Tropical Fish for Freshwater Aquariums: Black Moor Goldfish
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Black Moor Goldfish (Carassius auratus)

Quick Stats

Care Level Easy
Temperament Peaceful
Color Form Black, Clear, Orange
Diet Omnivore
Water Conditions 65-75° F, KH 4-20, pH 6.5-7.5
Max. Size 10"
Origin Asia, China, Japan
Family Cyprinidae
Minimum Tank Size 30 gallons
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Overview

The Black Moor Goldfish is one of several varieties of Carassius auratus auratus. Goldfish originally came from parts of Asia, Japan, and China but now enjoy worldwide distribution thanks to controlled breeding programs. The Black Moor Goldfish is of the Veil Tail variety, and has an overall black coloration. Moor varieties have metallic scales. All goldfish are members of the carp group and are generally quite hardy.

The Black Moor Goldfish will do well in a 30 gallon or larger tank with a fine gravel bottom and hardy, cold water plants. Goldfish are diggers and will scatter the fine sand onto leaves, injuring thin and less hardy plants. Roots and well-rounded river rocks are appreciated.

There appears to be a definite courtship ritual when Goldfish breed. Breeding often results in up to 1,000 eggs, with fry hatching in five to six days. They should be fed small pieces of live or prepared foods designed for egg-laying fish.

Goldfish are omnivorous, and will eat all types of dried and live foods. Limit protein, however, to 30% of the diet. A Goldfish flake or pellet food will provide these fish with the proper nutrition.

Approximate Purchase Size: Medium: 1-1/2" to 2-1/2" Large: 3" to 4"

Customer Testimonials

Stephanie C Hyattsville , MD
I am the proud owner of 2 black moors and they are great fish! I recommend a 30 gallon tank as these fish tend to grow fast.
Mark L Fort Mill , SC
I have two medium sized black moors in a 75 gallon aquarium, and they are very active fish, but they get sick very easily. Mine have gotten ick 3 times, but they can survive just about any sickness. Besides that they are great fish.
Leslie G Phoenix , AZ

I've had two Black Moors for more than two years. I love them! They are very friendly, and come to my hand whenever I put it in the water. I truly enjoy and highly recommend these fish.

Marcella H Sun Valley , CA
I have a Black Moor that has grown from 1-1/2" to 5". He is a beautiful fish and I enjoy him very much. All Goldfish do best when given at least 30 gallons per fish, and also require weekly, partial water changes.
Tony C Sterling , VA
Black Moor Goldfish are hardy, peaceful tank mates! I have two that have survived harsh conditions. They grow moderately fast and are peaceful and beautiful. I recommend this fish for beginners or advanced hobbyists.
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