Species group: Goldfish
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Scientific name: Carassius auratus
Closely resembling the Common Goldfish, the Shubunkin Goldfish is characterized by the combination of dark speckling, orange patches and white, blue or purple shades on the light areas. The varieties of Shubunkins involve differences not just in color but also in shape and finnage. Speckling ranges from light to dark; shading on the white areas range from light blue to violet. American Shubunkins are long-tailed while London Shubinkins are short-tailed and look very similar to the Common Goldfish. The Bristol Shubunkin, which is a hybrid of the American and London varieties, has large, rounded, and flowing tail fins.
Goldfishes are social although they do not school. They thrive in a community but are best kept with other similarly shaped goldfishes and non-aggressive tank mates.
Shubunkin Goldfishes have the same requirements as other goldfishes – a medium to large tank that has sufficient room for swimming, and no sharp objects or décor that could fray delicate flowing fins. The tank must be equipped with aerators because goldfishes appreciate a well-oxygenated environment. Powerful filters are recommended to handle the volumes of waste generated by the fishes.
long life, outdoor pond, Beautiful Fish, unique colour pattern, disctincive calico pattern
big aquarium, particularly cold snap
open water swimmer, unexpected growth spurts, handle freezing, slow moving fish