Animal Stories - Black Moor Goldfish


Animal-World Information about: Black Moor Goldfish

The Black Moor Goldfish is basically a black version of the Telescope Goldfish, though the eyes usually don't protrude as far as they do on the Telescope!
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Karen - 2014-08-28
A black moor should NEVER be kept in a bowl, and should have 10 gallons per fish. Black moors do not grow to the size of their tank; they continue to grow regardless. Also, just because they are a hearty fish does not mean that they should be in dirty water. Goldfish produce a lot of waste so the ammonia level will rise in your tank if you don't do regular water changes. THIS CAN HARM YOUR FISH. Also, just a tip that isn't mentioned. If you have a large black moor and baby snails, the moor might eat your snails.

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rachel - 2014-08-18
hi i am just letting yas know that i had two of them black moor goldfish and one of them killed the other one so just be aware

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  • Karen - 2014-08-28
    That's really unusual. Black moors are typically non-violent, and should live very well with another black moor. Are you sure there wasn't anything else wrong with the other fish?
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RACHEL GREEN - 2014-08-15
I have fantail gold fish which is staying at bottom of tank and can onlt swim a little tries to go up but seem s like its to heavy to swim yo then top. It moves around the tank at bottom. Bit stays in same location for a long time then moves again. Could this be constipation or bladder disease? What should i do?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-08-15
    Lethargy is often cause by water quality, try doing a partial water change to see if that's the problem.
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Jerr - 2009-03-07
I have a 6 year old black moor goldfish who is the LAZIEST fish I've ever owned. He was originally in a little 5gal, and as he has grown so have his tanks. He ALWAYS has prefered sitting on the bottom of the tank. Probably because he manages to hurt himself when he swims. Over the years I have rescued him from the filter system (making one eye larger than the other), later from an ornamental log he was stuck in for a couple of days (making the other eye blind and blood shot). He is currently the size of my fist and is a brilliant gold/orange color with black tipped fins. He lives in a 105gal tank happily laying on his side on the bottom. He has 4 healthy fat tank mates who all swim normally, although my fantail will sit with him to keep him company, and from time to time you will see him haphazardly swim around for excercise. So I have chalked all this up to pure laziness, and PERHAPS a damaged swim bladder due to his near death experiences through the years.
I anticipate him being around for years to come. If anything, he makes for interesting conversation with guests.

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  • raye - 2014-01-21
    I have a black moor too that got herself in all kinds of trouble. Got stuck in her light house and damged her gills... she too was a bit lazy but I found if I give her 1 or 2 thawed frozen peas deshelled every day it gets her moving....good luck.
  • Mark - 2014-02-19
    I have a Black moor and when I woke up he was at the bottom of the tank so I came to the tank and he was still alive. So I gave him some food and then I relized that he is struggling to chew his food. I got a good look at his mouth and it's kind of stuck together. I will check him up and see if he is poorly or not also I will give a water check. Please have a solution for this problem and help my poor black moor.
  • BBP - 2014-08-13
    Actually my reply is for Mark who unfortunately is listed as a reply also and has a serious issue needing help. I see its been a few months so if you have an update please let us know not as a reply but a separate story/comment. My suggestion would be to see if your fish has anything trapped inside its mouth or see if its mouth fungus. Ive never had a goldfish have gravel stuck in its mouth but I am fighting mouth fungus on one and that stuff just will not go away! So Mark please give us an update and I hope its a happy one.
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Torren Sutton - 2014-06-25
Well I have a black moor and I have a comet goldfish but I don't have a filter for them. Will they die? I have water salt but will they die or not?

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  • BBP - 2014-08-13
    As I've sure you've read here, those aren't the best two types to have together but it can work if you pay attention to whats going on and stay on top of water quality, etc. I prefer the Moors, Telescopes, and fantails but I received a Comet as a gift. All I will say in answer to you question is that the likelihood of your fish dying sooner rather than later is raised exponentially without a filter. Goldfish are voracious eaters and produce a lot of waste. Waste turns into ammonia and other nasties, and the entire tank bio chemistry will be off. Fish need good clean water, space to grow and swim, and peace from more aggressive fish. Do yourself and your fish a favor and buy a filter, change the filter medium as directed, and also invest in an aquarium test kit. API makes several & I personally go to a store to purchase or use Amazon. Last bit of advice - read, read, read, as much as you can on their care and treatment. They are an investment both financially and for your time but the joy you will receive in turn is priceless.
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lynett shier - 2014-08-06
i'm so upset my black moore of five years + has disappeared in my tank it wasn't ill and i can't find it dead anywhere the other fish are fine would they have eaten him :-(

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-08-13
    So sorry to hear about your Black Moor. It is possible the other fish could have eaten him, but if it has been a compatible community tank, it most likely only occurred at night, and probably only if the fish had already died.
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Charmaine - 2014-03-08
Can a black Moore be with a Siamese fighter female?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-03-09
    They can be fine if the tank is large enough and there are plenty of hiding places. Plants, even artificial help to provide places for retreat.
  • David Brough - 2014-08-04
    Actually, Bettas are only aggressive towards other Bettas. I have kept them with all kinds of other community type fish.
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Hector - 2011-01-31
Hello! I have 2 black moors in a 17 litre tank. One of my black moors is staying under the log or in the bottom, Why won't he/she swim around?

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  • Jacqui - 2014-06-11
    Correct me if I'm wrong on this conversion, but I'm pretty sure 17 liters = about 4-5 gallons which is way too small for two black moors. I was always told to go by 10 gal per fish, so you would want to get at least a 20 gallon tank. The inactivity may be due to the stress of being in such a small space with another fish. Hope this helps!
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CJ - 2014-05-30
So I have a Blackmore goldfish and I got him yesterday and I had an oranda and two comets too and they're really cool. My nanny named him Charlie (blackmoorgoldfish) and I was reading the comments on one guy and he said that you shouldn't keep them with a fish except Moors and that's wrong because as soon as I put in the food the oranda and the comets ate and what fell to the bottom Charlie ate and he's fine now and I've had him for a day now and he's doing just fine.

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Laylovv - 2009-10-31
Moor Goldfish Owners, please do not put your moor in a tank with anything other than another Moor. If you are extremely experienced then disregard as you know what types can live in harmony. Moors are my favorite:) It makes me ill when I hear "I just bought a new moor goldfish and put him in a bowl" Or " my other fish nip my moor and scare him to the other side of the tank" Or "My moor is in a 3 gallon tank".

These fish CANNOT compete with anyother fish for food. If you think it is funny when your other fish nip at him try putting a pitbull in your bedroom and when ever you try to sleep it bites you. This is what your putting your Moor goldfish through. They are not athletes and their eyesite is poor but they have the best personalities of all fish I have owned. To kill a fish out of ignorance is still your fault. If you have killed more than 2 fish then pick a different hobby. Fish are not for children. If you are too busy to change 20% of the water each week then get a betta. If you do not have the money for a filter that is $20-$30 then go get a betta. If you do not have the money to buy your moor antibiotics or melafix or other remedies when it gets sick then you should not have a fish. MOOR GOLDFISH ARE THE MOST DELICATE FISH. DO NOT GET A MOOR GOLDFISH IF YOU HAVE NEVER HAD A FISH BEFORE.

Start with a Betta, or a NON-FANCY Goldfish. Regular old goldfish are very very hearty as are Bettas. These are fish you can put in a 3 gallon tank and feed and have very little responsibility.

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  • Mike - 2010-03-02
    "Moor Goldfish Owners, please do not put your moor in a tank with anything other than another Moor?

    The statement you've made is incorrect: I have a 30 gallon tank with a moor, tele, and dojo loach for the past 5 years and they get along fine, you don't have to house them with just moors as long as your goldies aren't fighting they can be housed with a bunch of different fish excluding aggressive fish as they will nip and bite at them.
  • Paige - 2010-03-16
    "If you are too busy to change 20% of the water each week then get a betta."

    Actually, water for a Betta should be changed more often than a Black Moor Goldfish, depending on the side of the tank. Anything under 1 gallon should have at least a 50% (preferably 100%) water change daily; anything over 1 gallon to five gallons should have a 20-30% water change weekly. Bettas are extremely prone to fin rot from dirty water, and although they are not overly dirty fish, their water does get contaminated fairly quickly.

    Please do not assume that Betta fish are the easiest of fish to care for. Contrary to popular belief, they in fact should not be kept in anything under 1 gallon, because the lack of surface area for them to move around in can cause them to get ill very quickly. Bettas also need a slightly warmer water temperature, from about 70F to 80F. Although Bettas are good for beginners, they can't be completely disregarded when it comes to care. If these small needs are fulfilled, these fish can be great pets that are full of personality :)
  • Ferrell - 2010-04-21
    Thats mean saying that kids cannot take care a black moor I just bought a black moor and my sis bought a shunbunkin yesterday. Today Blackie (black moor) is now the boss of the tank against a shunbunkin. I can change my water in the 2.5L fish tank. This is my first time having a fish and blackie is doing great with Sparkles (shunbunkin)
  • Gabi - 2010-06-21
    Hello Laylovv, I just red your comment about the Moor Goldfish; I got one for my anniversary, and he seems a little bit sick. Like wanting to be under some rocks that I have in my aquarium. And he also is having some strange actions like ''seeing dead'' or laying on his side. I'm so sad, I don't want him to die :/. Can you help me? Is there an antibiotic or a remedy that I can give him? Or do you know why is he doing this weird stuff? Thank you so much
  • Noah - 2010-06-23
    "Regular old goldfish are very very hearty as are Bettas. These are fish you can put in a 3 gallon tank and feed and have very little responsibility."

    Although Bettas might be ok in a tank that small, "regular old goldfish" need even more room than fancy goldfish like Black Moores! Common, comet, and shubunkin goldfish need 20 gallons per fish as they can attain a size twice as large as fancy goldfish.
  • betty - 2010-07-26
    I keep and love goldfish as well as bettas. There are many misconceptions that bettas can handle "dirty" water easier. It is very hard on them and I believe just as hard as on a goldfish. If you do want to start with a betta, decide to give it a good life by keeping its water clean and warm. If you decide to go with Moors, {I agree not the best first fish} be very sure they are getting food in their quite small mouths. They can slowly be starving, until one day they are limp and almost unable to respond. They can really have a hard time getting enough food. They need more observation than say Orandas or Lionheads but are wonderful.
  • Leah Macdonald - 2010-08-02
    I started out with 3 moor goldfish and they were fantastic. Two of the three died not long after I got them although they were not particularly healthy from the start as the shop I got them from was not very good. I still have one of the three which has lived quite happily with a fancy goldfish for the last 3 years in a 60L bio-orb tank. I also have another moor in another 60L tank which lives comfortably with 6 white clouds and 2 orandas with absolutely no problems. From my experience they can live well with other types of fish it just depends on the circumstances but I agree that they should not be kept in a bowl or a 3 gallon tank as they do grow quite big. I have one which started out as less than an inch big and is now at 6 inches in just 2 years.
  • jennie - 2013-03-21
    I have my black moore with another fancy gold fish and they r doing good so I don't know were u get ur info but it isn't true
  • Adam - 2013-07-11
    Got a Black Moor today after having goldfish for quite a few years, within a matter of minutes I noticed one of my gold fish chasing and nipping the moor, luckily I have a smaller tank which I have put my gold fish in and left my moor in the 54L tank, quite a character!
  • Jillian - 2014-03-14
    -_- NOT impressed with the Pit Bull comment. I love my Black Moor, but I love my Pit Bull too and I have a real problem with people using these beautiful animals as an example of nastiness and meanness. NOT impressed.
  • helga - 2014-05-23
    I have 3 goldfish and 2 black moors. I bought them at Walmart lol, but now after 3 years the goldfish have grown to 6 inches and the moors as well. I do have them outside in a 100 gallon metal tank and the Arizona winters don't bother them at all. The only weird thing is: one of the black moors has now turned almost completely orange. The black moors figured out pretty quick to come up with the goldfish when I throw food in the tank, and they may not see that great, but they sure get their share of the food. I do have a good filtration system in the tank. I wonder how long those fish will live?
  • Anonymous - 2014-06-03
    Dude, Bettas NEED filters.
  • Joe - 2014-06-05
    I had a black moor with two commons and two Shubunkins. My moor chased and nipped at them when I first got him. I had to put him in a separate tank while my Shubunkins tails healed. After a few weeks in solitary confinement I put him back with the rest of the gang. He learned his lesson and never nipped them again. Unfortunately he and two of the others eventually died from a severe fungal infection. Gave them all their meds but the meds took too long to kick in. I won't bother with a moor again quite simply because I don't trust myself to care for it properly.
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