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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Leo - 2013-03-19
At what length do the larger shubunkin stop growing in my 80-gallon tank? In order to get an accurate answer I’m assuming a history is needed. I’m presently housing 12 small corydoras at 1'and 2', two large shubunkins at 7' which are about two years old, two others at 3 ½' and one comet at 4' in a well maintained tank. The fish is measured including the tails. I’ve just removed eight rosy barbs due to tail nipping issues and I also removed six remaining rosy red minnows. The larger fish were devouring on minnows. However, I’m presently housing a total of 43 fish inches in my 80-gallon tank. I hope there’s enough history to get an answer. By the way, I tend to believe this site is the most informative website for my needs that I’ve come across and I appreciate all those involved with questions and answers, thank you to all.

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2013-03-19
    You will probably see 12 or so but they are known to grow larger.  These fish with the others could eventually out grow the 80 Gallon tank.
  • Leo - 2013-03-19
    Thank you for your prompt answer, it's well appreciated. I’m presently operating a combination filter system pushing 960 gallons per hour and doing large water changes averaging 14 to 20 days apart. I’m on the lookout for a 120-gallon tank for the near future for the big guys so they’ll have more surface area. Again, thanks.
chris - 2009-11-25
I have read of another type of shubunkin goldfish, named the american shubunkin. Couldn't tell you what the difference is from other shubunkins, but I do know they were bred around the same time as the London shubunkins (1920's).

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  • Leo - 2013-03-14
    I'm not sure if this answer would be what you're looking for but I'll give it a shot. Many hours of research, I came across a few sites showing the different types of shubunkins. Most sites relate to the Bristol, London and the American. A few others did specified on the Fantail shub., Blue shub., including the shubunkin calico Comet and the final and most interesting was the cross breed that looks like a Fantail and/or an American. I love all the shubunkins. I have three Fantails and one London and I had a Sarasa Comet that resently died. I only dream to have a Bristol which is not available in my area. Leo
Hesh - 2013-02-25
What's all those prices on shubunkins, i just bought 5 at wall mart, @ $1. 88 ea. And they are fine in a 25 gal. Tank. Here in n. E. Pa.

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  • David Brough - 2013-02-25
    The prices are current prices for stores that sell online, except PetsMart, which is included for reader information. Prices vary widely depending mostly on the size of the fish. Its good to know you got a great deal from Walmart! No?
Roland Tan Sabañico - 2013-01-05
Is it okay to put 9 shubunkin and 4 danio in a 30 gal tank??

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2013-01-05
    Tank is way to small. Shubunkins will get large.  Also not a good mix with danios.
  • Roland Tan Sabañico - 2013-01-12
    Ok. What will happen if I mix Shubunkin with Danio? Actually I have 2 aquariums, the other one is full of guppies. Sorry for the late reply :)
  • Jeremy Roche - 2013-01-12
    The Shubunkin will more then likely start attacking the danios.  They also produce a large amount of ammonia make the condition hard for the danios to handle.  Goldfish are best to keep with goldfish.
  • Roland Tan Sabañico - 2013-01-12
    ok. Thanks :)
melissa sartin - 2012-12-23
I just purchased 2 calico goldfish to put in my 50 gal tank. I have 2 black moores in there also,but they keep picking on the calicos, easpecially the littler one. They chase it by its tail. Is there a reason or are they playing?

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2012-12-24
    Keep an eye on them and see if it gets worse or if their fins start looking torn up. You may want to put some floating plants and some ground decorations to help give them places to hide. If it gets worse you may want to separate the fish.
Tom Benson - 2012-11-12
I purchased two shubunkin a few weeks ago and put them in a 5gallon tank. It was my fist fish so one died and the other still lives. Now I have a 10 gallon tank and im ready to put him in but I wanna know can I add another shubukin and possibly a snail. Dont want to spend any more money on fish tanks

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-11-12
    You can keep two in one tank.  Just make sure you are using a efficient filter.
Rosanne - 2012-08-18
Originally I bought two Koi, then two Shubunkin and someone gave me a goldfish. I bought another Koi. I now have over fifty fish and built a bigger pond. The young ones are not Koi so I suspect the goldfish and Shubunkins. The Shubunkin are 2 years old and about 12 inches long. The Koi are 4 yrs old and about 19 inches. The new pond is almost 6ft deep and we are planning on wintering them in the pond.We are in upper Michigan so I am a bit worried. Anyone have any advice/tips on winter care?

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  • Rita - 2012-10-24
    No I definitely would not put a drain in a fish pond. My Dad used to have koi and he would pump the water out when a water chgane was needed. Then again he had a pretty elaborate filtration setup with a waterfall going into the pond for aeration so he didn't need to make too many chganes. The water was always very clean and the biological setup near perfect.If you don't want to buy a pump, the old fashioned way of sucking on the end of a hose to draw the water up will work just fine!
Anonymous - 2012-10-17
Hello, I recently just upgraded to a bigger tank I think it's about 32 or 36 gallon from a 10 gallon tank because my fish were getting big. I only had 2 shubinkkns in it but now I added one more and a black other gold fish fish. (Can't remember what it is called) but ever since about a week ago they don't look like they used to. It appears one of the fish is beating up on the small black one for it is pretty much dead. But I feed them every morning and every night but I don't think they are eating. Not sure what to do??

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-10-18
    Test the water in your tank.  How long was it cycled before introducing your fish?
John Wetsoe - 2012-08-07
I recently purchased 4 new shubunkin fish, three of them are doing very well however one of them has developed what appears to be only described as a very fussy furry stomach, it seems to be a little larger round the stomach than the rest and spends the majority of its time isolated from the rest. It is always at the top of the pond as if its starved of oxygen and always eating, Does anybody have any idea of what could be wrong??

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-08-07
    Sounds like it might be a fungal infection and it is treatable.  Go to the Animal World Article Fish Diseases and symptoms and scroll down to you get to symptoms.  Description of a fungal infection sounds like what your fella has and the recommended treatment is listed.  Good luck.
  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-08-07
    Is the stomach literally furry?  Sounds like it could be constipated if it isn't actually furry.  Is it swiming funny?  If thats the case feed it a couple peas.
sean - 2012-09-18
My shubunkin is fat. Is it fat because it is pregnant or just overfed.

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-09-19
    These fish tend to get over weight and will normally keep eating beyond what they need.  Small multiple feedings work best.  These fish will act like dogs and beg, not give in!