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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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!
curranwolf - 2011-01-23
My friend and I are starting to keep fish because they are relaxing and we are just now entering high school O.O the horror. Anyways, I have two tanks, a twenty gallon and a one gallon, the one gallon has a male betta in it, while my twenty gallon has four comet goldfish and a shubunkin and a female betta (she oddly enough leaves them alone), anyways I love my fish and I know my tank is crowded, what size tank would work? My mom keeps buying me fish v.v. and my friend has a ten gallon with two female betta's and a shubunkin, what size tank for her? We keep our tanks well planted and clean (not too clean!) and with bubbles and stuff so try and include that.

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  • Ravenheart - 2011-05-10
    Shubunkins need 2 gallons per fish. Bettas are content with relatively little space, but try to have an area (ie a sculpture or something) that only they can get into, so they don't have to contest territory in the rest of the tank with the goldfish.

    Also about the goldfish- make sure you have plenty of filtration. Goldfish produce a lot of waste, which is not only smelly, but can put risky amounts of ammonia in the water.
megan - 2011-01-24
My four goldfish all have what looks like snot hanging off of their sides. The fins on top look slightly tattered. Can anyone tell me what this is?

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  • Chole - 2011-03-20
    It sounds like they may have finrot. This can be treated easily with treatments readily available in most pet stores.
RonRon - 2011-01-20
Need some many shubunkin/comet can I put in my 3ft x 1.5ft x 1.5ft tank..? Thanks...

Toni - 2010-10-27
we have a tank 30" x 15" x 12" with a small silver fish in though not sure what type he is,maybe a fancy but he doesnt look like any of the listed breeds of fancy exactly,a large black moor,a small shubunkin and a large shubunkin (we didnt know about tank size or the amount of fish you could have in a tank when we got the 2 shubunkins or wouldnt have got the large one) mostly the large shubunkin and large black moor appear to be friends and swim together and touch when swimming and sleep by each other but at some feeding times and occasional other times sometimes the large shubunkin bullies the large black moor chasing him and nudging him and biting at him althought the black moor is almost the shubunkins size and he is pretty fast.i wonder if its ok to leave them together and see if the large shubunkin settles down and behaves as we cant get a larger tank as its in a small flat and cant get a 2nd smaller tank as the large shubunkin is the biggest fish of them all and ive totally fallen in love with him and cant stop watching him and he comes over to me when i go near the tank so i wont part with him either so just looking for any advice on what to do in my situation with these restrictions or anything that can be done to help? the tank has plants and ornaments to swim through and hide behind and has a filter etc

David Plante - 2010-10-24
Hello, I have 3 Shubunkin Goldfish that live in my outdoor water feature. They share the pond with 3 frogs and all seem to get along very well. It is now getting cold and I have covered the pond with a wooden frame covered in mesh to prevent the abundance of leaves from filling the water. This seems to be working well. I have left some leaves in the bottom for nutrition and what not. I have an Eco filter running 24/7. My question is, at what point do I stop feeding the fish? I have read with Kai that you stop when water temperature dips below 50 degree Fahrenheit. Should the same apply to the Shubunkin? Also, should I get a air pump and stone for the bottom of the pond to keep air pumping as the pond begins to freeze? This is my first year in the winters of the east coast and I would like to see my fish and frogs survive. Please help me understand better.