Goldfish - Black Moor

Alternative Name
Blackmoor, Black Dragon Eye, Black Peony Scientific Name: Carassius auratus

Basic Info

The Black Moor is a stunningly beautiful fish. They have short, thick bodies with a hump around the shoulder area. They have long fins, and their body is usually colored black, sometimes with red and white spots. The most striking feature of the Black Moor is their eyes, which are large, and grow from the sides of their heads. At maturity, the Black Moor will reach a size of eight to ten inches. Dragon Eye Goldfish have a life span ranging from six to twenty-five years.


Black Moors should be kept in water with a temperature ranging from 66 to 72 degrees Fahrenheit. pH should be maintained at 7. Dragon Eye Goldfish are omnivores. They should be kept with live plants for food, but may also be fed vegetables like zucchini, peas, spinach and lettuce. Frozen glass worms, blood worms, brine shrimp and daphnia should also be given to the Dragon Eye Goldfish. It has been reported that Black Moors are very prone to ick without scrupulous aquarium care. They also need to be kept stress free. Breeding The Black Moor is an egg layer. When spawning, the male Black Moor will develop small white dots call tubercles. These will grow on the head, pectoral fins and gill covers, and should not be confused with Ich. Several thousand eggs will be produced during a spawn. The parents must be removed, as they will greedily eat their eggs.

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Fresh water fish


The Black Moor is a fancy species of goldfish that is commonly sold for bowls, aquariums, and often indoor and outdoor ponds. It swims in all ranges, and enjoys planted and rocky aquariums. The Black Moor, also known as the Dragon Eye Goldfish or the Black Peony, is a great fish to own. It is bright, large, and is great at catching attention. Due to its relative hardiness and ease of care, it is an excellent for beginning aquarists, but all fish lovers desire it. The Black Moor is often considered the most popular Chinese fish available. The Black Moor is a peaceful fish. It usually mixes very well with other goldfish. If kept in groups of goldfish, the Black Moor will school with them. These fish do well in many community tanks, but should not be housed with aggressive fish, such as cichlids, or overly active fast moving fish. Black Moors are the gentle giants of the aquarium world. Black Moors can be kept in almost any kind of aquarium. However, they like to dig and uproot decor, so make sure you secure any decorations. However, they should have plenty of swimming space.




The Black Moor, Carassius auratus was originally found in China.

Common Foods


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