Originally Posted by MaisyDawgThirteen
What size tanks do shubunkins need?
They need around 100 gal per fish and grow close to a foot long. Shubunkins are best suited to pond life along with comets and commons. If you want a calico goldfish your best bet is to go with a ryukin or fantail as they stay small enough to live in a 55 gal tank.
Originally Posted by Olympia
The photo of the pearlskin on that website actually looks really nice. Doesn't look like he has too hard a time living either.
That is one of the member's fish. I can't remember whose, tho. It wasn't a show-winning fish, tho. Just your average pet-store fish. There is another really adorable picture of a pearlscale that I've been able to find again, too.
Maybe this is the reason I like show koi better. The body shapes are the same as their wild ancestors and the only thing changed is the coloring. If you scroll down here: The 24th All Japan Combined Young Nishikigoi Show
you'll see some show-winning koi.