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Shubunkin (Carassius auratus)
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Quick Stats

Care Level Easy
Temperament Peaceful
Color Form Assorted, Black, Orange, Red, White
Diet Omnivore
Water Conditions 36-90° F, KH 2-12, pH 6.8-7.2
Max. Size 1' 2"
Origin China
Family Cyprinidae
Minimum Pond Size 180 gallons
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The Shubunkin, a type of single-tailed goldfish, is originally from China and over the years has been distributed world-wide. The Shubunkin differs from the wild Carp in that it lacks the barbels on the mouth area, the markings at the base of the scales, and the size. The Shubunkin is a hardy fish, and has a mottled pattern of white, black, and orange. It may also be called the Speckled or Harlequin Goldfish.

The ideal setup for the Shubunkin is a pond of at least 180 gallons with a gravel substrate, rocks, and hearty plants. This fish will grow in proportion to the size of its surroundings. They like to eat the roots of plants and will dig to get to them, so provide large rocks around the base of the plants to protect them. Adequate filtration should be provided in order to maintain proper water conditions.

The male can be differentiated from the female by the concave anal section and, sometimes, breeding spots on the head. Spawning may result in as many as 1,000 eggs and the fry emerge in about six days. Feed the fry small live foods, and their color will emerge in about eight months.

Feed the Shubunkin a quality pellet or flake food that does not exceed 30% protein.

Approximate Purchase Size: Small: 1-1/2" to 2-1/2" Medium: 2-1/2" to 3-1/2"; Large: 5" to 6" ; Extra Large: 7" to 9"

Customer Testimonials

P Pollard Charlotta , CA
My Shubunkkins are very enjoyable. I just love watching the swim, those long, lovely tails of the Bristol Shubunkin are really long, with rounded ends. And the colours! One has what is known a "blue' background, with with some dark orange, and black speckles on the body, and black thick stripes on the fins.; I have 2 in with my Koi, and they all get along, as with the Giant Danios. Love watching them, better than television, and no commercials!
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