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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Hector Lo - 2009-02-23
Hi! I just bought 2 Black Moors on 22-2-2009! Many 2's huh? I dont know which is a female and which is a male ? There's one smaller than the other, and its movements are quite slower...

I had named my fish- Adwerd for the big one and Iricse for the small one, but i cant tell which is which, but Iricse has more shiny belly while Adwerd belly is dimmer.

My tank are getting full of fish wastes, when should i clean them???

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  • charlotte - 2010-11-21
    Clean them every week, make sure you clean the gravel as well as the water and you put your tap water safety stuff in it too!
Kimberlee - 2009-08-05
Hi, i recently got a black moor named scales, and after a week or so his tank mate died. He was ok on his own for a while but now hes sitting at the bottom of the tank for long periods of time and im starting to get worried. what do i do?

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  • charlotte - 2010-11-21
    He is probably depressed, the same happened to me and I bought an orange oranda and he is so much happier swimming about all day and follows me around my kitchen, get him a friend but make sure the friend isn't faster than he is for the food else he will end up going hungry too.
jen - 2010-09-07
Hi there, I need some help with my black moor goldfish. It is having trouble swimming, it can swim but as soon as he stops he floats to the top and turn belly. I have two other goldfish one comet/fan tail, does anyone else. Can you tell what is wrong and if it can be fixed?

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  • Mo - 2010-09-09
    It seems like your fish has a problem with its swim bladder. I had a ryukin who lived a long life with this problem, but obviously it would have been better if we'd known how to fix it at the time!
    My pet shop here has medicine to help with this, shouldn't be too expensive, about €5 - €10here. Hope this helps!
  • Anonymous - 2010-09-12
    You should take your black moor in to a pet store or the dealer where you got him. Luckily they are very hardy fish, so he does stand a chance if there is anything wrong with him. Do some research to make sure you are giving him the right foods and everything. I used to have one, and I hope to get another. They are so beautiful!
  • Rose - 2010-09-13
    It could be that your fish is bloated. It has had too much food. Maybe give him some peas that usually helps and cut down on the food. I have had black moors for a long time. I find that if I let the food float on the surface that goldfish will get a lot of air which also causes bloating.
  • sara red - 2010-09-15
    You can"t fix it.
  • jo - 2010-09-29
    Hey! I have a comet fan tail and black moor too! I know EXACTLY what's wrong.. your black moor may just have swim bladder disease. It's not serious and is easily cured. Here are some easy treatments: 1. feed him a pea, chopped into bite-sized chunks 2. buy a real aquarium plant to put oxygen into the water 3. put in freshwater aquarium salt (you can buy aquarium salt at Petco) .
  • Gretchen - 2010-10-01
    I have one that is doing the exact same thing. I inherited the fish from my daughter. She said it has always swam and floated upside down. Why? Inquiring minds want to know if the fish needs help.
  • sun shine - 2010-10-01
    I feel your pain! I too have a black moor that has this problem. She is a little over 4 yrs old is considered xt large( about the size of two fists) and I have looked for a while online for the answer to this question and have never found it! I hope by now you have 'cause I would like to know myself. My tank is a 30 gal. I have 2 fish in it, a 7.5 in comment and my moor. They eat LOTS and the tank MUST be cleaned once a month,at least.
  • Anonymous - 2010-10-07
    Swim bladder problems.. look into it online or go to a pet store.. they will have better advice.. and are you feeding him floating food that he has to swim up to get.. I always feed my black moor the sinking goldfish pond food... he loves it and I try and sneak other things into his diet.. they eat just about anything he can put into his gut lol... anywho I hope you get your fish well!
  • georgia - 2010-10-08
    Sounds like your fish has gas. Take a can of peas and try to get him to eat 1. Continue daily until he sinks again. This worked for my black moor.
  • Jim - 2010-10-18
    Are you feeding it floating food? I was feeding my moor & 3 orandas floating pellets, and one oranda would bob around like a bubble and float belly-up to the top of the tank. After I switched foods to slow-sinking 'crumbs' and freeze-dried plankton and krill, her problem was solved.
  • j thomas - 2010-10-28
    I am told it is damage to their swim bladder and nothing can be done. They took in to much air when eating and damaged their swim bladder. Is this true. what can I do
  • Anonymous - 2010-10-28
    Feed him a pea. We cook them and squeeze the inside out into the tank. Throw away the skin. This always helps our black moor stop floating.
  • mel - 2010-11-05
    Hi there, your fish has air in the swim bladder, if you google it it will tell you more, but at the end of the day there's not much you can do except maybe feed it pea's, peas work as a laxative for fish. What may have caused the air in the bladder could have been a block in the bowel. Also half the water in the tank helps apparently. Hope this has helped you a bit, I just 3-4 weeks ago lost an 8yo fish to the same thing.
  • LCK - 2010-11-17
    It sounds like he's being... 'crowded,' in the tank. Are you sure the tank is clean/large enough for him and his buddies? The larger fish need a lot of space, it sounds like he's under a lot of strain - I've heard that it's easier for them to breathe when they flip on their backs, you'll see this with any large fish. If something isn't done soon, he may die.
    Good luck!
  • Andrea - 2010-11-18
    Jen, I am having the same problems with my Moor. Did you ever find out the solution or what is wrong with him/her?
  • charlotte - 2010-11-21
    It's probably swim bladder disease, when you put food into the tank and they go up for it, they can also catch air bubbles and it can make their bellys/bottoms float up, stop feeding your fish for a couple of days and when you next feed him/her make sure the food sinks either to the bottom or it catches the food as it floats down.
franky - 2009-08-17
I bought a black moor yestarday, and I brought it home and put it in a gold fish bowl and that nite I went to bed the next day I woke up and it was half white and looked very sick!
So I moved it into a new goldfish tank and its colour came back and it is fine now!
When can I move my fish back into the old tank and stil keep it helthy? :)

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  • charlotte - 2010-11-21
    Was your gold fish bowl filtered? Did he have enough air in the water and was the water treated? If you want to transfer your new fish into an existing tank, take some of the water the fish is currently in into the tank and then move him in, make sure the water temps are the same else it may shock the poor fish.
sarah - 2010-11-04
I am so sad :( I lost two black moors today. About three days ago I noticed that the big ones tail was very ratty and the little one was hiding. Then I noticed the big one had white spots on him and his tail was a lot shorter than it had been. I went and got Parasite Clear and Ick Guard and started treatments as well as water changes. They were seemed like they were kind of getting better and then all of a sudden today they both died. I want to get other ones but I am afraid I will kill them again. What happened?

Jo - 2010-07-30
I just got two black moors today at walmart, and they are sooo cool!

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  • Gloria - 2010-11-04
    Me too! I got 2 black moors at walmart today! Lol
Lacey - 2010-03-23
I was thinking about getting a blackmoore goldfish or a telescope goldfish (most likely blackmoore)....I will be getting only one fish ....I was wondering if it was ok to put it in a large goldfish bowl or will I need a tank with a filter?

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  • Coupe - 2010-09-30
    Well, I have two goldfish, one a black moor and the other a common goldfish, and they get along great. I asked the man at petco, and he said the only kind of fish that really gets along well with a gold fish is another goldfish. I may warn you that black moors get sick easily, so be sure to change the water every now and then. I hope you enjoy your black moor. ^__^
  • jus fish - 2010-10-09
    You will need a tank preferably a 30gal to start with and yes filtration is a must since goldies give off lots of waste, please no sharp objects in the tank-moors eyes are very susceptible to scratches and stuff.
  • ebonyfish - 2010-10-20
    I just purchased a black moore goldfish. I keep it in a 5 gal tank with filtration system. I would advise you not to just use a bowl. They require moving water and a clean environment. I would say at least a 5 gal or bigger just for one fish. I would visit a local petsmart or petco and ask any question you might have. They have all the info on what you would need to keep your new fish happy.
Cori - 2010-09-13
I have one of these fish and this morning I woke up and his right eye is all filmy looking almost like cataracs on an elderly person, does anyone know about this please let me know at I'm worried about my Lil BUbbles.

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  • georgia - 2010-10-08
    Sounds like the beginnings of ick. Ask your fish store guys for appropriate medicine and dosage for tank size. If you have other fish in the tank, separate them.
Breda - 2010-10-03
Hi I just purchased a black moor along with a common gold fish yesterday, both seemed to adapt to their new environment quite well however today the black moor appeared to swim to the top of the tank then drift slowly back down staying on the bottom. I'm guessing the fish is quite old or is this typical of the black moor?

jo - 2010-09-28
I have a black moor in an outdoor pond with a gold fantail, and a koi. They have lived together for over a year now, so I know they get along and are thriving. But now I am worried about my black moor because one of his eyes has "popped". Should this be a major concern? He is still eating and swimming happily, I don't know what happened.