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Lindie
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My Black Moors are comedians!
« on: January 08, 2012, 02:53:20 AM »

Hello everyone.
I am enjoying my new little Black Moors! THey make me laugh. THey come to the front of the bowl and they look right at me. I sit and watch them twirl and swim backwars and play in the bubble. I love to watch them play.
Do you have this experience with Moors?
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Nossie
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Re: My Black Moors are comedians!
« Reply #1 on: January 08, 2012, 04:31:20 AM »

Sounds so cute!! Cheesy Would you please post pictures of them? Smiley
How many do you have, and how big is your tank? Smiley

I've had several moors in my time Smiley Right now I just have one though, and she's about 4 inches long, not counting the tail Wink
She looks so adorable while gnawing on the front glass, there's some algae growing there that she likes eating, it looks so funny xD
And she's also so cheerful all the time, she just has that look on her. Sometimes when she looks at you she tilts her whole body a little to the side too, which looks sort of weird Tongue

Here's a little picture of her:
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Skwishee
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Re: My Black Moors are comedians!
« Reply #2 on: January 08, 2012, 07:13:48 AM »

Hi Lindie welcome to the forum!

I would some day love to have a moor tank when I have the room and money for one Cheesy

Although from your post I am led to believe you are keeping yours in a bowl?
Are you aware that bowls generally aren't very good for goldfish? May I ask how big are the fish at the moment? Is the fantail with the moors? And what size is your bowl?

There are varying reasons why bowls aren't recommended for fish;
The first reason, is that they are too small for goldfish, the recommended stocking for fancy goldfish -such as the moor- is to have 40 litres per fish, so for your moors and calico fantail, you would be looking at a tank size of around 160 litres. I know this may seem like a lot, I certainly couldn't understand the stocking rules to begin with, but the reason why so much capacity is allowed, is because a) the goldfish in general produce a lot of waste and ammonia, so in too small a space, the concentration is too much, the goldfish will poison itself and die, b) goldfish grow!! The moors in particular have a potential of reaching 20 cm.
Now imagine 4 moors all 20 cm big in that bowl and you can see why the stocking rules are what they are  Wink

Another reason for bowls, is that when they are completely filled to the top, there is very little surface area for gas exchange, so oxygen levels will be lower. The way around this is to fill the bowl half way, but then of course the fish has even less space to swim around.

And lastly bowls don't allow much swimming room, again they are just too small and don't allow space for gravel, plants and driftwood, things that a goldfish would naturally investigate and explore.

This care sheet may also help you out, covers the basics of our lovely Moor breed - (Link is not visible to guests. Please register to view.)

I know this can be a lot of information to take on board, but you will want to consider upgrading your fish, to a rectangular aquarium, as it will be much better for them in the long run  Smiley
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Nossie
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Re: My Black Moors are comedians!
« Reply #3 on: January 08, 2012, 01:51:19 PM »

I missed that she wrote "bowl". That usually makes me eyeball pop out, but thanks for taking care of that Skwishee Smiley

Lindie: Do you happen to know anyone that has a 160 liter/40 gallons tank laying around? The fact that the moors are acting this way could be that your water quality is bad and they're actually poisoning themselves..
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Skwishee
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Re: My Black Moors are comedians!
« Reply #4 on: January 08, 2012, 05:55:14 PM »

Not a problem ^_^

Lindie if you're in the UK, there are 'freecycle' groups that you could ask on, or check out gumtree and e-bay, for reasonable deals on tanks, sometimes people sell their entire kits online.

When I say an entire kit, I mean a tank, with a stand (always handy) and quite often they can include;
air stones -these produce bubbles, with provides surface agitation meaning more gas exchange.
filters -very important piece of equipment, as this keeps the water clean and free of ammonia/nitrite once the tank has been cycled.
heaters -not so important for goldfish as they are cold water, but handy to have.
lights -pretty explanatory!
gravel/decorations -again pretty self explanatory!

So you can pick up really good deals!
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Nossie
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Re: My Black Moors are comedians!
« Reply #5 on: January 09, 2012, 07:32:44 AM »

Air stones aren't necessary though, they produce far less surface agitation than the filter does, so they're obsolete.
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Skwishee
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Re: My Black Moors are comedians!
« Reply #6 on: January 09, 2012, 08:08:52 AM »

That's true, but I just thought I'd mention it, just in case Lindie saw one and wasn't sure what it was  Smiley
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