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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oxo - 2010-05-15
I have a shubunkin and a goldfish, fatboy (not sure if male or female) has recently started to produce redness under the mouth area. It looks like a build up of blood under the skin. Fatboy is eating and swimming ok but the redness is getting worse. The goldfish is fine. Any ideas please?

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oxo - 2010-03-13
I am new to keeping my fish. I have a tank that is 23 litres, my first fish is fatboy who is about 3 inches, then came lil sav who is a gold fish about 1 1/2 inches and I have just gotten dolly another shubunkin who is about 1 1/2 inches. I love them but fatboy now has started to bully the other 2. Is my tank too small? I feed them flakes n shrimps, the smaller 2 fish have shelter but fatboy doestn't do I need to get a bigger tank?

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  • Emilee - 2010-03-20
    Are you 100% positive that the genders are the genders you think they are? Two males will fight over females and sometimes females will fight over males and sometimes they will fight each over over territory
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jimmy riemann - 2009-05-20
I have a couple shubunkin's and a couple fruit tetra and some gold fantails, one of my shubunkin's got part of its tail nibbled off a bit. Do they ever come back? or is it just gonna stay chewed up like that?

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  • Katie - 2010-03-04
    It can grow back, but, honestly, if you keep your current stock of fish together in the same tank, it will probably happen again. It was most likely the tetras that nipped the tail fins. You should really have the tetras in one tank (heated), the fantails in another, and the shubunkins in a third.
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Linda - 2009-08-27
I have a pond with a few Koi in it and one regular goldfish. Can Shubunkin goldfish live in a pond also. They are so pretty, I thought they would make a nice addition to the pond.

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  • Katie - 2010-03-04
    Yes, you should be able to add a Shubunkin or two to your pond. Just make sure your pond has a minimum of 240 gallons since you have Koi, which reach 24".
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Shawn Griffis - 2010-02-03
I have one these in my 55 gal. tank but it very tempermenatal and likes pick on the other fish in the tank. why is this happening? it is solid white.

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  • Katie - 2010-03-04
    What are the other fish in the tank? Are they of similar size to the Shubunkin? How many fish are in the tank? First of all, goldfish should not be mixed with tropical fish, so make sure that you are only keeping them with other goldfish. They should generally be comets, common goldfish, or other shubunkins, as opposed to fancy goldfish. Sometimes these longer and larger fish will pick on their "fatter cousins." Also, if your tank is overcrowded, that could also explain why your fish is picking on the others. You need an absolute minimum of 2 gallons per one inch of goldfish, and your Shubunkin will eventually reach 13"! By this size, just for him to comfortably fit in a tank, you're going to want at least a 39 gallon tank. You also need to make sure you have adequate shelter for all of the fish in the tank. Finally, if the Shubunkin is much larger than the other fish, this could cause him to pick on them.
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Jenet - 2009-10-04
I went to the pet shop to get some goldfish for my outdoor pond and ended up with a dozen for $1.99. The clerk told me they are commonly called Calicos and Browns. The 4 browns didn't last long, they died. But the 8 remaining Calicos are huge. They were 1-2 inches when they came home and now some are close to 3-4 inches. I'm not sure how much room they will need when I bring them in the house. They are in a 50 gallon pond now and its starting to be 40 degrees at night. So... when do I bring them in and how big does their inside tank need to be...

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  • Dawn - 2010-05-16
    I leave mine outside all year long. They love the cold weather and since you have a good size pond, they will go to the bottom and should be ok. I usually keep my fountain going so it keeps the pond from completely freezing over. Not sure where you live but I am in Missouri and we get below zero temps.
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Brenda - 2009-07-30
I have 2 Shubunkins, Blue and Pumpkin! They are my pride and joys. I have had them for about a year now and they are about 13 inches right now. They like to eat small feeder fish or KOI food or goldfish pellets. They eat the flakes but they never finish them. So I don't bother feeding them the flakes. They love their 39 gallon home and are so beautiful. Blue is a rare fish, he is completely blue with black specks and orange lips. Pumpkin is mostly black and orange with a little blue in the background of the orange and black. I really enjoy my fish.

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logan - 2009-06-20
Hi there, I have two shubunkins that are both about 2-3 inches and am getting them a new tank tomorrow. I have one male and one female. The male is justy and the female is libby. Justy is a bronze variation of the species so he is bronze all over and libby is the calico colour. They are both londen shubunkin and I love them very much.

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logan - 2009-06-19
Hi there. My name is logan and I have two great shubunkin. One called libby (girl) and a bronze shubunkin called justy (boy) who both live in their tank that has a couple of plants, a castle, a tunnel and a no fishing sign. I have just gotten a bigger tank with some more things and I am currently setting it up so they can move in. Justy is the most friendly fish of all. He always swims to the side of the tank when I go over to it, but libby is quite shy and spends a bit of time in the tunnel. But she comes out for dinner and then stays out for awhile. I feel that they like each other because they always swim together and they take turns at getting a piece of flake food. They are always playing chase and often take turns to chase each other in circles. ps. I'm twelve and they're 1 year olds so mum will have to look sfter them when I go to uni.:(

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cally - 2009-03-29
Hi, my name is cally and I have a calico goldfish. His name is rocky and he has an big orange and white bubble head, and nice flowing fins. He likes to suck on rocks(weird habit I know), but lately he has developed a big bump on his back that is a dirty gray color. My mom told me it was just a rock that he swallowed, but I don't think so because it gets bigger everyday. And now that bump has another bump growing on it that is a dirty greenish color. I just keep hs tank clean and hope for the best. What causes this? Does my fish have a disesase? Please contact me asap my fish has been alive for 5 years, a unuaslly long time for a goldfish and I want him to be happy to the end of his days. thank you

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