Black Moor Eye Disease

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Black Moor Eye Disease
(Image by, courtesy of Steve Jurvetson)

Black moor goldfish are one of 125 breeds that are kept by fish enthusiasts everywhere. They are quite striking to look at, but are not the easiest to care for, largely because of a common eye disease they are prone to.

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Pop-Eye will literally make your black moor's eyes appear to protrude outwards more than they normally do. This is actually caused by a bacteria that originates in its kidneys.


The "eye-fluke" is an external parasite that presents as a mucous growth on the outer portion of the black moor's eye.

Abdominal Dropsy

Abdominal dropsy is caused by a parasite that will make the black moor's abdomen as well as its eyes protrude further outwards, often because of expanding fluids in its body.

Non-Disease Eye Damage

The black moor fish's eyes typically jut outwards. Because of this, their eyes can often become damaged or even dislodged because of overly jagged structures or plants in their aquariums.

Eye Disease Treatments

Pop-Eye: Dissolve Erythromycin powder in the water for approximately 10 days. Abdominal dropsy: Because this condition is so hard to treat, often fatal and is quite contagious to other fish in the aquarium, the fish is usually euthanized. Eye-Fluke: Praziquantel is the treatment of choice and must be mixed with ethyl alcohol prior to usage.

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