GOLDFISH – Shubunkin (Japanese)

Shubunkins have short, broad heads and long, flat bodies that taper to a deeply forked tail. The fins are upright, and the edge of the dorsal is slightly concave.
Like other goldfish species, Shubunkins will grow based on their environment. In a standard aquarium, the average Shubunkin Goldfish can reach five or six inches when fully grown. However, when they have access to a spacious pond, they can grow to lengths of 12 to 14 inches.
But it’s the fish’s coloration that makes them so popular. Shubunkins are generally described as calico, meaning they have a random mixture of many colors, including:

Red
Orange
Black
Brown
Gold
White
Purple
Gray
Yellow

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.

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