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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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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Mary Ball - 2014-02-23
Hi.  Is there a Facebook group for people that love black moor goldfish? 

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-02-25
    Gosh, I don't know... but if I find one I'll post it!
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kim - 2013-11-26
Hi there, last year I bought two small black moors to add to my large tank, I am not an experienced goldfish keeper by any standard, but five weeks ago my black moor laid a bunch of eggs. I was very surprised as I didn't know that they were a male and female, anyway, I was advised to remove the parent fish as they were eating the eggs and I have them in a smaller tank, many of the fry have died and the stronger ones are thriving. I just wanted to know when it would be a good time if any to put the parent fish back into the big tank?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-12-10
    Baby goldfish grow quickly. Possibly by the third week the parents could be re-introduced, though there may still be some risk, 4-5 weeks is probably better.
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Geraldine Bradley - 2013-10-10
Please help 6 weeks ago I bought a bigger tank. My black moor fish is now just lying at the bottom of the tank upside down and barely feeding I know changing tanks can cause stress but it's like he has lost the will to swim, I desperately want to help him but don't know how to......

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  • CHRIS GROBLER - 2013-11-14
    Hi there geraldine..ive got exactly the same problem..mine occured 3 weeks ago..I move the fish intoa breeding compartment for I did not know whether it was sick or pregnant...but its nit dying either..it swims when it wants and fast..but then its like its lazy and just lies there...if you get an answer please let me know
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Goldfish guy - 2013-08-19
Hey. I have black moors from Petsmart and they aren't egg shaped. Their body long. Is this something I should worry about?

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2013-08-20
    I would only worry if they have physical symptomos of sickness (spots, streaks, etc.), act lethargic, won't eat, or don't seem to be swimming correctly. Their body shape alone shouldn't be a cause of concern.
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teresa walker - 2013-07-21
I have a blackmoor, shubunkin, and a comet in my tank. They all go through phases of racing about the fish tank then they go docile. They all get on though. Is that normal behavior? I change the water weekly but my blackmoor just seems to prefer to be on his /her own. Can anyone help? Thanks.

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2013-07-24
    Do they seem healthy otherwise? Do they eat and swim normally most of the time? If so, they are probably ok. Watch for signs of lethargy, reduced eating, or other physical signs of illness.
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laura dropps - 2004-01-04
I got my Black Moor Goldfish a few months ago and I absoloutly love him (as do my cats, who watch him like most watch T.V.). I named him Othello which I thought was only fitting... He has alot of the gold metallic colouring and looks as though he was only glazed in black- very handsome. My friend has several goldfish which are HUGE, and I did not realize he would get that big too! Thanks for the info on your site, I am getting a much bigger tank and hopefully a bigger, happier fishy.

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  • tasia - 2013-06-03
    (your fish sounds very handsome) but make sure when you get a bigger tank you have to take on full responsibility and make sure what your doing.
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Sandra - 2013-04-19
i have a goldfish with the bugeyes and one of his eyes looks like its filled with blood :( what should i do? has anyone heard of this?? PLEASE HELP!!

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-04-19
    It sounds like your fish's eye got injured, and may be developing a secondary infection. You can try treating it with something like Melafix, or a more intense treatment is an antibiotic. Follow the manufacturer's instructions so that you don't wipe out your biological filter. (Anytime you use an antibiotic you have to monitor for ammonia.)
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jennie - 2013-03-21
My Moore is blind in 1 eye. I don't know how this happened. It is all red with blood and his same side gill is bent over and open at all times. He is about 1 year old. Can they live with 1 eye and a damaged gill? I think he brushed up against a small water heater I have in the tank but I didn't see him do it. The tank gets super cold so I have a 3 gal tank heater by the filter. I turn it off when the tank gets about 70.

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2013-03-23
    If he is eating and swimming fine and his wounds and eye appear to be healing, he will probably be fine. You could put some antibiotics in the water to help reduce the chance of infection.
  • jennie - 2013-03-24
    Thanks and he is swimming and the eye is healing good. Thanks for your help. He eating good I got some stuff from petco to keep infections down but he seems to be doing good thanks again and may god bless your fish also.
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