Shubunkins are very popular amongst fish keepers because their looks increase the attractiveness of the aquarium. In fact they are considered as an asset to the aquarium.
Though they are not among expensive species in the goldfish family, you can make a lot of money if you breed them successfully. Many people try to focus on breeding of koi fish as they are most salable and expensive fish variety. However, as their supply goes up, the prizes tend to stabilize. On the other hand, there are less people breeding Shubunkins. So the demand remains constant. If you can successfully breed them, you can make good money. Shubunkins can also be exported to UK, and for that matter all over Europe because usually there is a shortage in that region.
The perfect method of breeding Shubunkins
You will need 3 ponds for getting good results. If it is difficult to get 3 ponds, you should have at least two. You will naturally need the male and female Shubunkins and they should preferably be of the same size because that will encourage spawning.
First you should provide one big main pond with natural plantation as well as good sheltering areas. All your shubunkins should be kept in that pond. You should observe them very carefully as the females will be pregnant. You can find it out by looking at their stomach which will be large at the bottom. These females will also look fatter. They will start laying eggs soon but you should take the out before they do that. You should shift them to another tank.
In this tank you should introduce male fish of the same size. These fish will fertilize the eggs by releasing a slimy substance on the eggs. This substance is whitish in color. You should provide good plants in this tank so that it is convenient for both male and female Shubunkins to do their job. The females usually prefer to lay eggs at the bottom of a plant and the males prefer to remain in that area during the hatching process.
When you see that the eggs are fertilized, you should remove the male and the female Shubunkins from the tank and place them back in the main tank. Now you should wait for hatching of the eggs so that the tiny babies will come out.
During this whole period the diet of both male and female Shubunkins is important. You should provide a balanced diet as well as sufficient sunlight.
If you are able to manage the third pond, you can shift the babies to that pond. They should be kept there until they grow reasonably large. That will also prevent other fish from attacking them. Successful breeding can take place during April and July.
Once you shift babies into another pond, you have the second pond empty for more spawning.
If you are unable to procure three ponds then you will have to change the process slightly. In that case, you should allow Shubunkins to lay eggs in the main pond and the fertilization process should also take place there. You should provide sufficient plantation and shelters in this pond so that the male fish will not try to eat the eggs. You can also buy breeding strips from the pet shops and introduce them in this pond. The fish will tend to breed on these and you can easily take them out and place in the second pond.
Once the eggs are hatched, the babies will come out in this pond. You can keep them here for some time and once they are reasonably grown, you can shift them to the main pond.
The breeding of Shubunkins is not very difficult process but with systematic and timely actions you can do it successfully.