ShubunkinThe Shubunkin is simply a variety of the Goldfish, and needs the same sort of care. The skin of this variety grows over the scales, and reveals more variety of colour and patterning than when it is concealed, as with the “scaled” varieties.

Many of the commercially bred shubunkins of today have been developed with lovely flowing and elongated finnage to set off the colourful bodies. These are sometimes known as “London” shubunkins, but that term correctly belongs to a special broad finned pedigree fish, and these Oriental fish might be more accurately described as Longtail or Lyretail shubunkins.