Shubunkins (Carassius auratus) are a member of the goldfish family. They have calico patterned markings, a slender body and a straight tail fin. They range in size from 1.5" to as large as 14".
Shubunkins, once known as the "poor man's koi", are show stoppers in their own right. With no two fish with the same color pattern, each fish is unique. Their base color, like the calico fantail, is orange or blue with red, black, white, orange and blue metallic scales. There are two tail variations as well. Some Shubunkins have short, blunt tails while others have a distinct "V" shape to their tail, allowing their tail to be very long and flowing. We have both varieties available, but find the "V" shaped tail to be the more popular choice of the two.
Like all other goldfish, shubunkins are hatched from an egg and are smaller than an eyelash in the first days of life. Amazingly, by 45 days they will grow to a marketable size of 1.5" - 2.5" but will need additional time for their color patterns to develop.
Similar in body shape to the comet goldfish, shubunkins are characterized by their nacreous scales and calico coloring , which contains shades of red, gold, purple, blue, black and white. Shubunkins with more blue coloration are considered to be more valuable.
There are three varieties of shubunkins; American, London and Bristol. American shubunkins have a body shape nearly identical to comet goldfish, but with slightly larger tails that droop more. London shubunkins have a stockier body shape, similar to that of the common goldfish, and lack the flashy fins of their counterparts. Bristol shubunkins have moderately large tail fins with rounded edges, resembling a capital “B”.