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For the purpose of this discussion I am grouping Telescopes and Moors together – without getting too technical, they are essentially the same exact fish when it comes to body shape. Both breeds of fish have a very odd shape to them – the body is on the long side, but still considered round, and the eyes protrude a good distance from the head. From above, they almost appear to be miniature hammerhead sharks!
A Moor is a completely black Goldfish – a well bred specimen should be so dark it appears to have a velvety texture. Did you know that the term ‘Black Moor’ is actually a redundant phrase? All you are saying is ‘Black Black’ Goldfish! A Telescope Goldfish can come in a variety of different colors. There are tri colored ones, red ones, calico ones and plain white ones.
Unfortunately, many of the Moors out there have been bred from very poor stock. This results in a fish that does not retain its black color. Many people are dismayed to find their Moor transform into a tri colored Telescope over a relatively short amount of time. While this can still lead to a very attractive looking fish, it definitely isn’t what you thought you were purchasing!
Both Telescopes and Moors should be considered movement and sight impaired. Their over-exaggerated eyes make them very top heavy which makes it difficult to move quickly, and the direction that their eyes point results in a difficulty navigating the tank. Celestial Goldfish would also fall under this category.
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