The shubunkin goldfish comes in two varieties (London shubunkin and Bristol shubunkin). Its body looks much like the common or comet goldfish, but its colors resembles that of what you would find in a fancy goldfish type. It has one caudal tail fin, one dorsal fin and paired pectoral and pelvic fins. The Bristol is larger, and its caudal fin is more rounded than that of the London.The color of the shubunkin goldfish should be calico. 25% of its color should be a blue-silver color that acts like a background for its other body colors. An even coat of strong black dots and colors that run into the shubunkins fins is a desired look for show goldfish.Both the London and Bristol variety are one of the hardier types of goldfish. This makes it an ideal goldfish for an outdoor pond or an indoor goldfish aquarium. If you do choose to stock your tank or pond with shubunkins, avoid mixing them with the slow-moving bubble eyes or celestial goldfish. The faster moving shubunkins will out eat these other goldfish types which could lead to them being starved.

By: Tim Winter

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