Shubunkin Goldfish 1-2"

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Shubunkin Goldfish

Shubunkins are a hardy, single-tailed goldfish with nacreous scales and a pattern known as calico. The Shubunkins are of Japanese origin. The Shubunkin was created by Yoshigoro Akiyama by crossing Calico telescope eye with a Comet goldfish and a Common goldfish. You can keep Shubunkins on their own, but they’re social fish. They don’t always shoal together, but they prefer the company of a school.

Shubunkin Goldfish are a great addition to an outdoor filtered pond, or a well-filtered indoor coldwater aquarium (while small and manageable). Shubunkins are very simple to care for and like common goldfish are great for beginners. Please be aware that the image is for illustration purposes only, you will receive a random selection of mixed gender Shubunkins of various colours and patterns.

How big do Shubunkin Goldfish get?

Shubunkin goldfish can grow to exceed 12 inches or 30cm as adults. You will need adequate space in your aquarium or pond to accommodate growth of Shubunkins. One fish per 25 litres is a good stocking guideline.

Can you keep Shubunkin Goldfish with Koi?
Yes, you can quite happily keep Shubunkin goldfish with Koi, as well as other coldwater species such as goldfish and sturgeon. You can also keep with fancy goldfish indoors, although they may out-compete slower swimming species for food.

Approx. supplied size: 1-2" / 3-5cm
Maximum size: 12" / 30cm+
Origin: Japan
Temperament: Peaceful
Lighting requirement: Low
Ideal number kept together: 1+

Water conditions
Our conditions: pH 7.5, temp 15°C
Ideal temperature: 2-30°C
Ideal pH: 6.5–8.0
Water flow: low to moderate

Ease of care
Easy. Goldfish will drop to the bottom of your pond during winter to keep warm, so try to ensure that your pond is at least a foot deep.

Shubunkin goldfish are compatible with virtually all coldwater community fish. Take care not to house with very small fish once fully grown, as they tend to eat whatever fits in their mouth.

Omnivorous. Feed goldfish flake or pellets.


Egg layers. Prolific spawners, will breed easily in an outdoor pond.

Life Span
Shubunkin goldfish can live 10+ years in perfect conditions.

For more information on general fishkeeping and our shipping procedures click here.

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