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Information and Tips about
Pond Comets including Shubunkins
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  This video shows a beautiful Pond Comet Goldfish swimming out into a sunlit area in a small outdoor pond. Click here for more about buying Pond Comets.
 
Scientific Name
Carassius auratus
     
Pond Comets and Shubunkins. Click here to see a bigger picture.   This picture shows a Red and White Pond Comet. One afternoon this fish was darting around looking for food with stretched out fins and posing for a picture. I watched for a while, then took this picture. Comets like this one do very well in ponds, where they are usually seen from above.
 
 
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Behavior
These are very nice fish for a pond. They will usually grow too big for most aquariums. But it's enjoyable to start them off in an aquarium, where they can be seen better. Later when they grow too big for an aquarium, carefully acclimate to a pond during moderate temperatures.

Shubunkins are a multi-colored variety of the pond Comet. Everything mentioned on this page about Comets applies equally well to Shubunkins. Some folks call Shubunkins, Calico Comets.

 
 
  Here is a beautiful Shubunkin Calico Comet for sale in our facility. Click here for more about buying a Shubunkin and other Comets and Goldfish from us.
 
 

Appropriate Home
An outdoor Pond or a large Cool Water Aquarium with at least 50-gallons of water, an external power filter with a BIO-Wheel, and at most 1/4 of gravel, but no heater because these are cool water fish. Click here for more about cool water aquariums. Click here for more about ponds.

 

Recommended Diet
Floating food labeled for Goldfish not Tropical Fish. Several other brands of Goldfish food are available in most stores that sell pet fish. Floating pellets are very good for larger pond fish and are also available in most stores that sell fish for ponds.

We have read advice elsewhere that all Goldfish should be fed sinking food, because when they take food off the surface, they will swallow air bubbles that will cause problems. This is contrary to our experience.

I just watched my Goldfish eat off the surface. After most mouthfuls of food, he burped a bubble or two of air out through his gill. The ancestors of this fish have been eating food off the surface of the water for a very long time. Of course they also ate off the bottom and at all levels of the water between the top and bottom too.

So don't worry about your Goldfish swallowing air while eating. Feeding food that floats is a good practice. If your fish don't eat all of the food in 10 minutes, get a net and remove the uneaten food. Click here for more about feeding.

I also feed my Goldfish a few live Black Worms. I feed each Goldfish 2 or 3 worms every other day. Click here for more about Black Worms.

 
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Compatibility
Best kept with other Pond Comets, Shubunkins, Koi, and Butterfly Koi, but not with Fantails or Orandas, which swim slower, are less aggressive, and are not compatible with Pond Comets and Koi.
 
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here
to read about the three groups of Goldfish, and why these three groups should not be mixed.
 
Click
here
to read more about several other groups of compatible fish.

 
Gallery of Pictures
 
Just above, a Wakin Pond Goldfish.
 
 
 
A beautiful Orange Pond Comet.
 
 
 
 
A unique Red and White Pond Comet.
 
 
 
Above: A Shubunkin Pond Comet.
 
 
Size and Lifespan
Pond Comets will grow to 12" and bigger. They have a live span of over 20 years, and some have lived to be over 70 years old.
 
 
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Books about Goldfish
The books shown below are listed on Amazon.com. You can click on the title or on the image of a book to go to the page at Amazon.com, where that book is listed and discussed. In some cases you can preview several of the pages in that book.
 
 
Click on this image to go to Amazon.com, where you can learn more about this book.   Fancy Goldfish
A Complete Guide to Care and Collections
By Erik L. Johnson and Richard E. Hess
Fred Rosenzweig (Photographer)
Hardcover
176 pages
 
 
Click on this image to go to Amazon.com, where you can learn more about this book.   Goldfish Breeding and Genetics
By J. Smartt, J. H. Bundell, E. Bundell  (Contributor)
Hardcover.
 
 
Click on this image to go to Amazon.com, where you can learn more about this book. The Official Guide to Goldfish
By Goldfish Society of America
Paperback.
126 pages
 
 
Click on this image to go to Amazon.com, where you can learn more about this book. Goldfish: Everything ...
By Marshall E. Ostrow
Paperback
94 pages
 
 
Click on this image to go to Amazon.com, where you can learn more about this book. Goldfish, Keeping and Breeding them in Captivity
By Spencer Glass
Paperback
64 pages
 
 
Click on this image to go to Amazon.com, where you can learn more about this book.   The Goldfish: An Owner's Guide
By Carlo De Vito, Gregory Skomal  (Contributor)
Hardcover
 
 
Click on this image to go to Amazon.com, where you can learn more about this book.   Chinese Goldfish
By Li Zhen, Ouyang Caiwei (Editor), Yan  Qiubai (Translator)
Hardcover
100 pages
 
 
Click on this image to go to Amazon.com, where you can learn more about this book.   The Essential Goldfish
By Maddy Hargrove, et al
Paperback.
92 pages
 
 
Click here for a complete list of books about Goldfish at Amazon.com.
 
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