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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Liz Schultz - 2014-09-15
I have had a Black Moor Goldfish for over a year now, and ever since I got it one of its eyes has been growing EXTREMELY larger than the other. It always freaked my out, but the fish swims normally and is healthy otherwise, so I let it go. I believe that the fish is blind in the smaller eye now - it is clouded over and shrunken.

Over the past couple of weeks, a growth has formed at the back of my fish's one giant eye. The growth grew to the same size as the overly large eye, so now it is as if there are two giant eyes on one side of its head, one behind the other - it's that big!

If you can believe it, the fish is still swimming normally and seems to have no balance or floating issues. I cannot find reference to a similar occurence with a goldfish ANYWHERE online!!! What is happening to my fish and how do I help it?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-09-15
    It's hard to say what it is, but there's a couple of possiblilities.

    It could be a tumor, which goldfish do sometimes get. Tumors can be internal or external, but the external ones are identified as lumps that are actually attached by a smaller thread, or sometimes multiple threads. They are sometimes have a bumpy cauliflower-like appearance or can simply be smooth but still protruding.  Unfortunately there's no effective medial cure for tumors and it's usually recommended to either remove the mass or euthanize the fish to avoid a slow death.

    Another possiblility is an ulcer, which start as a slightly raised scale that's usually yellowish looking, but can look clear or white. The area aroudn it becomes bloody and inflamed and the bump protrudes. Ulcers can be treated and must be treated right away. Maracyn 2 is one medication to look into as possible treatment.

    A third possiblility is Lymphocystis, which is the most common viral disease found in freshwater fish, it does effect goldfish, and is typically chronic. Also known as Cauliflower Disease, it is transmitted by viral particals in the water, usually introduced by another infected fish. Once infected a lump will form and enlarge until after about 4 weeks, when it will slough off and release viral particles into the water. The fish should be quarantined for at least a month. There's not really a specific treatment for Lymphocystis, but the fish should be treated for secondary bacterial infections and the lesions will eventually revert and the skin will be pretty much normal.
  • Thomas - 2019-11-14
    My moor was a rescue, lump formed above right eye and is now taken on a cauliflower look with several lumps and continues grow. Growth is over a year old and fish still swims and eats ok. Fish itself has grown over two inches since I got it. So seems healthy except for lumps. Any input would help.
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Kay - 2019-02-24
My Black moor looked like it had something grayish white growing on it. I asked the fish store what to do and I purchased a small bottle of blue liquid that I put a certain # OF DROPS INTO WATER. Then I gently gave my Black Moor a shower. He really seemed to like the gentle stroking. I only did it once and the 'gunk' disappeared and hasn't returned. Hope this helps. I think it was a fungus.

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Wesumi - 2019-01-20
Good evening: i was completing the cleaning, i have two, the bigger jumped and landed on the floor, i screamed and grabbed her,placed her in the tank and she split the top of her eye, i'm still crying. What can i do, it's from the front to back of right eye. It looks like she needs stitches. Please what should i do? Take her to doctor? I've had them both for over 4 years now. Yes, i love my animals. Thank you in advance.

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Isaac Louis - 2018-02-26
I bought a Black Moor Goldfish 2 Days ago and its a newborn, and Brian the fish is living in a 1 gallon fish bowl for now. When should i Upgrade his Tank?

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Mikayla Clayback - 2017-12-20
Hello. I recently bought a black moor Goldfish. His name is Wilbur. He was in a one gallon tank for a week and I moved him into a 5 gallon. My dorm only allows a max of 5 gallon tanks. Does anyone know how long I can keep him in that tank before I upgrade? He is 3 inches long right now and I am a freshman in college. Would Wilbur need to be upgraded before I graduate? Please help me and Wilbur. He's my best friend.

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  • Ray - 2018-03-08
    I am no expert and am pretty new to the Goldfish game myself, but from everything I have read a Goldfish needs a minimum of 1 gallon of water per inch while they are young but ultimately need a 20 gallon tank or larger to thrive and not stunt their growth. There is a YouTube channel called The Gold Standard hosted by a girl with half blonde half black hair who really knows her stuff. I would start there and see what you can find out.
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Isaac Louis - 2018-02-26
I bought a Black Moor Goldfish 2 Days ago and its a newborn, and Brian the fish is living in a 1 gallon fish bowl for now. When should i Upgrade his Tank?

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Patricia - 2017-03-26
I have had two Blackmoores, two goldies a Calico and a Bronze one ( don't know the tech names for them ) I have had them for 3 years how ever last week I lost one Blackmoor and at this moment looks like I am loosing my other Blackmoore I am extremely sad.:( ... Tested the water yesterday and it was fine so don't know what is going wrong. Any help would be greatly appreciated :)

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  • Jennifer - 2017-06-21
    I would do a water change just to be safe. If possible, move your Moor to a different tank until he gets better. I usually add an extra bubble stone if I have a sick fish. The extra oxygen seems to help. But don't aerate so much that he is blowing around ๐Ÿ˜‰
  • SummerOdom - 2017-10-22
    Iโ€™m having troble identifying my goldfish I think itโ€™s a BlackMoor but also a TelescopeEye the black ones look the same! Please reply to me ! And help me out๐Ÿ˜Š
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Anonymous - 2016-02-07
I had two black moor fishes with 6 other fancy goldfishes.... The black moor always rests in the down corner of the aquarium... One day it started to change the colour and started slowing its movement and died....why???

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  • Jennifer - 2017-06-21
    Sounds like ammonia burn.
  • michael - 2017-10-22
    My black moore is 2 and a half years old. He changed from black to bright yellow! it is amazingly beaituful. He is the male. The female of same age stayed black and velvety...so it is not a burn...but some do change color!
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Aaron - 2017-09-19
My black moors ๐Ÿ’€ because of illness WHY! My one was dead on the 19/9/17 because it was sick!

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Sue - 2017-06-10
Has anyone ever had a Black Moor Goldfish that it's eyes popped off?

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  • Anonymous - 2017-09-02
    Yes me my gold one has no eyes what do I do about it
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