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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Misty - 2011-07-19
PLEASE HELP! :(( I have a black moor fish that I have had for about 6 months-year and yesterday I noticed his gills were swollen on both sides. I have searched and searched but can't find any information on swollen gills or what could be the problem. He looks normal otherwise but has been acting very strange. He will sit at the top of the water level with his face in the corner, won't eat until the food sinks to the bottom. It seems to have a hard time breathing and sometimes swimming. I want to help him and get him well before its too late and I hope I caught it soon enough. :(( Please if anyone has any information or has gone through this before, any information helps! I don't want to treat him or do anything that could cause him to die or get sicker until I am sure what his illness is.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-07-19
    Usually behavior problems (acting strange)is a result of the tank conditions. Behavior like sitting in the corner, not eating, gasping at surface etc. Check out all your tank conditions - temperature water etc.
    Next attached is article on Fish Diseases and Treatments - scroll down to you come to symptoms. I was looking at dropsy but another symptoms might be closer. You can see your little fella and I can't. Look at symptoms and determine what is condition and corresponding treatment is recommended.
  • Jenny Rybacki - 2011-07-31
    Ick can cause swollen looking gills. I treated with Coppersafe when our tank became infected once and sadly only one out of 4 goldfish survived. We had a black moor, 2 fancy, and 1 calico. The survivor was one of the red fancy. We have since replaced her tank mates with a single black moor and are debating on whether to add another friend in the near future. They are both thriving now. I waited a month after treating to purchase the new fish and look over the fish at the pet store every couple weeks to see how well they are taken care of and keep a rapport with the fish guy there.
jessica - 2011-06-23
I love moor goldfish..I'm sad..I want to know why my black moor died..I didn't feed him for like a week because I went out of town and forgot. So when I came back he was still alive but had to go buy food so I bought him at walgreens store. It's called "GOLDFISH flake food" the brand is "wardley". So the next day after feeding him he was dead and is turned orange and floating. Why did he die? Is it because the food I gave him was not for him or he died of hunger?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-06-23
    I am sorry your little guy died but it doesn't make any difference as to why or how. There was probably food in the tank when you left and maybe he ate too much when you got home. Doubt it is the brand but who knows. Maybe he just got sick. Maybe there was a really cold or hot spell. Some things we just can't know but I am sorry.
  • Jodie - 2011-07-21
    Fish can live for 2 weeks without food so it wasnt that you weren't feeding him that he died or the brand. You said that he was turned orange, black moors turn orange in warm water so I think that the water was to warm for him or went up to quickly which is the cause of death. Sorry for your loss :(
mark dunn - 2010-11-18
Hi my black moor has like a blister looking thing on its eye, what is it?

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  • jaylen - 2011-07-04
    Well my black moor eyes are cut up and are about to fall out.:(
  • Charlie Roche - 2011-07-05
    There are several things it could be. I have cut/paste the eye problems from the Animal World Article on Fish Diseases and Symptoms. This might help but also read the article for further description as to what your little guy might have. The recommended treatment is also there.

    Eye Problems
    Symptoms: Cloudy cornea, opaque lens, pop eye, swelling, blindness.

    Cloudy cornea can result from a bacterial invasion. Antibiotics may help.
    Opaqueness can result from poor nutrition or a metacercaria invasion (grubs). Try foods with added vitamins and changing the diet to include variety.
    Pop eye (exophtalmia) can result from rough handling, gas embolism, tumors, bacterial infection, or vitamin A deficiency. Gas bubble or bacterial infection can be treated successfully with penicillin or amoxicillin.
    Blindness can be caused by poor nutrition or excessive light. Lowering the light level and a change of diet to include lots of variety may help prevent it.

sue - 2009-07-17
Help please, I own a black moor and love him dearly but he is sitting at the bottom of the tank all the time and only comes up for food. His eyes look frosty and he looks totally blind. What can I do as he is getting sores on him. We bought another gold fan tail but that one is too sitting on the floor and getting sore, please help

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  • john roscoe - 2010-07-01
    We have had 2 black moors for years now, we introduced 4 new fish into our tank and they have gone downhill ever since. All they do is sit on the tank floor floor and hardly move. We are at a loss what to do, we know everything regarding the water is ok, all we can put it down to is stress. We removed the 4 new fish and nothing has changed.
  • Maddy Morris - 2010-12-09
    Help my black moore fish has white stuff all over it's body and it keeps growing! Please help.
  • mands - 2011-06-28
    It sounds like your fish has a fungus. Check the PH levels of the tank. If the PH levels are too high (from ammonia (fish waste), they become stressed and develop a fungus called ick. It can be treated if you catch it early enough. Fungus can be fatal as it gets into their gills if left untreated. When they have this (from being stressed) they also tend to have fin rot with it (looks like tattered and shredded fins).
Gail - 2011-06-13
I have a black moor and I kept him in a tank with a bubble eyed goldfish. They were happy together until the bubble eyed one died. I now only have the black moor. He seems to eat very little now and constantly swims back and forth in the aquarium. Does he do this because he is now alone or what????

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-06-14
    I couldn't believe this but science has done studies and shows that these fish have a memory span of at least 3 months. I would guess your little guy is just looking for his friend. They probably don't understand gone but probably understand missing. Unless you just want the one fish, why don't you think about getting another black moor, or bubble eye or fancy -- they are so pretty. Us humans always want friends.
andrea - 2011-06-06
Why have the eyes of my black moor fish turned white...the 2 of them. They never used to be like that now they both are totally white???!!!!!!!

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-06-06
    Animal World has this information regarding problems on the eyes. You can also click on Fish Diseases and Treatment and scrool down to the bottom which highlights symptoms. The corresponding recommended treatement is listed. Sounds like cloudy eye which is treatable. Good luck and let us know.

    Eye Problems
    Symptoms: Cloudy cornea, opaque lens, pop eye, swelling, blindness.

    ◦Cloudy cornea can result from a bacterial invasion. Antibiotics may help.
    ◦Opaqueness can result from poor nutrition or a metacercaria invasion (grubs). Try foods with added vitamins and changing the diet to include variety.
    ◦Pop eye (exophtalmia) can result from rough handling, gas embolism, tumors, bacterial infection, or vitamin A deficiency. Gas bubble or bacterial infection can be treated successfully with penicillin or amoxicillin.
    ◦Blindness can be caused by poor nutrition or excessive light. Lowering the light level and a change of diet to include lots of variety may help prevent it.

Robbie Graham - 2011-05-19
Blackmoore sick or lazy?

One of my black moores has been lazing around on the bottom of the tank for about a week. Now I treated him for constipation but has not changed, he still lies on the bottom till fed, all the water levels are fine btw. Can Anyone HELP?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-05-19
    Doesn't sound right to me. I attached an article on Fish Diseases and Symptoms and you can scroll down to see if there is anything that sorta sounds like what your fella is doing. He is eating and I found nothing about just laying on the bottom but to me it sounds like a behavior issue which is usually something to do with PH, or water temperature or lights or something with the tank. Just check the tank again to make sure and look at the article. OK? Good luck.
  • john adams - 2011-06-05
    This sounds alot like SBD (swim bladder disorder). See, sometimes fish get too much oxygen in their swim bladder which helps control their depth in the water. When this happens, the fish starts floating upsidedown but is still alive. To cure SBD, fast your fish for 3 days and then feed it boiled skinned mashed peas. This should cure him.
    Mine sticks around the bottom of the Tank too,but also swims off key and upside down for a while.Me personally i think they stick around the bottom after having a stressfull time trying to get theirselves righted.

Ed Shinn - 2010-12-08
Help, my Black Moore are changing to beautiful but unwanted Gold fish. That's not so bad, but one Black Moore has been swimming upside down on top for the last 2 months. So much so that he has a sore on his belly from exposure... I thought he was dying, but is very active with the others and my larger regular gold fish. I bought three Black Moores five years ago, one is still black (inverted), one is changing back to white (cute) with spots of gold and one is completely gold. The one changed first is a female the others are males and the larger gold fish is male.

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  • Anonymous - 2011-01-05
    Hey Ed, did you ever find an answer to this question? My black moore is doing the same thing and it is scary! Thanks
  • Anonymous - 2011-01-13
    If he's still swimming upside down then you may be over feeding him, don't feed him for 2 or3 days and he may turn back over. You should really speak to someone at an aquatics centre if you have a problem with your fish.
  • Anonymous - 2011-01-19
    Your fish may have swim bladder disease, I would look into it! My black moor got this too.
  • Karen WhiteEagle - 2011-01-20
    I got my black moor two months ago, but for the last week he is floating on top of the water and bloated and spiraling to move, it seems only one side of the body works and he is half curled but is vibrant, although his eyes are odd looking, being new fish caregiver, I moved him into an aquarium and feed him fish flakes regularly, and I need to try to figure out if he is bloated from constipation, has bladder disease and needs an antibiotic, or what I can do to help, we just got another black moor last week for our 10 gal tank, a small to medium sized one, but I had to take him out because he is trying to nibble on this poor fella trying to heal. I hope I can find these medications and figure out what is wrong with him/her and regain the health, I don't know but watching him suffer is really sad...he is barely able to see at all and seemed to do well. I didn't have a good filtration system, but went and got him one this last week to do the job, there hasn't been a lot of improvement, but I just hope to not lose this big guy, he's about 4 in. and we really love him a lot, I have 2 bettas that are doing well too...I sure have a lot to learn! The bettas are not together, both male and not in this tank neither. I appreciate any help anyone has. Thanks!
  • jennifer - 2011-02-06
    Is your fish still alive by chance? I have a 7 plus year old gold fish that has been living like you said your fish was for a month now as well. It's almost as if he's lost control of half his body. He swims upside down and is curled at bottom of tank. He actually gets food from the bottom though on his one side. Help.
  • brandin - 2011-02-06
    I would take your fish to the vet soon as possible some people say that your fish can get disease that mess with your fish. I love these animals and know many others do too, so I will advise taking to a vet.
  • Annemarie - 2011-02-09
    Try adding some aquarium salt to the tank (5g per 10 litres should do it....add it in two halves over 2 days) and changing your fish food to sinking food rather than flakes, black moores are prone to swim bladder as they take too much air in when they feed at the surface of the tank. The salt will help him to regulate this.
  • s.p - 2011-02-11
    I just wanted to say that I keep my 'moors' in a large tank, have done for years where they are very happy, they are various ages and do change colour with age, so don't be alarmed, as for the fish with the sore belly check that checked out, don't leave your fish distressed. One of my fish kept swimming upside down, but it was always first up to the food and greedy, this may be what's happening.
  • Aluyasha - 2011-03-02
    It does sound like swim bladder disease. It is caused by feeding your fish too much and it becoming constipated. Fast your fish for a few days then feed him a thawed pea, this helps move his waste along. Do not use aquarium salt, as it makes your fish hold in moisture. If he does not improve, give him an epsom salt treatment. Put him in a bath of it for 20 minutes everyday for, I would say, 10 days. Epsom salt helps pull out moisture and move along waste. Add about a teaspoon for every 5 gallons.
    I hope all your fish get better!
  • Meg - 2011-03-27
    You shouldn't put Black Moors with just normal goldfish so they could have fought or something like that and hurt him self.. Is it ok now?
  • Felix - 2011-04-07
    I have a black moor and I went through that same swim bladder disease problem with it. I put it aside by itself at a different tank isolated from the rest and added an anti-bacterial pill to the water that amazingly took care of the problem within 24 hrs! I ran out of those pills and I don't have the info handy but I will come back and post the info about them.

    Now I have another problem with that same fish... his left eye is white (and I'm talking about the eye itself, not its surrounding areas). I tried putting him aside again with that pill and it didn't work. I tried also API Melafix for 48 hrs and it hasn't worked.

    Do you have any ideas on how to help my black moore? Is this eye cloud?

    This is my black moore set aside under Melafix treatment

  • meka - 2011-05-10
    Also black moors will turn brownish gold if the temperature in the tank is too warm. So make sure it is not to warm or to cold.
kaya penelope - 2011-04-18
I know absolutely nothing about fish. I bought a home with koi pond in back. I am in upstate NY and since I closed during January I had no clue what was actually in there until a month ago. I have 2 dogs and unfortunately could not keep larger dog out of pond so I had to give away most of the fish. Only one remained as I felt very attached. She is a black moor named Marvin. I did not know her sex obviously. So she has some translucent film over one eye and tried to find sulfates at local pet store with no luck. Here are my queries.1. She is about 3 inches long. Will she be OK in a 20 gallon tank with filter? 2. Does she need a friend? 3. I am feeding her koi pellets. Approximately 5 a day. Too much? Too little? I am just worried because I know nothing and I don't want Marvin to suffer. She survived a horrendous winter outside and almost died when a hole got in the liner from dog and pond drained. She lived in a small puddle for 6 hours. Her past koi roommates were very large and with her eyesite she still ate and survived! Marvin rocks. Please help.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-04-18
    You can read up on the Black Moor by clicking on the link for Black Moor. It will help. Lots of information there. 1. Yes, your Moor should be fine in a 20 gallon. They do get large - many go 5 pounds and 12 - 18 inches. They have memories and Marvin will learn to recognize you. You can also teach them tricks. I mention these things only because I was sure surprised at them. 2. They would normally be in schools of fish in the wild so a friend wouldn't hurt but then I would go for at least a 30 gallon tank. They do get large. They are hardy. 3. You would normally feed a goldfish several times a day as much as they wish to eat in approximately 5 minutes. What goes in comes out as they have no stomach and a lot of feces. So a good filter will help and limit what she eats to several times a day but just for 5 minutes. Also click on Fish Diseases and Treatment as it sounds like Marvin may have Cloudy Eye which is a bacterial thing and fixable. Just scroll down the information till you get to Cloudy Eye and it explains the symptoms and then has recommended medicine. Enjoy Marvin. They are neat fish.
  • kaya penelope - 2011-04-20
    Thank you very much for your reply....I sincerely appreciate it.
Emily - 2011-02-18
I have four black moors in a 102 gallon tank. I love them all.. they are fun to watch and sometimes squeeze!

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  • katie - 2011-03-11
    Sorry squeeze?