Black Moor Goldfish – Goldfish With a Attitude

Black Moor Goldfish – Goldfish With An Attitude

Black Moor Goldfish (Carassius auratus) are a popular option among goldfish collectors, due to their unusual appearance, big bug eyes and dark color they have been called some distinctive names like dragon eye goldfish, bug eye fish or boogle goldfish. They are known to be good option for beginners, thanks to their resilience and ability to withstand a variety of temperatures. The following takes an in-depth look at these beautiful fishes, including where they originated, what sets them apart from other types, how to care for them, and other interesting facts.



As descendants of a type of wild carp known as the Silver Prussian Carp, Prussian Carp, or Gibel Carp,they  are believed to have originated in China as early as the 1400s. During the 1500s, they were traded to Japan before making their way to Europe in the 1600s and the United States in the 1800s.

It is widely accepted that these fishes, a version of the Telescope Goldfish-es, was created using selective breeding in the early 1700s by the Chinese, who first called the breed the Dragon Fish or Dragon Eyes.


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Telescopes are a popular option among fish collectors, due to their unusual appearance, also a good option for beginners.


Lifespan and Appearance

While all varieties of them tend to live an average of 10 to 15 years, there have been instances of the breed living up to 20 years or more, provided they have been well taken care of. It is worth noting that when not taken care of, they rarely live longer than 6 months.


Easily identified by their short, rounded body and the velvety black hue of their scales, they are also known for their telescopic eyes (think bug eyes) that protrude from both sides of their head. They may have a butterfly tail, broad tail, or ribbon tail. Usually, at their longest, they reach an average of 4 inches, though there have been reports of the breed growing as long as 10 inches in length. However, it is important to note that their appearance does change during their lifespan.


  • During their younger years, the eyes of a blackmoor Goldfish appear normal, while their scales are lighter and may take on a dark bronze appearance.
  • As they mature, their eyes will protrude and their color will change to the deeper black they are best known for.
  • Finally, as they get older, their black color will begin to fade to a gray or dark bronze color. Their eyes will continue to protrude for the rest of their lives.
  • If you notice that your telescope has a white tint to his scales, it is a good indication that he is sick.
  • Due to their unusual physical characteristics, telescopes are one of the slowest swimming species of goldfish.


Let’s start with black moor’s

Thanks to their hardiness, these telescope fishes are not only pretty easy to care for, but they are also relatively easy to keep alive. Of course, this is contingent on their receiving proper care. This is what you need to know.

  • Tank Size / Aquarium Size: While you may be tempted to purchase a simple fish bowl for your Black Moor fish tank, the general rule is that they need at least 20 gallons, though it is worth noting that the more space they have….
  • Lifespan: Black Moors can live for a surprisingly extended period of time. The oldest known clocked 43 years. However, bad breeding, improper tanks, inadequate feeding, insufficient infiltration have shortened their lifespan to about two years…..
  • Diseases: Although a moor has a delicate body the goldfish is quite hardy but they are prone to infections that are caused by worms and parasites like other types of goldfish. Some of these diseases can lead to secondary fungal and bacterial infections.
  • Care: Again, due to its poor vision, their feeding ability is little since the fish takes time to locate its food. However, it can feed on just anything, flakes and pellets with occasional treats of spinach and lettuce…..
  • Tank Mates: Non-aggressive, moors usually do well when in a group of other goldfish. Because of their different color characteristics, black moors are popular all over the world and additional benefit is that they enjoy an outdoor pond as they can survive the extremely cold weather…
  • Turning Gold: It is very common for them to change from black to an orange/gold color and this somethimes not necessarily mean that there is a problem. Your fish could still be healthy even though it has experienced this color change. There are a number of reasons which cause  these pet goldfish could turn orange.
  • Breeding:The Black Moors are able to lay a number of eggs that can spawn easily when they are given the correct conditions. These can breed in groups as small as five fish and are social preferring to breed in larger groups as well


Interesting Facts about this fish

  • Despite their large eyes,  bubble eyes are known for having very bad vision. When allowed to stay in the same tank with the same decorations for an extended period, they can learn and remember what is inside their tank. This helps decrease their chances of being injured.
  • To determine if a your fish is healthy, assess his skin, fins, and eyes. His skin should be shiny, smooth, and free of any growths or apparent signs of parasites or infections. Fins should be erect, while his eyes should be bright and clear. When you first purchase any new fish, you should quarantine him for three to four weeks to be certain he is healthy.
  • To stay healthy, your fish should be on a “sleep cycle” that includes at least 8 to 12 hours of darkness and 12 to 16 hours of light, whether in the form of natural sunlight or full-spectrum lighting.
  • Known as a “dirty fish” black moor goldfish due to their extensive waste production, certanly need a good filtering system to help keep them healthy.