Goldfish are one of the most popular pet fish to own. The most unique of all goldfish species is known as the Blackmoor goldfish. What makes it so different from the other species is it’s drastic physical appearance. This image from PetSmart speaks louder than words to describe the Blackmoor species of goldfish.
1. Telescope Eyes on Body
The eyes of this fish are what make the appearance of the fish stand out so much. The round protruding style of them make this fish look as if its body is formed around the eyes. What most beginners don’t know is that these large eyes actually have horrible eyesight. Doesn’t make much sense ehh?
2. Black Velvet Coloration
Some wonder if breeders will be able to manipulate that black color to create a spectacular white or orange body style. Sick Blackmoors will hold a white tint to their velvet black.
3. Bad Vision & Eyesight
Most think that because this species has such large telescope eyes that it has great vision. Horrible vision is a good way to describe their eyesight. Such bad vision makes this goldfish species almost impossible to survive in the wild on its own. Slow movement to their found food and running into objects doesn’t make for an agile creature. A goldfish will learn and remember its tank surroundings but as far as vision is concerned.. Very poor quality. Another reason faster tank mates are a bad idea. They eat and find all the food before the Blackmoor.
4. Slow Swim Speeds
Fact of the matter is that the Blackmoor is a slow swimming fish. If you house faster swimming fish with slower swimming fish, there is going to be a food consumption difference. The slower swimming fish is always going to get less food just because it is unable to get to the food fast enough. This can cause for a starving fish. Caution needs to be take.
5. Food and Nutrition
The common misconception is that goldfish only eat flake food. A fish is never going to receive all the nutrients it needs from one food. Change things up a bit once and a while and feed your goldfish something different. There are endless types of flake food for goldfish.
Switch brands, switch flake sizes.. You can also cut up small pieces of fruits and vegetables for your goldfish. The Blackmoor has better luck with floating food at times because of its swimming tendencies. You will notice a Blackmoor wiggles more than other goldfish as far as swimming.
6. Cost of a BlackMoor?
For such a beautiful fish with delicate appearances, the Blackmoor is actually quite cheap. On average, $5 to $20 is what you can buy one for. They are not tough to find. More than likely, all pet stores in your city will have them. They are super popular with a high demand. This fancy goldfish will not break your wallet sort of say.
7. The Goldfish Killer
Did you know that goldfish hold the highest death rate upon all species of freshwater fish? Some argue that’s because it is also the most popular.. but at the end of the day, people don’t take proper care of their goldfish. Water Clarity is the ultimate killer for goldfish. They are most usually put into tiny fish bowls and expected to live for years with no maintenance. This topic is tough to stress to people without preaching so we will keep it short and to the point. Oversized aquarium filters and regular water cleansing will double the life of your goldfish. That’s an estimation of course but your fish will live a much happier life in clean water.
8. Tank Mates & Roommates
The Blackmoor cannot be housed with just any other fish. Not because they are aggressive towards others but because they swim a lot slower than other fish. Blackmoors are actually some of the most friendly fish in the world. I would advise keeping them with other Blackmoor species. The swim speeds work out great. Other slower goldfish in the fancy species will work as well. If you house fish that swim at different speeds that eat the same food, just separately try to make sure each of them consumes a valuable amount of food come feeding time.
9. Where to Buy a Blackmoor?
This species of fish is super popular for the beginner aquarist. I saw a poll not to long ago and it was voted the most “desirable” beginner fish. I think that’s awesome in a way and not so awesome in other ways. For one, beginners usually kill fish because they are beginners and have no idea what they are doing. Secondly, they are most likely being put into fish bowls because beginners are not educated to know that these fish should be in descent size tanks.
10. Relation to Koi Fish
Fun fact of the day. Goldfish are a close cousins to Koi species of fish. This is a bit scientific for us but.. the goldfish and koi fish can mate together but the eggs are known as “sterile.” Somewhat of a head scratcher to end our list. Koi fish can also make for great aquarium fish too. They do grow a bit larger but are very comparable to goldfish.