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A Look At Black Moor Goldfish

Updated on June 24, 2011
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Black Moors are a 4 inch fancy variety of goldfish that have an egg shaped body and telescopic eyes. Their metallic scales give it a velvety black color. Some Black Moors have a golden or bronze tone; these are usually juveniles who are still developing or older fish. Juvenile Black Moors also don’t have the protruding eyes, their black color and telescope eyes develop with age. Most will remain black even in older age. However grey and bronze Black Moors can be found. Some Black Moors kept in warmer water may revert back to their natural metallic orange. The tail fins can be broad, ribbon or butterfly shaped. Once there were Black Moors that displayed the veil-tail. Sadly these varieties are no longer available. Most Black Moors have a double tail fin that is forked and rounded at the ends. Black Moors are basically black versions of Telescope eye goldfish. However their eyes don’t protrude quite as much. These telescopic eyes have led to other names such as the Dragon Eyed Goldfish and Black Peony Goldfish.


Most Black Moors are kept in aquariums rather than pounds. Their telescopic eyes while intriguing don’t leave the fish with very good eyesight. Sometimes they need help finding their food. Black Moors are non aggressive and do well with other goldfish. However they are best kept with slower moving goldfish such as other egg shaped goldfish, Fantails, and Ryukins or others that have visual handicaps such as other Telescope Eyes, Celestrial Goldfish and Bubble Eyes. Faster moving goldfish such as Common, Commets, and Shubunkins with good eye sight may eat all the food before the Black Moor gets a chance to feed. Also when decorating an aquarium keep the protruding eyes in mind; avoid sharp rocks and plastic plants with sharp edges. There have been cases where a Black Moor’s eye has fallen off due to unsuitable aquarium decorations. Soft silky plants are recommended. Many popular aquarium decorations can pose harm to Black Moors.


Like most Goldfish varieties Black Moors are hardy fish. They don’t do as well as other goldfish in cold water though. They do best in temperatures between 72°-74° Fahrenheit. Like most goldfish Black Moors are not picky eaters. They will happily gobble up most food given to them. Sinking pellets are a good choice since they fall to the bottom. This makes it easier for the visually impaired fish to find. However flake food can still be fed, as well as other acceptable Goldfish foods.

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