Animal Stories - Shubunkin Goldfish

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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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heather - 2012-02-18
I have 2, 1 1/2 inch shubunkins, about 1 year old. Their tank gets very stinky within 2 days of cleaning it and I make sure it is clean. Partial water changes do no good. Could the filter be too small for the tank. I bought it at the pet store, says great for 2 fish. I need help for Birdman and Lil Wayne !!!Thanks for your time :)

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-02-19
    Because the filter says 2 fish - it doesn't mean it will work for your two. Shubunkins have a lot of excrement and will dirty the water faster. They are goldfish and they have no stomach so what they eat comes out after the use the mainerals to maintain themselves. Two fish - maybe two guppies or two tetras but goldfish including your shubunkins are different.
  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-02-19
    You may also want to look at getting ammonia bags for filter.
  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-03-17
    They have drops you can get if it is an algae bloom. If that isn't it, try a bigger filter. Maybe over feeding?
  • bob - 2012-03-17
    My shubunkins are realy small and have been that wat for months now , I also have a medium comit at about 6cm. I recently lost some fish after an infection after I purchased a fish from a pet shop.The fish I have now suddenly seem weeker but I treated the water with medicine so they didnt get the disease and did a 70% water change.They are swimming slower , going to the top a lot (but the water is well oxigenated) and sometimes lying under the fillter ( which is working well).They aren't\t folding there dorsal fins and don't appear to have any other symptoms. I'm baffled as to what is wrong. Does anyone know what the problem could be and how to treat it.
  • Anonymous - 2012-03-17
    That happened to me , it is probably a algi problem in the water.Icoverd my tank for 2 days and let in no light then did a 20% water change and it cleared right up.
joelle wingell - 2012-01-18
my shebunkin fish keeps sieving from the top (like gasping for air) alot????
what is wrong, i don't know what to do, please help. thankyou.

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  • Anonymous - 2012-01-19
    It sounds like there is not enough oxygen. They will go to the top and gasp for air when there is not enough oxygen. Increase aeration, either surface movement with a powerhead or more bubbles with an air pump. A partial water change might help as well.
Blob - 2012-06-11
My shubunkin fish has like a see-trough blob on his tail and his tail is kind of crooked although Im not sure whether this is because it has this boble on his tail. Otherwise seems fine. Been on holiday so might be stress. Please does anyone know what's the matter?

armando avalos - 2012-04-22
I have a shubuckin. It shares a tank with 3 koi. The last few days my fish has just been at the bottom of the tank not moving. He will move around to eat but after he goes back to the bottom. He usually is a very active fish. Can anyone help me? I'm worried

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-04-23
    Try adding some peas to it's diet may be constipated.
  • analiza - 2012-04-25
    My pet shibukin stays at the bottom too, after I have cleaned his aquarium. Yesterday he was fed a lot that he had lots of 'popo' in his aquarium. The water become yellowish. I'm worried that I forgot for about 2 weeks to clean his aquarium which may be add to his inactive routine.The rooms temperature too, risen up to 36 degree. Please help me about this.
J Stewart - 2011-08-18
Our 4 year old shubunkin goldfish is very swollen in the sides. We thought it might be pregnant, but it has been like this for a long time -several months. It seems active enough and is eating well, but we are concerned about it. It shares a large pond with a koi carp and other goldfish. Our other shubunkin was killed by a heron last winter. The pond is now covered by a net.

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  • debra - 2012-01-09
    Sounds as though it is constipated or had a bacterial infection. Try to obtain antibiotics you can inject. Caution; I brought one fish to the vet but the stress of the visit killed him so I don't recommend that. It is also advised that you isolate him into a 10 gallon "hospital tank. Prepare the water and let sit for one day if possible before you transfer him. Feed him defrosted frozen peas. Any or all of these measures may save him. Good luck I get attached to mind and have had them over ten years but lost 2 in past two years to similar problems because I didn't know what to do. They are also social so try to get him a shubunkin friend. I noticed my surviving patches became despondent until I repaced his friends with two new shubunkins.
Jason Hamblett - 2011-02-14
Hi I have got four shubunkins and a fancy I have bought today. I know this may seem a bit daft but can fancys and shubunkins mate or do they need to be the same sort of fish? Can someone get back to me?

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  • Elizabeth - 2011-03-19
    Yes! Mine did, I have 5 lovely babies that survived to adulthood.
  • Martha - 2011-11-26
    All goldfish are the same species, they are just different breeds. Like dog breeds :) So yes, they can breed!
Jose - 2012-03-05
I was wondering if its bad having 4 shubukins in a 5 gallon tank? Also if I wanted to add a snail what type does it need to be?

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-03-05
    Once you upgrade to a bigger tank and the tank becomes established and can provide the snails with the needed food supply go ahead and add a couple snails. There are a ton of snails to pick from they would fit well. First step get a bigger tank up and running. You will find it makes tank maintenance much easier too.
  • Charlie Roche - 2012-03-05
    Shubukins will grow to 4 inches as adults and even 6 inches if the tank is not over crowded. You need a gallon of usable water for each inch your fish is going to be as an adult. Four Shubunkins at peak size (6 inches apiece) would be 24 gallons plus you have to add gallons for decorations, plants and gravel. So for an optimum enviornment you need a 30 gallon tank for your 4 Shubunkins. A 20 gallon would work until they are larger. 5 gallon, that is too small and could stunt your fish.
  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-03-05
    Way to small of a tank. These fish produce a lot of waste and the system will never keep up with them. 5 gallons will work for 1 maybe 2 for a very short time.
  • Jose - 2012-03-05
    Ok so upgrade the asap. Another question sorry for the bother, but do you people think I can add a trapdoor snail with them?
Terry Fox - 2011-12-14
I've had shubunkins for several months and just recently I have noticed a piece of its tail fin broke off, not sure what happened but it doesn't look like fin rot. Could you posibly give me answer about it?

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  • David Le - 2012-02-10
    Just give them any type of fruit with a lot of vitamin C and watch them slowly grow it back
sumana - 2011-03-20
I have two beautiful black calico gold fish but today I noticed there's some fungus attack on one of them so I make them a different room, though its a small aquarium and I poured there a fungus capsule and the water's slightly worm as my aquarium's small so I don't arrange a heater, now my question's please suggest any possible way out so I can help my fishes and they recover soon from fungus, I'm eagerly waiting for your quick reply......

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  • mr. fish - 2011-12-21
    i think you should put some methyline blue to lessen the fungal activity in your tank. I'm not pretty sure about this..but try it out:)
Andre - 2011-08-19
I recently moved to a home with a large pond and I decided to add some live fish. In early June I decided to add five shubunkin gold fish that I bought in a local pet store. The pond is 1000 gallons and very simple with one biological filter and two types of aquatic plants. I had really no idea what I was doing.
Well to my surprise, the fish have reproduced and more then once! Less then three months later, I have twenty, yes twenty! Fish that are the same size as my original fish! The original fish are now over 4 inches long. The babies are all sort of colors but the most interesting are pure black (or very dark blue, it's hard to tell) I have four of those. I also of a third generation of Minos.
Is this normal? I live in Quebec Canada.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-08-19
    I don't know if it is normal but they sure must love it there and I am jealous.
  • jill - 2011-10-12
    Andre, You have no idea! Three years ago I bought 7 shubunkin for my 50x70x39; pond in I have hundreds in blue, white, orange and multies. However, the heron, kingfisher, racoon, turtles and snakes think that I am running a sushi bar! Best of luck!