When thinking about which fish to choose for your first pet goldfish, the Shubunkin is a good choice; particularly for children and those new to keeping fish. They have a beautiful, unusual coloration that you’ll love.
A brief history
The Shubunkin goldfish is one of the most sought-after breeds. It was developed in Japan inside the latter part of the 19th century; hence, the Japanese Shubunkin. There are different varieties of this breed, for example American, London, and Bristol Shubunkins.
Similar in appearance and body shape to the common goldfish although the Shubunkin carries a more streamlined shape and its tail and fins are slightly longer. It is their coloration however that sets them apart from ordinary goldfish.
They are well-known for their unusual color pattern. A mixture of metallic and translucent scales with blotches of black, red, brown, white, and blue. They’re referred to as the calico goldfish due to their unusual color patterns, which also run within the fins and tail of the fish.
In the video below, you will see beautiful Shubunkin and Koi living in harmony together. Notice how clean the tank is…very important!
Shubunkins are hardy fish
Although there are many varieties of this breed throughout the world, the most common is the Bristol Shubunkin. They have a good resistance and don’t need a lot maintenance and care. Ideal for beginners new to looking after goldfish.
The Shubunkin can live for over ten years and grow more than a foot in length as long as it is given enough room and is well-fed.
The perfect habitat for growing huge Shubunkin goldfish is usually a tank or goldfish pond.
This breed are usually not picky eaters. They will devour almost everything you place in front of them; fish flakes or pellets, live worms, as well as cooked vegetables. It is recommended that you offer them many different foods to keep them healthy.
Just a word of caution about feeding them live food like worms. They may contain parasites that can cause various illnesses.
Shubunkin fish aren’t particularly sensitive to water conditions. They are able to thrive in any type of water provided the temperature is not too cold or too hot. If you want to keep your goldfish healthy and happy, make sure you install an effective filtration and aeration system inside your aquarium. By doing this, you can cut down on the possibility of having to nurse sick goldfish.
Similiar to other kinds of goldfish, this breed require a lot of oxygen in their water. Therefore it is most advantageous for them to live in a tank with a wide opening.
Although Shubunkin goldfish are hardy, it doesn’t mean that they are going to survive without any care. They require some maintenance to remain healthy. Ensure that they are always well-fed and their tank is clean and you’ll enjoy their company for years to come.