Black Moor Fish Feeding Guide!

The BlackMoor is a species of goldfish, but unlike the typical golden variety, it is black with a bronze hue. This gives a velvety appearance. With telescoping (bulging) eyes when adult, and a veiled tail, the Black Moor is a distinctive and attractive goldfish, of the ‘fancy’ variety, and loved for its friendly nature. Easy to look after and sociable towards others in the family group, it has become one of the most popular types of goldfish.


Like all fish, correct feeding is important for health, and to prevent disease. The BlackMoor has a big appetite and will eat as much as you provide, so it’s important to supply the right amount of food at each feed. If you’re not sure how much food to give, put some in the tank, wait 2-3 minutes then check if there is any left. If there is, you’ve given too much. They will probably behave as if they’re still hungry, and it’s easy to feel guilty because it seems like you haven’t given them enough food. But just as we have to be careful with the amount we eat, so do they!

A good diet will keep the skin shiny, free from parasites and other skin infections, and generate vitality – your Black Moor will be alert and active, and its eyes will be bright and clear, not dull. In comparison, an overfed Black Moor may be lethargic, or erratic (‘darting’ rather than ‘gliding’) and may show signs of disease.


Best foods for the BlackMoor Goldfish

A healthy diet doesn’t have to be boring! The BlackMoor will enjoy a variety of foods in addition to their main diet, which should be pre-soaked pellets, or sinking pellets, suitable for goldfish. Sinking pellets are better than flakes, because they go straight to the bottom of the tank, and don’t float on the surface – BlackMoors have poor eyesight and will have difficulty finding the food if it is floating. If you use pre-soaked pellets, use the tank water to soak them (this prevents accidental contamination); and make sure they sink to the bottom. If they don’t, remove them immediately.

Occasional treats can be given, like peeled grapes, spinach, zucchini, shelled peas and blanched lettuce as well as daphnia, sludge worms, bone shrimp, and bloodworms. But be careful – both live and frozen (including freeze dried) food can contain harmful parasites and bacteria, resulting in illness or disease. So aim to avoid freeze dried tubifex worms, frozen beef heart or anything of the above, unless you are sure it’s fresh and have frozen it yourself; then serve it within a month.

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All goldfish are known to produce large amounts of waste, so avoiding overfeeding can help reduce the number of times you have to clean the tank. They are natural scavengers, so will do some of the cleaning themselves – although it won’t make a huge difference! Overfeeding also results in wasted food dissolving and dirtying the water. So along with a good filtration system, and weekly water changes (20% – 25%), feeding the right amount will help the water stay cleaner for longer.


My food – or yours?

Imagine your eyesight isn’t that good, and suddenly you notice some food has been delivered. Naturally, you will go as quickly as possible towards it, while trying to avoid any obstacles. But hang on – there’s another problem: some of the ‘obstacles’ are moving – others who also want that food. And they’re getting to it a lot quicker than you because they have better eyesight. So now it looks like you may a fight on your hands – if you can see the competition clearly enough, that is!

As humans, thankfully, most of us have never been in that kind of situation. But if we were, one of the main results would be high levels of stress. Many human diseases are a direct result of stress, and one of the first things it affects is our digestive system.

Fish are no different, so even with the best diet in the world, if your Black Moors are stressed out they will eventually become ill. Luckily, their world is far simpler than ours – so it is quite easy to remove undue stress from their environment. One of the biggest stress factors is competitors for food.

Black Moors have no problem sharing their diet – they are sociable fish. But like most of us, they don’t get along with everybody! This is mainly due to competing for food, so it’s advised that you keep your Black Moors with fish from the same ‘family group’, because those types will have the same challenges with eyesight. Fish such as the Telescope Goldfish, Panda Moor, and Bubble Eye Goldfish are all suitable tank mates.


A healthy appetite

We all get a little peckish sometimes in between meals, especially as it’s healthier to stop eating with a little room left for more. So we may keep something in reserve to ‘keep us going’. Your Black Moor goldfish can do the same; but for fish that will gobble up everything straight away, how can we do this?

Edible ‘ornaments’

Oxygenating plants are a must in any tank. But they don’t just keep our fish healthy and act as ‘living ornaments’ to make the tank look more attractive; certain types can provide a reserve food source – not suitable for a proper meal, but good as a snack. Black Moor goldfish seem to like nibbling on the leaves of Anacharis, an easy plant to use as you don’t need to anchor it in a pot.

We are what we eat – and the Black Moor goldfish is no exception. A varied diet makes for easy feeding, and the result is excellent health. Add to that the basics of a suitably sized tank, good amounts of oxygen and a clean home, these fish will reward you with companionship and pleasure for many years to come. With their friendly attitude and attractive color, they may keep you smiling for up to twenty years.

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