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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Allison - 2012-02-04
I just got a black moor goldfish, its belly is BIG and it sinks to the bottom as if it can't hold itself up... does anybody know whats wrong if its prego or what? its an unknown gender.. someone please help?!?!?!?

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  • Anonymous - 2012-02-04
    Hi Alison, your fish may have something called swim bladder illness. This is caused by a blockage (maybe due to over eating) which inturn places pressure on the fishes swim bladder, which is responsible for providing floatational balance. I tried all sorts of things to help our fish but just when I thought nothing would work, a friend suggested a homeopathic remedy. Unfortunately I can't remember the name of the remedy but an animal homeopath should be able to help. All the best...and don't give up.
  • Charlie Roche - 2012-02-05
    Scroll in article in Animal World to Swim Bladder Disease Fish Disease and I have also been told to take the fish off its regular diet for 1 - 2 days and feed him peas.
  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-02-17
    The first thing I would check is your water Quality for your Nitrate levels. If you do not have a water testing kit I would advice getting one, in the meantime take a water sample to your local pet shop to test. Sometimes over feeding can creat this issue as well throwing the little guys buoyancy off. Anothor issue with some fancy goldfish is the they are breed to be short and round which some times deforms their swim bladder making it difficult to exchange gases to stay afloat properly.
    So I would start with water test, if that is normal maybe put the little guy on a diet.:)
  • Anonymous - 2012-02-17
    I'm finding out that they get constipated real bad. I had the same problem before. Stop feeding flakes and I put zucchini and brocolli and romaine lettuce and peas in a blender or chop up real small and feed to them. Frozen bloodworms are good too. They eat green plants in the wild and my fish love this stuff and start pooping soon. I hope this helps you. They get swim bladder problems alot
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Brittany - 2012-02-29
I have a male black moor and a female black moor. The female is swimming all over the place but the male will casually swim and spends most of his time at the surface...does that mean he's sick or suffocating because he's not moving like his female counterpart?

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-02-29
    If that is the only thing you are seeing; I would say it is normal. Because of the body shapes of the moors they do not all have the same mobilty. Some may tip over if they try to accelerate to fast. Is he a bit more round? Or, he may just enjoy watching his lady frantically working around the tank as he putts around..
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Kaya Penelope - 2012-02-09
I previously posted here regarding my Black Moor (a year ago) and at that time knew NOTHING about these awesome fish! I started with a 20 gallon tank and feeding koi pellets. Now Marvin is in a 44 gallon tank and is fed a mix of nori, blood worms, peas, and fish veggie flakes. I make little ice cubes with the above ingredients mixed together and defrost one at a time. Marvin is about 8 inches long with fin and without, about 5 inches. She does have discoloration on her 'butt', not sure what else to call that portion of her body? Unfortunately every time I tried to introduce a new fish, it just didn't work out. One died of fin rot and the other died of anchor worm and infected Marvin as well. At one point she had approximately 35 of those suckers!! Thank goodness she is a larger fish so my husband and I were able to tweeze them off and medicate her after the fact (melafix/salt baths). We change 25% of her water weekly and 75% about every month or so. Here is my new worry, being a fish hypochondriac, today I noticed her floating, like she is nodding off and then 'comes to' and swims or shimmies a bit and then starts to sink a little. I am sure water is good, no diet change and I cannot see any other issue but the discoloration? It is light gold, about the size of a quarter. She is a fat fish, definitely doesn't starve. Help? I wish I could put a picture up here.

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Anonymous - 2012-02-06
I have a black moor goldfish and it is turning white one of its eye is white all over what is wrong with it.

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meee - 2012-01-31
Hello I need help my one year old black Moore has gone bright orange and sinks, she can't swim. Whats wrong with her?
Her tank mate is fine

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Trystal M Blackburn - 2012-01-12
I need help please. I have an old second nature whisper filter and its making bubbles which never did it before, even though its making bubbles is it doing its job?

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  • Trystal M Blackburn - 2012-01-17
    Well I have to put the air hose under the plate where it holds everything and the tank is getting more cloudy in a few days without a filter . . what to do I looked before I posted some help and there is no damage to the filter
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Trystal M Blackburn - 2012-01-11
Is there anyway to post a pic or video?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-01-11
    Sure can. Go to Post photo and just up load your photos into Animal World.
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Trystal M Blackburn - 2012-01-12
ok i finally got another bubbler which is the walmart stone one, i setup my old whisper filteration but the problem is its making bubbles and it never did that before, it's a very old version of a whisper and it has to use filter fiber and activated filter carbon and i was just curious if it bubbles is its doing still? the tank cloudy due from no filteration

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  • Trystal M Blackburn - 2012-01-12
    Please I really need help with this one, I tried fixing it but it still making bubbles !!!
  • Trystal M Blackburn - 2012-01-12
    lol i mean is it doing its job still
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Mel - 2012-01-11
Hello, I work at Walmart, we sell several types of Goldfish from the common to the Shubunkins. For some reason that I can not figure out, our goldfish die fairly regularly and at large numbers. Especially our Common/Comets. I have treated for parasites and diseases and they still keep dying, would number of fish per tank have anything to do with this? Let me know I am getting tired of coming to work with 30 dead fish all the time waiting for me at the top of the water.

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  • Alex Burleson - 2012-01-11
    Walmart is certainly not a place where one should purchase fish. Purchasing fish from Walmart simply contributes to the trade. My apologies, if any find this offensive. This is not a view of Animal-World.com, yet simply one of my own. As you may know, the aquariums of Walmart are generally over stocked, not properly cycled; in addition, the fish have not been evaluated or quarantined for parasites prior to distributing to customers. Therefore, they're able to spread any parasites, or diseases they may contain. Generally, you could take proactive steps to advise customers not to purchase fish from Walmart, or perhaps if a customer must purchase any from Walmart, advise them on the proper fish to choose. Fish which have clear eyes, and move happily through out the aquarium like a normal fish would. Additionally, fish who have fins with no damage to them, are generally viewed as healthy.
  • Mel - 2012-01-11
    Never mind I found out that the number per gallon has a lot to do with it. Poor fish at Walmart are over crowded, in a 10gal there is like 30 fish if not more. I told them that there is to many but they say "the more fish that are in the tank, the better it looks. So do Walmart a favor and go buy the fish so the others will have a chance!
  • Trystal M Blackburn - 2012-01-11
    Or they leave them in the bags too long, lol I would but I have four fish and is over crowded for a 15 gallon . .I too work at walmart but there is no live stock there. I bought the four fish at walmart in salem NH, I was wrongly told that 4 would be fine in a 5 gallon tank and I did some research and the fish that I have which is 2 blackmoors can grow very big and recently discovered my other two fish is two fantails I actually thought they were veiltail but they do not have long and delicate fins. I know for a fact you do not work at that walmart because they are not treated well there they let the dead fish sit there and I feel very bad for them and the tanks are not cleaned and they over feed them the poor things, they also mix sick fish with healthy ones, maybe some day they will hire people who take pride in there job like me and you
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Trystal M Blackburn - 2012-01-05
My fish seem happy in a 5 or 6 gallon tank but the problem is I have four of them in it. It seems the 2 blackmoors are growing a bit . . . I am having a hard time figuring out what the other 2 fish are either they are fantail or veiltail goldfish but I am worried they need a bigger tank but they seem happy

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-01-05
    Rule of thumb is 1 usable gallon for each inch your fish will be as adults. You have to subtraact gallons for gravel/decorations filter etc. Black Moors will normally go about 4 inches but some will get to be about 10 inches which meaqns you would need at least a 25 gallon tank for just the two moors. The goldfish can be another 4 inches or larger as well so for these 4 fish, I would recommend a minimal size tank of 30 gallons. Without a proper size tank stunting can occur and sometimes death.
  • Trystal M Blackburn - 2012-01-08
    Well I sort of upgraded it to a 15 gallon I am assuming because it is just like a ten gallon but much taller and its a good thing I kept my old tank because I broke the 5 gallon so I am half way there, I just made my filter into a bubbler for now weighing it down with a candle holder and will invest in a bubbler so I can make it into a filter again soon, it's not getting too cloudy for 2 days so I am not over feeding them but if I change the water 50 percent a week until I can get what's needed so I hope half a change a week is ok and thanks for the info.
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