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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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.
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.
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.
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.

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.
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 :)
Patricia - 2010-05-21
I have a six year old Koi. She is now around 8 in. long. Named her Lucky as she jumped out twice, I found her before any harm had been done, although she had dried out and it was necessary to 'revive' her. About 2 months ago, I came home to find 'Lucky' in the grass, completely dry, and I thought dead. My Labrador retriever was barking at her or I would not have seen her. She had jumped out once again. (Lab could not have gotten to her as there is a fence surrounding her, although once out, she did provide entertainment for the Lab I guess.) Almost in tears I picked her up thinking she was dead, and her mouth barely moved. I put her into the water immediately, and made numerous moves back and forth to get water into her gills. After about 10 min. she began to move slightly, then began to swim, albeit on her side. 30 minutes later, she was swimming normally, although a bit subdued. Needless to say I now have netting over the top to prevent her from jumping out as I fear next time, Lucky may not be Lucky!

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?

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
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.