The Black Moor is special in the world of fancy goldfish because it is one of the only goldfish breeds to be found in a single color.
What is that single color you may ask? You guessed it, it’s black!
The Black Moor does not show this beautiful black velvet color until it matures a little.
Their young are usually found in an amber color and as The Black Moor ages, they can become a grayish black, giving away their age
WHERE DID THE BLACK MOOR GOLDFISH ORIGINATE?
Originally, the Black Moor was bred in China in the early 1700’s.
This makes the Black Moor one of the oldest goldfish breeds to date. They were not always called Black Moors.
In fact, the Chinese named them “Dragon Eyes” as a reference to their protruding telescope eyes.
The Black Moor was brought to Japan in the late 1700’s where they were named “Demekin”.
The Japanese continued to breed them into the beautiful fancy goldfish we know today.
HOW CAN I IDENTIFY THE BLACK MOOR IN AN AQUARIUM?
The Black Moor is a beautiful and intriguing type of fancy goldfish.
They can usually be spotted easily as a result of their distinctive black coloring.
However, they have other physical traits that you can look for when trying to identify them.
These fancy goldfish are born an amber coloration and have flat eyes.
As they age their coloring darkens to a black coloration and their eyes begin to “pop” out.
This eye formation is often referred to as the telescope shape in the goldfish world.
Black Moors have large protruding telescope eyes that seem to be able to see everything!
Unfortunately, just because they have large eyes does not mean that they can see you better.
In fact, the Black Moor has very poor eyesight and can suffer as a result.
This trait is just one of the reasons the Black Moor should be sharing their tank with other “handicapped” goldfish such as the Celestial Eyed Fancy Goldfish and not speedy goldfish such as the Comet Goldfish.
Another physical trait to help you identify the Black Moor is their body shape.
These fancy goldfish have a round, chubby body shape.
Any goldfish with this body shape will have a more difficult time competing for food as they tend to be slower swimmers.
Their stubbiness is yet another reason they are considered “handicapped” and should share their aquarium with similar goldfish.
These fancy goldfish can usually grow to be between 6 and 8 inches in length.
Some have been known to grow even larger if they are well cared for.
The Black Moor not only has a velvety black coloration but their scales also seem to glisten in the water.
That glistening comes from their almost metallic looking scales.
These scales give the Black Moor a rebel appearance. However, they are sweet and docile creatures of the tank.
You can also identify the Black Moor by their fins.
Their dorsal fin is usually small to medium in height, but their side fins and tail fins are generally long and flowing.
It is important to note that their tail fins may develop a little differently between each fish.
Some Black Moors have tail fins similar to that of the Fan Tail Fancy Goldfish, or even similar to that of the Butterfly Tail Fancy Goldfish.