Unusual Fish Behaviour


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Hello there!

I'm a new member, this is my first time keeping pond fish ^_^ I currently have 3 shubunkins and 2 fantails living in a 350 litre raised pond.

I hope I'm posting this in the right thread! Since this morning, I have noticed one of my baby shubunkins is circling one of the larger shubunkins. I have uploaded a video to YouTube and I will post a link below. This baby shubunkin isn't circling any of my other fish and is only following the large one. Very confusing behaviour! I have never seen this before. Wondering if anyone has any ideas? :cat:

(My apologies, can hear my mother in the background!)

-Xai
 
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Classic spawning behavior. The little guy may have ambitions that are bigger than his abilities, but he's giving it his best!
 

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Oooo that's interesting! Thank you for letting me know!! If they do manage to breed, when can I expect the babies? :joyful:
 
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I'm not really sure how fast they hatch, but I do know we never see them until they are an inch or so long. They are very tiny when born and are good at hiding until they feel safe coming out.
 
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Welcome to our forum!

Babies on the horizon! maybe
 

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Off the top of my head, I believe the eggs take a bout a week to hatch, and the babies take about a week after hatching to really start swimming around. And then it's another 3 weeks before they're easy to see.

However, the parents will eat the eggs after they lay them, and then they will eat any of the fry that they can fit in their mouths. This means that even if they have babies, you may not really end up with more goldfish.

Good luck!
 
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I quit feeding so the eggs and fry get eaten, but I always have xx amount of fry make it. If they did not eat some I would remove the netting and welcome the heron back I would be so overpopulated by now.
 
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Free sushi bar at @addy1 's! haha!

We get two or three new babies a year out of countless spawning sessions... nature provides for lots of babies to get a few to reach adulthood.
 

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