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Shubunkins

 
 
The 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 and usually are.  The ones that Betta Trading sells are from Boolara Fish farms and are well adapted to the conditions in Australia. They are suitable for either aquariums or ponds.
 
Some of the imported Shubunkins available from some wholesalers are not as hardy as they should be.
 
Origin
 
The Subunkin 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. 
The 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.
 
The Bristol Shubunkin was developed in Britain and has a heart shaped tail.
 
Shubunkins are included in Betta Trading's mix of small Goldfish which are $1.50 each or 10 for $12.  We usually have some bigger Shubunkins as well, the price depending on the size.
 
Shubunkins Eating a Hikari Algae Wafer
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Shubunkins Eating Duckweed