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 that is quite rare in goldfish!
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Rosanne - 2012-08-18
Originally I bought two Koi, then two Shubunkin and someone gave me a goldfish. I bought another Koi. I now have over fifty fish and built a bigger pond. The young ones are not Koi so I suspect the goldfish and Shubunkins. The Shubunkin are 2 years old and about 12 inches long. The Koi are 4 yrs old and about 19 inches. The new pond is almost 6ft deep and we are planning on wintering them in the pond.We are in upper Michigan so I am a bit worried. Anyone have any advice/tips on winter care?

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  • Rita - 2012-10-24
    No I definitely would not put a drain in a fish pond. My Dad used to have koi and he would pump the water out when a water chgane was needed. Then again he had a pretty elaborate filtration setup with a waterfall going into the pond for aeration so he didn't need to make too many chganes. The water was always very clean and the biological setup near perfect.If you don't want to buy a pump, the old fashioned way of sucking on the end of a hose to draw the water up will work just fine!
Anonymous - 2012-10-17
Hello, I recently just upgraded to a bigger tank I think it's about 32 or 36 gallon from a 10 gallon tank because my fish were getting big. I only had 2 shubinkkns in it but now I added one more and a black other gold fish fish. (Can't remember what it is called) but ever since about a week ago they don't look like they used to. It appears one of the fish is beating up on the small black one for it is pretty much dead. But I feed them every morning and every night but I don't think they are eating. Not sure what to do??

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-10-18
    Test the water in your tank.  How long was it cycled before introducing your fish?
John Wetsoe - 2012-08-07
I recently purchased 4 new shubunkin fish, three of them are doing very well however one of them has developed what appears to be only described as a very fussy furry stomach, it seems to be a little larger round the stomach than the rest and spends the majority of its time isolated from the rest. It is always at the top of the pond as if its starved of oxygen and always eating, Does anybody have any idea of what could be wrong??

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-08-07
    Sounds like it might be a fungal infection and it is treatable.  Go to the Animal World Article Fish Diseases and symptoms and scroll down to you get to symptoms.  Description of a fungal infection sounds like what your fella has and the recommended treatment is listed.  Good luck.
  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-08-07
    Is the stomach literally furry?  Sounds like it could be constipated if it isn't actually furry.  Is it swiming funny?  If thats the case feed it a couple peas.
sean - 2012-09-18
My shubunkin is fat. Is it fat because it is pregnant or just overfed.

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-09-19
    These fish tend to get over weight and will normally keep eating beyond what they need.  Small multiple feedings work best.  These fish will act like dogs and beg, not give in!
erik h - 2010-12-16
i know this is the comment area but i need some advice, i have a 20 gal tall tank, was given to me for free, and i currently have 4 small shubunkins in it. i noticed that they arent swimming that much and dont seem to respond to much when the food comes in. any ideas what this could be?

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  • Editor's Note - 2010-12-16
    Hi Erik, we also answer questions, its okay. Has the temperature dropped? Most fish are not as lively or hungry in the winter if the temp of the tank drops abit. Other things would be inadequate biological filtration resulting in ammonia or nitrite. If the aquarium is new (less than 6 weeks old) or has been thoroughly cleaned recently, you could check for ammonia with an inexpensive test kit from most any pet store. Hope this helps!
  • Kiah - 2012-09-18
    I finds it funny how people argue about what size tank you keep your fish in. I know this will probably bring some bad comments but I got two small fancy gold fish, three rosy barbs, three guppies and two bristlenosed cat fish in a 35 litre tank and they seem to be fine the gold fish and rosy barbs were originally in a 21litre tank but they still look small now in the 35 litre tank compared to the size of the tank and they haven't really grown a lot at all. The 35 litre is the only one I can fit at the moment and the only one I can have because I still live at home with parents but dad thinks its big enough for them and his been breeding fish for years. And freaky of it is so bad why isn't it illegal for pet shops overcrowding the tanks as they are suppose to set a example. I think if you want a fish you could try experiment keep the advice handy but isn't that how you get experience trail and error who knows the people my be wrong and you could surprise yourself. The same thing could be said about dogs trust me because I'm a dog groomer why get a long hair dog when your going to shave its hair off and people do it would be easier just to get a short haired dog or why move into a house that doesn't allow pets when you have one you wouldn't get rid of your kid if they were not allowed.
Sylvia Kane - 2012-09-01
I have got to shubunkin fish. I got my water tested they said it was fine. I got a bottle of tapsafe just in case the man said it would do no harm, I have a filter in tank and I fill water and let it sit before I put it into the tank. I leave some of the old water in the tank, I hear people saying add a pea to tank why do that does it help in some way in a newbe with fish could someone tell me about this pea?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2012-09-17
    Congratulations on joining the fish keeping hobby, you'll have lots of fun. For goldfish, people feed frozen peas to help with swim bladder problems. You most likely won't have that problem with a Shubunkin however, as its more common with the varieties that are more balloon shaped rather than streamline shaped. The Tapsafe is to help condition water, basically that means remove chlorine and chloramine that is found in tap water (but is harmful to fish). Do regular water changes, as goldfish are pretty messy, and have FUN:)
sarah - 2012-07-29
I just got a shubukin gold fish yesterday how could tell if its a male or a female?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-07-29
    You really can't tell the difference with great accuracy.  However, when they reach maturity the male looks thinner than the female.  During breeding time, the male will get white sorta (looks like salt) prickles on his head and gills.  If it lays eggs, it is a female.
Diana Stockert - 2012-06-04
I have a Shubunkin who has all of a sudden gotten very fat. I'm not sure if this means eggs or constipated or ill. I have 2 other Shubunkins who are not at all like this. I'm quite concerned. Anyone have any suggestions?

conner dakin - 2012-02-26
I have only had a few normal goldfish but I fancy looking after shubunkins I obviously want to give them a good life and look after them properly can anyone give me tips on how I can do this please ?
thank you,

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-02-26
    Good start. What you need to do is ask questions - here is a good place and I expect folks will answer you. Also, read - read the above article and anything else you can on Goldfish and Shubunkins in particular. People will have some helpful hints and the Animal World article above provides you with all the basics.
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.