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One of last year's shubunkins

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This is one of last year's shubunkins. He's one of way too many I kept. I really like his matte coloring though.

 

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Very pretty.

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I don't think that's a subunkin but its nice anyway. Am I wrong?

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I don't think that's a subunkin but its nice anyway. Am I wrong?

HaHa, good point. Both parents are shubunkins so I've been calling all the babies shubunkins whether they were calico or not. 

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I don't think that's a subunkin but its nice anyway. Am I wrong?

HaHa, good point. Both parents are shubunkins so I've been calling all the babies shubunkins whether they were calico or not.

It might be one. I'm really not sure.

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Very nice fish!! :heart

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I don't think that's a subunkin but its nice anyway. Am I wrong?

HaHa, good point. Both parents are shubunkins so I've been calling all the babies shubunkins whether they were calico or not.

 

Just missing two more colors :teehee

 

But I like this one... Love the color pattern I would have kept him too :)

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Call it a sakura shubunkin.  The color variation and the one button eye identify this as a nacreous fish -- mostly matt, which gives beautiful color.  Did both parents have some black and blue colors?  Usually you get sakura from crossing a shubunkin with a red or red and white metallic.

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By the way, I forgot to mention, very nice fish.

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Thanks to all of you for the nice comments.  :)

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Call it a sakura shubunkin.  The color variation and the one button eye identify this as a nacreous fish -- mostly matt, which gives beautiful color.  Did both parents have some black and blue colors?  Usually you get sakura from crossing a shubunkin with a red or red and white metallic.

Both parents are shubunkins that I got a couple of years ago at PetsMart. I'll try to post a pic of the parents if I can find a decent one. Out of last years spawn there were calicos, mattes and mettallics which is what I thought was normal for offspring of two calico fish. Is that not right? One interesting thing I noticed was that all the metallic ones turned out wild colored. No orange ones at all. 

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That's perfectly normal, since nacreous fish result from having both a matt and a metallic gene.  The wild colored (homozygous) metallics lack the demelanizing gene that takes a fish from wild color to red, orange, yellow, white. etc.  

 

If a calico fish has the demelanizing gene, all the black and blue turns to red, orange, yellow, etc. when the fish reaches the age of "coloring."  This results in a sakura fish.  Thus, breeders say you shouldn't cross calico with  colored metallics.  The progeny  lack the desirable black and blue colors.

 

You can read a good basic discussion of color here.

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 Your photo's are so bright and clear.  Beautiful fish.  How big is s/he?

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Beautiful fish! :D

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 Your photo's are so bright and clear.  Beautiful fish.  How big is s/he?

Thanks. I'm not too happy with those pictures. I'm trying something different and it's not working like I want it too. On the plus side, they are fairly sharp and the color is good so it's not all bad.

 

The fish (haven't named it/don't know the sex yet) is right at three inches body length. About five nose to tail.

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That is a really pretty guy! And great photography.

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He's a looker! :)

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He is gorgeous if I lived near you then I would think twice about keeping him as I would have to come round and steal him :)

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Beautiful!!!!!

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