Black is the new orange: Black Moor Goldfish
There is one fish which everybody knows. It doesn’t matter if you aren’t into marine life, but you know this fish. Yes, it’s the Goldfish, that one is talking about. But a black-coloured goldfish?
With their unique ‘telescope’ like eyes, black-glossy scales and round body, the Black Moor Goldfish, definitely leaves a lasting impression on its viewers. Once you see this, Dragon Eye Goldfish, as it’s often called, your perception of a Goldfish changes. But, just like it’s other members of the family, these fish, too, easily adapt to the fluctuations in the water temperature.
However, certain experts claim that when these fish are put to reside in warm-water temperatures, their glossy-black colour, sometimes fades, revealing the traditional Goldfish colour: Orange. Saying that, unlike many other Goldfish, the Black Moor especially, can withstand cold temperatures with great ease. A hardy Goldfish, indeed.
The so-called ‘telescopic’ eyes, prove to be the major source of irony in this family of fish. One would believe that the telescopic eyes of the fish, is a kind of an evolutionary-trait that the fish has adopted, which ultimately improves their eye-sight. Doesn’t this explanation sound satisfactory? But, no. Quite the contrary. These ‘telescopic’ eyes are the cause of poor-eye sight for these Goldfish, the Black Moor being one of them.
Black Moor Size, Age and Breed
The average size of the fish is about 17 cms, however, some specimens measure about 25 cm. Just like the other Goldfish species, the Black Moors, too, have an average life span of about 10-15 years, if they are properly taken care of. They breed individually, as well as in groups, owing to their social nature. In the right conditions, they can lay more than 10,000 eggs!
If you are looking to house one of these fish, here are some things that you should be aware of:
– They are slow swimmers. Therefore, housing them with fish that swim quickly is a bad idea. Why? They just won’t get enough food.
– Goldfish in general, have the most number of casualties in domesticated-fish terms, at least. They predominantly require clear water. So, if you are buying this fish, or any other Goldfish for that matter, make sure that the aquarium in which these fish are being housed is properly maintained. A quality air pump could do wonders for your fish.
– They are quite light on the pocket. At first glance, one would imagine that these, unique, beautiful animals would come at a hefty price. Put these preconceived notions behind as these fish, beautiful as they are, are very affordable and readily available at a number of pet stores.
– Goldfish are social fish. Some of the other fish that a Black Moor, can comfortably share the tank with include other Telescope Goldfish, and slow-swimming fish.