transferred to the 80-gal. and we’re in the process of doing a raised temperature salt bath for 17 small comets, 6 commons and 36 rosy reds. All the other tanks will eventually be thoroughly cleaned and again, “a lesson well learnt” that created lost of unnecessary work by being foolish and/or cocky.
  • David Brough - 2013-03-30
    Thanks for all the information. The advice about quaranteen of feeder fish is very important to understand what may happen if you fail to do it. Great Advice!
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Leo - 2013-03-21
I recently did an 80% water change and the last few days I noticed the two oldest shubunkins seem to be sleeping a lot lately and they’re not eating all their food as usual. One occasionally sleeps vertical or I think he’s sleeping with his head downward for approx. three to five minutes at one time and not moving. The same one on occasion has sticked his head in the back corner not moving and appearing to be punished. I’ve never seen this type of behaviour. The other appears to be sleeping horizontal on the gravel underneath a stone bridge and one or two smaller shubunkins appear to be laying down beside him. It’s charming to observe but is there any cause for concern?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-03-22
    That was a pretty big water change. Goldfish can be sensitive to big changes in their environment, and it may be why they are laying down. Hopefully they will pull out of it.
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Leo - 2013-03-19
For about four months eight rosy barbs were housed with four shubunkins and recently three of the shubunkin’s tails were nipped by rosy barbs. I’ve removed the barbs to another tank temporally. When the shubunkins tails are grown back in should I return the barbs?

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2013-03-19
    The barbs will more then likely go back at it.  Barbs can be a challenge to house with others.
  • Leo - 2013-03-19
    Thank you for your answer. They’re not going back in, I activated another 20-gallon tank just for the Barbs and a few Rosy Reds and I’ll eventually add a few Cory cats.
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