Here’s a story that has us scratching our heads, mostly because we aren’t sure if this guy is for real or if it’s just some misguided way to get attention. Regardless, it’s a story we couldn’t pass up. eBay user “Easy-Coral” listed an Ultra LE Aiptasia Anemone for sale, or auction rather. People have listed these and majano anemones in the past, but this eBayer takes the cake. The pest anemones are plastered with phrases like “super rare” and “limited edition”, and have a starting bid set at $500 with $25 shipping. You heard that right, $500 for an aquarium pest.
Interestingly, this seller has a 100% rating on eBay, which is even more misleading. Digging into it a little reveals most of thread are from purchases that this individual made, and are not actually related to his or her selling activity. We just hope others realize this. Even more interesting is the fact that Easy-Corals has plenty of other items for sale, all of which are typical corals like Zoanthids, Euphyllids, and mushrooms.
Adding even more fuel to the fire are statement that lead people to believe the coral is cultured, and that only healed corals are sold. Even more perplexing is the statement “PLEASE……………. PAY ATTENTION TO WHAT YOU SEE ON EBAY!!!!”, which is posted at the top of the details section.
This sort of listing seems quite predatory on aquarium keepers who are just getting into the hobby and do t know any better. Aiptasia, like many other pests, are the scourge of the aquarium hobby and a listing like this only sets people up for failure. So, we as a community should speak up and do something. We will have emails in to the seller and to eBay, and we encourage you to do the same. Hopefully we can get the listing pulled.
Hat tip to Fishdealz for posting about this horrible eBay listing.