View Full Version : Shubunkin behaviour...

09-18-2009, 07:11 AM
My Shubunkin often rests on the bottom of the tank for 5 minutes at a time sometimes, unlike the rest of the goldfish. Is he ill or do you think he is just generally resting? Do you think I should add some of the enzyme to improve his welfare?

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09-18-2009, 08:30 AM
We just have fancy goldfish, not specifically the kind you have, but when we have seen one "resting" at the bottom, it's usually "not good" but has happened when we get a new one and I attibute it to stress. If there's not a reason for him to be mentally stressed, I'd worry something is physically wrong with him (either stand alone within him, or something related to water quality). I hope he'll be okay!!! I do get emotionally attached to some of the fish, and goldfish are on that short list.

09-18-2009, 09:21 PM
I think the fish seems to be swimming and eating normally, and there are no obvious physical deformities, but it is hard to tell with the fish beind so spotted! All is well so far, so lets hope he's just a tired boy! Only time will tell!

09-18-2009, 10:03 PM
Shebunkins get 8" plus,fancys get 5-7".Anything less then 40-50 gal is too small for your current stock.it is likely the shebunkin has someting wrong with it or its is simply stressed from not having enough space.When fish such as these are in proper sized tanks they are constantly on the move.

09-19-2009, 04:59 AM
15 gallons is only enough for one fancy. Having 3 in there is dooming them to stress and a very short life span.

09-19-2009, 06:50 AM
Oh right they didn't tell me this when I got the tank, but the tank is 3 years old now so I'll see if i can get any bigger at all!

09-19-2009, 01:14 PM
if you cant get at least a 40gal,the only good option is to rehome the fish to someone with a bigger tank.