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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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, 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
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.
Ben - 2011-01-27
I just purchased a new black moor goldfish two days ago and when I try to feed him my other fantail goldfish goes and gets all the food on top. Where as my black moor just stays on the bottom. Should I sink the food down to him?

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  • Anonymous - 2012-01-08
    Yes I would.
Britney - 2011-12-05
My black moor spends most of his time up near the surface always with his little mouth out of the water.. is this normal? He also sometimes swims backwards.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-12-06
    Sounds a little not normal. Usually behavior is tank conditions. I would check the quality of water, temperature etc and make sure all is OK.
  • peqa - 2011-12-16
    Mine too! and I dont know what to do!!
    I'm a student, so I dont always go out to the pet store. Recently I bought a black moor, I put him in a small tank, with water from the toilet, put a little bit of anti-chlorine, a teaspoon of salt. but then, he still come to the surface, as if he's gasping for air!! help!!! I dont want him to die yet. It's my first time having pet.
  • Vicky - 2012-01-01
    When he goes up to the surface air might be going in to his mouth which can make them bloated. If he keeps coming up he may start doing backwards rolls and other abnormal behaviour. Use sinking pellets for their food if you already don't because if you have goldfish flakes every time he eats them he is also eating the air.
  • Hayley - 2012-01-02
    Does your tank have any kind of airation like a filter or air bubbler, it sounds like he's not getting enough oxygen from the water so he's trying to air breathe. A filter is always a must to keep the water quality as best as you can and helps movement of water, an air stone does not force oxygen into the water but disturbes the surface of the water creating a larger surface area for oxygen to be obsorbed into the water. If you have a solid lid on the tank this will also reduce oxygen uptake in the water. Remember goldies etc have a huge bioload so need a large tank with a good filter system and very regular water changes. Hope this helps and good luck
  • Dawn - 2012-01-07
    Hello, I have a 35 gallon tank with filter and air coming in which forms bubbles. They love playing in the bubbles. I turn the bubbles off at night to let them rest and in the morning they are hanging vertically at the top, very still.
    Before I got the big tank I had them in a bowl, with no air or filter, for about a week, and they definitely needed air - they just gulped continually at the top and were not happy. I think your tank should try to mimic the natural environment as much as possible? Hope this helps.
Vicky - 2012-01-01
I bought two black moor fish two days ago and one of them is acting aggressive towards the other one. It keeps head bunting it and it has torn the tail off the other fish. I have removed the aggressive fish out of the tank. I am really concerned about the injured fish. Will it survive??

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  • Makayla - 2012-01-03
    If the fishes tail is completly ripped off, the fish will most likely die, but you may be able to return the fish, and, if still desired, you may buy another fish, preferably not from the same store
Makayla - 2012-01-03
I have recently bought two black moores and one is a light brown-gold with the hint of black, is it ok? And that one has been chasing the it trying to breed?

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  • Alex Burleson - 2012-01-03
    I wouldn't say they were trying to breed. Simply showing signs of aggression. Remove one of the fish from the aquarium and put it in another aquarium to reduce the change of the fish contracting an illness from stress.
susan - 2010-10-21
My blackmoor fish is just laying at the bottom of his tank and he's not eating he's been like this for about a week what's the matter with him?

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  • johnson - 2011-06-10
    A few days ago, our family bought 4 fantails. One of them swam into the water plant and did not come out again. It died. Another one became so inactive, it stayed at the bottom of the tank, next thing you know, it's dead. Same thing happened to the third one. By the way, all three of them died on the day we bought them. The fourth one survived for a couple of days but it kept staring at its own reflection and stayed at the bottom of the tank. Today, we bought 3 orandas. We were sure to do our research, clean the tank, add a filter, buy the right food, buy a huge tank, keep the water clean...and yet, on the day itself, the red cap died. It's really strange, it somehow, enjoys staying at this particular corner of the tank, admiring its own reflection, and seldom interacts with the other fishes. And a few hours later, when I came to pay a visit, it was at the same spot, but resting on its side, motionless. Does anybody know what is going on? Is my house jinxed?
  • johnson - 2011-06-10
    Alright, this is super freaky! My red cap just died and now, my orange oranda is sitting on the same spot of the former's death, starring at its own reflection, not moving at all. Is it dead? Is it inspired to die after watching its tank mate pass away?
  • Ivy - 2011-07-12
    Could be dropsy....
  • Ivy - 2011-07-12
    Johnson, how is your water quality? If you are using tap, flouride will kill your fish, chlorine is an issue too. Is the corner of the tank close to a filter or heater? Pehaps a plant is giving oxygen to a suffocating fish. Are you buying them from a shady store or even. WAL-MART?! *dun-dun-duuuun* Very many variables.........need more details.
  • Robin - 2011-08-31
    Sounds like your fish are stressed. There is something wrong with your tanks. Get a test kit and test the quality of your water. I usually have the most trouble with nitrates and amonia when the tank gets warm. You also need to make sure you are treating your water for chlorine and possibly floride (depending on you local water.) Also, goldfish like water a little cool then other fish. If none of those are the problem you may need to add more oxygen to your tank. I had a problem this summer because, fish use more oxygen when their tank gets warmer.
  • zubair - 2011-09-09
    Hi, use mineral water in your tank
  • KrOnOs - 2012-01-02
    This may be a fairly common problem in fancy goldfish that involves the swim bladder. The swim bladder is an organ in fish that allows the fish to move up and down. I have only had this problem once and it was easily solved. First do a water change and clean the gravel if you have any. Then fed your fish boiled peas for a week or so. Also, look for fuzz, white spots, or decay of the fins on the fish. If you see this, go to a pet store and buy fungus medication.
Mystical - 2011-12-27
I bought a black Moor fish and started feeding it goldfish granules. There is a sticker I did not see on the container that says it brings out natural colors. I'm guessing that's why he slowly began to turn orange. Is there any way I can make him black again?

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  • Vicky - 2012-01-01
    The food is not making him slightly orange, it's the temperature of the water. If the water is cooler it will turn black again.
tony - 2011-12-07
i have a black moor goldfish and his color is changing to a grey and his eyes looks like they are about to pop out the side of his face and he stays at the top of the water...can some help me

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  • Vicky - 2012-01-01
    The reason he is grey is because he is getting old. Sorry, I don't know why he is at the top of the tank?
  • Alex Burleson - 2012-01-01
    It sounds like your fish is suffering from a disease called Pop-Eye. If, he is already grey, then there may not be a sufficient amount of time to save him. However, you can visit your local pet store, and purchase Melafix, which is a great remedy to such diseases. Additionally, for goldfish, it is recommended 10 gallons, per fish. Goldfish not only grow large, they also produce a large waste load which adds to the biological cycle.
Dulcie king - 2011-12-01
I have set up a 3 foot tank and put a couple of black moor fish in there. The aquarium has told me that the black moor like rock salt added to the tank a tea spoon per 10 litres. Is that right?