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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Janice - 2010-03-11
The smaller of my Black Moors on occasion has always laid dormant on the bottom of the pond but feeds well and has never caused me concern. However just recently he been floating on the surface of the water upside down. When it first happened I thought he was dead and proceeded to fish him out with my net only to be surprised when he swam away. Any ideas what can be the cause of this.

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  • Sara - 2010-03-12
    Have you been feeding it too much?? Or he could just have some gas bubble disease that happened to my betta. If I were you I would go to the nearest pet store and ask a professional.
  • Nick - 2010-03-15
    I also have a blackmoor that swims upside down. I have been told that it is swim bladder, where air is trapped in the fish's bladder. All you have to do is feed it a pea. It seemed to work with my fish.

    Hope it works,

  • Nelly - 2010-03-20
    hi Janice, your fish probably has swim bladder disese, I would take him to a fish vet or buy swim bladder medication. I hope it works!
  • Dave - 2010-04-15
    Yes, I think that there is a problem with the air bladder of the fish causing the fish to become upside down. This could be due to constipation. The best way to cure this is to net the fish and place it in a tank of shallow water, just enough to cover the fish, leaving about 2 inches of water above the fish, then increase oxygen by placing a good air stone in the water, also feed only live food such as blood worms. Sometimes this condition cures itself without any help.
dilbert - 2010-01-08
What other fish can black moors be with... I have a large fish tank and I want to have more than just black moors.

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  • tristine - 2010-02-17
    I actually housed my black moor fish with a plecostomus, and goldfish! They do excellent the best of friends.
  • michael - 2010-03-02
    I house my black moor with a teloscope goldfish, a dojo loach and 2 comet goldfish. They all hang out and swim together fine. Only thing is the comet goldys will eat the food fast, so what I do is get my moor and tele up to the top first by luring them with my finger, throw a little food on top of them then, and half a pinch spread around the rest of the tank.
  • Anonymous - 2010-03-05
    Ok lets first just say anyone that has goldfish of any kind knows that they aren't known as the cleanest fish, but they are the kindest fish that I know of. I have 4 tanks with a total of 21 fish. I have all kinds of fish. Black moors can be put in with any of the goldfish family. Just be sure that they are of the same size so there isn't a lot of chasing around. Comets, common gold, fish fantails. I hope this helps some.
  • Yolanda - 2010-03-10
    I wish i could help u i bought one today and she has eaten five of my other fish now i dnt no what to do
Megaaanx - 2010-03-07
Right, so my black moor 'ishy' isn't doing so well. He was in a tank with a large oranda like fish and a smaller one. The small one died totally out of the blue and now ishy is sick. The other night he was lying on his side floating at the top, not being able to dive down to the bottom. I looked it up and it said he has gas, so I fed him a pea and now he can dive to the bottom. The problem is he keeps lying down there. Every now and then he will come up for food but he's acting odd. I had to take the oranda out as he decided it would be okay to attack ishy whilst he was chilling at the bottom. The pet shop man said to add aquarium salt and swim bladder treatment. So yday I gave him a water change and added the treatments. He perked up a little and his clamped fin has seemed to loosen up a little. He was swimming against the filter for more than an hour last night, letting it push him down, he'd swim back up to it then let it push him down again. I thought he was maybe just feeling better and larking around. I got up this morning and he's changed colour. He was black and now he is still kinda black but the bronze is shinning through even more. Any ideas what the deal is with him?

annie - 2010-02-18
I have a black moor goldfish and he's not too well. His tail doesn't look as big as it did, like it's disappearing, and the ends are turning white. I went to a pet shop and she gave me stuff for bacterial infections and told me to add it too the tank everyday for 7 days.
Today I found him floating in a straight line head up to the top of the water, and noticed that he has a white spot on his butt. Don't know if it's stopping him going to the bathroom.

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  • Melina - 2010-03-05
    Hello there. I also have a black moor goldfish that this time last year had the very same condition. You need to treat him with melafix. It works wonders. What your fish has is called fin & tail rot. It will take a while but his fins and tail will start to grow back. It's a very slow process so be patient all will be well.
Tania - 2010-02-12
I just bought a rather large Black moor who insisted on sitting on the bottom corner of my tank for a little over a week i checked the ph at the pet shop and they said all is good i have a few other black moors who are now doing the same thing which is very unusual as they were very active before. recently i noticed my smaller molls had white stringy stuff on there tails the large on looks good and is swimming around happily but my smaller ones have just died, i also have a fantail that is having the ssame problem looks like she going to die next

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  • Katie - 2010-03-04
    It sounds like your fish may have a type of fin rot. This can be treated with medication. When you tested your water, did you only test the pH or did you test other factors also? Ammonia, nitrite, and nitrate are all possible contributors to your problem. They come from built up waste product and food in the tank. If either of these are out of their optimum levels (0-0.25 ppm ammonia, 0-0.5 ppm nitrite, 0-40 ppm nitrate), this is something you need to address before using the medication. Usually keeping up on water changes will keep these levels in check, so make sure you are performing the MINIMUM 25% monthly water changes with gravel vacuuming. Also, keep in mind that when keeping a number of Black Moors, you need a large aquarium (ex: 54 gallon minimum for 3 full grown fish). You will need a minimum of 2 gallons per one inch of younger Black Moors. *Note: When treating your aquarium with medication, you normally have to remove any carbon from your filter during the treatment process.
  • Nelly - 2010-03-20
    your fish have tail-and-fin-rot. you can buy medication for it.
tina - 2010-03-02
I find that moor goldfish are pretty nasty... I have a bunch of fish and the tank gets extremely dirty very fast. So I put him with my bad betta, that probly killed about 10 fish so far.

Bethany - 2010-02-16
Have you tried Ich medicine? A few of our freshwater fish died from it (although ours was manifested in white spots) before we figured it out. You have to buy some medicine for your tank to get rid of it. Do it fast, because the Ich is actually a parasite that kills the fish, so that may be why your smaller fish died first.

rebecca richardson - 2010-02-14
Hi, I am new to keeping fish and I've found this website very helpful in answering a few niggley questions I've had by reading your info and from peoples questions that have been answered. Great website, keep it up, Bec.

J. - 2010-02-01
Laylovv,.. they need water changes too! I have mine in a nice tank with a heater and a filter for him and he is doing great!

Also, I have my black moors (2) in with a Gourami, Fantail goldfish and a regular goldfish. Just because they have bad eye sight doesn't mean you have to have them just with black moors or just alone. All fish are different and don't always hold true to the "standards" just like dogs. My black moors are doing great, they chase the others around, dart in between all the decorations and plants. They like to sit back and watch the others pick up the rocks and spit them back out. I love this site...!

rose - 2010-01-25
HI, I just recently got a moor but how big will it get, I don't really have a big tank. My friends say they double their size in a month!