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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fish lover - 2010-10-06
I have 3 shubunkins and 3 common goldies and I have had them for a month now but sometimes they're really scared of me and sometimes some of them kinda follow my finger but they're still really scared of me and I want to enjoy them but they hate me! I do not know what I do wrong I am really careful around them REALLY! What can I do, somebody please help me! We are getting a dog one day but until that day I have to have fish but my fish are not quite enjoyable right now! PLEASE HELP ME, FISHLOVERS OF THE WORLD CAUSE I LOVE MY FISH!

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InDireNeed - 2010-09-03
I have two shubunkins, one slightly smaller than the other in a 35 gal tank and they won't stop attacking each other. I don't want to get rid of either fish, but I can't afford another tank at the moment. They pick at each other's gills until they bleed, or they pick at the fleshy part beneath the fins. Help!

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  • claudia - 2010-10-03
    I do NOT like those horrible goldfish bowls but sadly that is the solution here ;( put the smaller one in there for a few days and when you get his new tank put him in there and get other buddies his size and as for the bigger one get him buddies too! p.s I have 3 shubunkins and 3 common goldfish.
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Iszach - 2010-08-31
Hi I plan to get a Shubunkin gold and a Calico Fantail gold and I wanted to know if they would be good tank mates or if not what could I do to get them to get along better or maybe I might need more of one kind of each type? Please help, I don't want to hurt them:)

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  • Jonny - 2010-09-13
    There's no way of knowing for sure but chances are they'll be fine together. Shubs are much faster than Fantails though and they eat whatever's offered so best make sure the Fantail is getting its share. One trick is to put both floating and sinking food in at the same time, the Shub can't get both!
  • jhon - 2010-09-27
    Maybe shubunkin will not fit to fantails cause they always fight like what happened to my neighbors fantails...and fantails will not get their shares during feeding cause shubunkin is faster than fantails...
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Jordan - 2010-02-16
I have a Black shubunkin her name is Luna and is mixed with my brothers comet fish named James who keeps on following her everywhere and I think my bros fish likes mine what do you suggest?

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  • Emilee - 2010-03-20
    If you are thinking about breeding them, it wont hurt them, but if you dont want baby fish its ok, your fish will eat the eggs, its natural though!
  • linda - 2010-06-27
    I have a calico white shubunkin and till recently, I had an orange comet gold fish. We discovered babies a couple months ago. One is orange the other is shubunkin colors. We also discovered three darker gray ones. We can't figure out why they are gray.
  • Jonny - 2010-09-13
    It's possible you have a breeding pair but might just be natural fish behaviour. Is the smaller, slimmer fish rubbing up against the bigger ones belly? Male fish will do this to stimulate females into laying eggs (this if often mis-interpreted as aggressive behaviour). Otherwise they might have just established a pecking order. Fish are naturally social and its possible your brother's fish has accepted yours as top fish and lurks behind to avoid challenging it for space or food, not to mention it's good protection as any predator would pick off the first in line rather than the second.
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Stephan - 2010-04-20
Hi I have a shubunkin and he was all calico but now he has lost his colour. Is this normal or should I be concerned?

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  • falcon - 2010-07-12
    I have a shubunkin that I've had for 8 years. He was white with a splash of red down his back like paint spilled on him. This spring he has lost all color! He looks healthy though.
  • Mike R. - 2010-08-07
    You might try feeding the little guy koi food. It has color enhancers in their food. Might help. My shubunkin will eat ANYTHING and everything.

    If you want to try koi food...I think places like Menards and PetCo have the smaller pellets. You'll have to get him the small to medium sized variety. I've seen pellets as big as cat food. I think he'll have a hard time swallowing that.
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Angela Johnson - 2008-10-22
I just got a one about 4 weeks ago- I named him Frank--I love him- he is so beautiful! He is about 5 inches long and lives in a 5 gallon tank with plastic plants and a filter .he normally is very active and swims all over the place all the time- for the past 3 days he has been almost lethargic..he just sits in the tank and he isnt eating as normal..I am so worried- this is my first fish and I dont want anything to happen to him- does anyone have any help? I change the water completely once every 2 weeks and empty/refil 1/2 tank 2-3 times a week- Am I doing something wrong? Help!

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  • Shelley - 2010-05-17
    A 5-gal. tank for a 5" fish is way too small! He needs a bigger tank, the ammonia levels in the one he's in is probably very high, which would make him sick. I've read that a 55-gal. tank is good for 3 goldfish, so 1 would need at least a 20-gal. long tank. Remember that they breathe at the surface of the water, so they need a long, short tank, as opposed to a high tank.
  • Paul R. Pedigo - 2010-07-11
    Angela, for starters, the tank is too small. A ten gal would be well appreciated. Two, NEVER completely empty the tank unless absolutely necessary. Three, don't do so many water changes. Buy a power filter and get it cycled and then you can just sit back and chill out. As I have learned in my many years of fish keeping, and it's my motto: LESS IS MORE. The less you mess with the tank, the better off your fish is. I hope this helps you out in your fish keeping experience.
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Paul R. Pedigo - 2010-07-10
I have five beautiful shubunkins. One is a Brystol. He's my favorite one named Ed. I have one that has nearly every color! And he eats like a vacuum, so I named him Oreck. I also have a bright orange one with black spots with a tint of green named Mango. Then I have one that has a orange background with white and black named Bert. Then I have a slender one that have black, orange, blue, and red named Gage. They are the most sociable fish I have ever seen! Just an amazing fish and hardy. I keep the temp near 80 and they actually seem to thrive with that. I keep it that high because I also have a sterbai corydora in there. I have had my goldfish for a year now and my cory dora for nine months. They are truly a jewel.

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Asian Fisherman5893 - 2008-09-14
My Calico that I got not too long ago (a few days)is in his small home for now. A 10 gallon and doing fine, but on his right eye he has a cloudy cornea. What is the best antibiotics to treat it with? Please help.

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  • Paul R. Pedigo - 2010-07-10
    That happens. It's nothing to be worried about. I have had that happen to mine and they never died or acted sick. Wait it out for a week. If it gets any worse, then I would go to a pet store and ask them.
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Asian Fisherman5893 - 2008-09-12
I just bought a Shubunkin and I must say he's a looker! I think I got him at about his growing stage. Where he is at as of now, when I got him, is at about 5" inches which will be great in a 10 gallon tank for now until my 120 gets all set up. He will be with some guppies, ghost shrimp, four fiddler crabs and a Goober, my Celestial Goldfish. It may sound like a lot in a 10 gallon, but the way things are and set up in the tank, everyone will be happy and hardly getting into everyones way. The Shubunkin likes to hang around with Goober, they love swimming together and some guppies like to tag along too. The ghost shrimp love their home with the fiddler crabs so I think its a nice area for them, all until that 120 is all done and I'll be buying more of the fish.

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  • Willis xx - 2010-05-31
    Sounds like you have a wonderful tank! But remember not to overcrowd your tank otherwise the filters wont be able to keep up and nitrate levels will soon be blooming! And remember always ask your local fish shop which fish you can mix with and which fishes you cant. Because you don't want to end up with other fish beating up fish or hogging their food. But I'm sure you know what you're doing! Enjoy your tank :)
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