Comet Goldfish is of a similar shape to the wild Goldfish, Carassius
auratus, but with a longer tail. Comets can be of a wide range
of colours although the most common is gold.
the United States of America where this variety of Goldfish was
developed, they are often referred to as "Comets Goldfish" or
"Comet tailed Goldfish" In Australia they are normally called
"Comet Goldfish". They were developed in the 1880's,
probably by Hugo Mulertt, from the common Goldfish. The Comet is
generally slimmer than the common Goldfish and has a longer and more
deeply forked tail. On some comets, the tail can be as long as the
body, and can be up to 12 inches long.
Comet is probably the best variety of Goldfish for ponds although the
ones with extremely long tails may be more delicate.
Shubunkin Goldfish is the same shape as a Comet Goldfish, but has many
colours on a 'blue' background. The colours may include black, red
and white and the appearance is often mottled. They should be a
hardy fish and often are. The ones that Betta Trading sells are
from Boolarra Fish Farms and are well adapted to the conditions in
Australia. They are suitable for either aquariums or ponds.
of the imported Shubunkins available from some wholesalers are not as
hardy as they should be.
Shubunkin was developed by Kichigoro Akiyama in Japan in about 1890
from a complex cross involving a Calico Telescope Goldfish, a Common
Goldfish and a Wakin with a single tail. There is some doubt about
the exact ancestors used.
name "Shubunkin" was given to this variety by Mr. Shinnosuke
Matsubara of the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries of Japan
and was announced in 1892. It means something like a Goldfish with bright
colours, including red and blue.
Bristol Shubunkin was developed in Britain and has a heart shaped tail.