How to Care for Shubunkin Goldfish

Shubunkin Goldfish are easy, but somewhat expensive, to care for. Learn how to care for them properly and your pet could live for many years!


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    Obtain a fish tank that can hold 50 gallons (189.3 L) or more. Shubunkin Goldfish get very large, so a 50 gallon (189.3 L) tank is the smallest tank you can keep one in. Keep the live plants to a minimum; Shubunkins will uproot them.
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    Add more non-aggressive fish if you like. Shubunkin Goldfish are peaceful schooling fish that mix well with other goldfish of the same size and shape. Make sure there is at least one other fish with your Shubunkin.
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    Keep the water temperature at 65–75 °F (18–24 °C). Shubunkin Goldfish are cold water fish, so make sure what you put with them is okay with low water temperature.
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    Feed your goldfish. Shubunkin Goldfish eats flakes and/or pellets once or twice a day, and you should also vary their diet. They're omnivores, so you'll have a variety of options.
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    Have a good, strong filter. Shubunkins are rather messy.


  • Small gravel that they can fit in their mouth, but can't swallow is the best.
  • Goldfish like caves and bridges in their tank, but make sure they're big enough!
  • Look on Craigslist for cheap used tanks, or for good sales in pet stores. The tank your fish needs can cost a lot.


  • Shubunkin Goldfish get very large. Make sure that all the decorations are big enough for them to be able to swim through.
  • Shubunkin Goldfish are torpedo shaped fish; do not put them with egg shaped fish.
  • Shubunkin Goldfish are schooling and can get brain damage form being alone.
  • Shubunkin Goldfish will eat any fish they can fit in their mouth.
  • If your Shubunkin Goldfish eats a snail, it can get lodged in their throat and kill them. No snails!

Things You'll Need

  • At least 2 Shubunkin Goldfish
  • 50+ tank
  • Hood and lights
  • Decor
  • Stand
  • Gravel
  • Fish food
  • Strong filter(s)
  • Tank cleaning supplies
  • Air pump (optional)
  • Water conditioner
  • Water test kit
  • Fish net

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Categories: Goldfish