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The Black Moor  is a fish that is sought after by many goldfish enthusiastic. This fish has eyes that are set far apart on its head. Black Moor breeding must be done under the right conditions to make sure that the spawn come out healthy.
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How to breed those black moors

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 prefering to breed in larger groups as well. When these fish are in the wild the only time of the year that they like to spawn in is the spring. A person should create conditions in their tank that mimic the natural breeding conditions. When preparing for breeding a 20 gallon tank will work the best. A person should make sure that the fish are in good health and that they are free of disease. It is suggested that the goldfish are treated for parasites before breeding begins. Many breeders will keep the male and the female Black Moor fish in separate tanks for weeks leading up to the breeding. This is done to help increase the interest that the fish have in the spawning process. The fish should be placed in the tank that is going to be used for breeding at the same time and where you will spot first black moor mating signs. The tank should have a number of solid surfaces so that the eggs can stick to then. These fish also prefer specific plants for spawning. They are going to need plants that are bushy and have plenty of oxygen. The Anacharis is one of the best plants to put into the tank at this time. The temperature in the breeding tank should be around 60 degrees. It should be warmed around 3 degrees a day until the Black Moor fish have spawned. Spawning can begin at a temperature of 68 degrees. The black moor baby fish should be fed a diet high in protein at this time. Some of the best food for these fish includes brine shrimp and worms. The fish should be fed small amounts of this food three times a day. This will help prevent food that is not eaten from sinking to the bottom of the tank. When a person is breeding the Black Moor goldfish the male will begin to swim around the female goldfish. This may go on for a couple of days. The males may also push the female fish up against the plants found in the tank. The females will drop their eggs and they can become fertilized. Spawning can produce up to 10,000 eggs. The fish should be removed from the tank so they do not eat the eggs. Fertilization for Black Moor Goldfish takes four to seven days. The goldfish that hatch can be fed fry food until they are able to eat a regular diet. The new fish will be dark brown in color and like to hide. After a couple of months these fish can be introduced into other thanks and can be sold to those that are looking to purchase a Black Moor Goldfish.

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Most of us love goldfish, many however have no idea how many different breeds of goldfish there are and most probably don’t really care or take time to research. They just like to see some pretty goldfish swimming about in an aquarium or hopefully not one of those little round fish bowls. As with any other fish bowl may be all right for temporary use or for the occasional isolation of a fish that may be ill, but generally, that would be like putting the little guy in prison. Most fish don’t necessarily need a great deal of room, but they do need room to swim about. As we mentioned above, there are many different breeds of goldfish such as the bubble eyes, the comet, fantail and so on. Most are not terribly expensive and generally don´t need a lot of fish keeping knowledge.

 

One goldfish that really stands out is the black moor or telescope goldfish because of its protruding eyes. If you’re a purist you can call them Carassius Auratus, but most people settle for calling them black moors or simply moors. These are chubby little fellows with flowing fantails and while nominally black, many catch a flash of golden light as they swim about (although to naked eye, their coat appears more like velvet). We can’t expect them to remain black forever, because as they grow older their colors may change in different ways. They may develop orange spots on their underbelly, or gold and sometimes may become rather splotchy. Being hardy as are most goldfish, these fish are fairly easy of maintenance. They remain fairly small and may live up to some twenty-five years.

 

Black Moor Goldfish 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. When thinking what fish are compatible with black moor goldfish, as we mentioned, they are non-aggressive and should only be kept in a tank with other non-aggressive goldfish. The characteristic protruding eyes, while interesting, provide poor eyesight for the black moor and competing for food with other tank mates can be a real problem (eyes are also quite vulnerable to injury and infection). Some of the other hardy goldfish may not make the best tank companions, especially in a pond, because most breeds are more competitive when it comes to feeding. Goldfish that pair well with the black moors might be celestial goldfish and the bubble-eye goldfish. Loaches also do well with them, but with these, you should keep at least two adding more bottom for them to dig about which may mean a larger tank for you to buy. Another possibility is the Plecos. Plecos offer the advantage of eating algae, thus helping keep the algae in check. However note that only the rubbernose or bristlenose plecos should be brought in because common plecos sometimes have the habit of sucking the protective slime coat from goldfish. Anyway for black moor companion the best would be to ask a knowledgeable person at the aquarium store to help you pick other goldfish who share the black moor’s characteristics, namely slow swimmers that get along well with your them. Finding good tank mates isn’t as difficult as that may sound. There are many varieties of pet fish that share poor vision, slow swimming and non-aggressive behavior for you to choose from. While many pet stores or even discounts stores often have a goldfish section, the employees may know less than you do about the product they’re selling. You’re much better off to go to an aquarium store that specializes in fish and water life of all kinds. Such stores sell only water-related fish, sometimes frogs, etc. as well as plants and equipment. Usually, the owner and employees will be much more knowledgeable about the breeds of fish, the plant life and everything else connected with your having an enjoyable aquarium.

 

black moor goldfish tank mates

 

SIZE OF TANK WITH mixed setup

Most would recommend a black moor fish tank that holds at least thirty gallons when possible although you would be fine with a 10 gallon for start until they grow older and bigger. A fine gravel bottom with some hardy plants is recommended. All goldfish like to poke about in the bottom and after they’ve scattered sand and gravel about on the leaves of less hardy plants, you may have to replant. When thinking about feeding almost any dry or live fish food will be quite suitable for these little round fish. Of course, many black moors are tiny when brought home and a ten-gallon tank may suffice for some time. Since they are very slow swimmers, other goldfish, while not really aggressive, swim so much more quickly and see so much better that they often devour all the available food before the poor fish can get a portion. However, even a larger tank does not mean you should fill it with too many fish. Even a thirty-gallon tank shouldn’t have more than two or three goldfish. Four tops. One word of caution, these are pretty messy, and, like all goldfish, they produce a good amount of ammonia.You’ll need a fairly good-sized filter. Some suggest that even a twenty or thirty-gallon tank will do better with a filter designed for a forty-gallon tank. The extra currents in the water are an unexpected bonus for your fish who’ll enjoy the movement of the water. Remember, most goldfish get along quite well together; it’s just a matter of them not waiting around for the slower fish to share dinner. That’s very common in the world of animals whether they live on the land or in the water. Some, more cautious, suggest not having any but black moor goldfish in your tank, adding perhaps a couple of snails for additional variety and color. Too many fish in a tank can easily and unintentionally bruise the bulging eyes of a fish and that could quickly prove to be fatal.

 

In the end, keeping an attractive and interesting aquarium may not be as easy as we might wish, but it can be well worth the extra care when properly inhabited by the right number of healthy fishes and other black moor tank mates.

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Black Moor Goldfish or black comet goldfish is a variant of the telescope goldfish with protruding eyes. They are referred to as black moor or simply moors in relation to their body color. They are originally from China, and belong to the taxonomy family Cyprinidae. These dark fish are freshwater fish and thrive best at temperatures between 65-78-edtrees Fahrenheit.

Black moors are twin tail type of fish, and they are omnivores. Their primary food sources are veggies, flakes, fruits and pellets. They grow to an adult size of 4-8 inches, and they are friendly and social.

 

Adult Sizes.

All else being constant black moor goldfish usually grow to their pre-determined genetic body size. However, we have to keep in mind that when put in small tanks they are not able to feed and live as they ought to. This means they can’t grow to be as big as they would in their natural habitats. These fishes are deep bodied goldfish. This means that they thrive better in taller tanks rather than longer tanks. The rule of thumb for goldfish is 20 gallons for the first fish then 10 gallons for each additional fish. Two black moor goldfish would be comfortably in a 30-galoon fish tank.

 

black moor goldfish lifespan

 

black moor goldfish lifespan.

Their lifespan is an impressive 6 to 25 years. This widely varying lifespan is dependent on the kind of environment you set for them. These fish species are messy and dirt. They need lots of space and proper filtration to keep them jolly and social. One of the primary issues is that they have pretty bad eyesight. So most of them tend to bump into fish tank decorations. This is one of the hazards that shortens their lifespans. That’s why you have to ensure that your decors are bright and have smooth edges. 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. By the time they hit 6 inches they are considered large fish and they hit adulthood at 8 inches. With an improved habitat, they can live for 10-15 years. You can improve their social environment by mixing them up with other egg-shaped goldfish species e.g. fantails and ryukins.

 

Long term Nutrition for Black Moors.

Their feeding significantly affects their size and most importantly their lifespans. Because of their poor eyesight, they do better with floating foods. Advisably, you can give them slow sinking foods. The best remedy to keep them healthy and give them an extended lifespan is to rely on appropriate fish feeding gadgets. Even with all these interventions bear in mind that black moors are pretty smart when it comes to food and nutrition. Some of their long term foods are slow sinking pellets and blood worms. You can give them fresh peas, romaine lettuce, boiled zucchini or kales.

 

Black Moor Best Practises.

The black moore goldfish lifespan will be dependent on the habitat that you provide. These fish species are tougher and therefore do not have lots of demands. Make sure you do a ¼ or 1/3 water change every week to keep it fresh and aerated. That’s because they are dirtier and produce more waste than most other fish species. You can add snails into the tank as they are known to reduce the growth of algae in the fish tank. Lighting is never essential for the health and longevity of a black moor’s fishpond. However, it would still make for an attractive showpiece.

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Moors are very popular as a pet fish and as variety of goldfish. This type of goldfish is originally from China where the fish is also referred to as dragon eye. This is because of its protruding eyes (which can also cause your black moor goldfish eye problems if not careful with preparing your aquarium for them). It is a friendly goldfish by nature and is easy to maintain. Although they are mostly black they may change to black tinged with bronze.

Some may even have a transformation to having a rusty-orange on their belly’s underside if water temperature in the tank rises. With favorable circumstances they can grow up to ten inches in length and have a life expectancy of twenty-five years.

Although it  has a delicate body the fish 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. If any infection is caused by flatworms or flukes It can cause split gills and torn fins, which will slowly lose color. They may also have problems with breathing. One preventive measure for this type of infection is to treat this black moor goldfish problem for a fourteen days with Fluke Tabs. You will also have to give the goldfish a bath with potassium permanganate added to their bathing water.

black moor goldfish disease

Another disease is fish lice and anchor worms that can cause an infection that can result in skin redness and inflammation. One most obvious sign is the black moor goldfish trying to rub themselves on any objects that are nearby to get rid of their itching. To treat this infection you need a formalin plus salt dip with potassium permanganate.

 

 

Like any other fish Ich is a problem

A most common diseases is the ich, which is caused by a parasitic protozoan. Symptoms are shallow and rapid breathing, loss of appetite, and isolation. They will exhibit lethargy, resting at the bottom of their tank. The presence of a parasite is indicated by white spots all over their body. It can be chemically treated like other infections by use either a formalin dip or potassium permanganate. You can prevent this disease by treating their water with chlorine to rid their water of parasites. Usually tap water is used. If not treated at an early stage your pet fish could die.

A fish owner can prevent most of these diseases and infections just by using correct filtration techniques. You also need to keep their tank clean all the time and at regular intervals replace water with fresher water. If you suspect an infection or one has been diagnosed make sure that you quarantine your fish that is infected to help prevent further spreading of diseases.

 

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Black moor goldfish or black telescope goldfish can grow as long as ten inches in length and live as long as twenty-five years under the right circumstances. When looking at tanks for your fish you should take these things into consideration, especially the length. The reason is that you want to make sure that the they have a lot of swimming space due to fact that they can grow big, so choose the aquarium size very carefully.

The right size should be a ten gallon one or larger. Make sure that you keep black moor goldfish temperature around sixty to seventy degrees. You need to also monitor and maintain the pH level at a seven. To give your black telescope fish light you can use the standard lighting fixtures that are used for all aquariums. You can find these at pet stores along with anything else you need for your them. When dealing with any goldfish always purchase the biggest aquarium you can fit in your room.

 

black moor goldfish tank size

Black moor goldfish is truly a messy fish!

As a by-product these goldfish produce ammonia. If the tank is not maintained correctly there could be an excess of it in the tank and could cause ammonia poisoning, which can kill the fish. Black moor goldfish like to dig so if you are putting plants in the aquarium make sure they are not the delicate plants. Because they like to dig they could uproot these plants and feed on them. You can either grow some plants with sturdy root systems that will be hard to uproot or use fake plants to decorate their aquarium. You also need to make sure that none of the aquarium decorations or fake plants has sharp points on them because of their delicate protruding eyes. The best decorations would be small smooth decorations and silk plants.

Known as very messy and will dirty the aquarium quite often. Because they love to dig, they can disturb the gravel that lines the bottom of their aquarium, stirring up any debris that has settled.To keep any infections away and to maintain the correct water quality you have to clean and filter the water regularly and always do partial water changes every one or two weeks (depending of filter quality). When doing water changes always use one of those siphon tubes made for aquarium to take out all the dirt from gravel. Also try to remember when feeding black moors try not to overfeed them because this also causes your water quality to degrade.

So what aquarium to purchase for one of them? As for any other goldfish I always recommend minimum of 20 Gallons per one and additional 10 Gallons per another. If that seems a little too big for that cute small telescope you just brought home from pet store, just wait for few months when they grow.

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For beginners, the Black Moor G breed of goldfish is one of the best options for your aquarium. Coming with a rounded or egg-shaped body, twin tail, large protruding eyes on the sides and a grey to black body colour, which reverts to metallic orange if kept in warmer surroundings, the Black Moor has unusual physical characteristics.

However, this breed of fish requires special considerations when it comes to taking care of it. Read on to understand the special care it needs.

 

Poor Swimmers

Despite having protruding eyes, the fish’ vision is far from perfect. The reason being that the eyes are prone to injury and infections, hindering its vision when moving around its surroundings. It is, therefore, important that you keep the fish with other low-speed goldfish or the non-aggressive species, for example, the Celestial Eye Goldfish, to save it from being bumped to occasionally.

 

Feeding Habits and Time

Again, due to its poor vision, the telescope fish 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. For them, it is better to sink the food rather than float it, due to its poor eyesight and their scavenger habits.

 

black moore goldfish care

 

Additionally, it is important you keep feeding them, as it is a heavy feeder almost all the time. The result of its heavy feeding habits is a production of lots of waste on the tank. Since this species of food is omnivorous, balance their food options to avoid starving them.

 

Aeration of aquarium

The telescope eye fish requires high amounts of oxygen. these pet fishes produce more waste compared to others, therefore need extra aeration to the tank to provide oxygen. Moreover, at times, the fish may become aggressive and uproot the planktons or plants in the aquarium, meant to add oxygen in the tank. Regular filtration of the tank also goes a long way in keeping the tank ammonia-free, as high levels of ammonia is toxic to this delicate species of goldfish.

 

BE CAREFUL OF ITS SIZE

Although that small fish you buy at pet shop looks unique, pretty and small, be very careful when planning your aquarium, black moor goldfish full size can get up to 15 cm (6 in) in just a year or two if you give them right care and housing conditions.

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It is very common for a black moor goldfish 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 fishes could turn orange.

The first thing that you will need to do is rule out Velvet disease. This is a disease that is caused by a parasite latching onto the skin of a fish which can make it appear yellow. If you have noticed that your fish seems to be changing color and that they also seem lethargic, then they may be suffering from this disease which can be fatal if not treated. If you suspect your fish has this disease you can find more information on how to treat velvet disease here.

 

Why Does Black Moor Goldfish Turn Gold

 

Another reason why does black moor goldfish turn gold is because the chemistry of the water that they are swimming in is not good enough. Sometimes when new owners buy black moor fish they tend to over feeding black moors causing water quality to drop. In that case best would be to change water more frequently. The water should be checked regularly to ensure that it has the correct levels of ammonia and nitrates and that it has a neutral Ph level. A water change of at least 25% should be done on a weekly basis (yes weekly because goldfish are messy fishes and like we said owners tend to overfeed their new pets).

 

The black moor goldfish temperature of the water can also have an effect on the color of your fish. Generally speaking these fish need to live in water that doesn’t have a temperature any higher than 72 degrees. If their tank is located near a window it may be worth moving this during the summer months so that the temperature of the water is not increased by direct sunlight. Also keep in mind not to place your aquarium near any heating element like ovens or similar kitchen appliances causing sudden rise of temperature.

 

So these are first things you need to rule out if you see a color change in your goldfish (with one most common is general water quality in aquarium or fish bowl). But in most cases this is normal and your fish is healthy and happy.

Happy Fishkeeping!

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