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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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The Fish Guy
I am a very experienced goldfish keeper and have been keeping goldfish since I was at least 3 or 4. Goldfish usually are the first pet owned by most people and are treated as if they are a piece of lego. Goldfish are hardy, cheap, some beautiful and live for an exceptionally long time, especially shubunkins. Shubunkins are indeed very hardy and very beautiful. I have a male, 9 cm (3.5 inches) Subunkin goldfish, that I have had for 7 years. I got him as a gift from my grandma when I was 6. Believe it or not my shubunkin is my oldest pet alive. He lives with many different fish because he does live in a tropical tank. If you are willing to purchase a shubunkin or any other goldfish, be prepared to care for them because they might live as long as you.
I love my Shubunkin, it is so cute.
Bambi & Daniel
My son won a goldfish at the fair tossing ping pong balls. He said, the fish looks lonely, so we went to Wal Mart bought a 3gal tank and 2 calico goldfish. It's been about 6 weeks and now the plain goldfish has black fins and black spots allover it's body. Can anyone explain this change to us?
I love Animal-World! Check here ALL the time for fish info. I have been keeping tropical fish for more years than I want to reveal. I recently got 4 Shubunkin Goldfish. They are my babies! I love them. They are very active, peaceful, always hungry, gorgeous fish. My favorite is a blue one that has just started getting spots of other colors. I have had them in my 29 gallon for a couple months now. I am in the middle now of setting up a 130 for them. I hope they get 12 inches or so. Thanks for the wonderful info Animal-World!
I have quite a few of these fish mixed with many other goldfish. My pride and joy is a 4 year old, who is blue with a little orange on her head. She is roughly 13" long and is the largest fish in our pond.
I rescued a Shubunkin from a Unit as he had been abandoned by his Owner. At first we couldn't see a fish in the tank as the water was the colour of mint jelly, then a gaping mouth appeared at the glass and I just had to save this poor wretched creature. With nothing on hand but a dirty bucket and tap water we took him back to the office and he is a permanent member of our staff here. He is 18 cm long and we have named him Elvis. At first he didn't move around much and seemed to struggle to the top of the tank to feed, but now he is robust, active and kills anything we put in the tank. Elvis is IN the building!
I have two shubunkins and two weather loaches. They get on well and swim about together.
I just recently bought 2 calico and they have been a problem from the very beginning. They are not active like I hear in all the other stories. They don't swim much just stay on bottom of tank. I asked a couple of assistants at petsmart some questions like, Why do my fish swim sideways and upside down? They said they are bloated because I was just dropping flakes on top of water. This adds too much air which causes my fish to have gas! Weird huh. The soloution is to put them in warm water for 2 hours or so. It seems to work but every time I feed them (have to put flakes in hand and submerge hand in water then release food) they become bloated again. They are still swimming off balance and not vigourous at all. I can not keep pulling them out of water for their gas break! Funny huh but not after several days. I am just gonna wait it out and see if they adjust some how or change their food. Wish me Luck with Tinker bell and Frenchy!
I must disagree with the statement that shubunkin goldfish grow to about 6 inches as mine are 10" and 13" long after only 4 years. I have also seen other shubunkins that were well over 16".
Have 3 calico comets & 3 red comets. They are very nice, except for 1 calico, who is aggressive and territorial. Talked to some friends and people in the pet store, no one has ever heard about an aggressive calico comet, except mine.