A Short Introduction to the Shubunkin Goldfish

Author: Donna Abreu       Date: 2011-09-06

Keywords: shubunkin goldfish


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If you are thinking of getting your very first pet goldfish the Shubunkin goldfish is a great choice; especially for kids and beginners. These are beautiful and graceful fish that have an unusual but beautiful coloration that you will certainly love.

The Shubunkin goldfish is one of the most sought-after breed of the pet fish. This breed was developed in Japan in the latter part of the 19th century, hence the Japanese name of the breed, but there are also different varieties of this breed of fish namely the American, London, and Bristol Shubunkins.


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Shubunkins are similar in appearance to the common goldfish in terms of body shapes; though the Shubunkin has a more streamlined shape and its tail and fins are slightly longer. What makes the Shubinkin different from common goldfish is their coloration. Shubunkin are known for their unusual color pattern; a mix of metallic and translucent scales with blotches of black, red, brown, white, and even blue. Shubunkin is also called the calico goldfish because of their unusual color patterns, which also run on the fins and tail of the fish.

Among the many varieties of Shubunkins all over the world, the most common is the Bristol variety, it is recommended for beginners because they have good resistance to illnesses and does not require too much maintenance. The Shubunkin can live for more than 10 years and grow over a foot in length as long as it is given enough room and is well-fed. The ideal habitat for growing large Shubunkin goldfish is a tank or pond that provides 10 to 12 gallons of water per fish; you can add more fish to the tank but they are not guaranteed to grow any larger than 6 inches in length.

Shubunkin goldfish are not picky eaters, they will pretty much devour whatever you place in front of them, fish flakes or pellets, live meal worms, and even cooked vegetables. It is a good idea to give them a variety of foods to keep them healthy. Just be careful in feeding them live food like worms as they might contain parasites that can cause various illnesses.

And regarding the water conditions, Shubunkin goldfish are not that sensitive to it as well. Shubunkin can thrive in any kind of water as long as the temperature is just right, but if you want to keep your goldfish healthy and happy you should install a good filtration and aeration system in your aquarium. Just like other types of goldfish, the Shubunkins require lots of oxygen in their water so it will be beneficial for them to be put in a tank with a wide opening.

Although the Shubunkin goldfish are hardy, it does not mean that they will be okay without any care. They will require some maintenance so that they will remain healthy, you only need to make sure that they are always well-fed and their tank is always clean, doing so will ensure that you will enjoy their company for many years to come.

For more information on the shubunkin goldfish, please visit My Goldfish Care: http://MyGoldfishCare.com

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