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Hailing from Japan, these nacreous-scaled (between metallic and transparent) goldfish are red, orange, gold, white black and blue in color. Shubunkins with blue in the coloration are considered of higher value. They are sometimes referred to as Speckled or Harlequin goldfish, and have also been called “the Poor Man’s Koi.”
These hardy goldfish resemble comets in body shape, only with larger tails, and are able to withstand a wider range of conditions. Shubunkins will grow in proportion to the size of their surroundings and can bear the rigors of ponds as well as larger tanks. They are voracious eaters and will need good filtration to maintain good water quality.