Shubunkin Goldfish Species - Habitat & Aquarium Care Guide
Shubunkin Goldfish "poor man's koi", beautiful, easy care fish, makes for good outdoor ponds
The Common Goldfish is an elongated, flat-bodied variety of goldfish. The head is wide but short and its body tapers smoothly from its back and belly to the base of its caudal fin (tail fin). The caudal fin is forked. Its fins generally stand fully erect and the edge of the dorsal fin is slightly concave.The average goldfish lifespan is 10 – 15 years, though living 20 years or more is not uncommon in well-maintained goldfish aquariums and ponds.The environment the Common Goldfish is kept in is a determining factor on whether your pet will grow to its full potential size or remain somewhat smaller. In an average 15 gallon tank, if well cared for and not crowded, they can grow up to about 4 inches (10 cm). In a larger, uncrowded tank, they can grow generally reach about 7 or 8 inches (17.78 - 20.32 cm). If kept in a spacious pond, they can reach over 12 inches (30+ cm) with some hobbyists reporting their goldfish reaching up to a whopping 18" (45+ cm)!There are various solid colors and combinations of white, yellow, orange, red, brown, and black. The most distinguished specimen is a bright orange metallic color.The Common Goldfish is very similar to, and sometimes confused with, the . The Comet is a further development of the Common Goldfish. Both these fish have an almost identical body shape but the fins on the Comet are much longer, especially the caudal (tail) fin, which is more deeply forked. Also, the Comet is generally a reddish-orange while the Common Goldfish is more orangish. The adult size of the Comet Goldfish is smaller, too. On both these fish, the caudal (tail) fin is held fully erect.Also, in the standard orange color the Comet is generally a more reddish orange while the Common Goldfish is more orangish. The adult size of the Comet Goldfish is smaller too. On both these fish the caudal (tail) fin is held fully erect.Another goldfish that is almost identical to the Common Goldfish is the 'London' type of . Both these fish have virtually the same body and fin shapes, but the London type Shubunkin Goldfish has a totally different body color. While a good specimen of the Common Goldfish will have a bright orange metallic color, this London type Shubunkin goldfish can be speckled or have a variegated color pattern.
Since they are , the Shubunkin Goldfish will generally eat all kinds of fresh, frozen, and flake foods. To care for Shubunkin goldfish, keep a good balance by giving them a high quality flake food everyday. Feed brine shrimp (either live or frozen), blood worms, Daphnia, or tubifex worms as a treat. It is usually better to feed freeze-dried foods as opposed to live foods to avoid parasites and bacterial infections that could be present in live foods.
How to Care for Shubunkin Goldfish: 5 Steps (with Pictures)
Shubunkin goldfish temperament and care.
Like Common Goldfish, Shubunkins are very hardy and require no special care. They are commonly kept in ponds and can survive any conditions that Common Goldfish can survive. Shubunkins tend to be smaller than Common Goldfish however, and dont live quite as long.
You can choose to house your shubunkins in an outdoor pond, rather than in a tank. This solves the problem of space and may allow specimens to grow much larger than average -- often 13 inches long or more. If you do keep shubunkins in a pond, some good companion choices are koi and orfe. Like goldfish, both of these species descended from wild carp, so they all have similar care requirements and temperaments.